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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Vidant Medical Center
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|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||3.8||3.5|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||2.9||3.0|
|3. Hospital Technology||3.2||3.5|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||2||2.5|
|5. Cafeteria food||3||2.8|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||2.4||2.2|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||2.9||2.8|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||2.4||2.8|
|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?)||2.9||2.2|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||2.9||3.0|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||4.1||4.5|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||4.2||4.2|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||3.6||3.0|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||2.8||2.2|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||4||3.5|
|17. How well staffed are they||3.2||2.8|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||3.6||2.8|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||2.6||2.2|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||2.8||2.2|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||61.5(8)||58.5(4)|
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- I worked in the MIU department(s) in the hospital. I worked on the toughest unit in the entire hospital. That statement comes from the hospital staff, not me. In fact, folks say, "If you can make it on MIU, you can work anywhere in the hospital!" This assignment was one of my toughest! The ratio was 4:1 for a step down, which was ok, but 3:1 would have been better, if not safer. The nurse is also expected to wear many hats: phlebotomist, RT, aid. You're so bogged down by tasks, that it's nearly impossible to get out of work on time. In fact, 1/3-1/2 of the staff are always huddled in the dictation room finishing charting after shift report. This place worked me to the bones. On top of that, the city doesn't have much to offer, and it's at least 1 hour from a big city or 1.5-2 hours to the ocean. I definitely do not recommend this assignment!!! 02/14/2018 Housing was approximately 12 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Whispering Oaks RV Park. Housing was located in city of Greenville. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. We travel in a 5th wheel RV so we stay at nearby RV parks. This park had tons of room, and the owners are very friendly. There's a nice fishing pond but no amenities available.
- I worked in the MIU department(s) in the hospital. VERY busy floor, PCU level. 4:1 ratio, pod assignments. Mostly trached vents, DTs, PNU, etc... More good days than bad, but the bad shifts were ugly.
Went through a week of hospital orientation, including two days of Epic training PLUS three days on the floor with a preceptor. They make you check off on a lot of skills, like foleys, lab draws, blood cultures etc...annoying, but I appreciated them taking an interest in travelers and not throwing them to the wolves after a day of orientation. I actually learned a lot and became more comfortable with vents.
Parking isn't great. Can use bus during the week or park like 1/2 mile away in parking lot.
Overall, I really enjoyed the hospital. I ended up staying 6 months. The staff is welcoming and willing to help with anything. It is a teaching hospital.
I was told in my interview that it would be self-scheduling but they made my schedule the entire time I was there. I was able to make a few requests that were not in my contract and got approved for the time off.
Greenville does not have a lot going on. Small college town. 2 hours from the beach and 1 1/2 hours from Raleigh. On my days off, I would drive out of town to find something to do. There is a small airport, a mall, and several restaurants. There is a few parks near the river that I liked to visit and take my dog. I wouldn't say Greenville is super dog-friendly though. 11/23/2017 Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Southgate Apartments and AirBnB. Housing was located in city of Greenville. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Housing is ridiculously expensive for the area. I used AirBnB for my first three months and worked out a deal with the landlord but had to give up my room when I decided to take an extension.
I ended up renting an unfurnished one bedroom for $850-ish. Not ideal but I made it work for three months. Southgate is an average apartment community and had some of the cheapest rates. Pet friendly.
- I worked in the SICU department(s) in the hospital. I heard such great things about Vidant. I still hear great things about it. However all of those great things are said about other units. The SICU at vidant is the most unwelcoming least friendly units I've been on. Many of the (female) staff members have horrible attitudes and some of them flat out bully travelers. There isn't enough help so it's hard to get out on time. "Care partners" give nasty looks when asked to help clean up a patient and I found myself apologizing because my patient had soiled themselves... when asking staff a question they say things like "it's in the policy" instead of answering he question. The doctors are really nice to nurses. The lift team members as well as some of the EVS people were some of the friendliest staff I've come across at VMC. I found myself praying to be floated to other units because my experiences on other units were far more positive than the experiences in the SICU. The SICU managers were also very helpful and welcoming. It's a shame the unit is full of such negative unwelcoming energy. I had such high hopes for VMC but I was sorely disappointed, and I did not realize that Greenville was not the safest place to go out after dark. 09/26/2017 Housing was approximately 2 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Treybrooke . Housing was located in city of Greeneville. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Hirt term lease offered with option to furnish but it's $$$$ and broken washer/dryers were delivered multiple times before we got ones that worked.
