Sacred Heart has an older nurse culture. Many of its nurses have been employees for up to and over twenty years.
Sacred Heart is not a truma center but does recieve some truama. I wouldnt call their ICU one of high acuity. Unless thats changed that means no IABP, CRRT, ECMO etc.
Also, some of the older Docs are foreign and have an older fashion attitude towards nurses. Ive seen one nurse led into a room by the arm and berated by a Doctor there.
They do have two new neurosurgeons and have been doing cases as a result.
Sacred Heart pt population is older than Luthers over all.
One benefit might be that local marshfield clinic is nicer and has better manners than midelfort clinic.
Luther Midelfort is associated with Mayo clinic therefore has deeper pockets than Sacred heart.
It is also a level two trauma center with a heart program. They have more specialists that have been hired from outside the area. You will be much better treated by them in ICU than on the floor.
Luthers nursing staff is younger and transient therefore more inexperienced over all ie time in career.
One factor to consider is both hospitals combined enjoy an influx of approximately 50 new grads a year from local nursing programs
which is synomymous to no shortage, and the resultant attitude from nursing management.
Ten years ago a new grad would be lucky to land a job in either hospital after three years experience in one of the local nursing homes. While this is no longer true (new grads in the ICU) upper management has not forgotten those golden years.
An alternative to eau claire is living in hudson on the border of WI and MN, and working in the minneapolis-st paul area for a bit more money-