Travel Nursing Hospital
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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Tallahassee Memorial
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|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||3.2||3.3|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||2.8||3.3|
|3. Hospital Technology||2.8||3.3|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||3||3.0|
|5. Cafeteria food||2.8||2.7|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||2.6||3.0|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||3.5||3.7|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||3||3.0|
|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?)||3||2.7|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||2.9||2.7|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||3.6||3.3|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||3.5||3.0|
|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||2.3|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||2.6||2.3|
|17. How well staffed are they||2.1||2.0|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||2.4||2.3|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||1.9||2.0|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||2.6||2.7|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||57.2(8)||55.6(3)|
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- I worked in the 7ADCU department(s) in the hospital. I worked nights on an oncology floor with medsurg overflow. I had 6 patients, techs were in short supply, and there is no phlebotomy. Nightshift got to park in the parking garage, but dayshift had to be shuttled from a lot. The pay was decent for the cost of living in the area, but has college town vibe. There are lots of national parks to check out and a lot of different places to eat in town. 08/16/2019 Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was student housing. Housing was located in city of Tallahassee. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Student housing sublets are a great option because you do not have to sign a lease and a lot of students will take anyone just to fill the space because of studying abroad or taking a semester off.
- I worked in the pacu department(s) in the hospital. A lot of new/inexperienced nurses and travelers. Charge tend to pick and choose patients by acuity and allow regular staff to choose which ones they want. Don't work much as a team, you need to ask for help. Large turn over in staff during my 12 weeks there. The manager does a lot of smiling and nods when you bring concerns to her. 08/14/2019 Housing was approximately 4 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was found own. Housing was located in city of Tallahassee. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3.
- I worked in the OR department(s) in the hospital. The hospital is building an expensive new surgery center. The focus in on the new building so current problems are not addressed. There is a tremendous amount of redundancy and inefficiency at this hospital in its current state. Most of the staff are nice enough. Surgeons have typical surgeon behavior. 10/05/2018 Housing was approximately 1.6 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Formerly Jamaica Palms. Housing was located in city of Tallahassee. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Complex has been recently remodeled with new appliances, flooring etc. It is tiny but in a convenient and safe location.
- I worked in the Neurological Intermediate Care Unit department(s) in the hospital. I was very happy with my time at Tallahassee Memorial. I started off working 60% NIMCU (neuro PCU) and 40% neuro med/surg, and took a second contract after to work exclusively in NIMCU. The management and staff of the floor are great. The unit culture is mostly laid back but competent. Management has your back.
My experience in neuro med/surg was very different than my time in the NIMCU. In med/surg, there is a 10-bed portion of the floor that is a max 5:1 ratio staffed with two nurses, a tech, and a unit secretary. This is split off from the main med/surg neuro floor and functions independently. The main med/surg side has been fluctuating on its number of beds as they've made some rooms semi-privates and then back to private. You may find yourself with a 6:1 ratio on the main side. They were well-staffed with techs for my first contract, but lost a lot of techs on night shift (my shift), and often only had one for the entire floor during my second contract. Tech staffing makes a huge difference because there's no phlebotomy team at the hospital, but techs can draw labs. If they're short on techs, nursing has to pull everything. I wasn't in love with the staffing situation on the floor, but I've seen much worse.
The NIMCU, however, is a different matter entirely. There's a 3-bed mini-NIMCU and a 6-bed main NIMCU. All have monitors and cameras in the rooms, and the NIMCU is staffed by 3 nurses (1 in mini and 2 in main) and a tech-- although on nights where there's only one tech for the floor, NIMCU is usually last priority since they have better nurse ratios. NIMCU has a hard 3:1 ratio cap, which is a breath of fresh air considering I've worked situations where I got stuck with 5:1 in progressive regularly from being short. They take staffing seriously here, though, and will not allow that to happen.
There is a daytime, evening, and night shift ANM. I can only really speak to the evening and night shift ANMs, but they're experienced, knowledgeable, and great to work with. They have a good sense of humor but are also supremely competent, with a background in critical care. The hospital uses a lot of travelers, and everyone on my floor was very welcoming (with the exception of maybe two people who just aren't welcoming to anyone, traveler or not). I can't speak to the situation in the rest of the hospital, but the neuro floor has a culture I would characterize as positive and even fun.
That said, there are some morale issues, largely centered around the pay of staff nurses and techs. The hospital pays absurdly low wages, which leads to them paying a lot more to staff the hospital with travelers. It doesn't make a lot of sense when they could retain staff by paying them more and save money by doing it, but hey. I'm not a hospital administrator.
