Thoughts on St. Joseph Medical Center? Does a new grad have chance for job there? - page 2

Hi everyone :) I was wondering if anyone has thoughts or experiences with St. Joseph Medical Center. My Mom tells me (from her experience there when she was pregnant) that its a wonderful... Read More

  1. Visit  DC Collins profile page
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    Hi Maria,

    I volunteered at St. Joes for about three years, in Wound Care, then the 8th Floor (med/surg/ortho), and finally in the ED. I wouldn't have stayed that long if I hadn't loved it.

    In addition, I have been a patient there, in the ED and the ACC. I have also been a pt at St. Clare (sister hospital in Lakewood). I cannot highly enough recommend SJMC or any Franciscan facility. The 'feel' there is better than any hospital I have experienced in my 49 years of life.

    Here's the kicker...I loved it so much, I am now an ED RN at St. Clare

    Much luck to you in your job search!

    DC, ED RN
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  2. Visit  crashcart27 profile page
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    I would stick to this general rule of thumb: if a place of employment has numerous job openings, there may be a reason for it.
    Last edit by crashcart27 on Nov 29, '10
  3. Visit  tk0224 profile page
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    Well from what I understood there was an expansion in their critical care program - this would make sense for hiring more staff . I guess I will be the judge myself when I start Being unionized is also a bonus no? There should be recourse for unhappy staff at a unionized facility.
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  4. Visit  tk0224 profile page
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    Also crashcart, just wondering if your opinions are based on personal experience or by others' opinions? People I work with bash our hospital ALL the time, but I actually enjoy where I work !
  5. Visit  hearts895, RN BSN profile page
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    Quote from tk0224
    Well from what I understood there was an expansion in their critical care program - this would make sense for hiring more staff . I guess I will be the judge myself when I start Being unionized is also a bonus no? There should be recourse for unhappy staff at a unionized facility.
    The fact that it is unionized is one of my biggest reasons for being so interested. I come from a strongly pro-union family, and I know that in nursing there can sometimes be issues with upper management having messed up and/or greedy policies, to the detriment of nursing staff and the pt.'s. Its good to have a strong (key word lol) union to back you up. Also, its good to have a union to back you up as nurse, since there are so many chances for people to throw you and your license under the bus when there are issues of liability. When people get sue-happy or fire-happy, its good to have all the support in your corner you can get.
    I'm so glad to hear there are openings in critical care - that is my dream area of nursing - I just hope and pray they are still available when I finally graduate!
  6. Visit  hearts895, RN BSN profile page
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    Quote from DC Collins
    Hi Maria,

    I volunteered at St. Joes for about three years, in Wound Care, then the 8th Floor (med/surg/ortho), and finally in the ED. I wouldn't have stayed that long if I hadn't loved it.

    In addition, I have been a patient there, in the ED and the ACC. I have also been a pt at St. Clare (sister hospital in Lakewood). I cannot highly enough recommend SJMC or any Franciscan facility. The 'feel' there is better than any hospital I have experienced in my 49 years of life.

    Here's the kicker...I loved it so much, I am now an ED RN at St. Clare

    Much luck to you in your job search!

    DC, ED RN
    Wow that is so great to hear! Thank you very much for sharing! This may sound really cheesy/sappy, but I have always gotten a really good feeling off of everything I've seen about the Franciscan medical system in WA, including St. Joes. I was also considering looking into St. Clares, so I'm glad to hear you have positive experiences there too. My mom said that when she was pregnant she went to St. Joes for some OB reasons and she had a wonderful experience there. She said that the hospital has a feel of genuine warmth, kindness, and spirituality and everyone treated her with respect. So I'm glad to see someone else has good things to say. I'm really looking for a place where I can feel comfortable as a new nurse, where I have opportunities for grow and experience, a place that has my same values, and in any of the Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue areas. Of course its not for sure what my experiences will be, but I'm definitely putting St. Joe's at the top of my list for future job prospects.
  7. Visit  DC Collins profile page
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    Everyone has different experiences, of course. And nobody, no company, etc. is perfect. But imho, your *odds* of finding a fantastic long-term employer in Franciscan are excellent!

