What makes a company one of the “best” places to work is, of course, highly subjective. For some, a top-notch workplace is all about friendly coworkers and flexible hours; for others, salary and benefits are all that matter.
For Minority Nurse’s Best Companies survey, we asked readers to tell us what was most important to them as nursing professionals. Benefits, salary, and opportunity for advancement were among the top factors for our survey respondents, while workplace size was much less important. Magnet recognition wasn’t a primary concern for most readers, but many said they did consider it when looking at potential employers. The majority of the respondents said that their current workplace is not Magnet certified.
In their current jobs, readers were most satisfied with their workplace environment, workplace size (in terms of the number of employees), and benefits (including retirement funds and health insurance). They were least satisfied with opportunities for advancement, job perks (such as education reimbursement and on-site childcare), and salary. As far as the latter, it’s worth noting that Minority Nurse’s Salary Survey, published in the Spring 2013 issue, found that our readers’ average salaries had increased at a higher rate than inflation in the last five years. Still, many who answered our survey clearly see a need for improvement.
We created our top-25 list by sending an online questionnaire to Minority Nurse subscribers. We received more than 1,000 responses from across the country. California, New York, Texas, and Florida were the most heavily represented states among survey takers. Rated workplaces were split fairly evenly between large, medium, and small organizations.
Companies that scored well comprise a variety of nursing workplaces, with large metropolitan hospitals and networks—including New York’s North Shore–LIJ Health System, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge—being the most well-represented. Government agencies (both federal and local) also appear on the list, as well as wide-ranging networks such as Kaiser Permanente and Mayo Clinic. Nonprofit and government entities outweigh for-profit companies on our final list.
The 25 companies listed alphabetically below scored best in terms of correlation between what nurses are looking for and what their employers are offering. Most of these organizations are actively recruiting, and we’ve provided links to job listings for anyone looking to make a change.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Location: Headquarters in Chapel Hill, NC
Number of nursing employees: Varies by division (approximately 4,000 total employees)
About the company: Part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, BCBS North Carolina provides insurance and medical care for 3.7 million people in North Carolina. Nursing jobs here do not generally involve medical care; nurses are involved with medical review, training, claim resolution, and case management.
Contact: Job listings are available at bcbsnc.com/careers
Carolinas HealthCare System
Website: carolinashealthcare.org Location: Headquarters in Charlotte, NC
Number of nursing employees: Varies by location (approximately 60,000 total employees)
About the company: This sprawling network of facilities throughout North Carolina and South Carolina includes a wide range of medical workplaces, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and hospice care. Its Levine Children’s Hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and Charlotte Parent Magazine named it one of the area’s “Top 40 Family-Friendly Employers.”
Contact: Job listings are available at careers.carolinashealthcare.org
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Number of nursing employees: Approximately 2,700
About the company: Cedars-Sinai has been a presence in Los Angeles since 1902. The company’s hospital, research facility, and educational center has a patient base of more than 16,000, and it’s nationally ranked in several specialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology, and orthopedics. More heart transplants are performed here annually than at any other facility in the world.
Contact: Job listings are available at cedars-sinai.edu/careers
Location: Headquarters in Denver, CO
Number of nursing employees: Varies by location (approximately 53,000 total employees)
About the company: In 1999, this kidney-care company was known as Total Renal Care; it was rechristened DaVita—”giving life” in Italian—by its employees. Today, DaVita operates more than 2,000 outpatient dialysis centers in the US, offering medical services as well as counseling, education, and prescription management. It’s ranked No. 311 on the Fortune 500, and has racked up a number of accolades for its community outreach efforts, environmental sustainability programs, and workplace benefits.
Contact: Job listings are available at careers.davita.com
Fresenius Medical Care North America
Location: Headquarters in Waltham, MA
Number of nursing employees: Varies by division (55,000 total employees in the US)
About the company: The North American branch of the German medical company Fresenius focuses on renal care, with operations devoted to pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, research, and patient care. It operates more than 2,100 dialysis centers throughout the continent, and it was named one of Forbes’ 100 Most Innovative Companies in 2013. Nursing staff is employed primarily in its medical services, vascular care, and traveling nurse divisions.
Contact: Job listings are available at jobs.fmcna.com
Howard University Hospital
Location: Washington, DC
Number of nursing employees: Approximately 500
About the company: This comprehensive medical care facility was founded in 1862 as Freedman’s Hospital, which provided medical care for freed slaves who had been denied elsewhere. Today, it’s housed in a former army barracks on the campus of the historically black Howard University, and offers a wide variety of services and specialties, and includes a Level 1 trauma center.
