Penn Medicine

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    Hello. I'm a long time follower here, but I don't post much. Anyways, I'm in need of a little assistance.

    Next year it is very likely that my fiance and I will be moving to Pennsylvania, very close to Philadelphia. I would really like to work at Penn Medicine, because I like larger, more acute hospitals, and I know they have a nursing school. I'm working on my bachelors part time at the moment, but really just got started. After doing some research it seems like it's a relatively prestigious hospital. Anyone in the area care to comment?

    If it's is true, I'm concerned if I would be able to find work there. I currently work at Upstate Hospital in Syracuse, NY. It's a level 1 trauma center in Central New York. By the time I would be arriving near Philly, I will have 2 years of acute care experience on a med/surg floor. I will not have my bachelors by that time. Will that put me at a large disadvantage? I saw a lot of their job listings required it.

    Any other hospitals you would recommend?

    Thanks!

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    Yes it will put you at a huge disadvantage. I would be surprised if they even consider your application without having completed your BSN. They are a prestigious hospital and a magnet hospital. Also be aware that it is a tight job market in Philadelphia, even with experience. Penn also likes to hire people from their own nursing program. Good luck.
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    not in that area but yes without a bachelors i believe you will be at a disadvantage. many philly, nyc and other big city hospitals prefer bsn. some bsn only no exceptions. look at penn's website. these places usuay specify it. in a huge city like that there are applicants galore.
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    UPenn only hires nurses with BSNs. Job market in Philly area is tight but honestly, with about 2 years of experience I've done pretty well in terms of job opportunities. UPenn is not the only university medical center in town; there's also Temple, Jefferson, Einstein.

    On a side note, there are a ton of Syracuse transplants in Philly. I think the cities have a similar feel, although Philly is much bigger of course. Be prepared to feel smug when locals complain about how our winters here are "really bad." And also shocked at how poorly the city stays on top of snow plowing.
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    Quote from hiddencatRN
    UPenn only hires nurses with BSNs. Job market in Philly area is tight but honestly, with about 2 years of experience I've done pretty well in terms of job opportunities. UPenn is not the only university medical center in town; there's also Temple, Jefferson, Einstein.

    On a side note, there are a ton of Syracuse transplants in Philly. I think the cities have a similar feel, although Philly is much bigger of course. Be prepared to feel smug when locals complain about how our winters here are "really bad." And also shocked at how poorly the city stays on top of snow plowing.
    Yeah. I was trying to finish my BSN before moving anywhere, but like I said my fiance is likely going to graduate school at Villanova.

    I looked at Jefferson and Einstein, but a lot of their listings say "BSN required" as well. I know that isn't always the case.

    For example, every job I applied for at Upstate said "Minimum 1 yr. experience", and i was hired as a new grad. With magnet hospitals does every nurse have to have their BSN, or just working towards it?

    I have an aunt who grew up here, that now lives outside of Philly. She tells me when there's 4 inches of snow on the ground everyone is in a state of emergency. Up here that's a good day! What hospital do you work at?
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    Quote from Chris189
    Yeah. I was trying to finish my BSN before moving anywhere, but like I said my fiance is likely going to graduate school at Villanova.

    I looked at Jefferson and Einstein, but a lot of their listings say "BSN required" as well. I know that isn't always the case.

    For example, every job I applied for at Upstate said "Minimum 1 yr. experience", and i was hired as a new grad. With magnet hospitals does every nurse have to have their BSN, or just working towards it?

    I have an aunt who grew up here, that now lives outside of Philly. She tells me when there's 4 inches of snow on the ground everyone is in a state of emergency. Up here that's a good day! What hospital do you work at?
    The one positive is there are lots of places to work. Hahnemann Hospital is another level I trauma center in the city. You also have Crozier that is a little further south. There is also Cooper Hospital which is another level I across the river in NJ.

    I don't know that every hospital that is Magnet or going for it, will require a BSN. However, Penn specifically asks for it.

    What graduate program is your fiance attending?
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    Quote from ckh23
    The one positive is there are lots of places to work. Hahnemann Hospital is another level I trauma center in the city. You also have Crozier that is a little further south. There is also Cooper Hospital which is another level I across the river in NJ.

    I don't know that every hospital that is Magnet or going for it, will require a BSN. However, Penn specifically asks for it.

    What graduate program is your fiance attending?
    Thanks for the other recommendations. She'll likely be going to Villanova for her MPA(Masters in Public Administration). We figured she would have a better job market closer to a larger city, with a degree such as that.


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