Nursing is a unique amazing career of hands-on life-changing work but it has some factors in common with other professions when you’re first starting out. As a newbie in any field, it may be a good idea to work at a top-notch facility. You can be assured of receiving excellent training and being surrounded by top professionals. As a nurse, you’ll also learn to use state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology. And as in other professions, even if you realize that working at a big-time place is not for you, the name of a well-respected institution on your resume can help open doors when you search for your next job.
That’s why we at Paysa are taking a look at the newly-released U.S. News and World Report rankings of the best hospitals in the country for 2017-18.
Why do the U.S. News and World Report rankings matter?
Admittedly, some people express a love-hate relationship with U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of any kind – with special rancor saved for its famous undergraduate college rankings. A comment made by an education professional about the college rankings in a New York Times article could also apply to the downside of applying for work only to hospitals that fare best in the rankings.
“The false impression that rankings tend to perpetuate is that there are a limited number of valuable experiences out there and that only top-tier institutions can deliver a worthwhile experience,” he said.
On the other hand, it’s a big world filled with a seemingly overwhelming number of choices so having some type of ordered system for considering options may be helpful. For most people, the U.S. News and World Report rankings whether for colleges, graduate programs or in this case, hospitals “serve as markers of institutional quality and prestige,” as stated elsewhere in the same article.
Methodology For the Best Hospital List
The U.S. News and World Report evaluated 5,000 medical centers in the U.S. for 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. They chose 20 hospitals for a special honor roll, their highest accolade hospitals that deliver exceptional treatment across multiple specialties.
The rankings were derived by surveying over 125,000 physicians across the country regarding their experiences with the hospitals. U.S. News staff also reviewed five years of Medicare data and the number of patients treated in hospitals. They updated the rankings methodology to avoid penalizing hospitals for treating low-income patients or for accepting high-risk cases transferred from other hospitals. For the best regional hospitals, procedures and conditions rankings were emphasized more than specialty rankings.
The Top 20 Ranked Hospitals in the US
The US News and World Report honor roll of hospitals are the hospitals that they found to be the best of the best. So they may merit attention during your job search. It is worth noting though that these hospitals tend to be located either in big cities and/or major university towns. That could make cost of living a factor to consider.
And by the way, these top 20 hospitals employ a total of 56,020 nurses. That’s a lot of jobs.
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research center based in Rochester, Minnesota. A world-famous facility, it specializes in treating difficult cases. It spends over $660 million a year on research.
hospital size – 1263 beds
number of doctors – 2,234
number of nurses – 1,974
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland
The Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty teaching hospital located in Cleveland, Ohio that is owned and operated by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, an Ohio nonprofit corporation established in 1921.
hospital size – 1280 beds
number of doctors – 3,022
number of nurses – 5,070
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
Johns Hopkins Hospital is the nonprofit teaching hospital and biomedical research facility of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, located in Baltimore, Maryland. It was founded in 1889 with a bequest by philanthropist Johns Hopkins.
hospital size – 977 beds
number of doctors – 2,268
number of nurses – 2,478
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Massachusetts General Hospital is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and a biomedical research facility located in Boston, Massachusetts.
hospital size – 1016 beds
number of doctors – 5,107
number of nurses – 3,226
UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center is a research and a teaching hospital in San Francisco, California. It is part of the University of California system which also includes UCLA.
hospital size – 745 beds
number of doctors – 3,523
number of nurses – 1,974
Michigan Medicine is the non-profit academic medical center of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It includes hospitals, health centers and home care services throughout Michigan.
hospital size – 993 beds
number of doctors – 2,562
number of nurses – 4,040
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is a teaching hospital located on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles in Westwood, Los Angeles.
hospital size – 466 beds
number of doctors – 3,573
number of nurses – 1,492
New-York Presbyterian Hospital, New York
New York–Presbyterian Hospital is a nonprofit university hospital in New York City and is affiliated with two Ivy League medical schools: Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College.
hospital size – 2381 beds
number of doctors – 3,199
number of nurses – 6,275
Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, California
Stanford Health Care is a health care system and part of Stanford Medicine, which includes the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. It is based in Northern California’s Silicon Valley region.
hospital size – 491 beds
number of doctors – 3,147
number of nurses – 1,837
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) is the flagship hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The hospital was founded at its current location in 1874 by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, making it the oldest university-owned teaching hospital in the country.
hospital size – 789 beds
number of doctors – 3,164
number of nurses – 2,840
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
Founded in 1902, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a non-profit, tertiary 958-bed hospital and multi-specialty academic health science center located in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles.
hospital size – 885 beds
number of doctors – 2,632
number of nurses – 2,612
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri
Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the largest hospital in the state of Missouri. It is the teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine, and is located in St. Louis.
hospital size – 1390 beds
number of doctors – 1,668
number of nurses – 3,318
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a nationally ranked academic medical center hospital located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. It is the primary teaching hospital for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
hospital size – 871 beds
number of doctors – 2,885
number of nurses – 2,366
UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Pittsburgh
UPMC Shadyside offers primary medical care; physician and nursing education; and a broad range of specialties. It has been serving the residents of Pittsburgh and the tri-state area since 1866.
hospital size – 1482 beds
number of doctors – 2,227
number of nurses – 2,994
University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora
University of Colorado Hospital or University Hospital is part of the University of Colorado Health System and is the principal teaching hospital for the University of Colorado School of Medicine, located in Aurora, Colorado.
hospital size – 648 beds
number of doctors – 1,341
number of nurses – 1,852
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia
Jefferson University Hospitals, founded in 1825, and Thomas Jefferson University are partners in care for patients in the Philadelphia region, educating health professionals and doing health and medical research.
hospital size – 893 beds
number of doctors – 2,042
number of nurses – 1,999
Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina
Duke University Hospital is the flagship teaching hospital for the Duke University Health System, a network of physicians and hospitals serving Durham County and Wake County, North Carolina, and surrounding areas, as well as one of three referral centers for the Research Triangle of North Carolina.
hospital size – 905 beds
number of doctors – 3,351
number of nurses – 3,428
Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City
Located in New York City, Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the United States. It encompasses the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and seven hospital campuses and many health care centers in the New York metro area, Westchester and Long Island.
hospital size – 1175 beds
number of doctors – 4,756
number of nurses – 2,506
NYU Langone Medical Center, New York
NYU is a teaching hospital system associated with New York University. It treats a full range of medical conditions in both inpatient and outpatient facilities in New York City’s five boroughs, and nearby areas of New York and New Jersey.
hospital size – 718 beds
number of doctors – 3,075
number of nurses – 2,626
Mayo Clinic Phoenix, Phoenix
The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix is a satellite hospital campus of the world-renowned nonprofit medical practice and medical research center based in Rochester, Minnesota
hospital size – 268 beds
number of doctors – 475
number of nurses – 1,113
Nurse-friendly workplace summary checklist
What to look for in a hospital work situation as a nurse? The School of Nursing at Loyola University in New Orleans offers the following checklist as part of their website overview of What Makes a Hospital Nurse-Friendly?
Nursing is one of the most fulfilling and meaningful career paths, and it’s best performed in an environment that supports the significance of a nurse’s professional commitment; thus, when seeking a hospital to work in, nurses should look for:
- Encouraging management
- Appropriate compensation
- Technological support
- Un-penalized flexible scheduling
- Mutual respect between fellow professionals
- Appropriate professional responsibilities
- Training resources and support
Additionally, and perhaps most essentially, nurses should feel comfortable in their work environment. After all, there is no way to be happy in a work environment – regardless of how well it checks out – unless the environment suits the employee.