Thoughts on St. Joseph Medical Center? Does a new grad have chance for job there? - page 3

by hearts895, RN BSN 14,759 Views | 40 Comments

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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    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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    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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    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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    Thank you so much, DC! I will call today
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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!
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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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    Chemdawg, the recruiter was correct. They don't have specific "residency" programs or positions posted. I also graduated in December from a school in VA, and I got one call about St. Clare's ED while I was still in VA, but since I couldn't drop in for an interview they didn't choose to go the phone interview route.

    Since moving here I've had 4 interviews, and I've applied to probably 200 jobs, maybe 30 of those being specific to new grads. I was very close to getting a Swedish ER job, but was beat out by an internal candidate who had been a tech there. Extremely disappointing...

    I took a job in home healthcare and I'm going to keep doing that until I find a hospital job. I suggest looking on Craigslist and apply to clinics, community programs/health departments, skilled nursing facilities and home health.

    Also, I would avoid telling whomever you're applying to or interviewing with that your husband is military and that you'd be moving in 3-5 years. Nobody wants to hire someone that may only be temporary (esp a new grad that they're gonna drop 10-15,000 on to train).

    Good luck!
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    Thanks so much for the quick reply for I was worried that maybe there was a different listing for the residencies and the recruiters might be getting tired of seeing me apply to jobs I am underqualified for. I have also been told that the surrounding areas are military friendly and I do hope that is true for I can only be honest when they ask that familiar question as to why you left your last job. I am staying busy with a part time cashier job and working on my BSN in August. I too have applied for many positions and have had very little success in landing interviews but the phone and in person interview I did get I look upon as a learning tool for in school they did not go over that part very thoroughly. Should you come upon any information about job fairs and want to share the information I would very much appreciate it and I will do the same. I will keep active in my search here and hope that we both have a different perception on this subject to share with others this time next year.
    Last edit by chemdawg on Jun 10, '11 : Reason: misspell
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    Quote from itri4vt
    (esp a new grad that they're gonna drop 10-15,000 on to train)
    Good luck!
    More like $65,000 over the entire first year, what with all the classes, pairing you up with an experienced nurse and having to pay you both, etc. At least in the ED. This is St. Clare specific and what I was told by the manager.
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    Quote from seneyka
    St.Joe's hired around 300's of new grad for residency last summer 2009. There are still openings in other local hospital of Franciscan Health System (such as ST.Clare in Lakewood, ST.Anthony in Gig Harbor, St.Francis in Federal way). If u r interested, try to apply now since they have couple more openings.
    Med-Surg AM shift are very very busy, Eve shifts are busy still, not sure of night shift. Most people prefer Night shift to learn things and not to be overwhelmed by the MD orders+ Discharging pt and then admitting pt after the other left.

    Team work there is very good. Charge nurse and other RNs help out a lot.
    St Elizabeth in Enumclaw. Don't forget the newest sister.


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