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Northside Hospital has been recognized by workplace culture and compensation monitoring site Comparably in 2021 for “Best Leadership Teams” and “Best Companies for Career Growth.”
Comparably’s annual “Best” lists showcase companies that receive the highest ratings on Comparably.com throughout the year (June 23, 2020 through June 23, 2021) based on millions of anonymous employee ratings about work-life balance, compensation, leadership, and more.
Northside Hospital is one of the fastest-growing health care organizations in the Southeast and currently employs more than 24,500 employees, including physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, administrative and support services personnel throughout the Atlanta Region and many parts of Georgia.
For more information about Comparably’s Best Places to Work lists and a complete list of winners, visit: comparably.com.
After delivering triplets at Northside Hospital, Lisa knew she wanted to give back to the hospital and community as a nurse. 14 years later, she started her nursing degree. In 2020, she joined the Northside Family as a nurse resident. This is her story:
“Congratulations! You’re pregnant with triplets!”
When Lisa heard these words in 2003, she knew everything was about to change. Her family of three was about to become a family of six. While Lisa had a really good experience with the delivery of her first child at another Atlanta hospital, it was Northside Hospital’s reputation for delivering and caring for premature babies that led her to change care providers.
“Since this [premature babies] was very likely for us, I changed my OB/GYN to one that could deliver at Northside. During my pregnancy with the triplets, I spent a short time on the high-risk pregnancy (HRP) unit and I was impressed with my care,” Lisa shared.
At 29 ½ weeks gestation, Lisa delivered the triplets on Mother’s Day. She reflected, “This was quite a gift! I knew our premature babies were in the very best hands at Northside Hospital’s NICU. One-by-one, they came home at four weeks, six weeks, and eight weeks of age. They each had their own challenges at birth that they were able to overcome and they are now healthy, 16-year-old teenagers.”
Shortly after they all came home, Lisa realized the experience had re-ignited something in her: her passion to become a nurse. When Lisa had first attended college, she’d studied nursing. But at the influence of others, she ended up changing her major and pursuing a different path. Yet right after bringing her three babies home, Lisa knew she wanted to give back and care for patients the way she had been cared for at Northside.
Knowing that the timing might not be best while she had three babies at home, Lisa took other steps to assuage her desire to help others. She joined a team of volunteers at Northside Hospital called “Boredom Busters.” She says, “Our duties included going to the HRP floor on a regular basis to bring magazines, crafts, and comfort to moms on bed rest. I was able to encourage them since I had been on 16 weeks of bed rest, as well, during my pregnancy.”
Then, in 2017, when all four of Lisa’s kids were older and well-established in their schools, the timing finally felt right for Lisa to go back to school to earn her nursing degree. To her younger self, Lisa might say, “Follow your heart and go into nursing.” But she couldn’t be happier where she is now. And she recognizes the benefits that came from taking a “non-traditional” path to get here. She says, “I have many life experiences that play a role in my success as a nurse and caring for patients.”
In 2020, Lisa joined the Northside Family as a Labor & Delivery nurse resident. Our nurse residency programs are designed for recent grads and newly-licensed nurses, including second-career nurses, as well as experienced nurses interested in switching specialties and nurses that have recently completed a reentry program. Lisa is proof that you can pursue nursing as a second career – in fact, it’s much more common than one might think!
About her decision to get her nursing degree, Lisa says, “It was one of the best decisions I’ve made and I am looking forward to the next leg of my journey. I will finally be where I have longed to be and that is in Women’s Services, caring for pregnant moms and their babies – back at Northside Hospital! I can’t think of a better way to give back to a hospital and community that gave so much to me, than to pay it forward.”
Paid parental leave is important for parents and children alike. When parents bring new children home, having time away from work provides families with opportunities to bond, adjust, and more easily balance the needs of work and home. The arrival of a child can take many forms. For Allison and her husband, it was through adoption.
