Mercy Hospital - West Philly

  1. I have posted my resume online and was called by Mercy Hospital in West Philadelphia for a position in their ED. They offered all days, and "practically" no weekends. I have four years Med-Surg experience, no ED experience. I have always wanted to work in the ED but was sure I would get landed with nights, weekends etc. due to lack of experience, so I was a little surprised by this "wonder schedule".

    Does anyone have any experience with this hospital, especially the ED. I had a call from a nurse recruiter last night who said it was poorly run, but then she was pushing me for a job in another hospital....

    Any insight would be appreciated
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    Leaving for work...Know facility well. Drexel Univ docs run ER....will PM you tonight.
  4. by   angshallad
    Thanks Karen! Look forward to hearing from you
  5. by   Bindy
    I worked in this ED....you may want to take it very slow. ED is not an easy environment BUT this one takes the cake. I met other old ED "misery" nurses, not one of us stayed more than a year. You can e-mail me privately and then I will touch base with you on the phone if you'd like. Good Luck in your search....but take this one slowly......Bindy
  6. by   indigo girl
    I worked a med/surg floor, briefly, as a per diem. Lots of gun shot wounds.
    It's not the worst neighborhood in Philly, but watch your back.
  7. by   angshallad
    Thanks for your replies... Bindy I tried sending a PM, but your box is full.

    Angela
  8. by   Bindy
    Sorry, It has been awhile and I'll have to clean it out. I will do that sometime tonight or tomorrow. Hang tight. I'll be in touch soon.

    Bindy
  9. by   CCP06
    Quote from indigo girl
    I worked a med/surg floor, briefly, as a per diem. Lots of gun shot wounds.
    It's not the worst neighborhood in Philly, but watch your back.
    Not trying to start any flames but I would be interested to know what GSWs you got on your floor since Mercy does not have a trauma team and only a level 4 ER if I am not mistaken. Might be level 3.

    For the OP - ER is hard anywhere from what I have heard, especially at a hospital like Mercy that has a hard time attracting nurses. One of the reason it has a hard time attracting nurses because of the myth that it is an inferior hospital or its a hospital in the "ghetto".Another topic on its own. but if you want to see GSWs I would suggest a larger hospital. You'll see alot of DKA, OD, MI and people using the ER as a clinic at Mercy.
  10. by   NRSKarenRN
    Quote from bindy
    i met other old ed "misery" nurses, not one of us stayed more than a year.
    here is an article re mhop's participation in disaster training from nursing spectrum this year:
    when disaster strikes

    i've known the ed educator pictured kathy gavin rn as she worked nights in er same time i was there...great nurse will learn tons from her...she taught me a thing or two 25 yrs ago, especially re burns when we both worked nights.


    gsw mostly go to hup...especially if you listen to action news
    gotta call from former staff member today that she wants her mother out of einsteins' sicu due # police guarding gsw victims; could i tell her how to get pt transferred.


    perception often is in the eye of the beholder.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 6, '06
  11. by   SerenityR.N.
    What is GSW?
  12. by   angshallad
    gun shot wound
  13. by   shazbo
    gun shot wound

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