How I hire with Melissa Putikka

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Do you need a change? Do you need a new challenge? Tri-County Health Care is looking for gifted professionals! In the coming months, we’ll be moving into a new building, and it would be great to fill that building with people passionate about healthcare. In the meantime, I’ll share some fine details about how I hire.

Melissa’s take

We’re finally emerging from pandemic-era conditions, and I’m super excited about things returning to normal. Pandemic or not, healthcare as an industry needs a constant flux of new ideas, new life-saving techniques, and new talent. We’re hiring at Tri-County Health Care, and I would like this opportunity to speak directly to my pool of potential candidates.

I’m writing this now with a slew of resumes in my inbox. I’ve pulled a couple off the top and have been surprisingly impressed and tepidly disappointed. There are highly qualified individuals with cover letters rife with spelling errors and underqualified candidates with resumes crafted with near-laser precision. The psychology of resume writing is fascinating to me and often a reflection of the person behind the text processor. It’s a window into your personality.

We must remember that this is a hospital and high attention to detail isn’t just important; it’s vital to our success. People may say I should let up a bit and forgive the occasional resume faux pas, but I can’t. The nature of our work always comes rushing back to me. I suddenly remember this person is going to be caring for others. If proofreading is too much for them, then surely they can’t handle an operating room or the back of an ambulance.

Hiring with a modern touch

I take pride in our hiring practices and how I hire is unique. I know what it’s like to be filtered through the machine and have my years of hard-earned education and experience broken down into binary code in a piece of software. This is why we do things a little differently. It starts with a resume, but it ends with the person. We never forget the person. That’s why if chosen for an interview, you’re not subjected to a stuffy corporate board picking apart your life with invasive questions. We want to get to know you; we want to find who the person is behind the qualifications and shiny pieces of paper.

A person can be highly qualified for a job but not a good culture fit. Ultimately, when I’m in an interview, I want to engage with the person in a non-intimidating way, I pretend this person might be occupying an office just down the hall from me. Do I want that? Will they be someone I want to interact with every single day? The interview is the moment for me to answer those questions.

And please, just as a general piece of advice, don’t complain about current or past employers. We don’t like these types of conversations because it tells us about their values and characteristics. Furthermore, It concerns me they will add a negative touch to the organization versus a positive one and likely won’t fit with our culture of ownership. How I hire is very culture-centric, and I believe every organization should employ similar tactics.

Melissa Putikka: How I hire

Melissa Putikka

How I hire and how I grow

Tri-County Health Care is a special place. You’re not a cog in the machine; you’re a unique driver of innovation within your role. We are all about growth! We want to grow and to do that, we need you to succeed. Employees must feel like they are refining their knowledge while contributing to an overwhelming force of good. Upon hiring, managers will find ways to add value to your already vast repertoire of skills.

Right now, Tri-County Health Care is trying to fill crucial medical positions in nursing and emergency medical services. If you’re interested in a role at Tri-County health, visit our careers page.


2022 Summer interns: Part one

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The 2022 summer interns recently made their way through the halls of Tri-County Health Care. They learned valuable lessons about the medical field and the numerous departments that work in tandem to create a place for healing. We want to introduce the first set of 2022 summer interns. Please take this opportunity to get to know their faces. You might see them at Tri-County Health Care in the years to come!

Cally Robertson

2022 summer interns

Cally Robertson

Brainerd High School

Plans after graduation?

Go to college, go Pre-Med.

Why did you apply for the internship?

I knew I wanted to enter the medical field, but I wasn’t sure where. This internship intrigued me because it would help me decide.

What do you like to do for fun?

Read, swim, run, play soccer, and nordic ski.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

I would change the world so that everyone has equal opportunities.

What is your favorite book, movie, and food?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Wonder Woman, and avocado toast.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

The ability to fly. I think it would be so cool to have no limits above you.

Tell me about one big life goal you have.

I want to become a surgeon.

What were some of your favorite experiences during your internship?

I loved watching surgery and hanging out with other people my age interested in the medical field. I also loved learning about the lab and finding something new that interested me.

Would you recommend others apply for the internship at Tri-County Health Care?

Yes! This internship helped solidify my decision to go into the medical field as my profession. It also helped to narrow down where in the medical field I would like to choose to pursue.

 

Ava Eckhoff

2022 Summer Interns

Ava Eckhoff

Henning Public School

Plans after graduation?

I plan on getting my Bachelors in Nursing. I do not have a college in mind yet.

Why did you apply for the internship?

I found this opportunity through my school; my sister has also gone through this program.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy hanging out with my friends, playing basketball, and hanging out by the lake.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

If I could change one thing about the world, I would have people on Earth treating it better.

What is your favorite book, movie, and food?

My favorite book is Where the crawdads sing; my favorite movie is How to lose a guy in 10 days; my favorite food is chicken nuggets.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

If I could have one superpower, I would choose the ability to fly because I could go anywhere I wanted.

Tell me about one big life goal you have.

One big goal that I have is graduating from college.

What were some of your favorite experiences during your internship?

My favorite experiences would have to be experiencing surgery, getting to follow different doctors around, and meeting lots of new people.

Would you recommend others apply for the internship at Tri-County Health Care?

Yes! 100%, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my future, but this opportunity has shown me a few careers that I can see myself doing in the future.


Why I’m a nurse

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Generational care

I decided to work at Tri-County Health Care as I enjoy the small-town atmosphere. I am a native of Wadena, so it’s even more special because I’m taking care of the people I’ve known my entire life. With almost every patient I meet, there is a connection. I love to chat and calm the patient. Often people come into our facility feeling very nervous. Calming those nerves and reminding those patients of their value is important. Empowerment is a great tool I use every day. I cannot do the job I love without patients! They are a huge part of why I’m a nurse.

Tri-County Health Care is a fun, fast-paced clinic loaded with teamwork! You are never working alone, and there is always a staff member around to answer your questions. We are always smiling, even behind our masks. I work with multiple providers regularly. Each of them goes out of their way to make work a fun, efficient place.

Fun scrubs

Why I'm a nurse.

Amber Block, LPN

I started my nursing career in the hospital 15 years ago. The hospital taught me a lot, but I knew I wanted a day job. It took me about ten years to realize that I belonged at Tri-County. So here I am; I’ve been a nurse at the Wadena campus for almost four years. I couldn’t be happier! I always knew I belonged here.

Tri-County Health Care offers flexibility with scheduling and understanding when circumstances are out of your control. You also get to wear fun, bright-colored scrubs that patients love! I love picking out my outfit, knowing that I can turn a patient’s bad day into a good day with just my fun scrubs.

I’m proud to be part of the Tri-County Health Care team. Come join me; you won’t be disappointed!

A good fit for you

Tri-County Health Care has several openings for nurses. For more information, please visit our Careers page.