Allison is an RN at Northside Hospital Cherokee. While she’s worked on the oncology floor at Cherokee for a year and a half, she’s been a nurse for five. She shared, “Northside is by far the best place I’ve ever worked. I live 54 miles from the hospital and still drive in because I know I won’t find a place I feel as great to work for.”
Even before Allison joined the Northside Family, she and her husband had begun the journey of adoption. After a three year process to adopt their foster child, they were finally able to adopt last month! With the Adoption Paid-Time Off Program that Northside Hospital provides, Allison could confidently take paid time off to be at home with her family. She said, “Having this time at home and November being National Adoption Month is even more special.”
It was the little things that made Allison’s time off especially meaningful to her. As a nurse, Allison works long hours, often leaving home in the morning before her daughter is awake and returning home after she’s gone to bed. When her shifts fall on back-to-back days, that can mean going several days without seeing her daughter. So being home for three weeks meant being home every night for bedtime stories. It meant being able to take and pick her daughter up from school every day. “I got to help her with her Thanksgiving play, take walks after school, and her favorite thing to do—play on the playground,” Allison said.
The time off also gave Allison and her husband some firsts of their own. Allison reflected, “It was the first time I got to be home on Halloween, so we got to go trick-or-treating as a family. We threw her an amazing Halloween-themed adoption party to celebrate!”
At Northside Hospital, we offer many benefits to our team. Benefits focused on health and wellness, financial health, work-life balance and beyond. It’s crucial that our team is and feels supported and empowered to do their best, at work and in their life work. We’re proud to offer an adoption benefit that gives Northside parents-to-be paid time off following the arrival of their child. No new parent should have to choose between time with family and missed pay or drained PTO.
For Allison, the benefit is a blessing. She shared: “It is amazing to work for a company that provides adoption leave. I already love working for Northside, but the little things like that make it an even better company to work for. Thanks so much for being such an amazing company to work for!”
When it comes to the nurse residency programs at Northside, we knew that the COVID-19 pandemic would present new challenges for the Fall 2020 cohort. These Northside newcomers are having a nurse residency unlike any other, so we wanted to hear their thoughts on working at Northside in the midst of COVID-19. Here’s what they had to say:
Northside Hospital Atlanta- BMT
Working as a new grad in the midst of this pandemic has been both challenging and rewarding. I have been able to see our Northside team come together and support each other during this trying time.
Northside Hospital Cherokee
The veteran nurses, management, and overall care team offer a supportive environment, contrary to the belief that “baby nurses” are often left to fend for themselves. My team has been nothing but understanding and supportive. I feel as though my fellow coworkers truly want me to succeed through the residency program.
Northside Hospital Forsyth
I feel safe working for a company such as Northside during this pandemic. Being a nurse is truly amazing and so rewarding.
Northside Hospital Atlanta
Rewarding. I’m thankful for how nursing school and the training I am getting is preparing me for the changes in the hospital.
Northside Hospital Atlanta
Working as a new grad nurse in the midst of COVID-19 has been challenging to say the least but I’m also really grateful. To be able to adapt during high stress moments has helped me become a better nurse.
Surely you can’t be reading that right, right? A pension plan in 2020? Maybe you’ve heard of a pension plan from your parents or grandparents, but those are a thing of the past! Or are they?
Make no mistake, the pension plan is still alive and well at Northside Hospital!
Northside is the only area hospital that offers a pension plan. As long as you work with us, we save money on your behalf to be accessed during retirement!
With so few companies still offering pensions, many younger workers don’t understand how pension plans work, since they’ve never been eligible for one. Free money sounds great, but… what’s the catch?
There’s no catch! Northside saves money for you throughout your employment with us for you to access in retirement. We fund the pension benefit at no cost to you — meaning you’re earning extra money for your future just by coming to work!
