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Top 5 U.S. nurse-friendly hospitals

One key factor to having a quality hospital is having top-notch nurses. After all, they do the majority of everyday patient care. Problem is, there are a lot of options out there for nurses: home care, physician practices, teaching, hospitals, etc. So how do hospitals attract the best nurses in the field?

76801691Answer: They need to show nurses they value them.

Top RN to BSN recently published its 30 most nurse-friendly hospitals in the U.S. How did hospitals qualify to make the list?

They provide nurses at their facilities with a host of benefits, support teams and outstanding work environments, all designed to make them feel valued. A lot of the hospitals also offer educational, training and career advancement programs that attract the cream of the crop of new nurses entering the field. In addition, many of these facilities have received awards for the quality of their nursing staff and practices.

Here are the hospitals that have scored the top 10 spots!

1. Schneck Medical Center – Seymour, IN

At Schneck Medical Center nurses like their work so much that in 2013 satisfaction levels went beyond the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators standard for three consecutive years.

In addition, Schneck in 2011 received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award – a nationwide honor for performance excellence. The facility also has a recruitment policy that consults current personnel and enables peer reviewing, which has caused staff turnover levels to plummet to the lowest level in 20 years.

The hospital has twice been and is currently recognized by the Magnet accreditation system, and it has also been listed as among the top places to work in the state of Indiana by several industry publications.

2. Johns Hopkins Hospital – Baltimore

Nurses looking to further their education may want to check out the No. 2 facility on the list: Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Reason: It was ranked first on U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 list of best graduate schools for nursing.

The publication gave the facility the honor of best hospital in America for an amazing 21 straight years. This Magnet-accredited hospital uses unit-based committees of nurses to make a difference in such areas as performance enhancement and patient safety.

3. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago – Chicago

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago specializes in pediatrics. In addition to being a Magnet accredited facility, the hospital has been designated a “Destination Nursing” hospital by the Healthcare Advisory Board. One of only five hospitals around the country to be given this title, the award is for an excellent working environment for nurses.

In addition, the facility honors the important contributions that nurses make through the DAISY Award, a quarterly national accolade that recognizes RNs and APNs across the U.S. for their outstanding work.

4. Baptist Medical Center – Jacksonville, FL

A tertiary referral hospital, Baptist Medical Center is part of Baptist Health, a hospital network that aims to keep all of its employees happy.

How does it do that? A comprehensive benefits package that includes adjustable schedules, training remuneration, financially supported nursery services and $5,000 assistance for first-time home buyers.

The network also provides an “Emerging Leaders” program for employees who want to move up in the network. And to make life easier for employees, the facility provides fast transport service for getting to and from shifts, complimentary parking and public transit concessions.

5. West Virginia University Hospitals – Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University Hospitals has also earned Magnet accreditation, twice – in 2005 and 2009. It incorporates flagship facility the Ruby Memorial Hospital.

One of its most appealing features is the flexibility of its shifts. Staff can choose four-week timetables and regular or rotating shifts, and working weekends can earn nurses top compensation.

Also, nurses are recognized with awards for their exceptional contributions to patient and medical care. In addition, nursing personnel are part of the decision-making process at the facility. Their views influence such matters such as practice, staffing and education. And finally, a mentoring system is in place for those new to West Virginia University Hospitals.






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