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Centura Health vs Healthone/HCA

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by hwngrl hwngrl (New Member) New Member

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Hi everyone! I was hoping to get some insight from current or recent employees of Healthone (preferably Swedish) or Centura Health (possibly Castle Rock Adventist). I was wondering if anyone could give me a better insight to these places...perhaps covering the following topics

1) pay (base/differential/sign-ons?)

2) benefits

3) work environment

4) management

5) do you like/dislike where you work(ed)

Thank you so very much for your help!!!

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klone has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Director of OB Services.

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You would have better luck with responses if you post this in the Colorado Nurses forum.

I did PRN work a few years ago for Centura, and what I disliked the most was that we did not offer postpartum birth control options to our new moms because of the Catholic nature of the hospitals. Now, I only worked at St. Anthony's, so I don't know if their Adventist hospitals are different. And that would not really be a relevant issue if you're not in OB.

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I haven't personally worked at either, but I have gotten a lot of advise (unsolicited or not) during my own job search in the Denver area. I've heard pretty good things about Centura, particularly Porter. I also had a clinical there and nurses seemed pretty happy in general. I haven't heard about Castlerock in particular but its a brand new beautiful facility. About Swedish- I've had 3 different people who formerly worked at Swedish tell me to absolutely not apply there. No one could really pinpoint one specific reason why not but to have 3 unrelated bad experiences convinced me not to even bother applying there.

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JessicaDanielle has 3 years experience.

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I believe Centura is one of the lower paying hospital systems. Not a bad company, but expect to get paid a little more some where else

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@klone, thank you so much for your thoughts. I can't seem to move my post to Colorado Nurses forum. Do you know how I can do this? Thanks!

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Thank you everyone for your thoughts! I hope to hear more from others. I am new to the area and having a hard time making a decision sight unseen

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klone has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Director of OB Services.

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Thank you everyone for your thoughts! I hope to hear more from others. I am new to the area and having a hard time making a decision sight unseen

Do you have interviews there? Where are you living (or planning to live)? That would certainly factor into my decisionmaking process. I certainly would not want to live in Westminster and commute to Castle Rock or Parker. Are you looking at other hospital systems? I've heard good things about SCL (formerly Exempla), and I can speak from experience that University, Children's and Denver Health are all great places to work, as well.

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I'm at HCA.

1) pay (base/differential/sign-ons?) Base pay is very low compared to other healthcare systems. Differential is about 20%. There is at least one HCA hospital currently offering sign on bonuses for experienced ED nurses, otherwise there are no sign ons.

2) benefits Excellent benefits that range from insurance and PTO to concierge help if needed, as well as student loan forgiveness.

3) work environment Fantastic (at my facility) helpful nurses, everything is centered around team work. Couldn't ask for better.

4) management Again, excellent management, they really do seem to care!

5) do you like/dislike where you work(ed) Love it! Even though the pay is low, I have no intention of leaving.

Swedish recently revamped their computer system and the new system is difficult and a bit archaic. Nurses left en masse. This is a tough job market, especially for new grads, but there was so much turnover at Swedish that around 20 of my classmates all got hired there. I don't know of any other hospital that hired that many new grads all at once without having a residency program. Seems that now, the new nurses love it, the more seasoned nurses dislike it.

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Thanks for your response! I have offers from Castle Rock Adventist and Swedish. I didn't apply to DH as I heard they are pretty strict on the minimum experience, and I don't have my BSN yet, so Children's was out. I am living in the Littleton/Highlands Ranch area.

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@scaredsilly, thank you so much for your response! It's good to hear some positives about HealthOne/HCA.... I was starting to get scared. What type of computer system is Swedish using? Why do you think the seasoned nurses dislike Swedish? Thanks again for your help!

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Hwngrl, did you end up taking one of the jobs you posted about? If so, which one? I interviewed at Castle Rock and I am really, really hoping I get the job!

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