St. Joseph - Marshfield Critical Care Internship - page 2
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Hi All, Are there any past or current Critical Care interns that are willing to share their experience during their time at St. Joseph's Hospital? Any thoughts about Marshfield itself as a place to live? Thanks, Scott... Read More
- 0Jul 9, '12 by PMFB-RNQuote from nurse.christine*** The climate there (St.Josephs) is toxic. The residency is great and very effective. Not long ago They fired all their nurse managers and assistant nurse managers and made them re-apply for their jobs. The SICU nurse manager was sent to be assistant NM of 3N and a med-surg NM was brought down to be NM of both SICU & CCU. She has zero critical care background. The pay is very low and getting LC (low cencused, i.e. laid off) is very, very common. Nurses there frequiently have no vacation as the must use it to keep their pay checks up to normal due to all the LC. They will work you for 4 hours, LC you for 4, then call you back for 4. The pay is very low, about $21-22/hour for new grads. There are no preformance raises. Everybody gets a raise (usually 1-3%) or nobody does. Raises have been frozen 3 of the last 6 years or so. Benifits are terrable and expensive. The health insurance is very expensive and covers little. Not to mention that the hospital has a contract with Security Health (owned by the physicians of Marshfield Clinic) that they will not cover any sort of family planning. This results in mature couples who have no desire to have more children having more then the employees are told their health insurance sucks cause we are "heavy users" of it.I worked for Ministry for 7 years...Did an internship in CCU, though that was before the nurse residency program. All I can say is that the RN's in CCU at that time were not very nice. The learning environment was poor, and if there were things I didn't know I was made to feel like an idiot if I didn't "get it" right away by a few of them. Mind you, this was in 2005, but I have heard from others that the climate there is poor.
I worked there full time for years and continue to work there part time. When I found a much higher paying job at another non-Magnet hospital I was thrilled.
All that said you WILL be well trained. I can hardly think of a better place to learn to be a real ICU nurse. It is the ideal place to spend your first 2-3 years and a new nurse to gain skills, then move on to a place that will appreciate you. The residency requires a 2 year contract that starts after the 7 month residency. Last I heard the pay off was $15 non prorated. That said I know plenty of people who walked away from the contract without paying it off and nothing was done.
If you want to get a spot in the residency stress your ties to the local community and never mention if you ever want to go on to grad school.
- 0Jul 11, '12 by PMFB-RNQuote from hintzk83*** Sure, PACU doesn't have a chronic problem losing it's nurses to CRNA school the way SICU does.The contract is actually 3 years now after the residency. I got accepted as a PACU resident but chose to accept an offer with the Mayo Clinic instead. In my interview I did mention my desire to attend grad school and I still got 1/3 spots, I think it helped.
- 0Dec 25, '12 by PedsHopefulWhat was the application process like, is there a lot of competition for spots? What are they looking for in applicant (to improve my chances). What was the residency/training like you for, did you enjoy it? Did you relocate to Marshfield? What is the hospital and its workers like?
- 0Dec 25, '12 by IndiCRNAWhat was the application process like
Fairly strait forward. Fill out the online application, attach your e-resume and write a cover letter. I interviewed with the nurse manager of the SICU over spring break of my lst semester of nursing school and was offered a position the next day on the phone.
is there a lot of competition for spots?
What are they looking for in applicant (to improve my chances).
What was the residency/training like you for, did you enjoy it?
Did you relocate to Marshfield?
What is the hospital and its workers like?
The bad side is the managment. In the last few years there has been a lot of turmoil. They recently had the lowest cultural survey in their history and they are coming down hard on staff. Last year they fired all the nurse managers and made them re-appy for their jobs. Not all were hired back and many were shifted around. For example the new ICU nurse manager was moved there from 7North, a med-surg until, and knows nothing about critical care nursing. They are Magnet but be prepared to become very cynical about Magnet there. Just prior to Magnet survey nurses were threatend that we had better tow the party line or else. We got 3x5 cards with the exact answers they wanted us to give to questions from surveyers. Many things like shared governance were put into place just for Magnet then done away with as soon as they got Magnet.
Moral is very low, pay is very low, benifits are bad and getting worse all the time. The health insurance offered is very expensive and low qualiety. They will only use Security Health Plan, which is owned by the physicans of Marhsfield Clinic.
I can't imagine a better place to spend your first few years as an RN. You will be well trained and very competant (or fired if not, they will fire a nurse at the drop of a hat). If you can work there you can work anywhere. Not a good place to spend a career.
I still work for them on a casual basis on the Sprit flight crew and still have many friends who work there. One of my best friends is an instructor in the residency program and has already responded to this thread.