Come Work in Faulkton: Great Jobs and Quality of Life!
28 Jul 2021
The past year has given people plenty of time to reassess their priorities, and work-life balance has moved to the top of the list for many folks, second only to compensation. People want a community where they can enjoy a superior quality of life while feeling fulfilled in their careers. All of that and more is possible in Faulkton, South Dakota.
Faulkton has that comfortable, know-your-neighbor, small hometown feel . . . but with the bonus of superior internet connectivity and enviable resources. Last year the community saw the opening of a new high school and middle school, and a renovated elementary school. For a community the size of Faulkton, the level of technology and care available at Faulkton Area Medical Center is noteworthy. FAMC remains a valuable asset for the community because leadership remains focused on improvement and innovation.
The money-raising efforts by the Faulkton Area Foundation to support community endeavors through endowment grants is remarkable and shows just how much can be accomplished by a community. Just recently, FAF was able to invest nearly $1 million in the endowment while giving away a matching amount to a lucky winner through their “Chase the Ace” fundraiser.
The town also has a rich arts and culture scene thanks to the more than 40 years of effort by the Faulkton Area Arts Council. Tourists are drawn from all over to enjoy its murals. Family-friendly fun is always an option with standbys like the historic carousel in Happy Times Park and special events like Wild West Days. Faulkton’s community spirit is constantly being nurtured and refreshed.
Blythe Smith, Human Resources/Credentialing Manager, Faulkton Area Medical Center, has only good things to say about working and living in Faulkton. “There is a small-town atmosphere: fewer people, less traffic, and less noise,” she said. “Faulkton residents are friendly and helpful. The Faulkton school system provides students with an excellent education and a variety of sports and extracurricular activities. Additionally, Faulkton people invest heavily into the town through entertaining fundraising efforts that can be enjoyed by all ages year-round.”
Currently, the Medical Center is advertising for full-time and part-time hospital RNs to work in areas of acute care, swing bed, emergency, and outpatient. A $5,000 sign-on bonus, as well as financial assistance for relocation expenses, are being offered with full-time nursing positions.
“FAMC has employed a total of four RNs that have gone on to higher education as Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants; one recently earned their doctorate in nursing, and another two are in the process to become Nurse Practitioners,” Smith said. “We were fortunate to have had one join the FAMC provider team last year as a certified Family Nurse Practitioner.”
Smith went on to explain what makes Faulkton Area Medical Center a special place to work. “Employees of FAMC are our facility’s greatest asset; we invest in our people. We offer our employees competitive wages and benefits, flexible schedules to accommodate a work-life balance, and continuing education in skills that benefit them and the patients we serve. All this inside a modern facility with state of the art equipment and technology. Licensed new hires may also qualify for up to $17,500 in reimbursement for student loans through participation in state and employer-sponsored programs in exchange for a three-year commitment.”
“Employees are not just numbers,” Smith said. “Our providers, management, and administration take the time to learn who the employees and their families are and where their personal interests lie. Coworkers become some of your closest friends that you spend time with even outside of work. FAMC has high retention rates: 58 percent of FAMC employees have been with us for five years or more. Of those, 30 employees have been with us for 10-plus years.”
Faulkton Area Economic Development is also available to help you with your relocation or business needs. Phone 605-380-6785 or email Roger Deiter, Board President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Give rural living a chance, you may end up loving it like the rest of us!” Smith said.