- I worked in the CVOR department(s) in the hospital. First the good; Greenville, NC has a very low cost of living and the hospital and staff are traveler friendly. The bad; 1) looooooow pay, 2) the CVOR department uses very time consuming and inefficient documentation (paper charting) of operative implants, and 3) when you think of CVOR, you think of CARDIOVASCULAR, right? In fact Vidant does perform the usual CABGs and valve surgeries that most hospitals do, but you, as an experienced CVOR nurse, won't be assigned to any (permanent staff do all the hearts). You'll instead be doing lots and lots and lots endoscopy procedures-yup! EGDs, bronchoscopies, esophageal dilations... with the occasional VATS or leg revascularization. Then, there's the flexing-if you really decide to come here, build that into your contract, otherwise you will be flexed a lot and regret not having done so like I did:( Lastly Greenville is totally devoid of any attractions or recreation-very, very boring town. Best advice-go elsewhere! 08/21/2017 The name of the housing complex was not provided. Housing was located in city of Greenville . On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 1. N/A
- I worked in the Emergency department(s) in the hospital. I found the assignment to be a pleasure. Management flexible with schedule and the patient ratios are great. Fellow nurses were more for the most part friendly and supportive. However, getting a "care partner" or what we all know as an NA to do anything is like an act of congress. For the most part they don't do anything but hide. 11/08/2016 Housing was approximately N/A mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was N/A. Housing was located in city of N/A. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4.
- I worked in the Cardiac Intermediate / Tele department(s) in the hospital. Vidant is a HUGE hospital compared to the town it is in. The facility itself is great. The majority of the employees are super friendly and helpful, and all the charge nurses have been great. As someone mentioned, the hospital is so large that employees are bused in from the employee lot because its so far away. But if you work night shift there is closer parking (at least for the heart center anyway). My boyfriend and I worked on their cardiac intermediate/tele unit and we were able to work our shifts together and schedule ourselves exactly how we wanted to. The town itself is blah. 1/4 of it is a college town (East Carolina University), but that's really all the town has going for them. If you are up for traveling out of the town to find adventure then it is worth it though. We went to DC (4 hrs), Shenandoah Natl Park (4 hrs), the ocean and the outerbanks are 1 hr away, Raleigh is an hour away. 08/12/2016 Housing was approximately 1 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was The Waterford. Housing was located in city of Greenville. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Our housing worked out perfectly. It was a 2 bdr/2ba furnished apartment. Dog friendly. Gated entrances. 2 pools and 2 small gyms. Before it got so hot here we walked to work.
- I worked in the L department(s) in the hospital. Overall great unit and staff, unit is really run down, though, equipment always broken or not enough equipment, rooms are TINY and they lack a formal visitor policy 05/23/2016 Housing was approximately n/a mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was n/a. Housing was located in city of n/a. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. n/a
- I worked in the Cardiac department(s) in the hospital. Too big of a hospital for a tiny town. Employee parking is so far away that you have to take a bus to get to the hospital. Morale on the unit was terrible-lots of passive aggressive attitudes towards each other. The permanent staff is so overworked, no wonder the bad attitudes! Little to no accountability for staff but a lot if you are a traveler. If the hospital can get their act together it would be a great place to work. 01/07/2016 Housing was approximately <1 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Treybrook. Housing was located in city of Greenville. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. First bad experience with housing. The apartment was a mess and bugs everywhere when I moved in. Office staff not helpful at all regarding these issues. Rude management. I would suggest any other apartment complex in town.
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