any info about baptist hospital

  1. i from the chi town and i here a lot about baptist hospital. what is the starting pay for new grads, and how is the hospital in general? i want to relocate to memphis next summer, do they do phone interviews?
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  3. by   memphispanda
    Baptist has a rep of paying well and treating nurses like dirt. Ratios are bad. I have no idea if they do phone interviews.
  4. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from memphispanda
    Baptist has a rep of paying well and treating nurses like dirt. Ratios are bad. I have no idea if they do phone interviews.
    I have heard from the agency nurses that work with us that the staffing ratio at Baptist really sucks. 8-10 pt's each on day shift. We have 5- 6 pt's on days and there's never enough time. I would think more than 6 would be dangerous to the patient as well as the nurse.
  5. by   HollyUTM
    Hi there. I am a Baptist Employee actually i am now a CNA, but am anxiously awaiting my board results for LPN which will be in in the early part of next week. I work in the Baptist system, at Baptist Lauderdale, which operates under Baptist East ( the main office ) in Memphis. I have to say that in West TN, the Baptist System is pretty much dominant. Baptist East in Memphis is a BEAUTIFUL facility. But, even in the smaller hospitals within the system, it is VERY easy to see that the nurses stay stressed and are understaffed, that also dwindles down my direction when the nurses begin to assign me a lot of tasks. I work both the med-surg unit and senior care psych, as a CNA, and have a job when i confirm my boards in the senior care psych unit. However, I will tell you that I am looking for other jobs because of the stress in the system and the understaffedness. They do pay well, LPN, fresh out of school, is 11.65, but then with shift diff, you can make up to almost 15 an hour on nights. I don't know about RN's though I just know of my pay. I've also been on the other side of the fence at Baptist East, as a patient there several times recently. The nurses are all relatively rude and do not hold up to the standards of nursing. For example, I was there with hypertension due to poor renal functioning, and they would bring me my three pills then walk out of the room without ever taking my blood pressure. I complained several times of having a headache and asked to have my blood pressure taken, and they never would just brought me PRN pressure medications, which i did not take. I kept telling them that I knew myself and my blood pressure has been high since I was two and when I get a headache that indicates my blood pressure is too low. Not a one of the nurses listened, they handed me the med and walked out. So I quit taking the medicine, simply because I know myself. After two days of not taking it, before I was discharged a CNA finally came and took my blood pressure and it was 96/60... pretty low for me considering mine runs 200/140. And that pressure is after NOT taking it for two days, it was still that low. And so, if I had taken all that med who knows what would have happened. I contribute their negligence to simply overworked and understaffed, however, I cannot rule out the fact that they were just incompetent. sorry if that was harsh. In any case, I hope that helps. If you are interested in coming to work in West TN, I know of most of the hospital in this area and can give you names of them so that you can contact them if you'd like. I do not know about phone interviews with baptist sorry.Hope that helps,

    Holly
  6. by   kevagonia
    Quote from HollyUTM
    The nurses are all relatively rude and do not hold up to the standards of nursing. For example, I was there with hypertension due to poor renal functioning, and they would bring me my three pills then walk out of the room without ever taking my blood pressure. I complained several times of having a headache and asked to have my blood pressure taken, and they never would just brought me PRN pressure medications, which i did not take. I kept telling them that I knew myself and my blood pressure has been high since I was two and when I get a headache that indicates my blood pressure is too low. Not a one of the nurses listened, they handed me the med and walked out. So I quit taking the medicine, simply because I know myself. After two days of not taking it, before I was discharged a CNA finally came and took my blood pressure and it was 96/60... pretty low for me considering mine runs 200/140. And that pressure is after NOT taking it for two days, it was still that low. And so, if I had taken all that med who knows what would have happened. I contribute their negligence to simply overworked and understaffed, however, I cannot rule out the fact that they were just incompetent. sorry if that was harsh. In any case, I hope that helps. If you are interested in coming to work in West TN, I know of most of the hospital in this area and can give you names of them so that you can contact them if you'd like. I do not know about phone interviews with baptist sorry.Hope that helps,

