SJMC in Stockton is a very busy hospital that has a complicated patient population with multiple co-morbidities. The normal patient load per nurse is 4, and because SJMC doesn't have CNAs, the nurse must do it all: assessments, med passes (which can be very heavy depending on which floor you work on), answering call lights, bathing patients, changing patients, feeding patients, dressing changes, ambulating patients, admits, discharges, and of course, charting. Because the hospital is regularly understaffed, it is not uncommon for the charge nurse to have to take patients, leaving the staff nurses on their own. Often, units will not have a secretary, or they will have one secretary bouncing between units, so the nurses are then also responsible for answering the phones and passing and collecting food trays as well. It often seems like an insurmountable amount of work for one nurse and many days, despite staying late, you still still go home feeling like you didn't do well and weren't able to do enough. You might be a wonderful and ambitious nurse who is willing to work well and hard, but the lack of sufficient staffing at this hospital makes it very hard for nurses to do their jobs well or feel successful.
They hire new grads, you'll get thrown right in and receive a lot of hands-on experience, competitive compensation compared to other Stockton facilities
You will be overworked and stressed out