I worked at John Peter Smith in the Emergency Room and the Holding Areas of the ER(through a Travel Nurse Agency) as well as some of the Telemetry floors in the new annex building across Main Street.
Out of 12 years of Nursing, the year I spent at JPS were the most exciting, fun, and rewarding years of my life. The year was a sum total of three assignments. 99% of the Nursing Staff were excellent to work with, and the support staff was always sufficient. The patient make-up is a melting pot of the lower income area of Fort Worth, and acuity is naturally high. I treasure my experiences at JPS. My collegues that travel their also are repeat staffers.
Sorry, I can't compare it to Parkland, but I do know they are a level one trauma center, and JPS struggles to stay a two. You would also notice a high level of DOs:MDs (never bothered me) as University of North Texas Health Science Center is a DO program which helps make John Peter Smith the United States Largest Hospital Training Institution for Family Medicine Providers.
As for the programs offered, I think I may be of some help in the form of a contact, Email me firstname.lastname@example.org
, and I would be more than glad to give you the names of some Nursing Supervisors in the ICU areas that you could speak with to gain more knowledge to make the best decision; but whatever you decide to do, I wish you the greatest luck and blessings!