Frequently Asked Questions

Van-Luong
“I started out looking for a traveling job but became intrigued by the services and opportunities for career growth at St. Francis Hospital. It’s wonderful to be part of an organization that embraces and celebrates people of all religions and backgrounds.”

Van Luong, RN
Medical/Surgical
St. Francis Hospital
A member of the Franciscan
family since 2003.


What sets CHI Franciscan Health apart from other health care organizations?

What is Performance Based Development System (PBDS)?

What are the lengths of shifts?

How much will I be paid as a nurse at CHI Franciscan Health?

Does CHI Franciscan Health offer salary recognition for past nursing experience?

Tell me about the employment benefits package at CHI Franciscan Health.

Does CHI Franciscan Health provide relocation assistance for nurses?

How do I obtain a Washington state nursing license?

Does CHI Franciscan Health employ foreign nationals as nurses?

How can I become a nurse?


Answers:

What is Performance Based Development System (PBDS)?

PBDS is a DVD-based, interactive clinical assessment for newly hired RN's and LPN's who will be working in Med/Surg, Critical Care, Emergency, Women's and Children's, Respirator and other areas. The system identifies learning and performance improvements opportunities to assist caregivers and managers in the successful implementation and development of their role through an individualized orientation plan.

Prior to attending the session, the new nurses and RT’s will be asked to complete a short form to aid education services, which will be completed at new hire signups. You will be scheduled for this assessment at the time of confirmation of employment.



Does CHI Franciscan Health provide relocation assistance for nurses?

Yes, in many cases. Working with our partner, Compass Relocation Services, relocation assistance is available to RNs who are relocating from areas outside a reasonable commuting distance, usually 100 miles. Please discuss the possibilities with our Nurse Recruiters.



How much will I be paid as a nurse at CHI Franciscan Health?

Our wages are among the most competitive in the Pacific Northwest. Please talk to our Nurse Recruiters for information about compensation rates, pay increases and annual performance evaluations at each of our hospitals.



Does CHI Franciscan Health offer salary recognition for past nursing experience?

Yes. Franciscan gives full credit for recent, continuous hospital nursing experience when determining salary ranges.



Tell me about the employment benefits package at CHI Franciscan Health.

Our benefits package is among the best in the Pacific Northwest. Benefits begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of employment. A full-time benefits package is provided to nurses who are at least a .6 FTE (full-time equivalent). A part-time benefits package is available for nurses who are .4 FTE to .6 FTE.



Butac

“I find gratification in being able to help others and to make a difference. CHI Franciscan Health exemplifies my beliefs in helping the community and I’m pleased to be part of that. “

Mary Jane Butac, RN
Cardiac Services Care Management
St. Joseph Medical Center
A member of the Franciscan
family since 1989.

What are the lengths of shifts?

The length of each work shift varies depending on the unit for which you are hired. Generally, our nurses work shifts of 8, 10, or 12 hours.



Does CHI Franciscan Health employ foreign nationals as nurses?

Yes. To be considered for employment, however, all foreign-educated nurses must successfully complete the American National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), thereby making them eligible for a Washington nursing license. In addition, foreign-recruited nurses must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Our Nurse Recruiters can advise you about how to obtain an employment authorization (visa) to work in the United States.

How do I obtain a Washington state nursing license?

Bowman
“Nursing offers rewarding opportunities to serve people in the community with professional and compassionate care. The values of CHI Franciscan Health – Reverence, Integrity, Compassion, Excellence – reflect my personal goals in nursing.”

Susan Bowman, RN
Medical/Surgical
St. Francis Hospital
A member of the Franciscan
family since 2002.

How can I become a nurse?

Nursing is a challenging, rewarding and fulfilling career with countless opportunities to excel. Nurse education programs are available at several colleges and universities here in the Puget Sound area. For a complete list of nursing schools, click on this website: www.washingtonhealthcarecareers.com/Edu-search.asp.
CHI Franciscan Health offers tuition reimbursement of up to $3,000 per calendar year to full time employees and up to $1,500 per calendar year for part time employees wishing to further their education.

Additionally, Franciscan offers scholarships and financial aid to its employees who have children who want to pursue degrees in nursing, and to qualified non-employees whose children want to become nurses. Ask our Nurse Recruiters for details.



What sets CHI Franciscan Health apart from other health care organizations?

Our organization’s mission to be a healing influence in the communities it serves distinguishes it as an employer and a provider of medical services. This mission attracts many of our new hires in nursing and other areas of expertise. People choose to work for Franciscan because of its diverse and supportive culture, excellent wages and benefits, and reputation as one of the nation’s Top 100 health organizations.