Travel Nursing Hospital
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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Tucson Medical Center
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(within 1 year)
|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||3.1|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||2|
|3. Hospital Technology||2.4|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||3.6|
|5. Cafeteria food||3.1|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||1.8|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||2.8|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||2.3|
|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?)||2.3|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||2.7|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||2.7|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||2.4|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||2.9|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||2.2|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||2.3|
|17. How well staffed are they||2.2|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||2.2|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||2.4|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||2.4|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||50.4(12)||(0)|
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- I worked in the Cardiac Telemetry department(s) in the hospital. Cardiac/Tele (Unit 500), nights, Feb-May 2018.
Orientation: Online modules prior to arrival, then 2 days combined EPIC charting and skills, followed by 2 day floor orientation. Voceras for communication so you learn names quickly. Hallway Pyxis stations for meds/supplies (a couple units had med rooms). Patient rooms were combination of doubles and singles. Vitals monitors are portable/shared, techs help with vitals.
Multiple float shifts, a couple cancels (write that cancellation as "facility cancel" on the exception log for you AMN nurses, you're welcome, lol). Charge nurses were generally professional, receptive, helpful. Hospitalist for every patient.
So this place can get busy. They can "surge" day shift tele to 6:1, and reportedly can go 7:1 on nights though I never experienced this. Charge RN will take patients before it happens. Techs can be about 14:1 as I recall. Respiratory does the nebs. Staff were generally good to work with.
Overall a good experience. Loved Tucson, hiking trails, mountains (at least this time of year).
08/02/2018 Housing was approximately 2.5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Hilands Apartments. Housing was located in city of Tucson. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Okay. Where else can I have a 3 minute walk out my door, down the little hobbit trail to a boutique outdoor mall with a library, several good restaurants and Whole Foods, listening to a live Jazz band playing in the courtyard every weekend under palm trees and an Arizona sunset? Yep.
Plenty of pets here, usually picked up after but $happens. We had our 2 year-old daughter with us and she loved the pools and recreation courts. Central laundry.
- Housing options limited on airbnb 04/21/2018 I worked in the Progressive Care department(s) in the hospital. First time in Arizona Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was airbnb. Housing was located in city of Tuson. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5.
- I worked in the Float Pool department(s) in the hospital. Stay away, this hospital is the worst I have ever been to in my whole career. 7 patients with drips. Short staffed. Discrimination and unprofessional lies from Management to Administration. First they use AMN as a vendor so you do not know where you are working until the assignment starts. They drug test for antidepressants and ask for your car insurance information. The majority of nurses that work there are white. The other Travelers were counting the days and many that have listed their complaints here cancelled. Many of the New Grad nurses are leaving because they think this is "nursing" and go unto Case Management. They give you the worst unsafe assignmemt, or at least they try to. Their PCTs cannot be delegated because "We know how to do our job" but constantly make errors that you have to fix. The Doctors on some floors do not write orders in which if you don't do it they complain. They have a huge bug investation problem. A staff member of theirs was shot in the parking lot. They didn't even lock down the hospital. My last draw is when they tried sending me to an off campus location. In the end, they lied to the vendor saying I was rude after I complained of my Manager being racist to an Administrator of how she would ignore minority nurses with questions but have open arms to the blonde and blue eyed. Illegal and of course and it proved my complaint valid. AMN said it was unacceptable for me to make this complaint and blacklisted me. My agency could of cared less because they knew of the discrinination they practiced. Nice try on their part. The hospital I work at now has many of their old employees, they call them "Tucson Murder Center". 11/21/2016 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was VRBO . Housing was located in city of Tucson . On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5.
- I worked in the CVICU department(s) in the hospital. So if I was a traveler looking for an assignment my suggestion for you would be to bypass this hospital completely. I found the staff to be tolerable but not overly friendly, their morale is low and I can see why. The ICU's have been through something like 12 managers in two years. Administration changes them out like dirty underwear, regularly. Worst staffing issues I have run across in 3 years as a traveler. Very high acuity level patients that really should be 1:1 ratios, like IABP, that aren't. Their philosophy is that they are "stable" with the IABP. Most illogical thing I have ever heard of. You are lucky to get a PCT in the surgical ICU, and there is no teamwork on that side. Julie Ward, the interim director, is less than friendly and very hostile. Be very, very careful if you choose to work here, chart like your license depends on it, because it does. This is the worst facility I have been to yet. I can put up with alot of bs usually, but even this place tested that. The hospital is illogically laid out and confusing, the cafeteria is awful, so do pack your lunch. Make sure you get evey little detail in writing on your contract, I had a no float clause in mine, and the hospital repeatedly kept trying to float me. When I asserted myself and the terms of the contract I was told by the director that she was not going to honor these terms. Needless to say the hospital and I parted ways after two months, for failure to honor the terms of the contract. Am I miffed? Nope, glad to be done with that place. Maybe administration should look at why they can't keep staff, if you treat people like crap, what do you really expect.130 04/01/2016 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was n/a. Housing was located in city of Tucson. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. none
