Harborview or Swedish?

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    I wasn't sure where to put this, so hopefully I'm posting it in the right spot!

    So it's come time to think about where I'm going to work (graduating in June-yay!). I am debating between Harborview Medical Center and Swedish, both in Seattle. I like the idea of Harborview more because they offer a well-established residency program for new grads whereas Swedish claims on it's web site that they don't have a formal residency program but they are sometimes available. I like the thought of having extra training for a specific hospital before I'm dropped into the crazy world of nursing!

    So I was pretty set on Harborview as my first choice until someone told me that her friend works there and how she doesn't feel safe there. She was talking about how they've had to hire a ton of extra security because of several attacks on staff (sometimes even having to be escorted by security from one area in the hospital to another). I looked online for information and I found only one article talking about it, which talked more about the security guards feeling unprepared rather than the rest of the staff feeling unsafe. I'm not sure if the woman who told me this is exaggerating, or if I should really think twice before going there.

    I know working there would be great experience, but as a new grad, I'll have enough stress to deal with without worrying about my safety all the time. I could use some input from people who work there, know people who work there, etc.

    Also, any input from anyone at Swedish would be great too. Their website doesn't offter much info on opportunities for new grads. Any experiences with them would be great to hear about too. My head is spinning from trying to figure all this out! Help!
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    I heard similar stories about Harborview and its my friends telling these stories who work there. She is actually trying to quit her job because of safety problem.....many bums out there waiting in parking lot for money and esp. risky for females. swedish normally doesn't hire new grads.....they look for at least 1 yr experience unless you have precepted there and want to work in the same floor.
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    Hi! I'll move it to the Wash. state forum and perhaps you can hone in on some locals that can help you.
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    Hello,

    I started my nursing career at Swedish (2001) as a new grad I was hired into their Critical Care units. I had a 3 or 4 month internship which included both classwork and preceptership upon the unit. They also offered a relocation bonus at the time. I was considering between them, Harborview, or Providence but they responded first and offered the most money - so that where I went. I loved their ICU and if I had not married and moved south would most likely still be working there.

    Hope this helps,

    Pat
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    Quote from Born-In-The-USA
    I heard similar stories about Harborview and its my friends telling these stories who work there. She is actually trying to quit her job because of safety problem.....many bums out there waiting in parking lot for money and esp. risky for females. swedish normally doesn't hire new grads.....they look for at least 1 yr experience unless you have precepted there and want to work in the same floor.
    Do you work at Swedish or have you just heard that they don't usually hire new grads?
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    I'm a nurse tech at Harborview and I love it a lot. I've never felt unsafe while working there, and I'm working the night shift, riding my bike around 11pm (granted, it's pretty close to me). And public safety will drive people to their cars or walk with you at night if you feel like you need it. In any case, Swedish is literally a stone's throw away from Harborview, so it's not like there are radically different people hanging around Swedish either.

    I've done some clinical experience at Swedish and yes, the rooms are nicer and the pay is better...but I cannot tell you how many times I've seen doctors and nurses walk out of BSI (isolation) rooms without washing their hands. It horrified me. And I went to 3 different floors (tele, and two different med-surg floors).
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    Quote from Justine_
    I'm a nurse tech at Harborview and I love it a lot. I've never felt unsafe while working there, and I'm working the night shift, riding my bike around 11pm (granted, it's pretty close to me). And public safety will drive people to their cars or walk with you at night if you feel like you need it. In any case, Swedish is literally a stone's throw away from Harborview, so it's not like there are radically different people hanging around Swedish either.

    I've done some clinical experience at Swedish and yes, the rooms are nicer and the pay is better...but I cannot tell you how many times I've seen doctors and nurses walk out of BSI (isolation) rooms without washing their hands. It horrified me. And I went to 3 different floors (tele, and two different med-surg floors).
    Thanks Justine,

    That's good to hear (well not the part about Swedish )! I'm still very interested in Harborview, it was actually my first choice for a while, I just got nervous when I started hearing stories about violence against employees. I'm actually going there this quarter for my psych rotation, so I'll experience first hand how I feel about it. Plus, I was thinking about it, and I live on the south edge of capitol hill, right up next to Central District, which has it's share of shady areas, and I don't feel unsafe walking around by my house. So, it shouldn't be too different. Thanks for your input, I'm glad to hear from someone who works there.

    What area do you work as a nurse tech in?
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    I work with Trauma Surgery, which is great as a student because I get to see a lot of different stuff. I've never been to psych, but have always wanted to see it. You can't get to it from the elevators, but I'm wondering if you can access it through the stairs?

    Good luck with whatever you choose...didn't mean to put down Swedish that much, just a different preference for different patient populations.
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    So I've been to Harborview for my psych clinicals, and I've decided that the crazy people are on the street outside the hospital, and less on the psych unit! That being said, I do like Harborview a lot more than I anticipated, even given the overly-friendly/scary guy that repeatedly proposes to me in a less than coherent manner.

    Oh and psych is on the 5th floor and can be accessed by the west elevators, but it's a lockdown unit, so you couldn't get to it anyways unless you have a key or someone lets you in.
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    Hello everyone! Anyways,my question is kind of similar to the original thread.I'm currently working for Cleveland clinic but I am planning to relocate to Seattle this summer and I am looking at Harborview MC,Swedish or VMMC.I have 5 yrs M/S experience.I wanted to find out from you guys who have worked on any of these hospitals what you can say about them and if you have another hospital in mind that you think is a very good place to work at.Thanks!


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