WakeMed Health and Hospitals – Why Work For Us?

WakeMed Health & Hospitals, one of the first hospital systems in the country, is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C.

The 870 bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties, including: a Level I Trauma Center and tertiary referral hospital and rehabilitation hospital in Raleigh, a community hospital in Cary, two comprehensive outpatient centers and freestanding emergency departments in North Raleigh and Apex, seven outpatient rehabilitation sites, two skilled-nursing and outpatient facilities, a 100+-physician multispecialty practice, and home health services.

The system includes two accredited Chest Pain Centers and four Joint Commission-certified Stroke Centers. Throughout the system, there are an additional 118 beds under construction. WakeMed also provides management services for Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, N.C. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopaedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs.

WakeMed’s team of 7,000 plus nurses, technologists and medical support staff and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies and facilities to ensure the finest in health care.


We employee the biggest hearts and best minds in the business

Careers at WakeMed

WakeMed Health & Hospitals, located in Raleigh, North Carolina is an 870+ bed private, not-for-profit network of medical centers, ambulatory care centers and outpatient facilities, representing the largest health system in greater Raleigh, North Carolina. Our system includes 7,400 nurses, echnologists, medical support staff, and nearly 1,000 affiliated physicians who represent the best minds and the biggest hearts in the business. Key service areas include heart and vascular services, trauma and emergency, rehabilitation services, neurosciences, and women’s and children’s services.  

WakeMed is headquartered in Raleigh, NC, which is ranked nationally as one of the top ten best places to live for quality of life, and is located just two hours from the beach or three from the mountains. The area has been named one of the fastest growing areas in the country and is located just minutes from the famous Research Triangle Park.

WakeMed is also a proud recipient of the Triangle Business Journal's Best Places to Work Award (2007, 2008), Advance for Nurses Readers' Choice Award and the CarolinaParent Magazine'sFamily Friendly Award.

When it comes to culture and benefits, we recognize that when we take good care of our employees, our employees can take even better care of our patients. Flexible shifts. Family-friendly benefits. Special savings and retirement plans. Day care. Continuing education. The Wake Way. Management and colleagues who recognize there are times when you and your family come first.  

WakeMed is proud to offer competitive salaries that reflect background, experience and special skills. We promote diversity in the workplace and provide equal employment opportunity forall qualified applicants.

WakeMed Health & Hospitals is proud to be a tobacco-free workplace.

Inside WakeMed, you can join a self-motivated team who are greatly committed to their patients as well as each other. We've accumulated a few honors in recent years, being named Triangle Business Journal's Best Places to Work Award in 2010 and 2011. We also received Carolina Parent Magazine's Family Friendly Award in 2010. Working at WakeMed, you'll become an active member in making the decisions that affect your role. You'll also have opportunities for learning and development and receive support from your supervisor as you map out your future career plans.

It all starts with "the best minds and biggest hearts" in our industry joining the WakeMed team. Our compassionate employees give patients and families the care and respect they deserve and support each other along the way. That's why we always seek out the right people to join our OR Nursing Surgical Services team. Here are some of the qualities we look for:

  • Passionate about providing quality care
  • Professional, can-do attitude
  • Courage to create permanent changes to improve care
  • Patient advocates, maintaining a professional environment
  • Desire to improve and excel in their role
  • Positive, confident attitude and reliable supporter

At Wakemed, you'll discover the career for you. We offer a wide range of opportunities and distinct environments for you to provide the highest quality care possible. General Surgery. Inpatient. Outpatient. Trauma. Multi-paced. Multi-specialty. No matter what you're looking for in your surgical services nursing career, we've got you covered. From the rapid-paced Raleigh (main) Campus Surgical Services to the more evenly-paced WakeMed Cary Hospital and WakeMed North Healthplex Day Surgery, you're sure to find the right setting to further your career and display your passion for care.

Joining our OR Nursing or Surgical Services team at WakeMed comes with its perks — including a mentoring program, shared governance program and performance rewards. But, that's just a start. Here are some other benefits we offer:

  • Sign-on Bonus (up to $12,000 depending on experience in Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital positions)
  • Career ladders
  • Self-scheduling
  • 8-hour shifts
  • More opportunities to scrub
  • 80%-20% RN-to-Tech ratio
  • Online contact form


"If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life."

This is Florence's motto, and the perpetual smile on her face tells you she lives it. Before becoming a nurse, Florence worked in WakeMed Raleigh Campus Surgical Services as a scrub technician. But, as a single mom with several mouths to feed at home, she knew she needed to better herself to provide a bright future for her family.

