Thoughts on St. Joseph Medical Center? Does a new grad have chance for job there? - page 4

by hearts895, RN BSN

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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    I think most people are happy with Franciscan. The education they offer is amazing. It's all FREE! They really expect their nurses to be on top of their game and keep themselves current on various topics that you go over every year at fair day.
    I'm very happy to be within the Franciscan system and have truly found my niche. I hope all the other posters that want to work at any of sisters gets hired on.
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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.
    St Joe is WSNA. St Francis and Anthony are NOT unionized. Just an FYI. St Elizabeth is SEIU 1199 NW. Not sure what Clare is..I used to know but have forgotten. I want to say WSNA....
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    I am thankful for all the words of advice, I am starting a residency program with St. Clares and it did not bother them that i was military. I have a proven record of longevity at my previous jobs and believe that helped. Very excited and hope that other new grads find their niche.
    guccibear and tokmom like this.
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    Lucky you! Good job and congratulations.
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    Congrats! I think you got in at a good time. I heard from the CEO that they are going to tighten their belt when it comes to hiring. This was on the heels of the Mulitcare lay offs. FHS says they are financially stable and they want to stay that way.
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    St joes is great. In my 4th quarter of nursing school we had two recruiters come talk to our class. The reason for their visit was to discuss hiring new grads and how to get hired when nursing school is finished. They said ADN students and BSN students are looked at the same when it comes to clinical nursing. These days basically the only way to get a job is to have previous experience with the company... therefore becoming a nurse tech while in school. If you perform well, and they have the budget, you are basically a shoe-in. The only tough part about that is to make a great cover letter and resume so they can consider you.
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    You don't know who is BSN and who isn't within Franciscan. Another thing I like about it, is there are a lot of nurses in higher management jobs, whereas some have non medical bean counters.
    FHS is going to restructure their nursing model and is cutting some spending on the heals of Multi Care. I guess FHS is 30% of CHI's profit. That is huge! It also makes us a bullseye. We don't have a lot of overage at our hospital so I hope they leave us alone.
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    This gives me hope =D
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    How is the ED there? Staff wise?
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    Quote from wizard100
    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.
    That's good to hear =D


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