Medical City Dallas Hospital Internship Feb 2013 - page 4

I wanted to open this thread for those who applied for the Feb 2013 internship. Questions, comments, ideas, reactions, reviews or anything you can say about Medical City Dallas Hospital are welcome... Read More

  1. Visit  Preemie 2 RN profile page
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    Does anyone know when they post their applications for internships that start in Feb?
  2. Visit  TexanNurseYeeHaw profile page
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    Hope you pass! you'll do great! Yes they told me about the new wing as well. What unit did you get hired for? Also, what is the deal with the 8wk stipend. Does that mean we can still apply to other hospitals since we didnt sign a contract?
  3. Visit  TexanNurseYeeHaw profile page
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    Quote from NoSweethrtOfTheRodeo
    I also got hired at Medical City (provided I pass NCLEX this Friday (prayers please). I was a but skeptical too. But after talking with the Nurse Manager on the unit, it seemed to be a general consensus among a lot of the units they want to hire young nurses to bring some new life into the units. The particular one I was hired at will be moving to a newly renovated wing next year and the hospital is launching a new computer charting system. So, I also look at it like they are trying to take steps in a positive direction (based on what the nay-Sayers are out telling)

    Hope you pass! you'll do great! Yes they told me about the new wing as well. What unit did you get hired for? Also, what is the deal with the 8wk stipend. Does that mean we can still apply to other hospitals since we didnt sign a contract?
  4. Visit  not.done.yet profile page
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    There are going to be good and bad floors anywhere you go. Every unit will have its own culture. No one hospital is all good or all bad. Something to keep in mind when you hear naysayers bash an entire facility. Chances are their experience really was bad. But it doesn't mean the whole place is bad. I work at an HCA facility (not Med City) and my floor kicks butt. Anyone who gets hired on the floor I work hit the jackpot. Very supportive and we love to teach. Other floors? Not so much.

    And yes, if you are in the stipend program you don't sign a contract until you get officially hired. This means you are free to apply elsewhere. Frankly you are always free to apply elsewhere, you just have to weigh out the payment if you don't keep your end of the contract.
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  5. Visit  TexanNurseYeeHaw profile page
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    You have been so helpful!!!When i got a tour of the floors everyone seemed so nice.

    So that means i can apply elsewhere within the HCA system, Medical City, or...anywhere? I would love to hear your reply!
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    Quote from not.done.yet
    There are going to be good and bad floors anywhere you go. Every unit will have its own culture. No one hospital is all good or all bad. Something to keep in mind when you hear naysayers bash an entire facility. Chances are their experience really was bad. But it doesn't mean the whole place is bad. I work at an HCA facility (not Med City) and my floor kicks butt. Anyone who gets hired on the floor I work hit the jackpot. Very supportive and we love to teach. Other floors? Not so much.

    And yes, if you are in the stipend program you don't sign a contract until you get officially hired. This means you are free to apply elsewhere. Frankly you are always free to apply elsewhere, you just have to weigh out the payment if you don't keep your end of the contract.
    You have been so helpful!!!When i got a tour of the floors everyone seemed so nice.

    So that means i can apply elsewhere within the HCA system, Medical City, or...anywhere? I would love to hear your reply!
  7. Visit  TexanNurseYeeHaw profile page
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    also, what do you mean by "weigh out the payment"
  8. Visit  NoSweethrtOfTheRodeo profile page
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    I think she is referring to people who sign contracts for employment. Often times if you quit before your contract is up you have to pay money vac to the facility. Kind of like a fee for breaking a rent lease early
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  9. Visit  NoSweethrtOfTheRodeo profile page
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    Back*
  10. Visit  TexanNurseYeeHaw profile page
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    ohhh, Right, thats the kind of deal i was used to hearing. This is the first time I even hear of the 8 wk stipend program. It just seems odd that there would be no penalty or fine for not applying for full time after 8 wks. I'd love to stay at med city, i wonder if this is their way of weeding people out...Just want to make sure i have a secure job
  11. Visit  NoSweethrtOfTheRodeo profile page
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    I don't think it is their way of wedding you out. It seems a little silly to spend money in orienting someone to a unit and then not bringing them on full-time after that period is over. I think of it more as a time for them to judge your fit into the unit, but also YOU to see how you think you fit into the unit. if you don't like it, then you aren't obligated to stay.
  12. Visit  NoSweethrtOfTheRodeo profile page
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    Weeding* my brain is so up and running this morning.
  13. Visit  not.done.yet profile page
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    It is a way to train new nurses without having to pay them the much higher cost of hourly plus shift diff plus benefits. 2K per month is a huge savings for the hospital. You aren't an employee, they get to "try you out" so to speak - see how you fit in with the unit, see if you are able to actually function as a nurse, see how quickly you learn, how reliable you are, etc, without taking the risk of training you only to discover you aren't really a good investment and without having to offer some of the other legalities if you are not brought on board, such as COBRA or unemployment if you don't work out. You aren't an employee, you are contract labor. If you are invited to sign with them at the end of the internship for full time employment, you agree to reimburse them the cost of the internship if you leave before a set amount of time. In DFW that is usually 2-3 years. This helps ensure they get the cost/benefit ratio in their own favor for having agreed to take you on.

    A few years ago this situation would NEVER have been sustainable. Nurses were needed too badly. That the stipend programs have been born and survived is purely a result of too many new grads and not enough jobs. That is something you need to keep in mind as you decide whether to keep applying elsewhere. Just because you can doesn't mean you should and doesn't mean it would not tick someone off. Legally speaking....technically speaking.... you can look all you want. Politically may be a different story. The medical community in DFW is smaller than you might think and if you are lucky enough to be granted an internship, you should recognize there are tons of new grads with their nose to the glass hoping for a chance to get in (take your place) and you should know the hospitals are WELL aware of this. There is no leverage right now for them to be tolerant or forgiving.
    Last edit by not.done.yet on Oct 17, '13
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