Be a Life Saver at Mercy

October 30, 2012

Mercy Hospital Washington has openings

for registered nurses. 

WASHINGTON, Mo. – Mercy Hospital Washington has experienced tremendous growth in services, prompting better care for patients and job opportunities for registered nurses.

“Now more than ever, we’re offering services and technologies that make it possible for people in our area to receive advanced care close to home, even when home isn’t in a big city or suburb,” said Terri McLain, president. “Our patients are better served, and more people are choosing our services, so there is a need for a bigger staff.” 

Mercy Hospital Washington’s growth has led to opportunities for employment at a time when job openings in other industries and other places are difficult to find. The hospital has openings for registered nurses in several areas, particularly in critical care units.

But not everyone can be a nurse, and not every nurse can be a Mercy nurse. It requires a good Mercy fit. “If you want a career serving others that is steeped in the values and traditions of Mercy’s healing mission, then you’re a good Mercy fit,” said McLain.

The legacy of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, inspires people every day to care for others and show compassion for those most in need, especially the sick and the poor.

“Catherine’s values of 150 years ago are the same values Mercy lives by today,” said Connie Stelzer, RN, who came to Mercy Hospital Washington 28 years ago. As a staff nurse in the 1980s, Stelzer worked in critical care units. Now she is manager of the Mercy Infusion Center at Mercy Cancer Center. “It sounds cliché, but nursing is a calling. In serving others and following the work of the Sisters, you’re part of something bigger, you’re part of Mercy, and it’s an honor and a privilege to serve.”

Nurses deal with life and death every day at the hospital, often caring and counseling patients and their loved ones as well as leaning on other nurses for support. No matter what the day brings them, nurses call it rewarding work.

“This work inspires us to improve, not as a means to promote ourselves, but to become more whole and better people. It affects us on a spiritual and emotional level, in our relationships, and as caregivers in a way that extends beyond the clinical part of what we do.” 

While openings at Mercy Hospital Washington are mostly in critical care areas, the expectation is that openings for nurses in other areas at the hospital will follow, as well as openings at offices at some Mercy Clinics. Registered nurses are encouraged to apply for posted positions online at or register at with the Mercy Talent Network to be considered for future openings. Potential candidates who think they are a good Mercy Fit may also call Human Resources at 314-364-2400.

Mercy offers lucrative sign-on bonuses to experienced registered nurses who are hired for select positions. Sign-on bonuses are discussed with qualified candidates during the interview process.

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