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. OK so if you value your license don't come here. This hospital is antiquated in its set up, equipment and practices. The charting system is EPIC, but then they expect you to triple chart multiple items for no known reason. Mgt is MIA most if the time, and the educators are a joke, they hide out in their office, and are pissed when all hell is breaking loose on the units and they have to come out of their safe space to interact with patients and staff. The staff is rude, and teamwork is a foreign concept. Dr's expect you to get consent for procedures when they have not even talked to the patient or family about it, and then when you tell them no they scream and yell because they wrote an order for it. Last time I checked consent is a physician responsibility, and I don't care what order you wrote. They expect that if your patient urinates on their slide sheet that you are going to hand wash it out in the sink, ummm no. They give you one isolation cart for two patients in isolation for different bugs, and wonder why their infection rate is so high. They routinely pull foleysout on intubated and sedated patients, or immobile paralyzed people and expect that you are going to weigh the chux, never mind that now the pt's skin is excoriated, macerated and has contact dermatitis, by god they won't have a CAUTI. Oh and I am not a NICU nurse, I don't weigh anything but the patient. They unofficially officially have a spoken rule of keeping patients post procedure alive for 30 days so that the surgeons numbers and statistics look good. Really, I am not joking. And you as the nurse are supposed to back the surgeon up, don't ever say palliative care or hospice until that 30 day mark has passed. Most unethical thing I have ever heard or come across. They will operate on anything that still has a pulse. Doesn't matter that your 94 with multiple comorbidities, we're going to give you a CABG x4, but first we're going to put an IABP in you for a week, and let you lay there, until something in the schedule opens up. Then when the pt finally has surgery and can't be extubated you get a trach, PEG, CRRT, HD etc., etc. Only 1:1 pt is CRRT. IABP's are considered stable because they have the IABP in place(wtf)!? Floating to stepdown is like going to an active war zone, 45 pts and one tech. Really?! You will truly be able to test your bladders ability here. Not sure what a break or 30 minute lunch is, haven't had any yet. I could go on and on. Only nice thing is that it's sunny and warm in the winter. If you've seen a cactus then there's no need to come here. Stay away, stay as far away from this place as possible. Snow never souned so good. 03/16/2016 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was n/a. Housing was located in city of tucson. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4.
- I worked in the PACU department(s) in the hospital. Hospital of 500+ beds all on 1 level when they built new surgery tower on SW side of hospital. Surgery floor on NE side. Sometimes an hour wait for transporters to take patient to floor and transporters were known for treking 35 miles per shift while pushing loaded beds/guerneys! Super anesthesiologists for the most part. Manager not very accomplished at making out schedule and left evening shift with unsafe staff sometimes. (I worked days, but had to stay over to help evening crew a few times because of this.) Manager also notorius for mixing up assignment of patients coming from OR to PACU nurses (maybe because she was too busy making personal calls and texting on her cell phone! 11/05/2015 Housing was approximately 8 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Pinnacle Canyon. Housing was located in city of Tucson. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. Found my own housing, vacation rental. Nice amenities with spa and pool and workout room. Close to Sabino Canyon for hiking and bike riding.
- I worked in the General Vascular Surgery department(s) in the hospital. Very accepting to the travelers. But, they are very short staffed; on nights at times the ratio would be 7:1. But overall a good hospital. 08/09/2014 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Pinnacle Heights. Housing was located in city of Tucson. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Corporate unit, fully furnished, everything included.
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. Excellent ICU staff - very friendly, helpful and accustomed to travelers! Wonderful CNP on night shift - provided explanation and education regarding pt's plan of care. 06/27/2014 Housing was approximately 11 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Stargate West. Housing was located in city of Tucson. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Excellent housing facilities - comes with washer and dryer, beautiful pool/hot tub, workout facility and less than 5 miles from the Tuscon Mountain Park! Took about 30-40 minutes to get to the TMC due to Tucson traffic lights and lack of highway accessibility.
- I worked in the anon department(s) in the hospital. 10/25/2008 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was unknown. Housing was located in city of tucson. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3.
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. Tucson is a great place to visit, there is so much to do, the desert is a facinating place and just a few miles into the mountains and there was snow. The weather during the winter months was great. 03/26/2008 Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Davis-Monthan AFB. Housing was located in city of Tucson. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. You must be active duty/retired military or DOD to stay at the famcamp on the base, but rates are great and the BX, commissary, gym etc. are all within walking or biking distance.
- I worked in the emergency dept department(s) in the hospital. ER layout is the worst I have ever seen. Staffing is awful depending on which section of the ER you work in. Core staff treats travelers awful, techs don't do anything at all and will blantanly refuse to help. It was by far the worst assignment i have ever had 06/06/2007 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Bear Canyon. Housing was located in city of Tucson. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4.
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. This hospital will only guarantee 60 hrs/2 week pay period & they keep to a strict 2:1 ratio in ICU no matter how unstable the patients are, so only plan on working 5 shifts. Travelers float before staff. It is very difficult to get anyone to help with turns, lifts, etc. As far as being an efficient layout, 600+ beds on one story. Do the math! Last week I was 10 minutes late clocking in because I spent about 20 minutes driving around looking for a parking space. They have equipment in the stock rooms you are not allowed to use. Last week I was informed that they had taken the radical step (on a trial basis, in this ICU only) of stocking O2 sat probes instead of us calling & having one delivered if a pt needs one!
On the positive side, I love Tucson & there are other hospitals to work at (& I only have 4 more weeks on this contract) 02/07/2007 Housing was approximately 4 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Rio Cancion. Housing was located in city of Tucson. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4.
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