St. Joseph - Marshfield Critical Care Internship

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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
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    I was raised in Marshfield and worked at Saint Joe's for 5 years on the cardiac floor. The hospital is great and you will learn a lot.

    Now, Marshfield is nothing great; especially for single people. It is a small town and we lost a lot of Dr.'s because there is not much to do...

    I liked the little town and the schools were great for my kids... You will learn a lot, but there is not much else to do...

    Good luck in what you decide.
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    Thanks for your reply. During my interview and subsequent tour, I really felt like it was a top notch hospital and a potentially great learning experience. I'm glad you can confirm that. I've mostly lived in bigger cities though, so it will be a bit of a change.
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    Well, I accepted the position and will be starting on March 5th. The opportunity is a great one so I'm not going to pass it up just because Marshfield is a little "rural"

    If anyone has any advice on where to look for a nice apartment or rent, please send me a PM.
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    Quote from mnscotti
    Well, I accepted the position and will be starting on March 5th. The opportunity is a great one so I'm not going to pass it up just because Marshfield is a little "rural"

    If anyone has any advice on where to look for a nice apartment or rent, please send me a PM.
    Hey Scott!

    You decided not to do the Critical Care Internship at OSUMC?
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    Quote from mnscotti
    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
    *** I graduated from that program. It's a good program and they will teach you to be a critical care nurse. However I can not recommend Ministry (the system St. Joe's belongs to) as an employer. The pay is much lower than comparable Wisconsin hospitals, about $10-12 / hour less than other similar hospitals in Wisconsin for new grads and benefits are poor and vastly over priced. For the last 7 months or so patient census in the critical care has been very low, this leads to 3-5 ICU nurses getting laid off each shift. This has been going on so long that people have used all their PTO and are not getting their full paychecks. This has resulted in low unit moral and and a highly critical eye towards newly hired nurses.
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    PMFB-RN,
    Can you tell me how long ago you went through the program? Were you in the CCU or SICU? Can you expand a little bit about the 3-5 nurses being laid off each shift and the low unit morale? That doesn't quite seem fair if you are committed/required to be a 0.8 or 0.9 and the hospital doesn't hold up it's part of the deal.

    I certainly agree that the pay for new grads is not at the top end at St Joe's. I am starting at a bit over $22/hr. But I don't think there are any hospitals in Wisconsin that pay $10-12 more an hour for new grads. Even in Minneapolis where new grads are paid more than most of the rest of the country, they are only at $31/hr.
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    Sent you a PM
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    mnscotti, how has your experience been? I have an interview scheduled this week and although their informational packet provides a lot of information, it would be wonderful to hear from an insider on the experience.
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    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.


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