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Hear It From Our Nurses

St. Lawrence Health (SLH) is proud to have an immensely talented, highly skilled, and compassionate team of nurses within its ranks at Canton-Potsdam, Gouverneur, and Massena hospitals. We thought you might like to hear, straight from them, why they enjoy working at SLH.

We also want to point out that SLH offers its new-to-practice nurses the opportunity to register for the Iowa Online Nurse Residency Program.

CPH Emergency Department Nurses

Comments:

  • We work with seasoned, Nationally Certified Emergency, and Nationally Certified Trauma Nurses, as well as ER Board Certified Physicians.
  • We have a strong interaction with outside EMS agencies and transport teams such as LifeNet.
  • There is something different every shift – perfect for those who believe variety is the spice of life.
  • Our range of patients allows for the development in all areas of nursing  – cardiac/stroke thrombolytics, orthopedics, procedural sedation, trauma, etc.
  • There is opportunity for outside educational conferences and training.
  • CPH has the only verified Trauma Center between Syracuse and Plattsburgh.
  • The Emergency Department Nurse Residence Program shows there is a strong commitment to training within our own staff.
CPH Medical-Surgical Unit Nurses

Comments:

  • Amazing team work - everyone works well together. We have a great medical staff.
  • There is a wide variety of patients so we are always learning.
  • Growing specialty practices makes finding answers that much easier. An example is the Infectious Disease Department.
  • Great PPE for the COVID-19 patients and thorough policy surrounding the department.
  • Scheduling creates teams for the shifts you work, which allows us to get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and presents a stress-free work team.
  • The use of templates for schedules allows us to have a life outside of work and plan around our schedules.
  • The ancillary support is amazing! Unit clerks, NAs, staffing coordinators, supervisors, etc.
  • Teamwork is so strong that you don’t want to call out unless you have to because you don’t want to let your team/co-workers down.
  • My job is rewarding.
  • CPH is a teaching hospital with nursing students and PA students, and the staff enjoys teaching.
  • We always have resources available, for example N95s.
  • There's a variety of staff on MSU from new grads to those with 15-plus years and more.
  • Culture of providers; they are approachable, personable, and not intimidating.
  • Backline secure texting saves the staff from anxiety-ridden phone calls.
  • Having more specialty practices available creates less transfers out.
  • Nurse Residency Program for new grads/hires is wonderful.
  • Within the community, most patients want to come to our facility vs others because they feel we have the highest standard of care.
  • Availability of progression within the Health System. For example, nurse aide to RN to NP.
  • Continuous upgrades completed for EMR and other systems.
  • We feel like we can always ask questions. The atmosphere is welcoming.
  • Competitive wages.
  • You actually get to know your patients and their families.
CPH Obstetrics Nurses

Comments:

  • OB provider options, such as Midwifery or Obstetrician.
  • A welcoming personal birth plan – pain management and comfort options (Jet tub usage, hydro therapy), birthing ball, focus and distraction (mind-diverting activities – imagery), aromatherapy, and pharmacologic.
  • Continuity of care to support both mother and newborn
  • RN Certified Lactation Consultants to assist with breastfeeding needs
  • Celebratory meal before discharged – “Stork Meal” black linen tablecloth with toasting flutes
  • Ongoing education is provided for the parent(s) through the Injoy learning app.
  • Resources are available for families needing additional services for them/newborn – Case Management
  • We offer the MWRAP program through an OASAS grant for moms dealing with a substance use disorder.
  • We have an established Unit Based Council who are very involved in unit decisions
  • Collaborative work environment between all the nurses and providers – a close-knit unit that feels like family.
GH Nurses

Comments:

  • We provide comprehensive and compassionate care to our community.
  • Friendly, close-knit community and staff.
  • My work-life schedule is accommodated. 
  • GH allows you to apply and develop learned skills professionally.
  • There is a provision of acute and long-term care.
  • I aid in the treatment of those struggling with addiction, and assist with the development of recovery care.
  • Support of our nurses comes from the top down.
  • We have a supportive management team, and growth opportunities are provided.
  • GH is a small hospital that provides individual care to meet each patient’s needs.
  • We have a friendly staff who strive to make a difference and provide competent and trusted care.
  • We are able to assist those struggling with acute medical needs, have long-term needs, or those facing addiction - all in one place.
MH Nurses

Comments:

  • There's a slower pace here at MH for learning.
  • Family atmosphere among staff.
  • Commitment to the needs of the community.
  • We have experienced long-term nurses to guide you with a leadership team committed to your success.
  • The Med/Surg Unit is small in size but large in compassion.
  • We provide treatment for a variety of patients from COPD and CHF, to total joint replacements.
  • We are encouragement by the leaders, and the providers are respectful.
  • It's about teamwork with an emphasis on quality care.
  • MH has a low turnover with many of the nursing staff having 10 years or more of experience.
  • The departments are great, with excellent people to work with - we are truly a family.
  • There is not an “us against them” relationships between departments.
  • The staff always strived to do the best and become better.
  • Our nurses are self-motivated, and dedicated to the patients, to each other, and to the success of MH.