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

by hearts895, RN BSN

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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 hospital, very caring, with great... Read More


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    Hey, I guess I am a late poster on here!

    I graduated from my BScN last May 2010 (Canadian RN here), and have been working surgical and cardiology/telemetry ever since. Just wrote my NCLEX this week and passed! I have a job offer lined up @ St Joes doing the critical care residency program - anybody have any experience with that? I am really looking forward to this job opportunity. I won't be starting until the New Year though d/t getting all my immigration paperwork and what not in order.
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    Quote from tk0224
    Hey, I guess I am a late poster on here!

    I graduated from my BScN last May 2010 (Canadian RN here), and have been working surgical and cardiology/telemetry ever since. Just wrote my NCLEX this week and passed! I have a job offer lined up @ St Joes doing the critical care residency program - anybody have any experience with that? I am really looking forward to this job opportunity. I won't be starting until the New Year though d/t getting all my immigration paperwork and what not in order.
    Hi Congrats on getting a job at St. Joes and passing the NCLEX. I'm a nursing student going to school in MI who would LOVE to come back home to WA state and get a job at St. Joes. The critical care residency program would be a dream come true. I am wondering if you could tell me how hard it was for you to get this position, how much of a chance a new grad like me has, and if you have any advice for someone looking to get a job there as a new grad. Thank you!

    ETA: I am currently CNA in a hospital on the Cardiac floor and working on my BSN. Also have some experience in the nursing home. Do you think this could be of benefit when applying there?
    Last edit by hearts895, RN BSN on Nov 20, '10
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    Honestly, I have no idea - I have some family there and after visiting I thought I would just throw applications all over the place and see if I heard something back. I was lucky to get a phone call from them and have been working ever since to get my VISA and NCLEX etc etc.

    I am not overly familiar with the job market in WA, but my manager did say that they have this residency open to new grads as well... so you have nothing to lose by applying . I noticed the job description says BSN preferred as well, and being from Canada we are required to have a BScN to be an RN... so that might work in your favour Oh, and cardiac experience is always good to have, since I am pretty sure 99% of critical care patients are on telemetry monitoring .

    Good luck!!! Would be interested to know how it works out for you!!!
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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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    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
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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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    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 !
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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!
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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.
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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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