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Why Work at a Top Hospital

Why Work at a Top Hospital

John Rossheim | Monster Senior Contributing Writer

“The MDs here are top researchers on the cutting edge of new technologies and treatments,” says Dickinson. “That really prompts us to stay on our toes, to read the literature, to ask what we can do to take better care of our patients.”

And although top hospitals are very attractive to candidates, these institutions and their employees still must cope with understaffing. “We’re better off than most hospitals, though we are experiencing a nursing shortage,” says Mulcrone.

Taking Care of Their Own

In many cases, the hospitals with the best reputations try to keep their workers happy by giving them opportunities for advancement.

“A lot of folks who enter in medical tech positions can pursue their bachelor’s degree with help from the hospital,” says Catherine Broom, a clinical nurse specialist at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

Top hospitals also create opportunities for advancement within their organizations. Nurses may work toward a promotion to clinical manager; medical technologists may seek a role as a laboratory supervisor.

And there’s a payoff for the institutions: Employees of top hospitals tend to stay put. “Good relationships help to curb turnover,” says Cabral of NewYork-Presbyterian. “Our annual turnover rate is 8 percent to 10 percent, while the New York City average is 17 percent.”

Culture and Physician-Staff Relationships

Some high-ranking hospitals are improving their cultures and the quality of care by including a wide range of workers in major decisions. “Staff from various disciplines contribute to everything from the physical design of units to how patients are cared for,” says Broom.

But top hospitals are far from immune to daily intramural battles. “Physician-nurse relationships are still a huge problem in nursing,” Dickinson says.

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