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: DCH
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hospital. You are not limited to the ones below.
(within 1 year)
|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||3.3||2.0|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||1.7||1.0|
|3. Hospital Technology||2||1.0|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||3||2.0|
|5. Cafeteria food||3.7||3.0|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||3||3.0|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||3.7||3.0|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||3.3||3.0|
|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||3.0|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||2||1.0|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||2.7||1.0|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||3.3||1.0|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||3.3||1.0|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||2||1.0|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||2.3||1.0|
|17. How well staffed are they||2.3||1.0|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||2.3||1.0|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||2.7||1.0|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||2.7||1.0|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||55.3(3)||34.0(1)|
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- I worked in the Float Pool/CRT department(s) in the hospital. The saying "DCH stands for Don't Come Here" is real. I floated to all units. The hospital uses Meditech. My biggest complaints are lack of communication, staff and resources. Important "timed labs" are irrelevant here, a heparin drip is terrifying to run, you could be waiting up to 4-5 hours after the scheduled time until lab comes to draw it. They use the same blood pressure cuff of everyone. A typical night you have 7 patients and it's based off blocks of rooms, not acuity so you can absolutely get wrecked. They don't spread out admissions so if you have multiple empty rooms, you will get back to back admits until you fill up. PCAs/CNAs are non-existent, they are constantly facetiming, sleeping or just plain gone. Most nights I see them at the beginning and the end, they are gone most of the time in between. They don't do CPR correctly, they continuously overbag the patient until their stomach looks like it will explode, they do not stop for breaths at all. You do all your own IVs. House supervisor is also rapid response/code team so if there are multiple rapids or codes, depending on your acuity of yours, you will be left alone to try to handle it yourself. Poor morale, I've watched more staff quit on the spot than ever before. Patients, family members, staff workers and travelers are all miserable here. I've had so many patients and family members say they feel unsafe here and I've seen so many leave and go to another hospital because of how unsafe it is. This hospital should be shut down. They don't even provide simple masks for you here, bring your own. Getting an N95 is damn near impossible and gloves are even running out. 11/27/2020 Housing was approximately 50 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was 150 Summit Pl. Housing was located in city of Birmingham. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. I could not find affordable housing in Tuscaloosa due to it being a college town and football season. Lots of scammers.
- I worked in the CVICU department(s) in the hospital. I floated to every ICU and all staff was great. Very traveler friendly. This was my favorite contract ever. 04/28/2017 Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Centerstone. Housing was located in city of Tuscaloosa. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Few amenities but offered a discount to all travelers and worked with check out times for night shift nurses so you could sleep after working off.9
- I worked in the med surg 3N department(s) in the hospital. Necessary equipment is OFTEN not available. Patients are assigned in a block fashion (ie: rooms 5-11) with no reguard to acuity, so if all of the AMS abd contact isolation patients just happen to be in your block it is too bad. Patients are on med surge that should be in ICU.(for example a patient has TPN, 8 IV drugs and psyche issues and meds due every hour; and your other patients are not much better) 03/15/2016 Housing was approximately 6 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Valu Place. Housing was located in city of Tuscaloosa/ Cottondale. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Valu Place has people that are drunk and fighting while you try to sleep. I sleep days and their cleaning people holler at each other and crash their carts into the walls.
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