In 1994 Florence began to take classes to become an RN and was pleased with the support she received from the WakeMed Raleigh Campus OR team. "They offered me the flexibility to work around my classes so I could maintain a full course load and work full-time. It was tough, but I did it."

Once she became an RN, Florence joined the OR nursing team in WakeMed Raleigh Campus Surgical Services, even returning to the cardiovascular OR team. It is like a family in hearts. We are very diverse people and we know how to work together. We are very at ease with each other, which is important in a fast-paced environment.

In addition to the diversity among staff members, Florence also thrives on the diverse patients they care for. We treat people from all walks of life and the physicians, nurses, techs, everybody treats each patient with respect and dignity.

As a long-time nurse, Florence also works as a preceptor, orienting new RNs to the Raleigh Campus OR. I want nurses who are new to our area to tell me what they need from me. Some have experience and some don't, so we try to provide the right orientation for each one.

In her many years with WakeMed Raleigh Campus Surgical Services, Florence has developed great insights on what it takes to be a successful nurse in an OR of a Level 1 Trauma hospital: You learn how to prioritize your care. Time management is key; there are no wasted motions. You have to enjoy what you do and be comfortable with and confident in yourself. Support from your team is right there for you, so don't be afraid to ask for help. We couldn't do our jobs without each other.



"When I was interviewing at WakeMed, everyone was really nice. It felt like they related to me. But it's hard to judge an OR staff's personality from an interview. Three months into my job, I still have that good feeling that I made the right choice."

Friends and family in the area brought Alex Bockowski to Raleigh from Florida, where she worked in an OR at a Level 1 Trauma hospital – like the WakeMed Raleigh Campus – for two years. In addition to the good feeling she got during the interview process, Alex also appreciated that there were "no surprises" after she accepted the position and started work. "What the OR managers told me about hours, orientation to the department and other things during the interview process held true once I started actually working," she said.

Alex's orientation to Raleigh Campus Surgical Services was, in fact, much more thorough than she anticipated. "I came to WakeMed with experience and didn't expect a detailed orientation. The orientation process went far beyond what I expected, which really made the transition into the OR much easier. I feel more comfortable in the OR environment because of it," she said.

The Raleigh Campus, the flagship hospital of WakeMed Health & Hospitals is home to a Level 1 Trauma center. In addition, procedures performed in its Surgical Services department are extremely diverse and can be complex. These factors create a fast-paced, challenging experience for OR nurses and staff who thrive in this type of environment. Alex is certainly one of them: "I came from a Level 1 Trauma hospital and I am used to and like more complex cases. They keep me excited about my job and challenged."

In addition to WakeMed, Alex appreciates Raleigh and all it has to offer. "The surroundings are beautiful, and I feel much safer here than I did in the city I previously lived in. It's great that you can drive one way and go to the mountains or drive the other way and go to the beach. The people are extremely welcoming and diverse. I felt accepted right away, and that doesn't happen everywhere. I am glad I made the move."



"It's great to be an active participant in making positive changes."

Cheryl, who came to Cary, NC, because of her husband's job more than 17 years ago, has been a part of the many changes that WakeMed Cary Hospital Surgical Services has experienced throughout the years. She is quick to point out that the current OR team is made up of highly committed individuals focused on hiring positive, willing-to-learn, confident nurses with progressive attitudes. "We believe in Cary Hospital and we want to be a part of the change in the OR," she said.

Cheryl notes that the WakeMed Cary Hospital Surgical Services department environment is much different from its counterpart at the WakeMed Raleigh Campus, which houses a Level 1 Trauma center. "At Cary Hospital, we work eight-hour shifts and we do not work in clusters," Cheryl explained. "Because we work on all types of cases with lots of different surgeons, we get to know everybody in our area. It is a really intimate environment where we feel comfortable speaking openly to one another.

In terms of living in Cary, Cheryl likes the fact that she both works and lives in the same community. Everything is 10 minutes away; no long commute, she said. Cary also boasts great public and private schools and a strong family-focused feeling.


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Additional Info

Website www.wakemed.org
Headquarters Raleigh, NC
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1961
Type Hospital
Industry Health Care
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

WakeMed is an 884-bed private, not-for-profit health care system based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Our system is accredited by The Joint Commission, which monitors and evaluates health care organizations according to the established state-of-the-art quality and safety standards.

Mission: WakeMed is committed to improving the health and well-being of our community by providing outstanding and compassionate care to all.

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