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New nurse - how to research hospitals from nurse's perspective?

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by meagchop meagchop (New) New

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Hello,

I'm graduating with my RN in May. I live in Asheville, NC, and my closest option is Mission Hospital (now owned by HCA) ... I would like to keep my options open and research other hospitals in the area. Chattanooga, Knoxville, Greenville, etc. 

THERE ARE SO MANY HOSPITALS. I want to start on a cardiac progressive care unit. How do I go about researching these units from a nurse's perspective?

 

Thanks for any tips!

 

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I don't know how you could.  I think the best thing to do is to network while you're doing clinicals in nursing school, and work in healthcare as a tech or CNA (even volunteer) before becoming an RN so you can see a company from the inside.

Also, are jobs in your area so plentiful that you would have the opportunity to choose between hospitals, in your specialty of choice?  If so, that is great, but I don't think most new RNs have the opportunity to be so choosy (is that a real word?).

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verene is a MSN and specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

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Clinicals while in school, join local nurse organizations, see if you can speak to alumni in  your program about where they work, network through anyone you know who has an in into the organization. I also like to use interviews to gauge culture (it's good if you get a panel interview and/or opportunity to shadow because then  you have more view points.

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In my nursing school experience, we had clinicals at several different hospitals in our area. If we didn’t get placed somewhere, another student did, and we could get info from them. By the end of the program everyone had a good idea of where they wanted to work and where they definitely didn’t. 

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Hey everyone! Thank you for the comments! I work as a tech right now at the hospital. I'm just wondering about how to figure out if the hospitals 1-2 hours away from me (Greenville, Knoxville, etc.) are great places to work.

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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You could check out reviews on sites like glass door, but remember that people are more likely to complain than compliment in such settings.

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Hey there! I’m a third semester ADN student in Myrtle Beach. I’m currently looking into Greenville Memorial Hospitals Residency program. I’ve been researching their website of course and also trying to read through Glassdoor and similar sites, but the info is pretty limited. If you hear anything, let me know and I’ll do the same 🙂

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NE Tennessee hospitals need nurses pretty bad. Ballad system  
 

I travel around but focus on mostly southeast and was there for a stent. Traveler rn on all units so they hiring

 

JC KP Bristol area

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hannahgb specializes in retire-numerous.

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Hi Student--Congrats on a Nursing career!  My question is do you want to relocate--I'm assuming you do but I can give you a reason for you to stay where you are, for at least a year, if your are established at that Hospital--After graduating, the first year is going to be very stressful--It takes at least a year, after graduating, for all your education and what you are seeing and doing, to all fit together--it's like a light bulb comes on!!!  Let this happen in a place where you already are familial with the organization and the hospital society.  Do look into other places who interest with having to make a quick judgement and adding more stress to your life.  May sound like an off the wall response but the results of this tress may leave you defeated and deflated and no one deserves this--Good Luck!!

 

 

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On 11/8/2019 at 12:31 PM, guest478081 said:

NE Tennessee hospitals need nurses pretty bad. Ballad system  
 

I travel around but focus on mostly southeast and was there for a stent. Traveler rn on all units so they hiring

 

JC KP Bristol area

Can you please share with me which travel agency do you work? We are currently in the process of relocating to East TN

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On 10/20/2019 at 5:33 PM, Rose_Queen said:

You could check out reviews on sites like glass door, but remember that people are more likely to complain than compliment in such settings.

Because of that, look for trends in the complaints.  If 20 people in the last year have complained about favoritism in assignments or discipline, there might be way more truth in that than just someone being mad that they got fired.  Look for common complaints and what the timespan of them are.  If those 20 complaints were over 10 years, it's way less serious than if it was over just one.

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