Travel Nursing Hospital
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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Christian NE
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|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||3.9||4.3|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||3.1||3.7|
|3. Hospital Technology||2.9||3.7|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||2.5||3.3|
|5. Cafeteria food||2.4||2.3|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||3.1||4.0|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||3.1||3.7|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||3.1||3.7|
|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?)||3.4||4.3|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||2.9||3.3|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||3.9||4.0|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||3.5||3.7|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||3.5||3.0|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||2.9||2.7|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||3.2||3.3|
|17. How well staffed are they||2.5||2.3|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||2.9||2.7|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||3||2.7|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||2.9||2.7|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||62.1(8)||67.4(3)|
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- I worked in the Med Surg/Rehab department(s) in the hospital. There was actually about a week of computer and hospital orientation, and my floor gave us 2 entire shifts orienting with a staff nurse. The average ratio was 1:6, but many shifts I had 7, with several being confused, climbing out of bed, and just generally a heavy, busy patient load. We weren’t allowed to use restraints on my floor, chemical or otherwise, so I’ve worked a couple shifts with a computer in someone’s doorway because we didn’t have a sitter, and they simply said they “heard me but couldn’t help me”. Very difficult to care for your other patients adequately, or at all, in this situation. Luckily the staff nurses and techs I worked with were wonderful and helpful and we always made it work somehow.
Another note- the DON implemented a policy for falls, since she couldn’t understand why hospital fall rate was so high. You had to take the usual actions for a fall, but also personally call the DON, whatever time it may be, then come into work the following Friday morning for a special meeting. Thankfully I never had to do that, but it just seemed absurd that they felt we would prevent falls with purposeful rounding (which we always did), and like it had nothing to do with the ratios. On another med surg floor, I had 7 patients, and another nurse had 8!! Not safe. 04/04/2019 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was private rental. Housing was located in city of Alton, IL. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Rented a room from a staff nurse- great area, convenient, and very reasonable
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. I worked nights in the ICU at Christian. It was usually busy and very tasky. The unit had around 20 beds that were assigned adjacent to each other. For example, if you have bed 1,you will have bed 2 as well. If you have bed 3, you're going to get bed 4. So depending on whats next to each other, it could have the potential of being a nightmare. There is always a physician in the unit that is able to intubate, place lines, just readily available if needed. They have a ton of CRRT patients (but they only allow full time staff to handle those), balloon pumps, and impellas. For the most part, I came onto my shifts with an empty bed and got an admit at some point in the night. Their floating policy is pretty fair. Travelers are thrown into the pool with the full time staff,so everyone takes turns floating. However, you could get floated anywhere from the step down unit (3 patients) to telemetry (up to 6-7 patients), to the ER (varies). The workload was not too horrible, but like I said, it was a bit tasky. Everyone is required to give 2 baths at nights, usually have q4 hour blood sugar checks, q2 turns, and one tech for the entire unit that also acts as a secretary. Nurses are responsible for completing all labs and ABGs in the ICU. This was a tough one for me, since i was used to lab completing all draws if my patient did not have a central line. However, it was a good learning experience and the staff is willing to help if you can't get it.
They were also pretty fair with the scheduling. Lots of full time staff were working the baylor shifts so I was not required to pick up any weekend shifts at that time. Staffing was not great of course, but I never had to take a 3rd patient. Charge nurse always out of staffing.
Parking was good, there was a car garage attached to the hospital that requires badge access to enter. I never felt unsafe once.
All in all, it was a Busy unit, patients were high acuity. Be prepared for the constant rain in St. Louis 08/23/2018 Housing was approximately 20 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Park Pacific Apartments. Housing was located in city of St. Louis. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. I stayed in downtown St. Louis, about a 20 min drive from the hospital. The rented a studio apartment for approximately 950/month, and was responsible for electric and cable. The apartment complex was nice, and cool with the short term lease.
- I worked in the PACU department(s) in the hospital. You will work very hard here. The patients population that this community hospital serves is very very sick with lots of comorbidities and complications are very common. Management does not care about travelers and don’t even bother bringing it up if there’s a problem because it will be ignored. On the plus side, the staff you work with is pretty excellent. The nurses are experienced, competent, and friendly. They were the best part of the job. The support staff is stretched thin, but are a big help. You will have to take call, lots of it, and you will work work work. Try to get an earlier shift as the sickest patients come out during the evening (typical for PACU). 08/21/2018 Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was 1400 Russell. Housing was located in city of St. Louis. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Brand new building, extremely secure and reasonable rent for a luxury apartment. Love the neighborhood. Right next to the highway so a little noisy but not bad.
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. The hospital staff (aside from a handful) are very welcoming to travelers and almost treat you as house staff. Icu scheduling was very fair and they try really hard to work with you - for instance I was off every winger holiday (thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years). You will get floated but usually just to the AMCU so not bad. The area is very unsafe so be careful and cognizant when driving in or going home - go to well lit gas stations, etc. My issues with this hospital were not at all things that were within the ICU or hospital staff’s control- they just have very minimal resources to where it can sometimes become unsafe. But overall they do a great job with what they’re given. 03/13/2018 Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Private. Housing was located in city of Saint Louis. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Private
- I worked in the AMCU department(s) in the hospital. The staff are super friendly and helpful. This unit is essentially stable ICU patients, as in I had vented, sedated patients. This was completely new to me from my post-op IMC experience and the staff were so supportive of teaching me what I needed to know and answering any question I may have. They use McKesson for charting, I got the hang of it decently fast. Not a great surrounding area. 07/14/2017 Housing was approximately 13 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Gallery 400. Housing was located in city of St Louis. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3.
- I worked in the ICU/CCU department(s) in the hospital. Most staff are friendly and helpful. There is a few that were not. Managers are nice and helpful. Charting system older, hard to navigate at times. Physician situation is confusing at times, hard to know who is who and who to call. 08/05/2016 Housing was approximately 19 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Home away. Housing was located in city of Padre Island. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Home Away
- I worked in the ED department(s) in the hospital. very accomodative. people are friendly to work with and are helpful and welcome travelers with open arms. low management are awsome... charge nurses great.... upper management have much growing to do and getting with the 21st century program. patient satisfaction is always number one, but staff satisfaction is also important. when 13 people leave in 3 months there is something wrong...... 11/08/2007 Housing was approximately 20 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was i forget. Housing was located in city of st charles. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. housing was awsome. accomodated through travel agency. had everythng....pool, club house, workout room, tanning bed sauna......quiet, convienant to hospital and nice enough to entertain. gated community
- Do not accept an assignment to 10th floor(Neuro). My experience was poor at best. There is a nurse there whom at the top of her lungs stated "all travelers are morans". Yet she still works there. Other floors in the hospital welcomed me better as a floater than this one need as my home base. The name of the housing complex was subsidy. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3.
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