Loma Linda University Medical Center? Anyone working there specifically 8300

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Hi. I'm a recent new grad and I'm currently looking for jobs. I was wondering is anyone here working in Loma Linda Univeristy Medical center and also if you are working at 8300 or the intermediate neuro/surgery.

This is the only unit that might hire new grads that interests me so I wanted to know a little bit more. I requested observation but not here because I didn't know that they were going to have an available position.

How is the working environment? How may patients do RNs take care of?...

Just some of the questions in my mind.

Thanks very much.

Specializes in Emergency, Trauma, Critical Care.

I'm local, but all I can tell you is what other nurses have told me about Loma Linda. Many of the nurses working at my hospital left loma linda because of how they were treated.

They stated salary was very low. (I believe new grads make 23/hr there to start, I was offered almost 10$ more an hour at a hospital 15 minutes away). And as far as who the hospital will back up, it is usually the Physicians, not the nurses.

As far as the experiences, because it is a Level 1 trauma center, you will be exposed to a lot and learn a lot.

I also have a friend who knows the nursing hiring dept director who stated that when they did open the new grad positions over 200 applicants applied for what was two positions that they weren't even planning on hiring for. (The union required them to post the positions). Because of the economy, please realize it will be stiff competition to obtain a position there, and do consider other facilities as well.

Good luck!

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I'm local, but all I can tell you is what other nurses have told me about Loma Linda. Many of the nurses working at my hospital left loma linda because of how they were treated.

They stated salary was very low. (I believe new grads make 23/hr there to start, I was offered almost 10$ more an hour at a hospital 15 minutes away). And as far as who the hospital will back up, it is usually the Physicians, not the nurses.

As far as the experiences, because it is a Level 1 trauma center, you will be exposed to a lot and learn a lot.

I also have a friend who knows the nursing hiring dept director who stated that when they did open the new grad positions over 200 applicants applied for what was two positions that they weren't even planning on hiring for. (The union required them to post the positions). Because of the economy, please realize it will be stiff competition to obtain a position there, and do consider other facilities as well.

Good luck!

Thanks! I know they start very low. I think this is because they are an Adventist hospital.

How do you know about the physicians are backed up more than the nurses? Isn't this in every hospital?

And lastly, yeah, it's getting pretty competitive. I have applied to other hospitals as well.

What other hospitals around the area do you suggest for a new grad?

Specializes in Emergency, Trauma, Critical Care.

Actually the reason they pay low is because they can. They graduate their own nursing students, many of who would rather just come work for them because they've already spent most of their clinicals there and are comfortable there. Plus the reputation the hospital has, has many nurses scrambling to get there. If a nurse wants to go to CRNA school, what looks better working at a local hospital ICU or a "Level 1 trauma center University hospital".

Some hospitals are very physician centered. Other hospitals, the physician's are held to a certain standard of respect, they can't just go around yelling at nurses all the time, yeah they'll be an ass at times, but ultimately, they don't go around badgering nurses all day. If there is an issue, and speak to the charge nurse, the issue will get taken care of, where as loma linda may have a tendency to just brush it off.

I work at St. Bernardine's Medical Center in the ICU. They currently have 7 openings, mostly day shift if you're interested. But you have to be a local resident and have recently graduated. They also have tele. Just go to the website and apply online.

Good luck!

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I work at St. Bernardine's Medical Center in the ICU. They currently have 7 openings, mostly day shift if you're interested. But you have to be a local resident and have recently graduated. They also have tele. Just go to the website and apply online.

Good luck!

Really? You have to be a local resident? I applied there I remember. That's probably why they haven't contacted me yet.

Do you know why they only want local residents? I mean I'm willing to relocate.

Specializes in Emergency, Trauma, Critical Care.

There is a ton of new graduates in the area at this time. RCC graduated 120 nurses in december and two other community colleges graduated another 60 in june. That doesn't even include Loma Linda's graduating class or CSUSB which graduates another 80. So it can be assumed that at least 260 new graduates graduates this year so far. Even with the ones who may attempt to move away, there is a large amount of new graduates in this area.

They will always give first priority to local residents, who they know are committed in the area and less likely to quit and move after a short time. As it is, many of these new grads do not have jobs (I know some of them). The hospitals have deemed it unfair to consider outside graduates before hiring locally and made it a policy.

Furthermore many hospitals cancelled their new graduate programs. My hospital hired a good 30 New Graduates in ICU alone over the course of the year, but most hospitals took much fewer than that, if any.

I would just keep applying everywhere, adding extra skills such as ACLS, and honestly, take any job to at least maintain some skills. I'm unsure of where you live, but in most parts of California the economy is so rough there are way more graduates than new graduate opportunities. Hopefully things will get better soon.

Good luck!

abbaking

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Specializes in Telemetry, Med-Surg, ED, Psych.

Hello - I work on 9200 (oncology) soon to be moved over to 9300 on wednesday. Both 8300 and 9200 share the same nurse manager and clinical educator. 8300 is mainly a handbag of medical/surgical/telelmetry patients while 9200 is mostly GYN ONC, Radiation (cesium implant/Iodine 131), ALL, and various chemo patients - in addition to basic med/surg/tele overflow.

Nurse to patient ratio for 8300 - Basic List 1:5

Intermediate List 1:3

Private message me if you want more information

2busyb

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abbaking, thanks!:D I was wondering what the different units ment. So do you have to be chemo certified to be on 9200? I graduated in June RN been working in pallative care ( was an LVN b4) , while waiting for hospital positions. Would be soo interested in 9200 or 8300. : )

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Hello - I work on 9200 (oncology) soon to be moved over to 9300 on wednesday. Both 8300 and 9200 share the same nurse manager and clinical educator. 8300 is mainly a handbag of medical/surgical/telelmetry patients while 9200 is mostly GYN ONC, Radiation (cesium implant/Iodine 131), ALL, and various chemo patients - in addition to basic med/surg/tele overflow.

Nurse to patient ratio for 8300 - Basic List 1:5

Intermediate List 1:3

Private message me if you want more information

thanks for the great info. appreciate it. hope everything's going well for you. i'm not sure what's at 9300. is that med/surg/gen surgery or something? but anyway, thanks again.

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There is a ton of new graduates in the area at this time. RCC graduated 120 nurses in december and two other community colleges graduated another 60 in june. That doesn't even include Loma Linda's graduating class or CSUSB which graduates another 80. So it can be assumed that at least 260 new graduates graduates this year so far. Even with the ones who may attempt to move away, there is a large amount of new graduates in this area.

They will always give first priority to local residents, who they know are committed in the area and less likely to quit and move after a short time. As it is, many of these new grads do not have jobs (I know some of them). The hospitals have deemed it unfair to consider outside graduates before hiring locally and made it a policy.

Furthermore many hospitals cancelled their new graduate programs. My hospital hired a good 30 New Graduates in ICU alone over the course of the year, but most hospitals took much fewer than that, if any.

I would just keep applying everywhere, adding extra skills such as ACLS, and honestly, take any job to at least maintain some skills. I'm unsure of where you live, but in most parts of California the economy is so rough there are way more graduates than new graduate opportunities. Hopefully things will get better soon.

Good luck!

i know what you mean. the economy is really not helping the new grads.

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