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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Ochsner
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|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||4.1|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||3.3|
|3. Hospital Technology||3.6|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||3.2|
|5. Cafeteria food||2.3|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||2.8|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||3.3|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||3.1|
|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?)||3.1|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||3.3|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||3.4|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||3.9|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||2.6|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||3|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||3.9|
|17. How well staffed are they||3.2|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||3.3|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||3.1|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||3.1|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||65.5(9)||(0)|
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- I worked in the SICU department(s) in the hospital. Almost surprising they even use travelers, they consistently have free charge + float/resource RN + on many occasions had "hidden" floats (staff they just didn't give a patient assignment to and left to task the unit). They're very nice to their travelers, loved every charge nurse but one. They require a LOT of charting (more charting than I've seen in a while, very redundant, but doable; EPIC). The unit itself is HUGE and there are times where there is a code on one side of the unit that you won't even know is going on on the other side of the unit.
Patient acuity is absolutely critical care, they slang liver transplants like it's going out of style (#1 in the country if I recall correctly...). First facility I've worked where their fresh post-op hearts/CABGs/Valves aren't 1:1 for at least the first couple of hours, but maybe I've been spoiled. Lots of GI surgeries, plenty of devices, ENT/plastics etc. Docs/residents are nice/reachable. Consistently 1:2 ratios, was never once tripled. Was not floated my entire contract there. You will be expected to run your own CRRT. If you extend, they're open to orienting you/ checking-off on devices if you're wanting those patient assignments (I had missed caring for VADs etc).
You gotta really pester the techs to help ya out for turning and bathing, they appear to be pretty spoiled in that you'll see them kinda watching netflix and stuff and look annoyed when you ask for a quick turn assist or whatever, but by the time I was leaving the contract, they had about 3 rockstar new hires.
Everyone is overall happy to be there, they have a lot of staff that went to school with each other so they're really tight knit. Most of their turnover/shortages have to do with staff going on to CRNA school or going on maternity leave, not because the staff is unhappy.
The manager is basically the sweetest woman I've ever met. Anyone who says otherwise is insane. 04/08/2019 Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Star Bike NOLA. Housing was located in city of New Orleans. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Amanda runs starbike with multiple properties in a complex conveniently on Tchoup/Bordeaux, fully furnished/stacked + a sweet backyard entertaining area with a fire pit. Across the street from a FAMOUS snoball shop (Hansens), and a block away from a dog park (for those traveling with dogs). Pet friendly, super cool manager, venmo accepted, and Taceaux Loceaux restaurant opening up on the corner for added awesome-ness to the living arrangement.
- I worked in the Med/Tele department(s) in the hospital. The staff was amazing! I loved who I worked with. Met some great people while there! I worked on the Med/Tele unit.It was a 52 bed unit with SHARED rooms. I didn't even know hospitals still had shared rooms. It was more so strictly med surg with patient who are on telemetry. There were no cardiac drips, nor were you required to interpret telemetry strips. The floor was very unorganized. Management was not the best. The patient ratio was 1:5. Patient assignment did not usually to by acuity. 10/13/2018 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was The Lakes of Chateu North. Housing was located in city of Kenner. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Housing was VERY EXPENSIVE. We lived in kenner in an apartment complex. Loved the apartment. It had a lake in the middle of the complex. Drive time to work was about 15 minutes. With traffic I would say 25 minutes. Overall, I loved the complex, it was just expensive.
- I worked in the OR department(s) in the hospital. Staff and surgeons nice to work with and very helpful. Management sucks. Pay is very low. 12 hours shifts is the norm for most staff. The OR is very big and there is not much logic to the lay-out. It took me a good month to 6 weeks to learn my way around. 09/15/2017 Housing was approximately 8-9 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Extended Stay America. Housing was located in city of Kenner, LA. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. staff is great and they're pet friendly.
- I worked in the CMICU, Neuro ICU department(s) in the hospital. I worked ICU Float pool between the Cardiac/Medical ICU, Surgical/Transplant ICU and Neuro ICU although I spent most of my time in the CMICU because they were the shortest staffed at the time. Staff was very welcoming on most units, SICU was probably the least welcoming. Everyone worked together and I never felt as though I was an outsider. The hospital does NOT have any eating options at night so its delivery or bringing a lunch which overall probably saved me tons of money...but it would have been nice to have something freshly made during a long, hard shift. 05/15/2017 Housing was approximately 2.5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was House. Housing was located in city of Metairie. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Lots of construction going on as they are adding multiple floors to the ED/ICU tower so the whole place is a mess but there is a large parking deck with free parking!
