Travel Nursing Hospital
ranking will be averaged and updated on a continual basis. The highest score for
a hospital is 100.
Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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hospital. You are not limited to the ones below.
(within 1 year)
|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||3.7|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||3.3|
|3. Hospital Technology||4|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||3.6|
|5. Cafeteria food||3.4|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||2.6|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||3.1|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||3.3|
|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?)||3.6|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||3.7|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||3.7|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||3.4|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||3.1|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||3.5|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||4|
|17. How well staffed are they||3.3|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||4|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||3|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||3|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||66.6(10)||(0)|
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- I worked in the 6JCE department(s) in the hospital. I worked in Neuro step down- which was my back ground. Typical staffing ratios are 1:3-4, never more. We always had a NA which took the vitals, very nice because I came from a hospital that did primary nursing. Most pts were q4 vitals and neuro checks which is pretty easy. Also the patient population was very kind and sweet. I don't ever remember getting alot of sick patients or medically complex. I only had one EVD patient even though neuro critical care is my brack ground. I really enjoyed the nurse managers and made really good friends with my co-workers. They also have a lot of travlers at any given time because it seems they care about nursing. Equipment was always very up to date and new. They also had a free float charge to help out. I did have to work every other weekend which isn't ideal. Txting for messenging between the providers- lots of residents. Overall would go back and highly recommend. Parking sucks for day shift. 02/27/2020 Housing was approximately 8 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Private apartment . Housing was located in city of Tiffin . On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. I stayed with an elderly man in his upstairs apt. I paid only 400 but it was kinda sketchy. I would just get my own place next time.
- I worked in the Oncology Med Surg department(s) in the hospital. At first the hospital seemed great but the longer I worked there the worse it got. The parking is assinine. You have to pay to park in a lot 15 minutes from the hospital. The hospital is really big and they are float happy to travelers and often float travelers every 4 hours. Often floating one traveler out of a floor only to be replaced by another traveler. Staffing ratios were not bad, 1/4. 01/23/2018 Housing was approximately 2 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Hawks Ridge. Housing was located in city of Iowa City. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. I rented my own place which ended up being primarily a college apt with my roommate I was stuck with doing drugs in the living room. I finally got out of there but had to fight hard to get put in a different apt.
- I worked in the 6JCE/W department(s) in the hospital. Terrible staff, not traveler friendly at all!!! They pick over petty things and expect you to do your job and the NA's all the while the NA is sitting and doing nothing. When you ask a NA to so something they flat out tell you no. When you ask staff to help then don't or if you need to know how something works they have zero clue. Medication administration is terrible, waiting on pharmacy for everything and they have meds in 3 different areas but yet never anything stocked. Terrible management and they think there staff is so great yet they are very rude and unwelcoming. NEVER AGAIN! 10/03/2017 Housing was approximately 0.5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Aspire. Housing was located in city of Coralville. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Housing was only found at Aspire. Most places wont do short term because its a college area and they rent by semesters.
- I worked in the 6JCE/W-Neuro department(s) in the hospital. They lied to get you there to that apartment which no one wants to work again. This department is understaffed and cannot retain nurses or staff because of the bad management. And management continues to leave. 07/16/2017 Housing was approximately 12 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Hawk ridge. Housing was located in city of Iowa . On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. The housing staff was very unprofessional they continuously lost tenants checks. And sent notices for late payments even though there was no merit. They forced you to stay in there for 10 at apartments with the tenants who were nasty and never cleaned up after their selves.
