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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: WCA Hospital
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|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||5|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||3|
|3. Hospital Technology||3|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||3|
|5. Cafeteria food||4|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||4|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||4|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||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?)||5|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||2|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||4|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||5|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||4|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||3|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||3|
|17. How well staffed are they||3|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||2|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||2|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||3|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||71(1)||(0)|
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- I worked in the Emergency department(s) in the hospital. ***The main ED has 23 beds broken down into 5 pods + 2 flex rooms. All beds are monitored rooms. There are typically 2 Physicians and 1 Mid-Level Provider. Late in the evening, it drops to 1 Physician and 1 MLP for the whole department. The patient ratio here is always 4:1. 2 nurses to a pod of 8 patients. You have a pod partner. The idea is that you are supposed to relieve your pod partner so they may take a break while you watch their 4 patients in addition to yours. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. All nurses are typically so busy with their 4 patients that they are barely able to assist you, let alone perform tasks for your patients while you leave for 30 minutes. Some are better at assisting than others.
***The last pod is the psychiatric pod. Each of these 4 rooms have the capability to be monitored rooms, but each room has a garage door that closes and locks the connections, call bells, and oxygen/air hook ups for patient safety. You are in the back of the ER in your own desk with mental health counselor staffing. On days where there is no flex nurse, sometimes the psych pod inherits 2 additional rooms. A nurse is in the psychiatric pod until 2300. That nurse then takes over another pod, or goes home depending on their shift. Any remaining patients are reported off to the Charge Nurse.
***There are 5 Fast Track rooms. 1 is a double room. All beds are monitored rooms. One RN runs fast track with one MLP. Occasionally an LPN is assigned to work alongside the RN. There is a Sub-Wait area where 1-2 patients are occasionally placed in addition to the rooms. It is pretty common for the Charge Nurse to assume care of these patients. When the ED is at max capacity, ESI level 3 patients may be placed in fast track. A nurse is in fast track until either 2300 or 0300. That nurse then takes over another pod, or goes home depending on their shift. Any remaining patients remain under the watch of the Charge Nurse.
***There is a flex (float) assignment has 2 rooms. Their task is to be primary to those 2 patients while being available to perform task oriented assistance to any pod in need. On good staffing days, there can be up to 2 flex nurses which allows 1 flex nurse to float 100%. Flex typically ends at 2300. That nurse then takes over fast track/another pod, or goes home depending on their shift
***There is a Triage nurse delegated until 2300. That nurse then takes over another pod, or goes home depending on their shift. The Charge Nurse triages any new patients who come in through the front.
***Most of the time, there are 2 Patient Care Technicians (PCT’s) and 2-3 LPN’s on the floor. 1 assists the main ED, 1 assists fast track (if available), and the other is designated to obtain and update all medication reconciliations in the entire unit. This is extremely helpful and appreciated. This hospital heavily limits the tasks LPN’s can perform. The floor LPN will mostly assist with call bells and care, occasionally administer PO medications and IM injections, and apply/fit splints and crutches.
***The charting system is Cerner Soarian. It is great for some things and difficult to grasp for others. Not the worst system I have ever used but not my favorite by far. Medications are scanned for administration. The medication dispense system is Pyxis. The IV pumps are Plum A pumps. The cardiac monitors are Phillips IntelliVue MP5. The blood glucose monitor is Accu Chek Inform II. All items used for the patient with sticker labels must be scanned for charging.
***WCA Hospital started out rough but got much better with some time and experience. I had a difficult time adapting to their charting system for the first couple of weeks. Most of the staff was very accommodating to assist. Most charge nurses were wonderful. The night shift Charge Nurses have so much responsibility but always seem to be able to help - despite their full plate. All ER physicians and MLP’s were appropriate and kind to staff. Most admitting doctors were great as well. Most. Over all, I would certainly consider taking another assignment at WCA.
***Jamestown, unfortunately, has been labeled one of the most unsafe towns in New York State. The population is around 30,000. There is a huge heroin problem in this town. Despite this, Jamestown is not without its charms! If you are a Lucille Ball fan, this is her home town. There are tons of great places to eat and shop down town. Lots of bars within walking distance of each-other. You are close to Chautauqua Lake. The town of Celeron has a nice Dog Park for your pooch. The turning leaves in Western New York are breath-taking in the fall but beware – the winters are BRUTAL from the relentless lake effect snow to the sub-zero temps in January/February. Lets not forget… THERE IS A WEGMANS! 09/30/2016 Housing was approximately 2 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was family. Housing was located in city of Jamestown. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5.
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