(By the way, this program is separate from and in addition to our generous 403(b) Retirement Plan – similar to the more common 401(k) plans – in which employees set aside money from their paychecks pre-tax and Northside funds additional contributions to your account to boost your retirement savings!)
Breaking down the pension plan
What is the pension plan?
The pension plan is a defined benefit retirement plan. For this type of plan, Northside does all the work, including funding and managing your pension benefit. When you retire, you will start receiving monthly payments based on your average salary during your employment and how long you worked for Northside. That means that the longer you work for Northside, the more you earn in the plan. After five years of service, you become fully vested in the plan. In other words, you become eligible for payments upon retirement after 5 years of eligible employment. If you leave Northside before becoming vested, you’ll forfeit any unvested pension.
How does it work?
Meet Abby, a 35-year-old NICU nurse making $55,000 per year.
In addition to her salary, Abby accrues about 9%* of her salary toward pension benefits every year. This amount varies each year and is ultimately based on her salary and years worked at Northside. If she stays at Northside and retires at age 65, she’ll have earned $40,000 in pension income a year for the rest of her life — a pension worth over $500,000 in today’s dollars!*
* Assumes 3.50% annual pay increases, and that Abby works until 65.
It’s that simple! By working at Northside, you are earning extra money that’s waiting for you when you retire after 5 years of employment. Stay longer, earn more! Get a promotion, earn some more! As the only hospital in the Atlanta area with a pension plan, Northside is clearly the smart choice!
It takes a lot of coordinated efforts for a healthcare facility to run smoothly. When you think of hospital jobs, you may think of the staff you typically see on television hospital dramas: doctors, nurses, receptionists etc. Those who work in healthcare, however, know there are many others who play a major role in delivering the quality patient experience Northside is known for.
So even if you never went to nursing school or thought of working in a hospital, it may be just the place for you! In addition to the great benefits at Northside, there is the added satisfaction of knowing that you are helping your community by assisting in delivering a vital service.
Here are ten of our current open roles at Northside Hospital that you might not know exist:
This role is ideal for someone who has prior experience working in a restaurant or other food service role, but is ready for a change and looking to step into the hospital environment. The responsibilities of this role include reading patient menus to patients, editing patient selections to meet restrictions associated with diet orders, and communicating between the nursing units and the Food & Nutrition Department.
This position is for experienced IT professionals that have a thorough background in server building, maintenance, and automation. Their job is vital to ensuring our computer systems stay online and are secure so our staff can access the information they need 24/7.
The Revenue Integrity Supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the hospital Chargemaster is up-to-date and compliant with federal and state regulations and that our staff are charging for services correctly. This role is crucial to our operations because an accurate Chargemaster allows us to work with health insurance companies to make sure our patients are getting the most out of their healthcare experience.
This role supports the crucial computer programs that help our clinical and financial staff carry out their jobs. With programs that deal with patient records, insurance billing, and more – the Senior Applications Analyst needs to be a pro at various computer systems in the healthcare environment to make sure we never miss a beat.
Social work is an incredibly important, yet often overlooked function within the healthcare environment. Healthcare social workers work with patients, their families, and significant others to break down psychosocial barriers that may inhibit their medical treatment. This role requires an advanced degree in social work or mental health, as well as prior experience in the mental health field.
The Environmental Services Team is the lifeblood of the Northside Hospital family! These truly essential employees ensure that our patients, as well as fellow employees, have a clean and safe environment. With on-the-job training and no prior experience or certification requirements, this role is the perfect entry point for someone interested in working in the healthcare field.
¿Hablas español? This role is responsible for providing face-to-face interpreting services for Spanish-speaking patients and their families as it relates to their medical care, as well as documenting translation to enhance patients’ comprehension of medical procedures, treatment, follow-up care, and more.
This position is the Amazon Prime of Northside! Responsible for distributing supplies and equipment to our departments and keeping track of inventory levels, supply chain techs work to make sure the staff at Northside always have the right supplies & equipment at the right time to be able to deliver a great patient experience.
