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Does one have an advantage coming from a “top” hospital?

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wolfgangRN specializes in Emergency.

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wolfgangRN specializes in Emergency.

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21 hours ago, klone said:

This is correct.

Hahaha! That is very reassuring!

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wolfgangRN specializes in Emergency.

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Thank you all for your insight! I did like the atmosphere better at the smaller hospital, but as with everything new to me, I tend to overanalyze everything. I don’t have any experience in the other environment which is why I came here. In terms of benefits, etc, I do know which I want, but I wasn’t sure if hospital rankings affected future hiring probability at all. It’s reassuring to see that it is still dependent on the individual and not the past employer name.

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mmc51264 has 8 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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8 hours ago, MunoRN said:

If anything, they can be leery of nurses who have only worked in teaching hospitals, where residents are coming out of the woodwork, these nurses can find the autonomy of a non-teaching hospital to be unsettling, at least at first. 

Really? You think having to train the residents is without autonomy?  I take it you have not worked with a bunch of 1st year residents  who know nothing about the flow of the floor. I would challenge that I have as much, if not more, autonomy than any other nurse. Even though I work at a teaching hospital .

I love working at a big teaching hospital. I see things that some nurse never see in their whole career. I strive to be a better nurse, not just one with "Big Hosp" on my resume. 

Generalizations are not accurate, or fair. 

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Rose_Queen has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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6 minutes ago, mmc51264 said:

Really? You think having to train the residents is without autonomy?  I take it you have not worked with a bunch of 1st year residents  who know nothing about the flow of the floor. I would challenge that I have as much, if not more, autonomy than any other nurse. Even though I work at a teaching hospital .

I believe PP was referring to the fact that residents are readily available within the building at all times. Outside of teaching hospitals, your physicians are likely at home asleep in the middle of the night when you need to call for orders.

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mmc51264 has 8 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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I just don't  understand the bashing of those that do work in bigger teaching hospitals. 

I have a friend who is graduating in May and looking for jobs at hospitals that I would not work at because of very dangerous staffing and sub par physicians. I would not put my license at risk, or risk harming someone because of things that are out of my control. The best nurse in the world cannot give quality care to  pts with a load of 8 pts. 

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klone has 14 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

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Nobody's bashing teaching hospitals. But when you have residents who need to practice their skills, it means that the nurses rarely get an opportunity to do it. Of course, I'm speaking only of OB, which is my only area of experience, but it's definitely the case that in a teaching hospital, the nurses rarely get a chance to do vag exams, apply a fetal scalp electrode, use a speculum, etc. 

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mmc51264 has 8 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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Well that is WAY out of my wheelhouse LOL  Ortho nurse here. There is a lot that the orhto residents do in sx or the ED that we don't do on the unit. I have no desire to do that. I am the one teaching them how to place certain order sets, protocols, HUGE on diabetes education. I think each specialty is unique. 

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I have no idea, and this is off-topic. But my doctor, who is an MD with 10 years experience (family medicine), told me that he interviewed for a job with Cedars-Sinai in California. They offered him 80 thousand dollars a year. An MD with a decade of experience!  When he expressed his shock at that salary, they told him “This is one of the best hospitals in the US and we have a line of doctors wanting to work here. Take it or leave it.”  (He didn’t take it.) All I have is his word for the story, so I don’t know if he was exaggerating. But when you mentioned being told it’s a privilege to work at XYZ hospital, that’s what I was reminded of. 

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mmc51264 has 8 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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It's very political at that level. We just got a new surgeon, that was well established at a teaching hospital not too far (but greater than 100 miles) I heard the story of why he left. He was either going to be in charge or stand still. He wanted to move forward. He has been great for our program. I think we were lucky to get him. I know he did not take a pay cut to come work with us. 

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wolfgangRN specializes in Emergency.

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34 minutes ago, mmc51264 said:

I just don't  understand the bashing of those that do work in bigger teaching hospitals. 

I have a friend who is graduating in May and looking for jobs at hospitals that I would not work at because of very dangerous staffing and sub par physicians. I would not put my license at risk, or risk harming someone because of things that are out of my control. The best nurse in the world cannot give quality care to  pts with a load of 8 pts. 

I don’t mean for my question to be a bashing of one vs the other. I believe Nursing should be of the highest standard of care no matter where one works...I was just trying to find out if there is any preferential treatment at all for applicants coming from a name-brand hospital vs a lesser known one. I have not ventured out enough to find out for myself. I’ve been a nurse for 8 years but sadly don’t have much variety in terms of employers.

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wolfgangRN specializes in Emergency.

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6 minutes ago, CommunityRNBSN said:

But when you mentioned being told it’s a privilege to work at XYZ hospital, that’s what I was reminded of. 

Yes, I’ve seen that happen in my current hospital. I learned a lot, my co-workers are great, but the travelers I’ve met tell us our benefits as full time are crap. I have a chance to transfer to a unit I want to be in, at both hospitals I applied for. The other has a name reputation w/ less benefits, the other does not but has better benefits. I like the atmosphere at both. So it’s more of does having a brand name hospital in my resume a plus, a minus, or does not matter?

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ICUman has 5 years experience and specializes in Cardiac Cath Lab.

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Hey Las Vegas has great nursing pay with a relatively low COL. Made well over 6 figures last year. PM me if you want details. 

I worked for a huge level 1 trauma center in Utah years ago and am so over it. I’m content with my community hospitals with a nice pace and happy coworkers now. 

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