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Nursing Careers

Nursing is not just a profession, it’s a vocation. At Lake Charles Memorial, our nursing careers require caring, compassionate individuals to wear the nursing badge of honor. We are cultivating an environment that nurtures the very people that nurture others, building a service excellence team that is setting the nursing bar high. And Memorial Hospital is committed to taking care of our caregivers, so that our patients receive the care that they need. Here’s how:

  • Shared Governance - From unit-based councils to our organization-wide council infrastructure, shared governance provides bedside leaders the vehicle for a true voice in nursing practice and operations. Our basic philosophy when making decisions about nursing and nurses is to make sure we have the right bedside nurses at the table to help make decisions.
  • New Grad Residency Program - A one year “transition to practice” evidence-based program designed to support the novice nurse and engage in the profession at a higher level…not to be confused with orientation. The curriculum focuses on quality, patient safety, informatics, communication, evidence-based practice, self care and mindfulness.
  • Internships/Fellowships - Internships are designed for novice nurses as they enter a nursing specialty. Our internships are evidence-based and designed based on nursing specialty recommendations. Fellowships are designed for experienced nurses who are changing their specialty. The fellowships acknowledge a nurse’s experience and knowledge, while building their knowledge and skills for their new clinical role/specialty.
  • Tuition Reimbursement - Advancing nursing education is a national recommendation for the profession and in supporting that recommendation and the needs of society, Memorial provides tuition reimbursement support after one year.
  • Certified Nursing Support - Certified nursing is the hallmark of an expert nurse within their specialty. Certification preparation support, certification reimbursement and differentials are available for our certified and certified eligible RNs.
  • Evidence-Based Nurse Staffing - We believe nurse staffing should reflect the national recommendations for a specialty, nursing experience, nursing skill mix and patient acuity/activity. Our charge nurses are empowered to make staffing decisions that support their teams. Our goal is to provide reasonable nurse/patient ratios such that nurses are able to spend quality time with their patients and practice in a fulfilling manner.
  • Nursing Safety - Memorial is a big support of #HospitalSafetyZones. Studies suggest that half of all verbal and physical assaults by patients against healthcare workers are never reported. Violence is not part of the job. Report all incidents of verbal and physical abuse and help us make hospitals safe zones.
  • Nursing Excellence - Memorial is currently working towards The Magnet Recognition which designates organizations a designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that recognizes nursing excellence. ANCC claims that Magnet hospitals have higher percentages of satisfied nurses, lower RN turnover and vacancy, higher patient satisfaction, and improved clinical outcomes. We are confident that will attain this certification in the near future.
  • Flexible Schedules - Whether you are looking for a full time or part time role in nursing, if you are an experienced nurse we will work with you to find the schedule that fits our needs and your life. As the largest healthcare provider in Southwest Louisiana, we are always open to discussing the possibilities with seasoned, expert nurses.
  • Daisy Nursing Award - Recognition can have significant meaning for nurses. It serves as a reminder that the work you do makes a difference. The DAISY Award, created in honor of Patrick Barnes, allows colleagues, patients and patients’ families to recognize extraordinary nurses and the contributions you make every day. Memorial participates in the Daisy Award Program as extra level of commitment to our nursing team.

In 2019, we were voted a Zippia "Best Company To Work For" in Lake Charles.

With over 30 nursing service areas on all our campuses, we are always interested in talking with outstanding caregivers that still consider nursing "a calling" rather than a job. Memorial is investing millions throughout the health system with state-of-the-art facilities in the ER, ICUs, and Behavior Health campus. Current projects include upgrading each patient floor with the latest amenities and brand new patient rooms all designed by nurse leaders.

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