Frequently asked questions
Do you have 8, 10 or 12-hour shifts?
We have 8 and 12-hour shifts available, and shifts vary from unit to unit.
Are part-time nursing positions available?
At Community, we believe it’s important to allow flexible schedules for our nurses so we hire nurses from .1 full-time employee (FTE) all the way up to 1.0 FTE
What kind of flexible schedules do you offer?
Community has a resource team that allows nurses to work a more customized schedule to meet their needs. These RNs, LPNs and patient support partners bring their experience to a variety of areas within our hospitals where they are needed most. The resource team is a win-win situation for both the network and employees because of the flexibility afforded to the nurses and the needed staffing provided to the network.
Do you provide tuition assistance?
Yes, we provide tuition assistance to employees who are .5 FTE or greater who wish to pursue a technical certificate or an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree related to their healthcare career. Nurses and other employees are also eligible for scholarships through the Community Health Network Foundation.
What kind of recognition program does Community offer for nurses?
Rewarding and recognizing exceptional RNs and LPNs who go above and beyond to make a significant difference for their patients and co-workers is at the heart of nursing at Community. Through our Nursing Stars program, we celebrate the work of committed nurses who exceed patient expectations and take on additional challenges beyond their daily responsibilities. Stars are selected from a pool of candidates recommended by team leaders and other nursing stars.
How does Community’s salary compete with other hospitals in this market?
Community’s nursing salaries are very competitive with the local market rates. To ensure our salaries remain competitive, we conduct semi-annual salary surveys and then adjust our pay scale if necessary so that each nurse is compensated at an appropriate rate.
What are the opportunities for advancement and learning at Community?
Nurses always have access to a current list of job opportunities within the network. All employees are encouraged to look at these opportunities for professional growth and to apply for positions that would advance their careers.
Community also offers other unique programs to help nurses advance their knowledge, skills and leadership. For example, Community has an “Opportunity Center” which is a six-month program for new nurse graduates or experienced LPNs or RNs who want to enter the hospital setting for first time. The Opportunity Center is especially helpful for nurses who are trying to decide on their specialty, their niche area of nursing. These nurses get the opportunity to try different units and different hospital sizes. The program begins with an extended individualized orientation. Then, the nurse chooses one area of specialty and on a monthly basis floats to related areas within each hospital.
Does Community offer learning opportunities for students?
To recruit talented nurses early and help them grow their nursing career, Community offers 14-week paid internships to recent nursing graduates. Throughout the internship, students are exposed to classroom education as well as hands-on clinical education in a variety of clinical settings related to their specialty area. Interns also work with a preceptor who can help guide their learning experience.
Does Community offer a mentoring program?
After orientation, nurses are assigned to a preceptor to help them learn the ropes at Community.
Can Community nurses transfer to another area within the network if they have new interests?
Yes, Community always encourages nurses to seek professional growth and new opportunities. Nurses can submit a transfer request if they learn about an open position within the network they are interested in and may have the opportunity to interview for the position.