Travel Nursing Hospital
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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Queens Medical Center
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(within 1 year)
|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||2.3|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||2.7|
|3. Hospital Technology||2.3|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||3.3|
|5. Cafeteria food||2.7|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||3|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||4|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||1.7|
|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?)||1.7|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||3.3|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||2|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||2.7|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||2.3|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||3|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||2.7|
|17. How well staffed are they||2.7|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||2.7|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||2.7|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||3|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||51.8(3)||(0)|
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- I worked in the tele department(s) in the hospital. I enjoyed this hospital and went back twice. 05/23/2008 Housing was approximately 2 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was pavilion. Housing was located in city of honolulu. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3.
- I worked in the PCU department(s) in the hospital. 1st week very long orientation in the classrooms with lot of testing and paperwork. No parking at the hospital when working days. After finishing 2nd shift had to take bus, long walk to bus station on King Street, felt unsafe at night. The unit/hospital was traveler friendly, good nurse to patient ratio, great aloha spirit and wonnderful people. 02/10/2008 Housing was approximately 3 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Villa on Eaton Square. Housing was located in city of Honolulu/Waikiki. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. good location, close proximity to Waikiki beach and Ala Moana mall complex. The apartment included very basic furniture with partial ocean view. I liked the idea that you could walk to the beach and the mall. On the top of the roof of the condominium was a swimming pool. Very cool view of the city.
- I worked in the CCCU department(s) in the hospital. Overall I would not recommend this particular unit to any traveler. Other units within the facility seem to do a better job at welcoming travelers, and their own staff nurses in general.
This unit - Cardiac Comprehensive Care - is a newly redesigned unit, very aesthetically pleasing, but overall not the best unit to work on. Some of the equipment is state of the art, but overall pretty old. When you need assistance in using the eqiupment, half the staff doesn't even know what to do with it. FYI: Most of the people here have not worked on the mainland, so they feel highly threatened by the traveling nurses. There is a great feeling of animosity from the staff members, especially on this unit. The CCCU feels that they are giving you the best opportunity and you should take what you get as far as scheduling and patients are concerned.
The unit manager that interviewed me explained to me this was a closed unit - no floating, but I've been floated on several occasions, and sometimes to the floor. I was told there would be an opportunity for fresh hearts, but actually, all the travelers just take the tele patients. There are about ten traveling ICU nurses here and none of us take fresh hearts. Occasionally, we take "ICU" patients, but they feel as travelers, we should just be glad they were nice enough to give us a job in Hawaii. Also, this is the only ICU in the hospital with open visiting hours - no locks on the doors, and the family is allowed to stay the night - even for the acute ICU patients.
All the travelers are paid by the facility - that is the norm for all the hospitals in Hawaii. We go through hospital-wide orientation for a week with drug calculations, EKG, and PBDS tests. We are treated like staff members with insurance and PTO, but when convenient for them, we are reverted back to just being travelers. We are required to 40 hours a week. The first month you are here, because it happened to EVERY one of us, they completely screw your schedule around. There is self-scheduling, and generally, you can expect to get half of what you ask for. Even though we accrue PTO, the unit doesn't let us use it - unless you call in sick.
The unit was completely misrepresented - I have no respect for the nurse manager, nor do I think she is an effective leader. She speaks negatively about the travelers in front of the staff - in turn, creating more animosity between staff and travelers. She offers verbal contracts to the travelers to resign, but takes them back without enough notice. One traveler, signed a lease on a house, then not even a full months notice, was told that her next contract was cancelled.
Even though this is a teaching hospital, the CCCU does not utilize the resident program as well as the other units. The doctors here are VERY disrespectful to the nursing staff and patients. This is the most passive-aggressive place I have ever seen. The staff can't be trusted at all.
There is no parking at the hospital - the waiting list for the garage is about 7 years (no exaggeration.) The bus pass is $40 a month, unless you take the subsidized bus pass from the hospital $25 a month, and it comes out of one paycheck per month. Its easier to start a Hawaii bank account, there are no national bank chains here, because the first two checks will be live checks.
As for the city of Honolulu, this is a very poor city. There are more vagrants and meth addicts than any other city I have ever seen. The middle class is hard to find, its one extreme or the other.
12/27/2006 Housing was approximately 5-7 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was The Pavilion. Housing was located in city of Waikiki. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. My condo is great. I have a privately owned condo that the owners actually use so its been decorated and painted. I have a stereo and DVD player, cable is included, a washer/dryer, fully stocked kitchen, large TV, a comfortable sleeper sofa, window unit AC, and a free parking space.
The location is stellar. I walk everywhere. I can walk to the mall, a grocery store, restaurants, bars, a gym, a couple of state parks, and the beach. The building is quiet, but it does get noisy in the street every now and then. I'm a fairly heavy sleeper so it doesn't really bother me.
Traveling to the other islands is easy, if you can actually get the time off. The flights are usually cheap, and if you like camping in state parks, its easy to find a cheap place to stay. The most expensive expense incurred while traveling to the other islands has been a rental car.
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