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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:
Every one of us has felt the impact of COVID-19 in our own way. As we try to create a new normal for ourselves and our families, it’s important to be mindful of the new habits we are establishing. Try to put practices into place that help you to:
Take care of yourself physically.
Take care of yourself mentally.
Take care of yourself emotionally.
Here are some ways to do all three:
We know even those three things can sound like a lot right now – especially if you’re home with kids. So give yourself credit when and where you’re able to get these in. Keep in mind that taking care of yourself physically benefits you mentally and emotionally too. Like always, aim for 7-8 hours of sleep, 60+ ounces of water a day (eight 8-ounce glasses), and be mindful of snacking vs. actually stopping to sit down and have a meal.
It’s less important how you choose to stay active and more important that you do. Walk, run, shoot hoops in your driveway, jump on the trampoline with your kids, do jumping jacks in your living room, join a Facebook or Instagram Live workout, look up a yoga flow on YouTube, or any other social distancing approved activities you might enjoy. Check out your local gyms or popular fitness trainers to see what resources they’ve put online.
While staying up-to-date with the news is important, being overwhelmed by it isn’t good for anyone. A quick check-in with the news each day is enough to keep most of us informed. It’s easy to justify giving ourselves a break and grabbing our phones, but try to find other ways to disconnect and recharge. Consider limiting your time on social media or news apps to certain times of the day or use time tracking devices on your phone (most phones have these built in) to get an idea of where your time is going.
Do you love learning, picking up new hobbies, reading, planning for the future, and/or being creative? Make time for it! Whether that means getting up before your kids or blocking off the same time every day, start with small amounts of time and keep building it into your schedule. You can even add the same time to your kids’ schedules so that you’re all busy with your own hobbies (and more likely to leave each other alone) at the same time.
Connect with family and friends over video chat or phone calls. Get creative! If simply talking on the phone isn’t your favorite, try cooking together, having a virtual happy hour or friends night in, playing games (looking at you, UNO and charades), learning a new dance together, or starting a good old-fashioned book club. Pick things that excite you, not ones that feel like another addition to your to-do list. Connecting with nature also helps relieve stress, so get outside if it’s possible and safe, and explore your neighborhood.
Whatever it is that helps you relieve stress, bring structure into your days, and recharge – do it. We encourage you to make time for it, no matter how daunting that may feel at first. Ask the people around you to help you and do the same for them. Make it fun and make it attainable. Don’t forget to give yourself credit for all the great things you’re already doing! We’re in this together.
More and more of our lives are being moved online for a season – whether it’s work meetings, conversations with family or even job interviews. If you find yourself needing to prepare for an upcoming interview, here are some tips for navigating your virtual meeting like a professional!
1. Test your internet connection and video conference system ahead of time
With any online meeting, there are bound to be hiccups. But you can avoid or solve a lot of them by testing your resources ahead of time. Download the app you’re planning to use and any plug-ins early on, check your internet speed (simply Google that phrase and you’ll have what you need), and start a virtual meeting with a friend to make sure things run smoothly.
2. Make sure your profile picture and username are professional.
There’s nothing wrong with having a photo of yourself from a recent vacation or with a friend or family member, but consider what you’re doing or wearing in the photo. Likewise, be mindful of if the software you’ve been asked to use requires a username and ensure your selected handle is professional.
3. Try to find a quiet place.
This can be tough depending on who you’re currently sharing space with. Fortunately, this is a challenge for everyone right now so employers are more understanding if your environment isn’t serenely quiet. Whatever your situation, do your best to communicate with your family members or roommates before and find a less trafficked spot in your home. Don’t be afraid to mute yourself in between responses too!
4. Prepare for and follow-up like you would for an in-person interview.
Just because you’re in front of your computer doesn’t mean you should be searching the internet for answers. It’s okay to reference your resume or some notes as you speak, but try to prepare as you normally would. Follow-up with a thank you.
5. Consider lighting and backgrounds.
Good lighting can help your personality shine. Face a window rather than having your back to one. If that’s not possible, set up a lamp in front of you (behind your camera) and find an appropriate, neutral background. The focus should be you, not your home decor or something happening outside. Most importantly, you’ll want to keep a steady camera, so if you’re not able to dial in from a computer or laptop, prop your phone against something.
You can do this! Pick out your power outfit and follow these tips to get ready for your virtual job interview. Congrats on the interview and good luck!