- I worked in the Emergency department(s) in the hospital. The manager was very nonchalant and ambivalent towards all staff, especially travellers. The OC's (operation coordinators - like assistant managers) were the WORST at micromanaging - for example (true story), I received a patient with a sore throat and headache. Orders were put in 2 minutes after I charted my assessment. As I'm grabbing supplies to get bloodwork and swab for flu, mono and strep, the OC on duty came to me and said "have you gotten all those orders done yet?" The orders LITERALLY were put in at 10:53, I acknowledged them at 10:55 and began gathering supplies. I was in the room by 10:58 and I was told I wasn't "hustling." This hospital, especially the ER, is also very particular about who they let into their zone. I was so unwelcomed and literally left crying for the first 4 weeks of my assignment. No one was willing to help me find supplies or tell me certain protocols for things they do at their hospital (such as reporting deaths to the coroner, doing involuntary commitment paperwork, etc). Just very rude and terrible. They will act very sweet to you at first and then it's hell. Oh, and when they were short, they knew I was 5 minutes away to get to the ER and would expect me to come help on my shifts off and make you feel extremely guilty if you didn't help. They would hold it against you and give you the worst assignment (there are two clusters that are literally known as the HELL HALL assignment) and you would be assigned there for the next few shifts if you turn down an opportunity to pick up an extra shift because they didn't staff enough people and it became my fault and I was selfish for wanting my day off. The charge nurses had their favorites and would give them whatever they wanted - for everyone else or someone who turned down OT, you were screwed.
HR however was SO SO SO wonderful and I can't speak more highly of them. 02/11/2016 Housing was approximately 1 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Brent House. Housing was located in city of New Orleans. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. The housing I was put in was the "hotel" they use for guests of patients who may be inpatient for weeks at a time. I lived and worked in the hospital. The rooms weren't terrible, but it was just so much Ochsner ALL the time.
- I worked in the ER department(s) in the hospital. Got along great with staff but kind of clique-ish. Hospital has great reputation as a transplant center but didn't live up to it in my opinion. Nothing to do directly in the area of the hospital. 11/29/2015 Housing was approximately 13 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was The Saratoga. Housing was located in city of New Orleans. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. You have to play frogger to get across traffic to the parking (but it's free). Never went to the cafeteria because I worked nights. Scheduling was a nightmare because of the particular person they have doing the schedule in the ED. Was never given first day orientation info from staffing and just showed up to at a time and location given to a previous traveler at my agency.
- I worked in the Emergency department(s) in the hospital. Their "fast track" (called qtrack) are of their ER is almost always staffed with travelers and is a completely inefficient flow. They don't allow travelers to triage and the staff nurses they have are completely incompetent in triage resulting in patients crashing in qtrack. I don't know how many times I've had to move a "minor" patient to a critical bed due to poor triage techniques. We end up having full work ups in qtrack frequently. Chest pain with history? Goes to qtrack. Patients are called back based on wait time and not acuity. Everything about their triage methods are completely unsafe. 10/15/2015 Housing was approximately 3 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Clearwater Creek. Housing was located in city of River ridge. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Too far away from anything fun. Very congested traffic area.
- I worked in the ER department(s) in the hospital. Schedule was always posted just a few days before it started. Getting paid was always a hassle, mistakes almost every week. No one was organized about orientation or other requirements...in general was a giant cluster! 03/21/2014 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Sawmill Creek. Housing was located in city of River Ridge. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Was very quiet and pet friendly.
- I worked in the CCCU department(s) in the hospital. Great hospital. Great supervisor in CCCU. Very happy with schedule, hours, staff. Would do it again in a minute! 09/20/2006 Housing was approximately on complex facility mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Brent House Hotel. Housing was located in city of New Orleans. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Housing was okay. Laundry facility on site. Construction was being done, so a move was necessary. All in all, I would stay again.
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