St. Alexius in Bismarck or Sanford in Fargo?

  1. Which of these two hospitals is the best place for a new grad? Which one is the better hospital? Is Bismarck better than Fargo? Which place is more exciting?

    We are trying to make a pro and con list of each hospital to help us in our decision between the two. We are new grads from California who are moving to ND for the first time.

    Any help/info would be appreciated!
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   ArmyMedicRet.
    I live in Bismarck, i can answer any questions you have. about the town that is. I have not worked in the hospitals here, i am still a student. Bismarck is smaller than fargo and thus has less to do but Bismarck has that small town feel and is much friendlier. Also St. Alexius works with the University of Mary here in bismarck and all the nursing students do their rotations their. So thats deff a good place to go for your first job since it is a learning environment. Also just something to look into, north dakota has such a nursing shortage that they do a loan repayment plan for nurses here.
  4. by   Eru Ilúvatar
    Quote from ArmyMedicRet.
    I live in Bismarck, i can answer any questions you have. about the town that is. I have not worked in the hospitals here, i am still a student. Bismarck is smaller than fargo and thus has less to do but Bismarck has that small town feel and is much friendlier. Also St. Alexius works with the University of Mary here in bismarck and all the nursing students do their rotations their. So thats deff a good place to go for your first job since it is a learning environment. Also just something to look into, north dakota has such a nursing shortage that they do a loan repayment plan for nurses here.
    Can you tell me a little more about this repayment program? What amounts are they offering and what conditions?
  5. by   ArmyMedicRet.
  6. by   ArmyMedicRet.
    And if u ever decide to become a NP north fajita repays up to 30k for that
    http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t43c...20150208014312
  7. by   CountryMomma
    Fargo Sanford is also a teaching hospital with NDSU, Concordia, and Presentation. Very new grad friendly, runs a support group for new grads that meets once a month and goes through the common challenges that new grads face. Pay is par. I find Fargo to be friendly, at least more so than Grand Forks. Plenty to do here, and COL is less than the west side of the state.
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  9. by   Eru Ilúvatar
    Quote from ArmyMedicRet.
    And if u ever decide to become a NP north fajita repays up to 30k for that
    http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t43c...20150208014312
    Thank you again!
  10. by   Eru Ilúvatar
    Quote from CountryMomma
    Fargo Sanford is also a teaching hospital with NDSU, Concordia, and Presentation. Very new grad friendly, runs a support group for new grads that meets once a month and goes through the common challenges that new grads face. Pay is par. I find Fargo to be friendly, at least more so than Grand Forks. Plenty to do here, and COL is less than the west side of the state.
    Do you mind sharing what is the pay and the shift differentials? Also any incentives they may have for picking extra shifts, etc.
    What about staffing ratios? You can be PM me is you feel more comfortable that way.
  11. by   jinglebellrocks25
    Just curious, have you made a decision yet?
  12. by   jr789
    I'm a new grad from California too! I moved here about a month ago. I only checked out St. Alexius so I can't answer any questions about Sanford or Fargo, but if you have questions about St. A's or Bismarck I'm happy to answer them.
  13. by   negatron
    What type of jobs are open to new grads? Would there be anything in critical care? Operating room? Or would it be mostly medsurg/oncology?
  14. by   RescueNinjaKy
    Both hospitals no longer accept into icu I think. They might make an exception but I think the norm is they don't.

    I believe st alexius in bismarck have openings in telemetry which you can do then transfer to icu or ed after one year or so.
    Sanford in fargo have openings in their cardiac icu step down unit, neurosurgery/neurology.

    Both do still have openings in med surg and I think ob. OR I think they still have for Sanford but not st Alexis.

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