San Joaquin Community Hospital – Bakersfield, California
San Joaquin Community Hospital is great because it is like being in a small community where everyone cares about and supports each other. This is most evident when one of our family has a problem – there is always someone ready to help, whether it is to lead a prayer or help in a more tangible way.
This Christmas, the hospital started a Family at Home program. Hospital departments helped staff members who were struggling. One person in need asked for help to repair her washing machine. The employees who "adopted" her family worked with a local appliance company and the result was the company sold them a washer and dryer at cost. Another group of employees helped a couple with the expenses to get married, paying for the license and helping buy rings.
The way people care for each other is a beautiful thing to see here!
Many people don't realize that Bakersfield is such a wonderful place! I love seeing the reaction from the travelers when they find out that Bakersfield is a great place to live. Bakersfield is a “big/small” town – it feels small, but has many of the amenities of a city and that surprises a lot of people. One of the travelers said Bakersfield is fantastic for the day-to-day life yet almost anything you want is close. If you want the big city, you can be in Los Angeles in an hour. If you want mountains – also one hour and if you want ocean, it takes just over one hour to get there!
Watching the travelers meet other people and develop new relationships is also fun. In fact one of the girls is getting married soon!
Working with Travel Nurse across America makes my job fun and easy. Dane Hawkins is always available to me, always knows the answers and if something needs to be taken care of, it is done right the first time. The staff members whom I have talked to on the phone are great as well.