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Frequently Asked Questions - Nursing

What is the nurse-to-patient ratio at Presence Covenant Medical Center?

The nurse-patient ratio varies from unit to unit, depending on specialty area and level of care.

Do you hire new graduates?

Most areas welcome new graduates, although the number of new graduates who can be accommodated may be limited in some specialty areas. Specialty units that hire recent graduates, or nurses new to the specialty, provide a comprehensive orientation program.

NOTE: If you are graduating from a nursing school in a state other than Illinois and you plan to work in Illinois, be sure to inform your school that you want to apply for an Illinois license.

Do you hire RNs with pending licenses?

Yes. However, RNs who already have a license from a state other than Illinois, must apply for, and receive, a temporary license from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) before you can be hired. (This is also called "endorsement.") This temporary license allows you to work for a period of six months (from the date of the letter) while waiting for your permanent Illinois license to be issued from IDFPR.

Visit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (www.idfpr.com) for information about applying for a temporary license.

What does the orientation process involve?

There are four components to orientation:

  • A one and half day orientation to the Medical Center.
  • A four and half day orientation to the clinical area(s) for Staff Nurses; a two and a half day orientation for assistive personnel. Representatives from departments throughout the hospital discuss patient care and staff support services, demonstrate proper use of equipment computer training and explain job expectations. 
  • Each unit has tailored a specific clinical orientation designed to meet the individual needs of the new hire. The unit-based orientation is guided by a preceptor and may range from 6-12 weeks depending on the practice area, experience level, clinical knowledge and nursing skill of the new hire.

What role do assistive personnel play?

Presence Covenant Medical Center employs several types of assistive (non-licensed) clinical staff, all working under the direction of registered nurses.

  • Healthcare/Patient Care Technicians work in most of the clinical settings.
  • Nursing Assistants are students enrolled in a nursing program who provide basic care and carry out routine procedures.
  • Unit Secretaries are nonclinical personnel who facilitate communication on the patient care unit.

What shift options are available?

With a variety of full and part-time positions available, Presence Covenant Medical Center has shift options to accommodate many different lifestyles. Staff may work 8 hours, 12 hours, or portions of shifts. For many units, shifts begin at 7 a.m., 3 p.m. and 11 p.m., or 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., but some units have staggered start times.

Will I be required to rotate?

Most patient care areas require nurses to rotate to the evening and/or night shifts. However, the frequency and specific requirements are unique to each patient care unit. During the interview process, the unit manager will be able to answer this question more specifically. Due to the nature of the clinical operations, there are a few areas that do not require off-shift rotations. However, following a sufficient orientation, there may be some "on-call" requirements.

Will I be required to float?

Floating across units is an expectation and may be necessary from time to time in order to ensure safe and efficient patient care and is expected from nursing personnel. In order to minimize floating, unit managers closely evaluate and adjust staffing requirements. When floating is unavoidable, assignments are based upon the experience, skill set, and competency of the floating nurse combined with the acuity and work volume of the receiving unit.

Does Presence Covenant Medical Center utilize a Shared Governance?

We encourage staff nurses to be a part of several different types of committees at the hospital. Staff members make the decisions for the various projects that may need to change in the department. Typically, there is representation at all position levels from all three shifts. Everyone can have a voice; all levels are important.

How can I apply to become a nurse at Presence Covenant Medical Center?

If you're interested in joining the nursing staff at Presence Covenant Medical Center, search open jobs.

What can I expect from the pre-employment/nursing interview process?

Once you have completed the online application, a professional recruiter may be in contact with you to discuss the possible opportunities at Presence Covenant Medical Center. If your skills and interest match the opportunities available, you'll first meet with the professional recruiter, then with the unit manager and/or Director, then a peer interview with follow staff on the particular unit.

What is the surrounding neighborhood like?

Presence Covenant Medical Center is located in East Central Illinois, easily within driving distance to Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. The area has much to offer in the way of recreation and entertainment, including being home to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. For detailed information of our community, visit the Champaign County website.

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