Contact: Job listings are available at huh.ugbk.com/hr/careers
Indiana University Health
Location: Facilities throughout Indiana
Number of nursing employees: Varies by facility (36,000 total employees)
About the company: Indiana University Health is a network of hospitals and other facilities throughout Indiana affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine. Last year, IUH had more than 2.5 million outpatient visits and over 144,000 admissions. Its facilities have been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in several specialties, including cancer, neurology, and orthopedics.
Contact: Job listings are available at iuhealth.org/careers/nursing-careers
Location: Headquarters in Oakland, CA, with facilities in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, and Washington, DC
Number of nursing employees: Varies by facility (approximately 180,000 total employees)
About the company: Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente operates more than 600 interconnected but independently managed medical facilities in the US. One respondent to our survey praised Kaiser Permanente’s “strong promotion of diversity, [including] gender, sexuality, race, and religion.”
Contact: Job listings are available at kaiserpermanentejobs.org
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
Number of nursing employees: Varies by facility
About the company: Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is the second-largest municipal health care system in the country. It operates in the most populous county in the US, and provides medical care and services to approximately 800,000 patients annually at several hospitals and other medical centers.
Contact: Job listings are available at hr.lacounty.gov
Maimonides Medical Center
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Number of nursing employees: Approximately 1,400
About the company: More than half of the people living in the communities served by this New York City hospital are foreign-born, and the hospital prides itself on its cultural diversity—more than 70 languages are spoken by the staff. In 2011, Maimonides opened a facility devoted entirely to breast cancer treatment, and its Heart & Vascular Center underwent a recent major renovation and expansion.
Contact: Job listings are available at maimonidesmed.org/main/CareerOpportunities.aspx
Location: Headquarters in Rochester, MN, with additional facilities throughout the US, including large centers in Jacksonville, FL, and Phoenix, AZ
Number of nursing employees: Varies by facility (approximately 42,000 employees at its main facilities)
About the company: Founded in 1889, the Mayo Clinic medical practice and research organization is widely regarded as one of the best hospital systems in the country. Its Rochester campus came in at No. 3 out of 4,793 institutions considered in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings, and it has remained near the top of that list for more than 20 years.
Contact: Job listings are available at mayoclinic.org/jobs
Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center
Location: Houston, TX
Number of nursing employees: Approximately 1,500
About the company: This renowned teaching hospital (affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School) is the oldest institution in the massive Texas Medical Center, and the flagship hospital in the vast Memorial Hermann network throughout Texas. Its Level 1 trauma center sees more than 40,000 patients annually, and its Children’s Hospital is one of the top-ranked pediatric facilities nationwide.
Contact: Job listings are available at memorialhermann.org/careers
Montefiore Medical Center
Location: Bronx, NY
Number of nursing employees: Approximately 3,000
About the company: This teaching hospital, associated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is one of the largest employers in New York City and has won several local and national awards, including being nationally ranked for three specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals guide.
Contact: Job listings are available at montefiore.org/careers
Mount Sinai Health System
Location: New York, NY
Number of nursing employees: Varies by facility (36,000 total employees)
About the company: In 2013, two major NYC medical institutions—Continuum Health Partners and Mount Sinai Medical Center—merged to form this massive network, which is now the largest nongovernment employer in New York. It includes seven major hospitals (Beth Israel Medical Center, Beth Israel Brooklyn, the Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Roosevelt Hospital, and St. Luke’s Hospital) as well as more than 400 ambulatory care units and other medical facilities spread across New York City. Mount Sinai also includes the Center for Nursing Research and Education, one of the nation’s few nursing centers established within a medical school.
Contact: Job listings are available at mountsinai.org/careers
Location: New York, NY
Number of nursing employees: Approximately 5,000
About the company: This New York City institution is affiliated with two Ivy League universities, Columbia and Weill Cornell. It’s one of the largest hospitals in the US, and is widely regarded as one of the best—it’s ranked seventh overall in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals survey. In addition to its two main campuses in Manhattan, the Columbia University Medical Center and the Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork–Presbyterian also operates the Allen Hospital, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and a Westchester County division. In July 2013, NewYork–Presbyterian expanded its reach when it merged with New York Downtown hospital, establishing the Lower Manhattan Hospital.
