Nursing Recruitment

As long as there are people, there will be a need for nurses…

Whether you are a seasoned nursing professional or are just beginning your training, we invite you to explore the unique experience of working at St. Mary Medical Center.

When you considered a nursing career, you entered a field that makes a noticeable and very meaningful difference in people’s lives. Joining the family of employees at St. Mary Medical Center will offer you an experience that reinforces and nurtures the reason you became a nurse. SMMC presents an environment that is supportive of you as a professional; it is an institution that recognizes and honors your clinical expertise and the human caring and compassion you bring to nursing.

St. Mary Medical Center is the only facility in the High Desert offering a comprehensive heart care program that covers everything from education and early diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation.

Service excellence

For the eighth consecutive year, High Desert consumers have recognized St. Mary Medical Center for providing quality health care services by naming it the most preferred hospital in its service area. This information is gathered annually by National Research Corporation (NRC) in its Healthcare Market Guide study.

Year after year, St. Mary Medical Center has been chosen as “most preferred within a variety of categories, including quality of care, image, consumer trust and confidence, hospital product line preference, overall satisfaction, physician access and advertising recall.

Nurse-patient ratios

Our current ratios are:

  • Med/Surg 1:5
  • Telemetry 1:4
  • ICU 1:2
  • ED 1:4
  • L&D 1:2
  • Post-Partum 1:4 couplet care
  • Pediatrics 1:4
  • NICU 1:2
  • Recovery 1:1 through phase 1, then 1:2

Nursing shifts

Most of the bedside nurses are on 12-hour shifts. We do offer eight-hour shifts in OR, cardiac rehab, care management, quality department, clinical education and nursing management.

Apple Valley is located in Southern California’s High Desert region and is part of the Victor Valley in the county of San Bernardino. The Victor Valley is a central hub for reaching various areas: within a 30-minute drive you can go to a mountain ski resort or desert hiking area; in a two-hour drive you can be at the beach or Disneyland, Los Angeles, Hollywood or Palm Springs; in three hours, you can be in Las Vegas for a show or a night on the town, boating on Lake Mead or the Colorado River. And, if you like traveling old highways, famous Route 66 runs through the Victor Valley and can take you westward to the beach or east toward Arizona and beyond.

The Victor Valley is one of the fastest growing areas in Southern California and is made up of several cities—Apple Valley, Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto, Wrightwood, Barstow, Lucerne Valley, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Helendale (Silver Lakes), Oak Hills and Lenwood. The High Desert region ranges from the San Bernardino Mountains, to the Mojave Desert, parts of the Colorado River area, out to the Nevada state line and parts of Los Angeles County. The region offers an atmosphere of city, country or rural living space—all depending on your preference.

If you enjoy the four seasons, you will find it in the High Desert—from blooming spring flowers and warm summer nights to brisk fall days and, at times, snow days.