Monitor technicians support other clinical staff by observing patients’ biomedical electronic devices and watching for regular or irregular measurements to report back to nurses and doctors. This position requires the completion of a Basic Arrhythmia Course or the satisfactory completion of an arrhythmia competency exam with a score of 85% or higher.
This role is responsible for disinfecting, sterilizing, and assembling surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment in preparation for surgery teams. By prepping these materials ahead of time, this position helps keep surgical procedures safe and running smoothly for surgeons and their teams.
As you can see there are plenty of roles in a hospital environment that might not have their own Netflix series about them, but they certainly are essential to keeping Northside Hospital the well-oiled machine it is! Even if you have never thought about working in healthcare, you may have the skills we are looking for to help us continue to deliver top-notch patient care.
To view more openings at Northside, head over to our job search page to see if we’re hiring for your perfect job!
Alison D, a clinical dietitian at Northside, says she got lucky to have found nutrition as a career path. Her passion for food led her to a fulfilling career at Northside, helping patients get the most out of their medical care – and their lives.
Alison didn’t know what she was getting herself into when she registered for the nutrition and dietetics program at Auburn University for her undergraduate studies. But the more she learned along the way, she discovered just how compatible nutrition was with her values and her career goals.
After completing her dietetic internship and her master’s degree at St. Louis University, she was ready to take on the challenge of being a dietitian at Northside. In 2017, she started out at a congestive heart failure clinic, where she gained experience in how nutrition affects the heart. Shortly after, she transitioned to working on a GI floor at Northside, and now she specializes in nutrition for oncology treatment. In three short years, Alison was able to experience very different sides of nutrition, which she says was an exciting way to start her career and figure out what she felt most passionate about. “You can jump around and learn a little bit about a lot,” Alison says, due to the wide variety of patient populations at Northside.
Teamwork Makes All The Difference
In her role, Alison focuses on patients receiving proper nourishment during their care at Northside. One way that she maximizes this responsibility is through emphasizing interdisciplinary teamwork and communication to ensure that her plans for a patient are complementary to the plans being administered by the doctors, pharmacists, and speech therapists. This kind of collaboration not only enhances patient care, it also provides for a rewarding work environment. “It helps make everything run smoothly, but it also opens the door to more education and more collaboration, because nutrition spans all other disciplines.”
Advice for Future Coworkers
While Alison says she became a dietitian as a result of her passion for food, she shared what else others looking to follow in her footsteps should think about when considering the field. “Be passionate about the science behind food and the research that goes into the field of dietetics. It’s a field that we’re still learning so much about all the time, and things are changing on a daily basis.” This includes keeping up with the latest research and studies and being able to relay those findings into relatable, actionable feedback to patients.
Aside from an interest in the science behind food, what does Alison hope for in a coworker? It’s simple: communication, dedication, and “a willingness to go the extra mile to provide the best patient care possible.”
Interested in learning more about a career in nutrition and dietetics at Northside? Check out our current openings here!
To wrap up our celebration of Northside’s 50th birthday, we wanted to hear from those who know Northside the best. We spoke to our longest-tenured employees to get their thoughts on Northside’s enduring legacy.
Let’s meet some of our longest-serving team members!
Secretary/Scheduler, Blvd OP Imaging, Northside Forsyth
31 Years at Northside
First Job: Front desk radiology clerk, Northside Hospital Atlanta in 1989
Why I Stayed at Northside: It is a great place to work, an excellent hospital and has a great reputation.
Advice to Job Seekers: If you see a job opening, don’t wait! Go for it because it won’t be there long!
Clinical Supervisor, Labor and Delivery, Northside Atlanta
40 Years at Northside
First Job: Staff Nurse Labor and Delivery Atlanta
Why I Stayed at Northside: The way the staff rallies around each other and cares for each other.
Someone who helped my professional development: Theresa H, who also labored me when I had my youngest son Brent.