    I get the same 'feel' as your mom did.

    Further, I just worked my first shift in the St. Clare ED last night, and everyone, whether I knew them from my last quarter of clinicals or not, made me feel *welcome*.

    DC
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  8. Visit  wizard100 profile page
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    The 300 new grads internship in 2009 was because they opened a brand new sister hospital in Gig Harbor, WA: St. Anthonys. They were also close to opening another sister hospital in Enumclaw: Enumclaw Hospital. All hospitals are part of Fransciscan Health System: St. Joes (Tacoma), St. Claires (Lakewood), St. Francis (Federal Way), St. Anthonys and Enumclaw (the newest in their additions). I have worked at St. Joes...went through their new grad program Med/Surg/Tele. I can say from my experience the hospital was very nice, the old nurses dont eat their young and very supportive of new grads. Everyone makes sure you're doing ok. The charge nurses are excellent. If the floor was full with heavy care load patients, we had extra float CNA and extra float RNs in addition to scheduled RNs. From managers to charge nurse to staff nurses, everyone comes and asks if you need help and they do if you ask. I would recommend any new grads to apply there through their internship. Also, after getting your foot for one yr, the chances of getting hired to ICU, ER, OR, L&D is very high. They hire their own employees who have 1 yrs of med/surg in speciality areas first then open to public nurses with experience. They make you go through additional internship in those speciality areas. Go for Franciscan Health System anyday !!! I knew few travel nurses who loved it so much, they took permanent RN positions there.
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  9. Visit  itri4vt profile page
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    Hi! I need your help if you work at St. Clare's!

    I got a call back about an ED position from I think one of the clinical managers there. She wanted me to come in for an interview, but I am still in Virginia. She said she'd check out with someone else (I think she said Sarah?) about setting up a phone interview. I was so caught off guard by the phone call that I failed to get her name, title or phone number.... so when they didn't call back yesterday I tried calling the number on my phone and it was the hospital mainline.

    Anyone know someone there who could get me the appropriate contact information so I can set up a phone interview? This would be my dream job - ED is where I want to be!

    Thanks!
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  10. Visit  DC Collins profile page
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    ITRI4VT:

    Her name is *****. I am not sure of her specific title, as she recently took over the hiring process for the Manager of ED Services, but she is definitely the one who does the interviews (she hired me

    You do need to call the main line to get through, but if you do so weekdays after 7:30am PST and ask for her, you will get her, someone else in her office, or at least her voice mail.

    Good luck!
    DC, St. Clare ED RN
    Last edit by jb2u on Jan 28, '11 : Reason: name removed - TOS Violation
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  11. Visit  itri4vt profile page
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    Thank you so much, DC! I will call today
  12. Visit  retronovice profile page
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    I think Tacoma General (multicare) has a new grad residency program, and so does Providence in Everett. Multicare also has that beautiful new hospital in Puyallup (formerly Good Samaritan). Best of luck!
  13. Visit  chemdawg profile page
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    Can anyone please tell me how the jobs for new grads are listed thru the Franciscan Health System. I have emailed a recruiter directly and she suggested 1.0fte, 9.0 fte and another but I am not having any luck with trying there. I just recently relocated with my husband from Texas due to a military move and therefore my schooling was not here and neither were my clinicals. I truly enjoy serving others and I am passionate about nursing but feel that graduating in December from another place has put me at such a disadvantage. I have been actively networking and met some fantastic people and in no way regret following my husband. I could really use some advice and at times I feel like if you do not have a name to put down for a referal your chances are slim to none at this time. St Clare does have an outstanding ER from our experience there in February and would just love to becaome a part of the team here especially since we have 3-5 years to spend in Washington.


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