Some of the best reasons to work for DHMC are its shared governance, benefits package (especially for loan repayment and forgiveness), culture of mutual respect, opportunities to learn and grow professionally, and management's willingness to work with employees to effect real change for the betterment of our patients and our lives. Additionally, DHMC provides free parking, free shuttle service to the ample parking and, because it is such a huge employer in the area, a large percentage of our local merchants offer great discounts to employees.
A few of the downsides are as follows: DHMC is NOT a latex-safe environment (something of great importance not only for those working at the hospital, but for our patients as well); DHMC is in a fairly remote area so a one-hour drive is required if one wants to set foot in a "real" city; merit-based raises- while great in theory- in practice can be punishing on those who are new to the hospital or those who don't make big names for themselves by making big waves at work.
Advice to Management
Instead of spending gobs of money on travellers (specifically nurses and surgical techs, those with whom I have the most contact), DHMC would be able to draw more (less expensive) permanent staff to the area by offering higher pay.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Alliance in October 2009.
There were two telephone interviews. The first interview was scheduled by email with an HR representative. That interview went well, questions were appropriate, good give and take. If the HR rep felt that the applicant was a suitable candidate, the HR rep sent comments and application to the hiring managers for them to decide if they wanted a group telephone interview. The telephone interview was scheduled. I felt that the telephone interview was a difficult because there was a lot of noise on the line, probably from use of a speaker phone and rustling papers, etc. There seemed to be rush depending on the interest of the various parties. There was not the opportunity for give and take.
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