Aurora Health Care - Milwaukee

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    I'm wondering if anyone has any experiences (good or bad) to share either in working for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, or (more specifically) with Aurora's Graduate Nurse position.

    I will be graduating in May with a BSN and am looking for some feedback on how they are as an employer and how the experience is for new grads there.

    Any and all feedback welcome. Thanks!
    Last edit by tdrynelle on Mar 28, '09
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    I can't begin to describe just how bad working conditions are within Aurora. Management is preoccupied with "mandatory" meetings. Turnover of all staff is extremely high. Charting on Cerner Millennium is a night mare. Patient care equipment at times not working. Patient staff ratios unrealistic to put it mildly. Pay and benefits is at the very bottom in comparison to hospitals in the area.
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    I would have to Aurora Healthcare is one crappy employer. They are just a big corporation to make money. Aurora is all about making money, awards on the wall, and getting good PR in the media. The day they come out and care about them employees...I would certainly be worried!!! Alot of managers throughout Aurora do not have experience in the departments they run. Of course, with Aurora being so large, it all depends where the money is!!! If you work at a hospital or a site where it makes money for Aurora....then you get the spoils...but if you don't..then you get the scraps. I tell people...work for Aurora for a year and then jump ship!
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    I have been offered a position with the Aurora Dialysis Center in Sturgeon Bay. Does anyone know anything about this clinic?
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    I worked for Aurora for 12 years. When I started there in the 90's it was ok. They were very good with continuing education classes and even gave gift cards during the holidays. My last year was 2005. The new manager picked one RN and bullied that RN until that RN quit. My turn came and I refused to be her scape goat and quit. I have been a SAHM since. My friend is an ER MD at Aurora and says that the nurses are treated badly. Aurora has not made any pension contributions for the past three years. My MD friend says that they build a lot of nice buildings but do not staff appropriately. The manager in question eventually went back to her position as a staff nurse because the staff hated her and she was incompetent.
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    I also worked at Aurora for 12 years and honestly, I don't think it's any better or worse anywhere else. It's tough every where. Working a short time in the private sector, I also saw short staffing - not for the lack of them trying to staff appropriately, but they had 3 people doing the work of 6 at one clinic. Columbia/St Mary's just layed off a TON of staff. I heard 500, but have seen several hundred mentioned in JSOnline.

    Me? I'm trying to get back into Aurora. Personally, I think I've been black listed by someone, but every time I'm denied, I'll re-write my resume and keep trying! I've got the experience, I've got the confidence to do any job in that place. Just got to convince the HR folks of that.

    Any opinions on Froedert? I wouldn't like the commute, but really, I know very little about them.
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    Yes, you have been blacklisted. HR and middle management can be very vindictive. I've seen very good nurses fired because they refused to bow down to the unit manager or the powerful charge nurse. Good luck, I hope HR will realize that they can use an experienced nurse like you.
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    I knew it! Why those #(^@*&^)!*@ @(*#^@()&(*)&!!!

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    I applied to Aurora last summer and got an interview the a nurse recruiter. I was SO excited at the time because it was my first interview for a RN position. Everything went well with the nurse recruiter and I got a call fro m a unit manager the next day for an interview. The same day I had that interview I got a call from a different unit manager a the same hosptial. Which I was even more happy about because it was my "dream unit at the time. Needless, to say after interviewing and even shadowing on one of the units I never got called back about the status on my application and when I called the unit managers they told me to call the recruiters office. When I did that she informed me the first postion was filled already and she didn't know anything about the second. I decided that in the end if Aurora is that crappy with communication with hiring that I don't want to work in that system anyway. Fortunately, I had the freedom to apply anywhere so I ended up in a smaller rural hospital which I feel is a great place to start my career because I get to see a little of everything! Plus, since it is smaller I am treated as a person and not a mindless employee...at least most of the time.
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    If I remember correctly, when I was first hired by them (1997), it took a month to solidify my position. They're dealing the cards and the deck is stacked in their favor. Still, I still would rather work for them ... it's only 2 miles from home!


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