This review is for St. Alexius in Bismarck, ND.
IF YOU APPLY FOR A POSITION AND YOU ARE AN RN PLEASE APPLY FOR AN RN POSITION. NOT GRADUATE NURSE! PLEASE CONTACT ME or WHATSMYUSERNAME_RN BEFORE YOUR APP FOR REFERRAL(HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US IN APP) AND I CAN HELP POINT YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!!
I would like to say I am a new grad BSN-RN who applied to every place but my home state. I moved from Hawaii to any place that would take me other than Texas. Texas is known for taking their own new grads.
Why you ask? I wanted experience of living somewhere else. I applied to 15 hospitals across the US and even in small towns. I had a generic cover letter and resume for the ones that were "Whatever" applications.
I applied to 3 in North Dakota and they all called me.
There is a true nursing shortage in ND along with a shortage on every possible job you can think. Many people do not want to think about relocating for their first new job, but if you have no ties and are losing more and more time away from the hospital, then I would highly recommend you consider this decision for your career. I am currently located in Bismarck and there are some upsides and downsides to my experience at my hospital/area.
1. This place is booming, many new jobs.
2. Other transplants are here
3. Progressing my career and being trained in WHAT I WANT
4. Small town, easy to get to work
5. My housing is cheap for what I am paying.(Although you have to really look)
6. Best nurse aides I have seen yet!
7. Compact state, I have a Texas nursing license.
8. Even though pay is low they are in need and you can rack in quite a bit of overtime and incentives.
9. People here are very friendly
10. Some LPNs are still active in the hospital, and they are a great asset to have. These are old school LPNs who will help any new grad that comes across their path. I have had 5 shifts so far and am grateful they are there for me.
1. I wish food was cheaper(Texas food is dirt cheap)
2. Small town
3. Not very multicultural
4. I don't like my hospitals charting system
5. Cold weather(It snowed yesterday)
6. I moved here not knowing anybody.
7. I wish pay was better
ND Has a true nursing shortage and if your career progression means anything to you, you should send an application out here.
I would also like to add even though I get paid 22.79 an hour.
I am still making 44k+ a year before overtime. Every week you do not work you are losing your grip on your skills, experience(whatever we do have), and about 1k a week.
Street view of the hospital.
Talent Specialists Help Keep Bismarck Hospital Staffed on Vimeo - This is a video online that was posted on the local news in regards to needing nurses