IV Therapy Service Coordinator, 785, Atlanta, Cherokee and Forsyth campuses
30 Years at Northside
First Job: IV Therapy Staff nurse, 1990
Why I Stayed at Northside: Opportunities to grow over the years in new positions and responsibilities. Always appreciated that Northside strives to be excellent always!
Someone who helped my professional development: Barbara M was my supervisor for 27 years and became a dear friend. Always gave me room to grow, room to help improve our practice and encouragement.
Advice to Job Seekers: Come to work hard and excel, keep the bar high. That is our goal and if it is yours, you’ll do well!
Audiology Tech Lead
35 Years at Northside
First Job: Working the CRT in housekeeping, 1985
Why I Stayed at Northside: A group of physical therapists led me in a good direction and encouraged me to go as far as I could.
Advice to Job Seekers: Northside is a great place to grow your career.
Staff and relief charge nurse in the SCN
30 Years at Northside
First Job: Intern with the SCN in 1990
Why I Stayed at Northside: I love my job, and my co-workers became my extended family. They helped me through some really rough patches in my life.
Advice to Job Seekers: You get what you put into it! If you keep a positive attitude and try to find ways to make your department better, you will flourish and make some of the longest, deepest connections of your life.
Nurse Clinician, Special Care Nursery, Atlanta
35 Years at Northside
First Job: Staff Nurse, Special Care Nursery 1984
Someone who helped my professional development: Debbie H was my preceptor. Not only did she provide me with a thorough orientation, but she also showed me that hard work is recognized and rewarded. She set the tone for me to apply for and become a preceptor, CPR instructor, childbirth educator, charge nurse, NRP Instructor, and now a clinician.
Advice to Job Seekers: Northside has good “bones”: caring staff who want the best for the patients they care for and encouragement to be all they want to be.
Education Coordinator, CME/Medical Library, Northside Hospital Gwinnett
35 Years at Northside
First Job: I started out as a Nurse Technician at the “old” Button Gwinnett. Once I received my RN, BSN degree, I transitioned to a nursing position on the Surgical Floor
Why I Stayed at Northside: Northside Gwinnett feels like home to me! I love coming to work and feeling like I make a difference. I also love the people that I work with! We have an amazing team in our department.
Someone who helped my professional development: When I began working many years ago, Kay S was my Unit Manager and Martha A was my Charge Nurse. They were wonderful, experienced nurses whom I deeply respected and looked to for guidance. Once they retired, I began working with Anne K in the CME/Medical Library Department. She is a wonderful Director who has influenced my life and made such a difference. Anne expects excellence in all that we do! Therefore, we work hard to provide great service to our physicians, associates, patients, and their families.
Clinical Supervisor, Behavioral Health Outpatient service, Hammond Drive, Atlanta, Ga.
35 Years at Northside
Why I Stayed at Northside: When I first walked into Northside in 1984, I had no idea that Northside would become my long-term professional home. I can honestly say, I cherished every day I came to work. From day one, Northside’s core values aligned with my professional ethics and values.
Someone who helped my professional development: I was fortunate to work with our Mental Health Medical Director, Dr. Patrick Malone, who worked for Northside for 30 years. Dr. Malone taught and modeled the importance of presence, compassion and clinical directness in supporting a patient’s healing and personal growth. He was a brilliant teacher and made an indelible impression on me as a person, psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. His gifts are the “gifts that keep on giving.”
Advice to Job Seekers: If you are motivated by our core values, appreciate working on highly skilled teams, want to practice with an evidence-based approach, and want an exciting career with a professional place to belong, grow and develop, then I would definitely note Northside as the top place to work.
Are you ready to start your career journey with Northside? Search our openings today and get ready to discover your true potential.
When COVID-19 first hit the news, it felt like a distant concern for many. As the world learned more about it though, governments, hospitals, businesses, and individuals realized the need to take action. Like many others, our Northside team got right to work preparing for what the coming weeks could bring. This time has challenged and united us.
