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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Appleton Medical Center
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|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||3.5|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||3.8|
|3. Hospital Technology||4.3|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||4.3|
|5. Cafeteria food||3|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||3.7|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||4|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||2.7|
|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?)||3.3|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||4|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||3.8|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||3.8|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||3.3|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||3.5|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||3.8|
|17. How well staffed are they||3.8|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||3.8|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||3.7|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||3.8|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||73.7(6)||(0)|
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- I worked in the surgical department(s) in the hospital. I worked here from Jan-May 2015. Appleton Medical Center is part of the Thedacare System. They're fantastic to work for. I had never heard of Thedacare prior to this contract, but was told that it looks great on a resume as a traveler. They were not wrong. Every interview since this contract starts with, "So I see you worked for Thedacare. How was that?!" They have an amazing room set up with nurse servers in each room, fully stocked with every single thing you might possibly need throughout your shift. It completely eliminated the need to run to a supply room in the middle of what you were trying to accomplish. There were also patient medication lock boxes in the servers, which contained flushes, home medications, eye drops, inhalers, etc. VERY, VERY, VERY EFFICIENT place to work! I highly recommend this facility. My manager was Lisa and she was the bomb. 06/10/2016 Housing was approximately 8 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Marina Place. Housing was located in city of Menasha, WI. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4.
- I worked in the Labor & Delivery department(s) in the hospital. I was one of the first travelers they had.....but everyone was very warm and friendly....I think it took the doctors a little longer to get to trust my skill level. But the younger nurses were always looking to me for advice 12/29/2015 Housing was approximately 2 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was did my own housing. Housing was located in city of Appleton. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5.
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. Working in the ICU the nurse:patient ratio is excellent. A lot of times it is 1:1. The downside is they start at 530 am and are looking into changing that to 3am-330pm and vice versa. This makes it difficult if you need a daycare or school For your kids as no facility is open at 5 am to drop your kids off at. Also they do rotating shifts for all employees including core staff. So one week you are on days and the next on nights. This gets very tiring. There is no flexibility in scheduling as they do all schedules without your input and the days are always chopped something terrible so we never really could do much of anything except laundry on a day off. ICU alone is about 50% travelers. Floor Staff is very friendly but administration not so much. They ask that you wear a yellow dot on your badge to distinguish you as a traveler instead of core staffing. This seemed a little bit discriminatory to myself. Overall few complaints though. 06/13/2015 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Dublin trail apartments. Housing was located in city of Menasha. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Fully furnished 2bd/2ba in secured lock down facility. Paved plentiful parking. Garage with each apt. Quiet and just outside of the hustle and bustle. $1250 includes everything except wifi and no pets allowed in the furnished areas. Facility has a gym. Pool. Volleyball net. No bbq allowed on decks.
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. One of my favorite assignments, Staff from the manager down to core staff are professional and inviting. Great place to work! 01/05/2015 Housing was approximately - mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was -. Housing was located in city of -. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. -
- I worked in the med/surg department(s) in the hospital. Initially, my assignment was for 12 weeks on a specialty unit. The hospital uses a collaborative care model consisting of 1 RN, 1 LPN (or 2nd RN) and a CNA per patient team. The team cares for 4 to 6 patients on day shift and on night shift, that number can increase to 7 to 8 patients for the RN. The LPN may have up to 12 patients (or work with 2 RN teams).
The staff consists of approximately 25 to 35% of travel nurses. The first 2 weeks (or 6-12 hour shifts) in my case was working in the 'tech' (or LPN) role. The purpose as explained to me was "to help orient you to the operations of the unit". However, during that time, I was floated to the sister hospital, 20 miles away for 4 of the 6 shifts. I was then given 2 orientation shifts in the RN role on a Friday & Saturday and was on my own the following Monday. I felt that 4 shifts on the unit (with 2 in orientation), was not adequate.
The most disturbing aspect of working at this facility was the treatment toward staff (both travelers and permanent staff) by some of the 'lead, or charge' nurses. During more than 3 separate occasions, I directly observed maltreatment by the lead nurse (one in particular), toward both travel nurses and her own colleagues.
A travel RN was approached in front of me and was belittled and shamed for not being aware of a policy regarding a specialty procedure that she was not trained to perform and was outside of her licensed practice as an RN. Another night the another lead/charge RN was belittling two of her colleagues (permanent staff) for physical and speech impediments they had. The next evenings shift, the same lead/charge RN was leading a very disconcerting conversation about the 'Travel Nurses on out unit' and how they 'get all the big bucks...making $60.00/hour and $90.00/ an hour overtime". and how the lead/charge RN staff is "not allowed to assign travelers more than 4 patients, never give travelers admissions and never given them the difficult patients". This sabotaging discourse went on for over 2 hours throughout a night shift.
When I approached the supervisor of the unit, I wanted to explain what had occurred, how deflating it was to hear the commentary about their staff and also about Travel nurses. And address how upsetting the confrontation was to the other RN (and myself) who was directly confronted in my presence, I felt that she had deflected the responsibility back onto me stating "I'm very sorry you had to hear that" (vs...'that should never happen', or 'that is never okay') and then she said to me "what would you like to do to address the situation"? This experience was not one that I felt aligned with the goals of excellence in teamwork or in standards of patient care.
Regarding the Appleton area, I found it to be a friendly town, many diverse areas for dining, shopping and a variety of cultural activities. They had a 'hometown' main street Christmas parade which was delightful.
I felt most of the areas I explored to be very safe, I never felt uneasy in any area of Appleton. The interstate freeway system is easily accessible.
12/31/2014 Housing was approximately 7 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Parkside Apartments. Housing was located in city of Appleton. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. The Parkside Apartments inI stayed were available either furnished or unfurnished. They were on the upper end of luxury. I did find them to be on the high end of housing costs however, but my stipend did cover the cost.
- I worked in the Cardiac department(s) in the hospital. This hospital uses collaborative care. 1 RN 1 LPN and 1 CNA per team. The staff to pt ratio drops at night and the LPN's have up to 12 pt's and the LPN's work under the RN's and are their responsibilty. I do not like that aspect and think 12 pt's is too many. Plenty of OT here but be prepared to float if not needed. Most of the staff are excepting and friendly. Team work is a goal but not always met. Lots of travelers used at this facility. made few friends and would def come back in the summer. Great area, lots to do. Lots of shopping, biking, hiking, parks, many choices to eat, and downtown is really cool. There is an indoor volley ball court hooked to The Bar. Safety here I would give a 5 on a 1-5. Never felt unsafe. 11/28/2014 Housing was approximately 7 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Lynndale Apts. Housing was located in city of Grand Chute Appleton. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. There are plenty of housing options in this area. I stayed at Lynndale which I would not stay at again if I were to come back here. I feel like this place nickled and dimed me. Charged for extra parking spot, charged for internet hook up, partial non refundable deposit, you have to plow your own parking spot if you do not move your car. You MUST have renters insurance of 300,000.00 to cover you and your neighbors even though the complex carries insurance. $50 charge if you need maintenence without an appointment. Plus side to the place they have an indoor heated pool, hardly anyone there. A gym room (old but usable) laundry in every facility on the lower level but it is coin operated. I heard heritage trail apartments are nice and are located just 10 miles in Neenah.
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