Hi there. I am a Baptist Employee actually
i am now a CNA, but am anxiously awaiting my board results for LPN which will be in in the early part of next week. I work in the Baptist system, at Baptist Lauderdale, which operates under Baptist East ( the main office ) in Memphis. I have to say that in West TN, the Baptist System is pretty much dominant. Baptist East in Memphis is a BEAUTIFUL facility. But, even in the smaller hospitals within the system, it is VERY easy to see that the nurses stay stressed and are understaffed, that also dwindles down my direction when the nurses begin to assign me a lot of tasks. I work both the med-surg unit and senior care psych, as a CNA, and have a job when i confirm my boards in the senior care psych unit. However, I will tell you that I am looking for other jobs because of the stress in the system and the understaffedness. They do pay well, LPN, fresh out of school, is 11.65, but then with shift diff, you can make up to almost 15 an hour on nights. I don't know about RN's though I just know of my pay. I've also been on the other side of the fence at Baptist East, as a patient there several times recently. The nurses are all relatively rude and do not hold up to the standards of nursing. For example, I was there with hypertension due to poor renal functioning, and they would bring me my three pills then walk out of the room without ever taking my blood pressure. I complained several times of having a headache and asked to have my blood pressure taken, and they never would just brought me PRN pressure medications, which i did not take. I kept telling them that I knew myself and my blood pressure has been high since I was two and when I get a headache that indicates my blood pressure is too low. Not a one of the nurses listened, they handed me the med and walked out. So I quit taking the medicine, simply because I know myself. After two days of not taking it, before I was discharged a CNA finally came and took my blood pressure and it was 96/60... pretty low for me considering mine runs 200/140. And that pressure is after NOT taking it for two days, it was still that low. And so, if I had taken all that med who knows what would have happened. I contribute their negligence to simply overworked and understaffed, however, I cannot rule out the fact that they were just incompetent.
sorry if that was harsh. In any case, I hope that helps. If you are interested in coming to work in West TN, I know of most of the hospital in this area and can give you names of them so that you can contact them if you'd like. I do not know about phone interviews with baptist sorry.Hope that helps,