Early on, Nikki, ICU Manager and Northside employee of nearly 17 years, remained confident in her team’s ability to tackle the challenges that lay ahead. She remembers thinking, “We’ve got this. We’re going to do what we know how to do and what we’ve been doing. We’re going to be extra cautious while we wait to see what happens.”
Our team began preparing, both mentally and physically, for what might come next. Jenny, Med/Surg ICU Nurse, wondered what would be asked of her. She admits: “I envisioned having to sleep at the hospital, basically quarantining myself there to take care of patients.” Like many, she wondered if her team would be prepared enough.
As our team continued to learn more about the virus and started to see more patients, the ICU approach changed drastically. Nikki shares, “Every single aspect of care changed. We had to regroup and figure out how we were going to deal with the volumes of patients and how we were going to anticipate and prepare for the PPE changes.” Instead of turning to fear, the ICU team turned to each other, working together to best care for patients and one another. About her team’s response, Nikki says, “It has blown me away.”
To help equip and support her team, Nikki knew it would vitally important to keep her staff informed. That has proven to be no small task. As the world continues to learn about, respond to, and share new information at a rapid rate, truth can sometimes get lost in the mix, or simply take time to become certain of.
“I started having staff meetings three times a week, twice a day, six times a week, whatever I needed to do to just keep up with all the information,” Nikki explains. “We were learning so much, so fast. But that process really helped set the stage for where we are now.”
Her efforts paid off, helping to prepare team members and raising their comfort and trust levels. She says, “While nurses have their concerns and their fears, as everybody does, my team has been completely amazing. They’re doing an incredible job caring for patients, communicating with their colleagues, being proactive in developing new protocols. It’s been so great to see the staff pull together and maintain the level of care that we expect for our patients.”
Still, this journey is one we’re all taking a day at a time. Jenny reveals, “The patients come in waves and so do our emotions.” Some days, it can feel like things are at a standstill for team members as they wait for patients to get better. Other days, it feels like everything goes right. While uniquely challenging, this time has been uniquely unifying for the ICU team and Northside Family.
Jenny shares: “I’m so proud to be in the ICU during this time. More experienced nurses have become teachers on our units, explaining, helping, answering questions. My teammates have been supportive, talking things out with each other, especially if someone is having a stressful day. I know I can lean on them.”
Beyond the ICU, the entire hospital is part of the effort. Nikki calls out many other groups within the hospital – techs, environmental services, infection prevention, educational offices, med/surg, PACU nurses who have returned to bedside, and on and on. She says, “The whole hospital has changed the focus to help us care for these patients. It’s amazing.”
We’ve learned the importance of the phrase, “We’re in this together.” However cliché or recently overused, the most meaningful and transformative moments we’ve experienced as a world, as a community, and as a team have occurred when we’ve found new ways to care for one another, even from a distance.
Jenny says about her experience: “You’ve got to find your strength because your patients are counting on you, your teammates, your manager, your hospital. It’s crazy to think some patients I’ve cared for will never know me, will never know my care. But I’m okay with that. It’s not about me, it’s about them.”
Like many healthcare providers, Northside Hospital has taken crucial steps to prepare for the progression of COVID-19. Along with space and supplies, we are hiring across our hospitals, with a priority on both clinical and non-clinical roles.
As a clinical professional, you know what this path is all about. You chose it for a reason – to fulfill a purpose and answer a calling. Today, that calling is more important than it ever has been. Join our elite team in directly caring for patients.
Learn more about our minimum qualifications and apply in our most critical roles:
As a non-clinical professional, you are a vital part of the support system behind the larger Northside Family. You support hospital operations and help to equip the team. Not all of our non-clinical roles require prior experience, so if you have a passion for service and want to be a part of something bigger, join us.
Learn more about our minimum qualifications and apply in the following areas: