Assessing An Employer

By MedHunters Staff

All too often, flattered by a job offer, we accept it before asking the tough questions. Here are a few questions you might want to ask before you accept.

1. Job Security

  • Is the position full-time, contract, or part-time?
  • How long is the probationary period?
  • If the employer is for profit, is the company financially stable? (To find out information about publicly traded health organizations, visit Hoover's Online for financial disclosure information.)
  • Does the employer have any outstanding legal issues that could affect its financial stability?

    2. Money and Benefits

  • Does the hospital pay competitive wages?
  • What are the shift and weekend differentials?
  • What is the pension plan like? Is your pension portable?
  • How many sick days will you receive? What are the policies related to sick days, e.g., can they be taken to care for a sick child or parent?
  • How many holidays will you receive annually? Can they be accumulated?
  • What form of medical insurance is provided? Does it provide family coverage? Is there a dental plan? A vision plan?
  • Does the employer provide short- and long-term disability?
  • How much life insurance do they provide?
  • Are there wellness programs?
  • Is there onsite daycare?
  • How does the employer deal with unscheduled family obligations or personal needs?

    3. Quality of Work Life

  • How do your potential co-workers feel about their workplace environment? (When you are interviewing, ask to meet or speak with people who work there.)
  • Is there a good fit between your potential supervisor's management style and how you like to work?
  • Has the employer had a lot of staff turnover? If yes, why?
  • Do they use travel nurses? Do they use agency nurses? What percentage of the nurses are full-time? How do they manage the integration and assignment of duties and training of part-time and visiting staff?
  • How does the employer measure quality of patient care?
  • What measures are in place to ensure staff safety and security?
  • Does the employer resist change?
  • Does the employer encourage two-way communication?
  • How computerized are the operations? What sort of training do they provide?

    4. Professional Growth and Advancement Opportunities

  • What are the opportunities for professional development?
  • Are promotions done internally or from outside?

    5. Sense of Meaning

  • How are employees evaluated?
  • Does the employer measure employee satisfaction?
  • If the employer has a religious focus or mission, is it compatible with your own value system?


    There are national studies done on top employers, a major study being 100 Best Hospitals. This study highlights hospitals that outperform their peers in terms of mortality, complications, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, and asset turnover.

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