Every year, more babies are born at Providence Swedish than at any other health system in Western Washington. That’s because we give our patients peace of mind through the entire process, supporting families through typical and difficult pregnancies, as well as caring for newborns who need extra medical attention. That high standard of care is made possible with the help of our world-class nurses.
Five reasons Providence Swedish is a great place to be a Labor and Delivery RN
- Our maternity care is award winning. For example, U.S. News & World Report rated Providence Swedish Issaquah as a high-performing hospital for maternity care for 2022-2023. The award recognizes our Issaquah campus as a great place to have a baby—and the state-of-the-art hospital is also a great place to help bring babies into the world. When evaluating U.S. hospitals for maternity care, important considerations were Issaquah’s performance on key measures of safety and quality, such as fewer newborn complications than other hospitals, and higher rates of breast milk feeding. Our world-class caregiver community makes this distinction possible.
- We deliver bright futures for our smallest babies. The NICU care team at Providence Swedish First Hill recently began welcoming some of the smallest and earliest premature infants into the Small Baby Unit. The new unit has its own special location within the walls of the hospital’s Level IV NICU, which ensures lower lighting and even more quiet surroundings. Says Amy Dugan, RN, NICU nurse manager at Swedish First Hill, “We’ve bundled together the best care practices that a NICU would prescribe for an extremely low birthweight baby. These practices pay special attention to everything from developmental issues to how we deliver medical care.”
- Our residency program is best-in-class. Current RNs looking to change specialties to become a Labor and Delivery RN have a phenomenal opportunity with the Providence Swedish Nurse Residency Program. Our program participants meet with nurse educators in the classroom setting to get hands-on practice with patient-care equipment and to review complex concepts that are specific to the specialty area they’ve chosen. In our high-fidelity simulation center, we offer an immersive experience designed to foster clinical judgment so that our nurses feel prepared to respond effectively to urgent patient care scenarios. Says Nurse Resident Jessica C., “I’d heard great things about the Providence Swedish Residency program, so I applied for the next cohort at Swedish Edmonds in Labor and Delivery—and I’m glad I did. I felt like I needed support. Now I’m like, ‘Okay, I can do this. This is manageable.’ I’m gaining knowledge and comfort. You never know what it’s going to be when you walk in the door in the morning, and I love that.”
- We prioritize the mental health of Labor and Delivery—and all—Providence Swedish nurses. Unfortunately, even nurses who bring babies into the world can experience burnout. That’s why Providence Swedish offers a host of benefits to support nurses’ daily well-being and minimize stressors. Through the Choose Well portal, Providence Swedish nurses have access to a plethora of well-being benefits including on-demand fitness classes, yoga and mindfulness practices, diabetes prevention and management, financial wellness checkups and learning events, 24/7 mental health support, smoking cessation programs, TeleSpiritual Health and Prayer Requests, tuition reimbursement, and social connections.
- Providence Swedish fosters an inclusive workplace. We don’t tolerate behavior that perpetuates bias or stereotypes. We foster an inclusive workplace where caregivers of differing backgrounds and perspectives can experience a community of mutual respect and collegiality, knowing that diversity is valued. Just like every baby is beautiful, our differences are beautiful, too.