    Holly
    I find it very difficult to believe that your blood pressure was not taken for two days, and even tougher to believe that you're qualified to make statements about "all" of the nurses at Baptist. As a matter of fact, Holly, I find it hard to take much of what you said seriously. By the way your blood pressure isn't usually 200/140. Remember that when you take your boards?
  7. by   HollyUTM
    Your post was rather rude. I wasn't saying every single nurse there was hateful, my nurses were, and would not take my vitals, when I asked. And about my blood pressure, honey, I have renal failure going for a nephrectomy NEXT WEEK, so I beg your pardon about that. You can be offended by my comments that is fine, but don't contradict things that I say about my personal health. You don't know rather I have problems or not, which I do. And yea, my blood pressure does fluctuate, one day it's fine, the next day I'm in the hospital with a hypertensive crisis, which I just got out of the hospital TODAY with. So, please, you can say that you do not agree with my post about baptist, but do not attack my personal health. And, I'm sorry if my post offended you, I work at Baptist, I was just saying I had a bad experience there, on the renal floor. I did not mean to offend anyone, someone asked for opinions and I gave mine. I'm having my surgery done there, and I hope to report when I am up and able that I had a pretty experience this time. I am also hoping that this will stop the mini strokes at the ripe age of 20 due to my blood pressure. We will see, I guess.
  8. by   kevagonia
    Hey, sorry for what you're going through, obviously. But you did make a statement about all of the nurses at Baptist. And my blood pressure statement was fair as well. No one's pressure runs that high for long. Good luck.
  9. by   ejonesstudent
    It is very well known that at Baptist, they work the nurses like dogs. I was a patient there, on the OB floor when I had my son. I only saw my nurse twice during a shift. I feel sorry for them. They are so overworked.
  10. by   tdg_rn
    I'm a recent graduate (12/16) and was actually offered a position with their system. I'd pretty much come to the same conclusion as some of the above post regarding ratios and didn't accept it.

    I don't believe they a bad network and would consider working there later. Personally I just didn't want that to be my first experience w/ nursing. They are no different than any other hospital - there's good, bad and ugly that have to be weighed out.
  11. by   DhornRN
    I work as an RN at Baptist of East TN and can tell you that on certain floors it's pure hell. They employ very few CNAs and often nurses work without a secretary on busy units. When I asked a manager why there was so little support staff she said that there simply wasn't anyone to hire. I found that hard to believe unless the pay was minimal. I now tell people that if their loved one is in the hospital and can't take care of themselves that somebody needs to stay with them for safetys sake. The hospital is a dangerous place for patients who can't do for themselves.
  12. by   MaleRNstudent21
    I agree with memphispanda. Baptist is known for the greatest paying hospital in memphis,but the way they treat their nurses is horrible. I have heard this from more than one person. And now I'm hearing it from someone on the forum. So I think you get the picture,lol. Also everyone talks about VA being so bad as well. My experience walking through the halls at VA and Baptist were okay though. Everyone seemed to be friendly. I would just say try it before you knock it. And also the VA's pay is even better than Baptist pay ratio along with great benifits. Also you got to understand with the good you have to choke up the bad. Wish you luck!
  13. by   nightfall2099
    This is a late reply. I used to work at Baptist East in Memphis about 5 years ago. I worked 12 hrs shifts (7p-7a). The orientation process was great! After orientation, it all fell apart for me. I came into work one night only to find their was no unit secretary, 1 CNA, and me and another RN. We had 14 patients each. After that shift, I resigned. I have wanted to work at another Baptist Hospital (Desoto), but I am scared that I will go through the same thing all over again.

    Since then, I have shied away from Med/Surg. Just call me chicken nurse.


    Nightfall
  14. by   eltrip
    One of my classmates worked - very briefly - for Baptist in Nashville. She experienced the same problem with the nurse-patient ratio and chose to not return after her shift. I heard the same things about the nurse-patient ratios from other nurses who moved over to Vandy. Sad to hear that things haven't changed in 13+ years.

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