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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Mercy General Hospital
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|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||3.5||2.0|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||2||3.0|
|3. Hospital Technology||4||3.0|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||2||3.0|
|5. Cafeteria food||1||1.0|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||1||1.0|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||2||1.0|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||2||1.0|
|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?)||1||1.0|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||1.5||2.0|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||4.5||4.0|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||3.5||2.0|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||2.5||3.0|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||3||1.0|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||2||1.0|
|17. How well staffed are they||1||1.0|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||1||1.0|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||2||2.0|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||1||1.0|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||41.5(2)||35.0(1)|
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- I worked in the cath lab department(s) in the hospital. Im not done with this assignment yet but its been awful thus far. Normal need to know info about the facility- they use Cerner, omnicell for meds, parking is only in the garage and costs $12/day or you may obtain a parking pass for $40/mo, all the doors use badge entry, floating is required for travelers and includes going to other hospitals. The dirty- i cant obtain a parking pass as a traveler, so i can pay the $12 a day or park under the freeway 2miles away and use their contracted Lyft service to the hospital (which is free), travelers are mostly unable to obtain badges to get into the hospital and are required to give keys or an ID daily to security to get a temp badge which are in short supply. I cant get into the locker room to use the bathroom or get my scrubs, i cant get into the stock rooms, into the cath lab, into most hallways and doors that are not common areas. I am required to take call like most cath labs do but we have a 30min requirement to be in the lab when the stemi arrives...someone tell me how i will accomplish this when i have to park under the freeway and get a separate car to take me to the facility and then have no access to get in the door when I arrive? i witnessed a security guard tell another traveler that when he got called in for a tsemi he needed to stop by security and they would let him into the lab! Cath lab uses a different charting system, called Merge, for their hemodynamics to record the case. My 5 days of orientation covered regular staff only and was told id be trained on what i needed when i got to the lab. So far, I still don't have access to these systems. Also, if you know how the cath lab works, you'll know that as the RN or circulator your priority is the PATIENT on the table, not charting. This place has me reviewing and charting in Merge while the recorder is, i have to record part of the case as well while im circulating? Things can go south real quick when you have an intervention going on and your patients are sedated and they want me to check what the recorder is doing and do this stupid 'bed tracker' crap while the case is going on. Bed tracker/getting patients different rooms post procedure in MOST ALL LABS is done by the charge nurse because the people in the procedure should be focusing on the patient. Not here. My face is on 2 different screens while im giving meds and getting equipment and trying to manage unstable pts. As someone who scrubs as well i am appalled that they purposely switch their manifold around and place the pressure line in the middle and move the flush to the front...who does that? Ive worked in 15 other labs and the manifold comes out of the package as pressure/flush/contrast, its taught that way why make a good system more confusing?? I am 1 of 9 other travelers currently in the lab; they had a recent mass exodus which doesnt speak highly of mgmt in most situations. I was not told that saturdays were scheduled case days, i was told of the call requirement in my interview then when i arrived its an "unwritten rule" that you take more call and more shifts and they WILL pressure you to do so. Like a lot of labs there are type A personalities and staff can be quite crass and rude, that is not unheard of in my area. But as a traveler i am there to help YOU, do not take my niceness as a sign of weakness and don't take my questions as a sign of stupidity. And when a hospital puts up constant roadblocks for travelers that are there to help them out of staffing problems it makes me want to find another assignment. And write reviews like this. Ive been to some terrible places but at least i could park there and use the bathroom without asking someone to let me in like a child. 07/19/2018 Housing was approximately 8 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was found my own housing. Housing was located in city of sacramento. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 1. i found my own housing.
- I worked in the Labor and Delivery department(s) in the hospital. I took an assignment and was told "you might occasionally float"...fine...I get that we have to float sometimes. What wasn't told to me was that you will float to one of 5 of the diginty health hospitals in Sacramento. This hospital only does 65 deliveries a month! All of the dignity health hospitals have low census in Sacramento due to the nice new bbirthing center by Sutter Hospital. Due to this their staff is oncall A LOT! and you will either be floated to another hospital or put oncall. I floated to another hospital 7 weeks out of my 13 week contract. I would be called 2 hours before my shift and told where to go by the rude nurse staffing. If I asked for an address I was told rudely "you can Google it" if I asked what floor L&D was on I was told "you can just ask security when you get there."...floating to the other hospitals wasn't horrible because I actually got to work in L&D. My favorite place to float was Mercy Folsom...I loved the staff there (but they have their own management problems which didn't really affect me). A couple of the other hospitals I was floated too...they didn't even show me where their OR was!! I'd have to ask to be shown where things were at.
At my "home" hospital at Mercy General Hospital...you have to pay for parking, it's $12 a day or you have to set up a monthly payment and walk down to the parking garage at the beginning of each month and pay a fee. Which was cheaper. At MGH...they state they have a "union policy" that travelers are first to float to Postpartum...I thought this would be an occasional float for me....uh no...they don't even staff their PP with postpartum nurses so every single shift I floated to PP and had a full assignment, while other nurses where oncall or sitting around in L&D with their one patient on the board. You will be running your butt off with 4 couplets with no CNA or clerk or even someone to pass out food trays. Its all up to you.
The only time you get to work in L&D at MGH is when the L&D staff nurse doesn't like the L&D assignment...an IUFD. They will throw you back over in l&D after not being there in 6 weeks to take the worst assignment then float the l&D nurse to PP to save her from taking care of an IUFD...all of a sudden their "union policy" about travelers being first to float didn't apply.
They (MGH) also will float you to another Hospital an hour away midshift, in the middle of the night...be warned.
I will say that the nurses there were really nice and helpful when they thought about helping.
I floated 6 weeks of my assignment to another hospital and the rest of my 6 weeks I was either oncall or floated to PP.
If you take an assignment with ANY of the Dignity Health's in Sacramento be prepared to float and to be put on call. If you decide to do it make sure to put guaranteed hours in your contracts and make stipulations about floating if you care.
09/16/2017 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 1. None
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