What I love most about Bronson is how invested leadership is in their teams
“I knew I wanted to be the best nurse possible, so I made it a priority to learn as much about healthcare and the different areas of the hospital before getting my nursing license,” explained Jolinda Douglas, RN, a nurse in the emergency department and house supervisor at Bronson LakeView Hospital in Paw Paw.
“When I started working at Bronson in 2007, I worked as a full time registration specialist – performing several administrative functions like admitting, transferring and discharging patients.” After learning the ropes of the healthcare industry, Jolinda went back to school to receive her certified nursing assistant degree, and began working at Bronson at Home before transferring to the emergency department at Bronson Lakeview Hospital. She is now working toward her bachelor’s degree in nursing and will graduate in February 2018.
“The benefits are what brought me to Bronson. The leadership is what has made me want to stay.”
From competitive insurance packages and paid time off, to tuition reimbursement and flexible hours, Bronson employees enjoy a variety of benefits. “Tuition reimbursement was the reason I chose to work at Bronson,” says Jolinda. “Once I was working full time in the registration department, Bronson helped cover a large part of my tuition while I was working toward my associate’s degree. Plus they helped pay for my AIMS license. Now that I am working on my BSN degree, Bronson is still helping cover a portion of my course fees through reimbursement, and I received the Nursing Scholarship from the Bronson Health Foundation last year,” she explains.
“What I love most about Bronson is how invested leadership is in their teams. They encourage you to be a better version of yourself. They are dedicated to helping you grown and become the best caregiver and patient educator possible,” Jolinda says.
Getting involved in the community outside of the hospital
Another reason Jolinda enjoys working for Bronson is that the organization is focused on building a healthier community – both inside the hospital, and throughout southwest Michigan. “They encourage you to go out and get involved in the community,” Jolinda explained. In the past, BLH nurses have organized drives for community organizations like The Community Thrift Shop and Eleanor’s Pantry, raised toy donations for Bronson Children’s Hospital, and much more.
What is Jolinda’s advice for anyone looking to become a nurse?
“Don’t be scared! It’s a lot of work – but you will look back and wish you had done it sooner,” Jolinda said. “Getting my certified nursing assistant degree, and now getting ready to graduate with my BSN degree, I feel empowered. I am confident that I can make a positive impact on my own life, within the Bronson organization, and for my patients.”
Do you want to start a nursing career at Bronson?
We’re hiring! Our healthcare system is comprised of more than 70 locations, including four hospitals, in southwest and south central Michigan. With nearly 846 licensed beds and approximately 2,000 nurses throughout the hospitals, we are committed to working together to provide excellent healthcare. Our values of integrity, patient and family centered care, teamwork, evidence-driven improvement, education and community commitment guide us. To learn more or apply, visit bronsonhealth.com/careers. This is your career, where will you take it?