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What do you guys think are the best hospitals to work in as an RN here in Washington?... Read More

  1. by   RezqNinja
    I haven't seen anyone post about hospitals a little north of Seattle.

    Any comments on Evergreen Hospital, Stevens, or Providence??
  2. by   lgnurse20
    There was a prior comment that said Virginia Mason has a poor ratio. I have worked there as a traveler for almost 6 months. They have a really great ratio in my opinion. On most MS floors the ratio is 5:1 and on a few it is 4:1. I have not met one traveler that didn't like working there. Most of the staff seems happy as well.
  3. by   Diary/Dairy
    I am at VM right now and the ratios on Tele are 1:5 or 1:6....it's NEVER been 1:4 except for tonight and we are wildly overstaffed!!

    I don;t think a single traveler on tele plans to renew....
    Last edit by Diary/Dairy on Oct 31, '07 : Reason: add comment.
  4. by   divokevan
    Evergreen Baby!
  5. by   Hagabel
    Skagit Valley Hospital and Harborview!!
  6. by   seemerun
    I work in Spokane, although I haven't spent to much time in the hospitals. I worked in a rehab hospital and as brand new RN with no experience and start at 18/hr. That was 4 years ago. Then I worked med-surg float pool at Deaconess. While there I had a ridiculously high hourly wage but it was because I was in a supplemental float pool. I didn't get any benefits and no guaranteed hours but boy was the hourly wage good! I think if I had gone into a regular postion my wage would have probably been around 22-23/hr with benefits. Sacred Heart pays a little bit better than Deaconess. I have heard from the community that Sacred Heart nurses are not very nice. I don't know the exact reason but probably poor staffing contributes. I have never had any problems with MD's anywhere I have worked. I don't think that Spokane is any worse than anywhere else in the country. Although I haven't been anywhere but here.
  7. by   maygrad07
    i work at UWMC and LOVE it. i have met many new grads there who feel the same way. and the staff is amazing. i worked at Sacred Heart in Spokane and the nurses were burnt out, they also had hardly any new grads.
  8. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from maygrad07
    i work at uwmc and love it. i have met many new grads there who feel the same way. and the staff is amazing. i worked at sacred heart in spokane and the nurses were burnt out, they also had hardly any new grads.
    [font="comic sans ms"]ummm . . . actually the relative lack of new grads at sacred heart may be a good thing, and the fact that the uwmc has lots of them may be a bad thing. it means that sacred heart has mastered the art of retention of experienced nurses while the uwmc has not.
  9. by   maygrad07
    what i meant is, at SHMC i met a lot of crabby, rushed, careless, nurses. and i floated thru out that hospital. the patient satisfaction at UW is way beyond what i have seen at SHMC. at UW the majority of nurses are very intelligent, very approachable, willing to teach, love their job, that is why it is a magnet hospital. they have a good retention rate, but after awhile you want to branch out from a teaching hospital from the residents, from the cancer emotional side of it. it has been a great experience.
  10. by   Yenta7
    Hi guys! I was looking through this board and realized that last reply was a while ago. I'm still looking for recommendations for good hospitals/clinics to apply for in Washington State. Any changes to the previous recommendations? Thank you!
  11. by   lindarn
    Quote from ruby vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]ummm . . . actually the relative lack of new grads at sacred heart may be a good thing, and the fact that the uwmc has lots of them may be a bad thing. it means that sacred heart has mastered the art of retention of experienced nurses while the uwmc has not.
    i disagree. it is more an indication of the lack of jobs in spokane, that there are far more jobs in seattle. sacred heart nurses are a passive, a beaten down lot, from an abusive administration. deaconess nurses are the same.

    there are too many spokane nurses supporting their families, who have laid off spouses who cannot find employment. employment is much better on the coast than in the inland nw. that is why all of our children go off to college and never come back to spokane.

    spokane is an employment black hole. always has been and always will. and that is the way employers want it.

    jmho and my ny$0.02.

    lindarn, rn, bsn, ccrn
    somewhere in the pacnw

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