Travel Nursing Hospital
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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: university of Maryland medical center
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(within 1 year)
|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||4|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||3.4|
|3. Hospital Technology||3.2|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||2.8|
|5. Cafeteria food||3.6|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||3.8|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||4.6|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||2.4|
|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?)||2.2|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||3.6|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||4|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||4|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||3.4|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||3|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||4.6|
|17. How well staffed are they||3.6|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||4|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||3.4|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||3.2|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||68.8(5)||(0)|
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- I worked in the PACU department(s) in the hospital. Hope you love boarding patients - especially ICU patients and patients who scheduled their surgery weeks ahead of time expecting to be admitted to a room. Also ancient Doppler machines (all three look like a radio from 1972 & share mostly static). As a traveler don’t expect any down time other than your lunch break (a whole hour is actually nice) as staff will give travelers the assignments while several staff members may actually have none or be up for the next patient (not surprising). Don’t expect much help while checking in patients to a bed (standard at most PACUs is for help to arrive to connect patient to monitors, turn & reposition patients while primary nurse takes report) and then you can’t be disappointed. Be blessed if your badge will sign you into a computer (mine didn’t and was not able to be fixed). The staffing office in charge of travelers is nice & friendly overall. Don’t carry any significant valuables into the hospital on your way in, not overly safe are of town. 03/24/2019 Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Found an apartment through Furnished Finder - janky. Housing was located in city of Baltimore/Bayview. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. I did not get corporate housing - though many that did had an apartment only a 7-10 minute walk from the hospital.
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. University of Maryland Midtown campus ICU was my first assignment. If it weren't for suggestions of other travelers I would've stopped traveling altogether. Though the staff are nice the unit is horribly understaffed. Both shifts several nurses will end up tripled. Being floated to other units is a regular occurrence, and be prepared to also be pulled to the ER. Perks included that the facility is teaching, so residents were on unit all night. However patient flow of the facility is a joke, and nursing administration/staffing office is deplorable. The facility also uses Meditech. 12/03/2015 Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Air bnb. Housing was located in city of Baltimore. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Rents are extremely high in areas such as Canton in fells point. But you have to be extremely careful about where you choose housing in Baltimore. There are some fantastic places in the city to live in some that are dangerous.
- I worked in the Surgical Intermediary Care department(s) in the hospital. I really love this place. I've been a nurse for 11 years and have worked about 5 travel assignments, and a whole lot of local agency gigs. Mostly, I took travel assignments in places I was thinking about actually residing in, so, my travel assignments are minimal because I always got hired on as permanent staff. Their requirements are stiff, but that could be because it's relatively easy to get a Maryland license nowadays, so I think the filtering process gets done by the actual facility itself. For the most part, my credentialing paperwork was flagged for issues with semantics (UMMC seems terrified of being sued, but in these litigious times, I guess you can't blame them for that). For example, (and this is just one example) I had to get two physicals done because on the documentation that my last facility used to describe an employee as being fit to work it stated "the employee appears to be free of all communicable diseases". UMMC wanted something that said I was definitely free of communicable diseases-they didn't like the "appears" part. How you would know that I was certainly free of any diseases without a whole body CT scan is beyond me, but, oh well, they accepted the second physical, and my company reimbursed me for both. It could be that my agency failed to communicate the specifics in detail, but preparing for my assignment was a HUGE P.I.A., and my start date was delayed by a week. I usually keep a folder of required docs for assignments that I just fax in and start-no fuss, no muss, but I really had to extend a lot of effort to actually start this assignment. Just FYI-use any paperwork that your agency sends you with the UMMC logo or hospital letterhead, because, to them, it doesn't matter if you've had a million TB tests, FIT tests or physicals in the past year. If the documentation you provide doesn't say EXACTLY what they want to hear, it's basically worthless. Just keep that in mind. Once I had vaulted those hurdles, however, the experience was one of the best. When I went to orientation, I was expecting the usual "rah-rah, we love our facility" cheerleading chant that I'm always subjected to during these new hire get togethers that, I swear, has been published in some underground running script for employers that they will gladly regurgitate ad nauseam in an almost robotic fashion. But, I was suprised when every department naturally exuded a happy enthusiasm when discussing what they referred to as "the health system." Sounds kinda like the Stepford Wives, I know, but really, they all seemed genuinely happy. And their CNO is really amazing. Down to earth, and very personable, yet highly professional. I left orientation with high hopes after hearing about this community of hospital employees that they described as their "own little neighborhood"(made me think of Sesame Street), but was still a bit skeptical, of course, I mean, it's not like I was born yesterday. After working there for about six weeks, I gotta say, it really is like Sesame Street, and that's not meant as a negative description, either. I just mean that, as a mother to a 5 year old, I've been recently subjected to SesStreet lately, and I always thought after watching the show, wouldn't it be cool if there actually were communities like that in this world? Well, welcome to UMMC. Everyone, from the surgeons to the nurses, to the transport and kitchen staff, and even security (who are paid to appear stern and semi unthrilled) are super friendly and helpful. Sure, there are some people who may strike you as a bit suspicious of you, especially as an outsider, but it takes minimal effort to even win them over. Everyone seems honestly happy to be a part of that community. The facility itself is gorgeous. They actually built a building around the original hospital structures, encapsulating it, which adds to that "small city within a city" kinda feel. It's also university based and has Magnet status, so if you come from that kind of backround, you don't feel intrusive bringing your knowledge with you (although, it's never good to overdo it, in any situation). If you are open to what they have to offer, they are genuinely interested in what you have to share. That being said, I'll proceed to the downside, which, really, is very minimal considering their good points. Upfront, just know that parking sucks. If you deposit, like, 20 bucks it's still 8 dollars a day to park. Just know that. And beware of certain routes to the hospital that involve the highways because you can get hit with a toll. Even if it's only a 15 minute trip from where you're staying-I kid you not, and Baltimore's public transit system is very limited, even if it is really cheap. Another completely unrelated downside is, if you work on a monitored floor they do not have tele transport, so if you can't get an order to transport your patient "off tele", you HAVE to go with them, which can be rather time consuming. But seriously, those are my only two gripes. Even if Baltimore isn't the most exciting city you can think of, I would seriously consider this assignment, just for the experience of working in this facility 12/23/2013 Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Skylarke Pointe. Housing was located in city of Parkville. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4.
- I worked in the Peds department(s) in the hospital. Like all hospitals there are a few people who do not like outsiders. But the majority of the staff was very friendly and receptive. My husband and I are both travelers and we have enjoyed the Baltimore area as well as DC sites. 03/07/2008 The name of the housing complex was n/a. Housing was located in city of baltimore. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 1. My husband and I chose to stay in our RV, so we did not use the housing
- I worked in the CSICU department(s) in the hospital. staff was very nice, Nurse manager is not personable at all..but oh well..did get floated a few times, not a big deal.. pt's are chronic at best, but alot of new technology is experimented on pt's..i do mean experimented 12/20/2007 Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was ashton woods. Housing was located in city of ellicott city. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. in apt complex, housing had mold under counter in kitchen when we moved in,, oh and our house got broken into during the day, as well as all others on our floor, when at work, taking 5 bucks in change and an ipod..nice work guys!!
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