Working for Kaiser for ten years, it is the best place to work. Our management in my dept, is very supportive, they follow up on issues or concerns any employee has. If we are short staff they are there helping out. They always have the "open door policy". All I can say is that we are all family (extended, dysfunctional, etc).
There is a good amount of support from Kaiser. In regards to management, you do have the chance to have one-on-one meetings with the medical director and you are given a mentor for the summer to go to for any career/work/personal advice regarding the internship. HR is pretty organized but is a tedious process since interns have to go through the same training as full-time employees.
Former Infection Control & Employee Health Intern at Kaiser Permanente of Washington
almost 2 years ago
Upper management is extremely supportive, and managers/supervisors are very invested in helping you get acclimated and teaching you the skills you need to succeed in the workplace. Managers are aware of interns' personal goals and take the time to make sure the projects given to interns are relevant and meaningful. The internship program includes many events with opportunities to network with executives and managers from different departments, such as brown bag lunches and workshops.
It depends on what you mean by “support.” Are you looking to further your education? There are tuition reimbursement funds for that. Are you looking to take on a research project? There are programs for clinical nurses who want to be more engaged in research. Are you looking to move into an administrative role? Administration is pretty good about “growing our own” and pulling nurses from clinical practice into admin. I believe Kaiser does a pretty good job of supporting its nurses in moving laterally or vertically on the career ladder.
You will be assigned with a supervisor of a department you will be worked at. Supervisor introduces me to my mentor and even her boss. Making good connections with them will definitely help you in the future because they can refer you and write you a strong letter of recommendation.