Contact: Job listings are available at careers.nyp.org
North Shore–LIJ Health System
Location: Headquarters in Great Neck, NY
Number of nursing employees: Varies by facility (approximately 46,000 total employees)
About the company: The North Shore–LIJ Health System was established in 1997 with the integration of the North Shore Health System and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Today, it’s the largest health care system in New York in terms of patient revenue. It includes 16 hospitals throughout Long Island and New York City, as well as three skilled nursing facilities and nearly 400 ambulatory and physician practices. The network has nursing school affiliations with 15 colleges and universities.
Contact: Job listings are available at nslijcareers.com
Location: Orlando, FL
Number of nursing employees: Varies by facility (approximately 14,000 total employees)
About the company: This private, not-for-profit hospital network provides health care and medical services for 1.6 million central Florida residents and thousands of visitors annually. Its main campus consists of the Orlando Regional Medical Center, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, and MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando.
Contact: Job listings are available at jobsatorlandohealth.com
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Number of nursing employees: Approximately 1,000
About the company: A Catholic teaching hospital established 90 years ago, OLOL is one of the largest privately owned hospitals in Louisiana, as well as the largest of four hospitals in the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. Today, it serves 11 parishes and has 700 licensed beds.
Contact: Job listings are available at ololrmc.com/greatplacetowork
University of Michigan Health System
Location: Headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI
Number of nursing employees: Approximately 4,700
About the company: This integrated health care system located in southern Michigan comprises three hospitals (University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital), 40 outpatient centers and more than 120 clinics, and a large home health care division. It also includes the University of Michigan’s Medical School and School of Nursing, and it partners with other medical centers throughout the state via the Michigan Health Corporation. The Detroit Free Press has named UMHS one of the “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.”
Contact: Job listings are available at umhscareers.org
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Location: Headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA
Number of nursing employees: Varies by facility (approximately 54,000 total employees)
About the company: UPMC is a network of more than 20 hospitals and 400 outpatient facilities affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. With more than 50,000 total employees and $10 billion in operating revenue, it’s one of the largest employers in Pennsylvania. In addition to offering medical care, UPMC covers 2.2 million members through its Insurance Services Division.
Contact: Job listings are available at upmc.com/careers
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Headquarters in Washington, DC, with facilities throughout the United States
Number of nursing employees: Varies by facility (approximately 278,000 total employees)
About the company: The US Department of Veterans Affairs was established in 1930, consolidating several agencies that provided services to veterans of American conflicts. Today, the Veterans Health Administration, the wing of the VA focused on health care, operates 171 medical centers as well as dozens of outpatient clinics, nursing homes, and other facilities.
Contact: Job listings are available at vacareers.va.gov
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Location: Nashville, TN
Number of nursing employees: Varies by facility (approximately 14,000 total employees)
About the company: This organization contains several hospitals and clinics, as well as Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine and School of Nursing. Vanderbilt has been well-ranked in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals surveys, and Vanderbilt University was once named one of Forbes’ “100 Best Companies to Work For” (more than 80% of Vanderbilt’s employees work at the Medical Center). In 2013, VUMC sought to offset losses in government and insurance reimbursements with a hiring freeze, which resulted in the loss of 700 positions, as well as an additional 1,000 layoffs—affecting all areas of operations—by the end of the year. Still, at press time, there were several full- and part-time open nursing positions advertised on the hospital’s website.
Contact: Job listings are available at vanderbilt.edu/work-at-vanderbilt
Location: Headquarters in Greenville, NC
Number of nursing employees: Varies by facility (approximately 9,300 total employees)
About the company: Vidant Health (formerly University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina) is a nonprofit system of nine hospitals and other facilities located throughout eastern North Carolina. It’s one of the state’s largest employers, and it serves more than 1.4 million people.
Contact: Job listings are available at vidanthealth.com/jobs
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Location: New York Metropolitan Area
Number of nursing employees: Approximately 2,500
About the company: Lillian Wald started the Visiting Nurse Service of New York in 1893 in Manhattan’s impoverished Lower East Side neighborhood. Today, the organization she founded is the largest not-for-profit home health care agency in the country. The VSNY operates and has offices in all five boroughs of New York City, as well as nearby Westchester, Suffolk, and Nassau counties.
Contact: Job listings are available at vnsny.org/careers
Walgreens Healthcare Clinic
Location: Locations throughout the country
Number of nursing employees: Varies by location
About the company: Walgreens Healthcare Clinic (formerly Take Care Health Services) is a convenient care clinic—a rapidly expanding job market—which operates inside Walgreens stores around the country. Clinics provide preventative care, including physical exams, vaccines, and health screenings.
Contact: Job listings are available at takecarejobs.com
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