Marlene – perhaps like many others – suspected she had a future in healthcare, but wasn’t sure in exactly what capacity. From changing her career path to taking classes that led her to a career she loves, Marlene shares an inside look of what a future in nutrition support can look like.
With a love of science, a knack for numbers, and a desire for a career that involved helping others, Marlene always suspected that she had a future in healthcare. Initially destined for a physical therapy program, she later changed course to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Cornell University. As part of her coursework, she had the opportunity to take some courses in nutrition, which piqued her interest. When she eventually took a course in clinical nutrition, she knew it almost instantly: she had found her calling. Upon graduating, she headed south to Atlanta for her dietetic internship and to pursue her master’s degree.
Following the completion of her post-graduate studies, Marlene landed a role at Northside Hospital as Nutrition Support Dietitian in 1982. In this role, she had the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary team that included a pharmacist, a nurse, and a dietitian working together to holistically treat patients. While this approach took some getting used to for her colleagues at the time, she and her team eventually won over their coworkers by achieving excellent results and displaying expert knowledge, thus proving their team’s value within the patient care spectrum.
A Day in the Life of a Dietitian
Fast forward to 2020, and Marlene is still just as passionate – and perhaps more – about nutrition support as she was on day 1. On a daily basis, she works with a wide range of patients that have a need for nutrition support services and develops enteral (via the GI tract) or parenteral (not via the GI tract, typically intravenous) nutrition support programs to help these patients along their medical journeys. This includes mapping out the nutritional needs of her patients based on their medical condition, developing formulations for them, monitoring them, and making adjustments to their programs throughout their care at Northside.
All of this requires a keen understanding of the science behind metabolism, the mathematical acuity to calculate a patient’s nutritional needs, and above all, a passion for helping others – all of the skills Marlene sought to exercise in a career, long before she knew she wanted to pursue nutrition.
What does Marlene feel has kept her at Northside for this long? In addition to the clinical excellence that Northside is known for, she added that she enjoys having new challenges to face as the face of patient care changes. “You are having to continually up your game in terms of your knowledge base,” she says.
While there are always patients to care for, Marlene hopes to give back at Northside in other ways as a seasoned nutrition support dietitian. As she watches the next generation coming up in the field behind her, she has a passion for mentoring and developing her younger colleagues. Her hope is that by sharing her knowledge and encouragement along the way, Northside’s nutrition support staff will have the greatest opportunity to succeed, thus carrying on the legacy of excellent patient care that Northside is known for.
Or In her own words, “If you want some of the best, you need to give back and help others along.”
Ready to join the Northside Family? Search openings today.
We always say that the people are what make Northside who we are: kind, caring, compassionate, patient-oriented, driven… the list goes on and on.
But who cares for this community of health care professionals? We believe that to be your best at work, you need to be your best at home, which is why we are proud to offer a comprehensive array of competitive benefits to Northside employees. From physical and mental wellness to financial security and everything in between, we want to make sure the Northside Family is able to care for themselves and their families, inside and out.
The Northside Advantage
In addition to our medical, dental and vision insurance plans, Northside employees have access to the Northside Advantage Program. This program allows employees to receive the same exceptional services that our patients receive at a reduced cost when using Northside facilities and services. And the savings don’t stop there! Northside also offers discounted pharmacy services to members of the Northside Family. Beyond healthcare savings, Northside is also proud to offer various wellness programs to employees, as well as a Personal Nurse program for those times when our employees need a helping hand with managing the responsibility of caring for their health.
The benefits don’t stop there! While health benefits are a keystone of a benefits package, Northside offers market-leading financial health programs and retirement options. In addition to a 403(b) plan with an employer match, Northside also offers an active pension plan for your retirement at no cost to the employee! Believing financial health is intertwined with your physical and mental health, we also offer student loan repayment and tuition assistance programs.
Lastly, and most importantly, we want our employees’ home lives to be as rewarding and fulfilling as their work lives. Being able to balance our work and home lives is more important than ever in today’s always-connected culture. When welcoming a new child, we want to ensure our employees have time to bond with their new addition to the family, which is why we are proud to offer maternity and paternity leave for child births and adoptions. And when the little ones are ready, our Child Development Center provides care and education for the children of Northside employees, from newborns all the way up to Pre-K.
When we say the “Northside Family”, we mean it. We aim to treat our employees like family so they can be the best version of themselves at work and at home and be able to pass on that same level of care to our patients and to each other.