This is also a teaching hospital, which can be a bit of a pain as there are 3 completely separate resident groups who will sometimes be the attending to your patients, and they're separate from the hospitalist group. Some are easier to contact than others, and you may well need to question some orders. 09/06/2018 Housing was approximately 3 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was private. Housing was located in city of Tallahassee. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4.
- I worked in the FCU department(s) in the hospital. Hospital is dirty. Patient found a roach in baby's crib. Staff responded saying: "Oh yes, we have bugs here, just kill it." No seat covers in bathrooms used by staff. Housekeeping does not clean rooms that well. Breaks are not covered, nurses have to answer patient's calls while on break. Not a good place to work. Travelers not treated the same as staff. Not a good place to work. Cerner is old and needs updating.Received C/S with no anesthesia orders twice. Very different patient care compared to other hospital. I would not want to be a patient there. To me that is always what I ask myself. The answer is NO. 12/06/2016 Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Private housing. Housing was located in city of tallahassee. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Craig's List had very few rooms for rent. Small town, choices are few. Extended Stay America was very expensive, considering it is a simple, boring town. No real "season" in the town. No tourism really.
- I worked in the FCU department(s) in the hospital. MotherBaby unit, nights.The Cerner used is way behind in updates. Travelers get the heaviest assignments.Many travelers there. Staff seem burned out of the constant flow of travelers. When a patient complaints about care, the nurse is always assumed to be guilty. No matter what, nurse's fault. They do not bother to read the nurses' notes and see how many times you were in the room and all the care you did. GUILTY. 3 patient complaints, no matter how trivial and you are OUT! No acuity of patient's done. Your assignment could be high, while others are cruising. Most nurses on the phones and some of the techs online on computers.Patient care techs/aides do not remove Foleys, do not remove IV's, can't pick up a baby from the crib and hand baby to mom, not allowed. Aides/PCA's do weigh the babies. Go figure! They favor the staff and act annoyed when travelers ask for help. Never, I mean never, have I worked at a hospital where my breaks were not covered. They tell you to take your break when you can. HOWEVER, if a patient calls you while you are on your break, you have to stop your break and go help the patient. Even something as simple as wanting water or a baby blanket, aides don't help. You do not clock in and out for breaks. I don't know how that can go on. Many times my break was at 0300 and 0400. Told charge about it, they do not care.I had assignment which was way to hard, beginning of shift I told the charge, nothing done, sorry. That awful and LAST shift, I literally did not sit down until 0300 since 1900. Got to eat at 0400.Due to heavy assignment did no start charting until 0445.Clocked out at 0820. I had heard negative things about TMH from another traveler, but ignored it. Pay was very low.IV's are by gravity, something I had not seen since the late 80's, even with Pitocin. IVPB antibiotics also by gravity.2 days a week no aide on nights. Nurses have to do total care and also draw blood and labs as needed for moms and babies. Nurses living in Tallahassee have not choice, so they put up with it. Only 2 hospitals in Tallahassee, other one is worse. TMH knows they can get away with not treating nurses right. As a traveler, we have no rights. Very sorry I went, passed up other assignments that would have been better. My advice is, listen to travelers that tell you a hospital is not good to travelers. Tallahassee is a boring town. It has no personality at all.Highest consumption of alcohol in the entire state of Fl. Fast crazy drivers too. Sorry I went there. 12/06/2016 Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was N/A. Housing was located in city of Tallahassee. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Did my own housing, rented room in house.
- I worked in the ms/onc department(s) in the hospital. I am not an oncology nurse but I learned a lot while here. Morale was low on the unit but there had been a lot of change just prior to me getting there. After some time there the assignments got better and so all in all I would say that I would go back. I didn't like that there's no lab staff. 01/28/2016 Housing was approximately 2 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was evergreens at mahan. Housing was located in city of tallahassee. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Apartments have nice amenities. 2 clubhouses so even if the apartment isn't the biggest we had room to hang out, play on the pool tables, watch movies, or even just lay out by the pool. Its a college town, which we liked because of football season and there's usually a fest to go to. If you like small town things then this is not a bad place
- I worked in the Emergency department(s) in the hospital. They had opened a brand new emergency center about a year before I worked there in the spring of 2005. Like every other ER it is over crowded with patients that don't need to be there. My recruiter recommended it for me as a good place to start for a new traveler- not if you have never worked in a place of that size 60 bed including there urgent care 09/12/2007 Housing was approximately 3 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was ?????????. Housing was located in city of Tallahassee. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Nice pool, fairly new, close to food and the new wal-mart.
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