St. David's vs. Seton (in Austin)Register Today!
- by LittleLisaLawrence Feb 26, '08I’m currently interviewing with both hospitals for a perinatal staff position. From what I can tell, both hospitals seem like okay places to work. I’d love to hear peoples personal experiences.
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- Feb 26, '08 by The Little GreekI worked at St David's main campus (32nd St) on Women's Services. At the time I did not do L&D so I can't speak to that side, but the PP/Gyn unit was okay. I had A LOT of problems with the night shift weekend nurses. Apparently the unit has had problem with that shift for a long time. Day shift weekend staff was amazing. 3-11 shifts during the week were always VERY busy and always understaffed. They were going to change all shifts to 12s to solve that problem, but the day shift nurses threw a fit and it never happened--may have changed by now. I liked that we had nursery nurses to transition and care for the infants. That said, the babies are often in the rooms so you are still working with them. They had a great lactation program which I liked too. At St. David's you'll see lots of teenage parents and there are also a great deal of Spanish-speaking only pt's. I liked the teenagers and muttled through the Spanish.
If it weren't for the terrible night shift weekend staff, I would have stuck around. They were just so horrible that I decided to work as a Teacher's Assistant at UT to get away from it all.
Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any specific questions.
- Feb 27, '08 by RN1989St Davids system: for profit
Seton system: not
Seton irritated me some when I worked for them but they look like heaven compared to places I've been since.
I am at the point that for profit is off my list of places to work unless I am starving. Too many bad things when you work for profit because they are trying to eak out every dollar they can to provide their stock holders with dividends.
- Mar 8, '08 by Nurse NiniI currently work for Seton as a CA II at Brackenridge. I love Seton, and I love Brack! I have done half of my clinicals at Seton hospitals and half of them at St. Davids hospitals. I prefer Seton.
At St. Davids you have to scan every single supply item for the pt (toothpaste, wipes, flushes, syringes, soap...etc...you get the idea) I feel like I am nickel and diming the pts to death when I do that at clinicals.
At Seton, they have a cost-savings program that has specific results for each unit. There are several variables that go into it, (like if you stay below budget - by being conscientious using supplies, meticulous about hygiene, etc.) you get a bonus check every year. It is every year in Oct/Nov.
But how you feel about everything being computerized...St. Davids has everything on computers, including the MAR's (scan all the meds you are giving).
Some of Seton is still paper charting, and you have paper MAR's.
I've seen some terrible units at both and I've seen great units at both.
Let me know if you have any specific questions....I've been at Seton: Seton Main, Brack, Dell Childrens; St. David's: Round Rock and North Austin Med Center. My experience has been as a CA and also as a Nursing Student (61 more days!!)
- Feb 22, '12 by swtgalThank you so much for your post! It was helpful! I applied to both Seton and St. Davids. I really want to work for Seton. Do you have any tips on how I could possible increase my chances on getting interviewed for Seton? I got my license in the beginning of February! So that's definitely a plus! Any other tips/advice?
Thanks for your help, it's greatly appreciated!