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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Memorial Hermann Southwest
 Score
(all time)
Score
(within 1 year)
1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff2
2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?3
3. Hospital Technology3
4. Location (A nice area to live)1
5. Cafeteria food3
6. Parking3
7. Physical layout of hospital effecient2
8. Hospital appeal (looks)3
9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?1
10. Simplicity being initiated into the system (Do you have to do lots of unneccessary paperwork, drug testing, criminal background checks, etc. in addition to what the agency requires before you can start working?)4
11. Reputation of the hospital3
12. How nice are the doctors to staff3
13. Friendliness of staffing office3
14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?3
15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?3
16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio2
17. How well staffed are they1
18. How happy were you with your workload?2
19. Staff morale (overall)1
20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?1
Total Score (number or rankings)47(1)(0)
  • I worked in the emergency department(s) in the hospital. Explaining each area above. (1) It was strange. The schedule was split into 2 "teams." The team I initially trained with was mostly friendly. But then I moved to the other team for my regular shift. That group was incredibly unwelcoming initially. On this 2nd team, very few people ever took the time to introduce themselves to me (or the other travelers). Staff were even unwelcoming to other new core staff. Once they warmed up to me (and the other travelers) after a month or so, they were all pretty cool - even trusted me (and another traveler) to work in the critical and triage areas. (2) They had some training available and invited anyone to attend, but the classes always conflicted with my schedule. (3) They use a program which sits on top of Cerner. Cerner is a bit clunky, but at least they only use 1 system, and it's relatively easy to access old records. (4) I didn't live in the area, but it's not a great part of town. None of my co-workers lived in the area. They expressly stated it's not a good place to live. (5) They had a good selection, and it all tasted good. They also have a Starbucks open weekdays, 0630-1700ish. (6) They have employee lots that are accessed with badges - but still plenty easy for someone to walk into and steal a car, though I didn't ever hear of this happening. Security initially told me that contracted staff had to park in a lot that's rather far away. My preceptor told me that my badge should work in the closer lot, which it did, so I always parked there. It was very close to the ED. (Night shift is allowed to park in the gated garage for free.) (7) It's a rather big hospital and a ridiculous trek to get to the cafeteria and some of the ICU's from the ED. (8) Most of it has that out-dated 70's look. The hospital itself isn't bad. The ER, however, is FILTHY. I took numerous photos during my time here of blood in various places in my rooms (on the floor, walls, or bedside table) and how dirty the monitor cables were (dirt and blood on them). (9) The first partial day was some online tests for a group of travelers from all their hospitals (something like 7, in the Houston area). The ED educator for my hospital instructed me to go to part of hospital orientation. Then I received OJT for the computer system. That part was incredibly inefficient. She said it'd be a waste to send me to the class, since most of it wouldn't be ED-specific, which makes sense. But then I wasted so much of my 5-shift orientation just learning how to use their system. (10) I don't remember there being an unreasonable amount. (11) The hospital itself and the entire Memorial Hermann system have a great reputation. Many other units and even other EDs have great reputations also. This one though... yikes. (12) This was mixed. Most of them were chummy with most of the core staff, but I was surprised that not a single one was called by their first name. (I know this practice varies across the country.) About half of the doctors were decent enough. A couple were mostly unpleasant with travelers. One had constant RBF, even with core staff. This doesn't at all address how unsafe I felt working with a few of them, and 1 in particular. (13) I only dealt with 1 woman in administration. She was very friendly initially. Said I could contact her any time, for any reason. The 1 time I did, she told me to contact my charge nurse. Of course, I never bothered going to her again. (14) I had no problems with it, but I imagine some people might. They work 36/48 with set schedules that alternate every other week. (They were phasing this out, just before I was leaving.) This isn't my preferred schedule, but it worked fine for my 13 wks. (15) I relate this to #3. (16) I specifically accepted this assignment because the manager told me their ratios were 3:1, when staffing allowed. Shortly after I started there, they went back to 4:1 because the director said the lower ratio wasn't helping their LOS, and she "always saw people just standing around." (She didn't trust her staff any more than they trusted her.) The ratios were absurd in light of #18... (18) I don't think 4:1 is unreasonable, in a general sense. But when all your patients are heavy ESI 3 or critical ESI 2, and other staff are equally too busy to help, and there aren't enough techs, then your struggle is real. Also, there was NO communication here. When you received a triaged patient from the front door, NO ONE would let you know you had a patient. I had several VERY CRITICAL patients placed in my rooms, that I knew nothing about for a good half hour. One in particular ended up decompensating very rapidly and had to be intubated less than an hour later. (She ended up being moved to their critical area, where the ratio is 2 nurses to 5 patients.) I want to give this area a 1, but a 2-score is just eeking out because of the occasional team work. (19) Numerous long-time core staff transferred to other sister hospitals while I was there. One tech specifically said he doesn't work very hard because he knows he doesn't have to. Some of the staff frequently complained about management during the morning huddle or at various other times during the shift. One PA often complained about how awful the place was. I've never heard so many unhappy staff. (20) DO NOT WORK HERE! I'd been advised all of these things (and more) by another traveler. I had such a good chat with the manager that I decided to ignore the warnings. I wish I'd have listened. 07/11/2015
  • Housing was approximately unknown mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was unknown. Housing was located in city of unknown. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. I took the housing stipend and lived approximately 15 miles from the hospital. Although traffic is busy in town, the highway system is incredibly efficient, so it never took me more than 1/2 hour to get to/from work.
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