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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Kaweah Delta
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|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||3.8|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||3.2|
|3. Hospital Technology||3.8|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||4.2|
|5. Cafeteria food||2.8|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||3|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||3|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||4.5|
|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?)||4.2|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||3.5|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||4.8|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||4.2|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||3.5|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||3.5|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||2.8|
|17. How well staffed are they||3|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||3|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||3.8|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||3.2|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||71.3(4)||(0)|
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- I worked in the Operating Room department(s) in the hospital. I loved my time at Kaweah. They have 14 ORs, one of which is upstairs in the CV department. Most of the time you won’t be sent up there, but it can be rough when you do... there is no ancillary staff to help, and you’ll be calling the charge often with questions. However, the staff is all VERY helpful! I found it very traveler friendly. The breakroom and locker room are very antiquated, but the parking situation was great. You’re likely to get the shift you want if you ask early in your time there. They do a ton of ortho, uro, and general cases. No ENT, Plastics, or oral. They never run more than one neuro room at a time. There are lots of First Assists around to help. The RN gets the pt from pre-op here. They hire CRNAs and use anesthesia residents as well as anesthesiologists.
I found the area decent, even though the air quality can suck sometimes, and the dairy farms can make it stick outside at times. However, there are plenty of places to eat and shop. I would recommend this hospital to OR staff. 11/03/2019 Housing was approximately 4 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was air bnb. Housing was located in city of Visalia. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5.
- I worked in the 2S department(s) in the hospital. They are not upfront about their expectations here during interview so ask a lot of questions because they may "Bait and Switch" you. Orientation is a week long. However, you may not make 36 hours the first week. They have you do the modules there. During orientation you have to park in a designated spot. This is a fairly large hospital about 500 beds. It is a crowded first day of orientation. They do have water, coffee, fruit, and snacks. Their cafeteria and food truck are on another location from the campus about a 10 minute walk. The food truck has Starbucks. Lots of New Grads here which I did not mind but, some think they know way more than they should which is kind of scary. They do not get a long orientation unless they are in a specialized unit or were in a nursing student program. Anyhow, they did go out of ratio with up to 5 patients, even if they have telemetry or not. If you are not from CA the max is 4 even if you have 1 telemetry patient. Travelers are from different states and I believe some are not aware of the CA mandated ratios and they don't have an awareness of solidarity. Whole reason why I came to CA was to have this experience. Well don't come here if you are looking for it. They just don't know. This floor particularly is a dumping ground, as it is an observation floor. Patients stay a max of 3 days. Some stay longer but, it depends on the circumstances. Most patients are able to walk even if they need assistance. As for assignments maybe I had some difficult ones but, I have been a nurse too long to notice. Shifts start at 6:00 a.m. one of the parking lots has no spots after 5:30 a.m. if you park on the one on Court Street you should be okay if you like to arrive later. No matter which lot you use plan on adding 10 to 15 minutes to your commute so you can walk to the hospital and then get to your floor. You are first to be called off, put on stand by, floated, and they even mid-shift float. There core staff receives $2,500 bonus for picking up therefore you are not going to get a schedule you want and their is a high change you will be cancelled or floated. Not knowing the culture I refused to float mid shift and was told by a House Supervisor I would be DNR with their facility. I assumed I was fired. The next day they wanted me back as I do not believe Administration knew that their House Supervisor did this but, I don't do mid-shift floating. Whatever floats your boat but I don't need yet another requirement in bedside travel nursing without being completely compensated for their needs; as it is stressful as it is being far away from home and not seeing my family. If they want to be like KP they need to give those rates! My agency had my back on this one. 10/28/2019 Housing was approximately 50 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Furnished Finders landlord. Housing was located in city of Fresno . On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. It is in the Northeast/Woodward side of Fresno. Real nice area.
- I worked in the ICU/CVICU department(s) in the hospital. I initially interviewed for what I thought was the CVICU, but once I got to orientation, I found out that ICU travelers are automatically placed in the float pool. So every evening before my shift, I have to call the staffing office to see whether I go to the ICU/Neuo ICU,CVICU, or the step down unit.
Each ICU has what they call "pods" in the front of each ICU where nurses take patients 3:1 because patients are considered step down ICU material. I was placed here alot initially, then eventually moved to "real" ICU patients, ratio 2:1. The CVICU had tons of balloon pumps and impellas (both of which are 1:1), post CABG patients, cardiac arrests,etc. The ICU side dealt with traumas, tons of stroke patients with bolts and ICP monitoring, craniectomies, etc. Both sides move patients in and out alot.
Travelers pretty much self schedule. They are very short staffed with lots of travelers, many of whom have resigned multiple times or even have accepted full time positions.
The area is very heavy with the hispanic population, so if you don't speak spanish, it can be kind of difficult to take care of patients. The workload was average, though I usually felt like I was getting screwed with the crazy patients (nothing new, right?)
Parking is horrible, fair warning.
Overall, it was a decent hospital, traveler friendly. 08/23/2018 Housing was approximately 1 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was PRIVATE. Housing was located in city of Visalia. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. I found housing on furnishedfinder.com. Visalia specifically is a lower cost of living when compared to other California cities.
- I worked in the Med surg department(s) in the hospital. The hospital does NOT go by the state law of nurse/pt ratio! You always have a minimum 5 pts even if they are remote tele and the normal ratio is 1 to 6 whether they are med surg pts or remote tele. Staff told me that because it is a non Union hospital that they have no one to help them change that. 2 techs for 40 pts is the norm so nurses end up doing everything. When so many pts are total care that is not safe pt care at all.
08/22/2016 Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Hotel . On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Look for housing in towns next to the hospital town..cheaper.
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