Travel Nursing Hospital Ranking Results

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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: University of New Mexico Hospital
 Score
(all time)
Score
(within 1 year)
1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff33.0
2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?22.0
3. Hospital Technology3.53.5
4. Location (A nice area to live)2.52.5
5. Cafeteria food22.0
6. Parking22.0
7. Physical layout of hospital effecient1.51.5
8. Hospital appeal (looks)2.52.5
9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?2.52.5
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?)2.52.5
11. Reputation of the hospital33.0
12. How nice are the doctors to staff33.0
13. Friendliness of staffing office44.0
14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?22.0
15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?33.0
16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio3.53.5
17. How well staffed are they2.52.5
18. How happy were you with your workload?2.52.5
19. Staff morale (overall)2.52.5
20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?2.52.5
Total Score (number or rankings)52.5(2)52.5(2)
  • I worked in the Neuro Stepdown department(s) in the hospital. Charting system is adequate, the unit itself is a bit hectic but interesting and has lots of opportunities for learning, only downside is travelers are not permitted to pick up any extra shifts beyond the three per week they are scheduled for. 04/29/2020
  • Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Private home found on furnished finder. Housing was located in city of Albuquerque. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Separate casita in a private home in the northwest part of the city, within walking distance of the Rio Grande Nature Center.
  • I worked in the Neuroscience ICU department(s) in the hospital. Average paying contract around $1500/wk. Will not increase for extensions. If you want to work 7 days/wk this is your place. It is not a contract for those seeking to explore New Mexico as you will work one on one off one on, or two on one off three on one off three on. Travelers do not get to self schedule. They have 3 ICU’s and are down 40 nurses across all 3. All 40 quit within a two week period. Take that however you want. You do NOT get to park on campus. The actual employee parking lot is about 5 miles away. A shuttle bus runs every 15 min to and from the lot. It is inconvenient and unpredictable with the weather. They’re very strict with their parking and will issue a $100 fine for parking on campus. The hospital recruitment will brag about their hospital and only one other in the country using the Hummingbird device, which is a glorified EVD that can use PtOb oxygen and temperature monitoring; whoop, whoops! OK that’s great you say but their patients have no better outcomes than any other patient with a regular old EVD. Basically it’s a HUGE charge to the patient and nothing more. What I did notice was the level of violence inflicted on a lot of their patient population, random beating people to the point of death for mistaken identity, or point blank execution style GSW to the head. These patients would initially be in the trauma ICU later be transferred to the Neuro ICU but may sit there for a day or two with no MD coverage because it wasn’t “communicated that Neuro was taking over, really!!! They lost their Neurosurgery residency accreditation, which is not the first time, because their residents were not getting any surgery experience but basically being glorified secretaries doing the admission orders and rounding for the staff Neurosurgeons. The last group wrote the Accreditation council who came and examined their complaints and substantiated them, thus the accreditation loss. The staff in the department laughed it off stating it wasn’t the first time. They have ANP’s and PA’s who staff during the day and are are on call at night. I must say that the lone PA , Rachel is awesome, the ANP’s not so much. I understand that Medical Students and Residents are there to learn, but I have never been more ashamed of nursing as a profession as the way a few individual ANP’s verbally abuse residents and medical students as the way these do. I also, have never been some place where evidence based practice is not a part of the culture. Literally you have to plead your case as to why you should do things that seem to be the norm everywhere else. If someone didn’t write a paper that was published by a UNM staff member than you can kiss your evidence based practice standards good bye. It’s also very hit or miss on patient care with the doctors, some patients it’s very gung ho attitude and others very laize faire. There is no rhyme or reason to who gets all the care versus those that don’t. It’s super frustrating as a good nurse to try and care for patients when some get all the best and others get sub par standards. They don’t even follow stroke guidelines for tPA administration they routinely give it to patients who are outside the three hour window and who are greater than 80 years of age. Needless to say there are a lot of needless hemorrhagic conversions because of this. This is the only Level 1 trauma hospital in New Mexico. All I can say is please fly me somewhere else. Albuquerque is an extremely violent city and in the multiple years as a traveler I can honestly say this is the first city I don’t feel safe in. I would not recommend it as a tourist destination either. There is a lot of needless violence and homicides here more so than any other city of 500,000 that I have been to. So in a long winded nutshell I would not recommend this hospital or destination to any traveler. 12/31/2019
  • Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was na. Housing was located in city of na. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. I provided my own housing.
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