- I worked in the SNICU department(s) in the hospital. The staff in the SNICU are all very helpful, welcoming, fun, and the rn to patient ratios are very safe. All specialties of staff are respectful towards each other. If you are looking for overtime shifts, there are plenty of opportunities. The main drawback here is to be sure to put in your contract only days or nights, if this is important to you. If not, you will rotate within the same week between nights and days. I was told self schedule, however half the schedule was already made when I arrived, and for the other half, I was moved frequently. 01/18/2017 Housing was approximately na mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was found my own. Housing was located in city of na. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. na
- I worked in the SNICU department(s) in the hospital. my experience here was wonderful. the first thing I noticed about the hospital was how nice and helpful the employees and administration were. Also, the hospital is very clean and well kept. Lots of multidisciplinary teams to assist RNs in patient care. Great place to work. however, I did get floated quite a bit. Lots of time for OT, which means good pay; while cheap cost of living. parking sucks, but doable. Most of the time, I was 1:1 with a patient, very well staffed and good treatment for their RNs. 09/23/2016 Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was nA. Housing was located in city of North Liberty. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Lived in the basement of a townhouse; all residential areas are safe and very family friendly. enjoyed my stay.
- I worked in the Medical department(s) in the hospital. UIHC has it together! EPIC, Alaris pumps, and the layout of my unit was very nurse friendly. I loved how they're set up in pods, not hallways, so I was never too far away from my patients. Ratio on nights was never greater than 1:5. Travelers are the first to float, which isn't news to many of us, but not great for patient care. There were times I floated every four hours during my 12 hour shift. I came back to this hospital for a second contract, where the language said I would work "primarily nights." But when I got here, I was given seven weeks of straight days. When I brought this up to the manager she shrugged and said,"sorry, we're just really short on days." That isn't my problem, when my contract states "primarily nights." My recruiter thought this was miscommunication between my contract and the scheduler. I was upset for a bit, but then they gave me straight nights for the last 7 weeks, so it ended up being half and half. Still wouldn't keep me away from this hospital; I love everything else about it. (Except the parking. It's a nightmare!) 09/16/2016 Housing was approximately 3 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was (I took the stipend). Housing was located in city of Iowa City. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3.
- I worked in the N/A department(s) in the hospital. Great people work here. 09/02/2016 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. I took the stipend
- I worked in the Medical Surgical department(s) in the hospital. It's a very large teaching hospital, one of the top hospitals in the country. They have the latest technology and the sickest patients, so you learn a lot. Parking is an absolute nightmare! If you work dayshift, you will have to park offsite and take the hospital bus to the facility. If you live close enough, you can walk or ride a bike. Nightshift can park in one specific parking deck and the walk isn't that bad. The hospital itself is enormous, but they have a good system for navigating and finding your way around. If you go there during football season, be prepared to get to work hours early! Parking is designated for spectators on game days and the hospital is put on lockdown. Travelers always float first, they even tried to float me on my first night but someone was kind enough to volunteer to go instead. Some staff is friendly but others were downright mean! It wasn't my favorite assignment but it wasn't horrible and I would recommend it to any nurse looking to learn a lot and expand her skills. 08/03/2016 Housing was approximately 5-10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Sycamore. Housing was located in city of Iowa City. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. The apartments ( Sycamore) were kind of cheap with lots of college kids living there. Everything was clean and safety wasn't a concern. Iowa City is kind of boring, but very pretty in the fall. The people in town were really friendly and sweet. There were lots of restaurants and grocery stores nearby.
- I worked in the NICU department(s) in the hospital. Came in the winter and froze. Not much to do when it is -20, but I knew that coming into it. I think if it had been warmer I would have been happier with the overall experience. The unit itself is very detailed, with very specific P&P that are evidence based. Which is a good thing, but takes awhile to learn. Overall, mostly new staff in the unit and not the friendliest group. My first day in huddle not a single person said hi or introduced themselves. I also got floated fairly often. Not a bad assignment, but not one that I would repeat. 02/09/2016 Housing was approximately 7 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Sycamore Apartments. Housing was located in city of Iowa City. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. Maintenance was efficient enough, but not a good neighborhood. And NOT good neighbors. There was dog poop all over the complex. We have dogs, but we pick up after them. It seemed to be ok to just leave it laying around there. Would not recommend the apartments at all!
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