Travel Nursing Hospital
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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Banner Desert Medical Center
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|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||3.9||3.5|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||3||2.0|
|3. Hospital Technology||3.1||2.5|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||4||3.0|
|5. Cafeteria food||3.7||4.0|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||3.7||3.5|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||3.8||3.0|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||3.7||2.0|
|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?)||3.1||1.5|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||3.6||2.5|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||3.4||3.0|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||3.8||3.0|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||3.5||4.0|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||3.5||3.0|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||3.8||3.0|
|17. How well staffed are they||3.8||3.5|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||3.8||3.0|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||3.3||2.5|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||3.2||2.5|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||72(13)||59.0(2)|
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- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. I was hired for nights in the medical/trauma ICU. I and all the other travelers were floated quite frequently - to the neuro/trauma ICU, pcu/tele floors and sometimes ER (ICU or tele holds, did not get any orientation down in ER and felt very unsafe to float there, lots of complaints from us travelers to management about floating to ER). they opened up PACU for 4 ICU overflow beds every now and then that we would have to float to. good experience when on my home unit or the neuro/trauma ICU, staff very friendly and used to travelers coming through. only downside to banner, they seem to hire lots of travelers for the busy winter season to basically help "staff" and cover the entire hospital essentially...was not aware of how often we were going to have to float. 03/27/2019 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was AirBNB. Housing was located in city of Chandler. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. housing very difficult to find during jan - april due to spring training and snowbirds coming for winter. although I did get lucky to find an airbnb, there are some furnished apartments in the area that are willing to do 3 month leases for travel nurses. hope this review helps!
- I worked in the NICU department(s) in the hospital. Travelers in the NICU are put in the "continuing care nursery 90% of the time. It was all kids working on PO feeds or withdrawl kids. Towards the end I was floated at least 2 shifts a week to PICU or the floor. 10/08/2018 Housing was approximately 6 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was na. Housing was located in city of Mesa. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. I found my own housing.
- I worked in the surgical PCU department(s) in the hospital. I only had two out of 13 full weekends off. All other weekends I was scheduled for either a Friday night and Sunday night, Saturday night and Sunday night, or a Friday night, despite being told in the beginning that I would only be required to work every other weekend. Apparently, if I was scheduled a Friday night and a Sunday night but had Saturday night off in between, then that was considered my weekend off. They also do their own unnecessary criminal background checks, despite the fact that your agency has done background checks, so it's a lot more work in aggravation and waiting around to get cleared to start your job. The cafeteria food is bad and there is not much to choose from but the core staff seems to think it's awesome, probably just because they don't know any better. On a positive note, I will say that parking is great, there is a small employee parking garage with a connector walkway to the building. 03/16/2018 Housing was approximately 3 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Private house. Housing was located in city of Mesa. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Found housing from travel rn facebook page
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. The staff in the ICU were awesome, and included you as one of their own. You could self- schedule and they were pretty flexible with you. I floated a lot to other tele floors, and also as CT transporter (I don't think they do this anymore though). The hospital was also allowed to call you off up to 24 hours a week if the census was low, but you could also pick up overtime just as easy. The area was nice, and the hospital was right off the highway so it was easy to access from anywhere. I didn't have an issue with any of the doctors, one was actually from my state and invited me to his house for game day with his family! 07/23/2017 Housing was approximately 8 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was private housing. Housing was located in city of tempe. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2.
- I worked in the Pediatric department(s) in the hospital. This is my third time traveling to this hospital and I love it! The staff has been kind to me from the very start, and now I feel almost like family. :) The travelers are the first to float, and I have floated to some of the other pediatric floors as well as NICU (which I am used to). I did have appropriate orientation to the NICU, the other peds floors are practically identical, so I didn't have any additional orientation for those. The majority of the doctors are friendly and treat me the same as any of the other nurse (I feel they listen to me and are respectful). 02/22/2017 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Park Meadows. Housing was located in city of Gilbert. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. We found our own housing, it is close to downtown Gilbert and shopping/stores we like. Also close to parks and the local library.
- I worked in the CVICU department(s) in the hospital. Staff was very friendly and welcoming. The unit had just been moved to a different location in the hospital and there were some changes going on with management so morale was a bit low. Many nurses have either already transferred or are currently trying to transfer to the Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa. The manager on the unit will take patients frequently and so will the charge nurse. Because of the low staffing there are many opportunities for travelers to get experience with some very sick patients. They will only float you up to one step below your specialty. For me, that was the cardiac step down unit. 06/01/2016 Housing was approximately 16 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was District at Mountain Vista. Housing was located in city of Mesa. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Love living here. Friendly staff close to hiking. A bit far from town but still relatively close to things to do.
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. The area is a great area. I always felt safe. There is a parking garage for staff which helps to keep car cool during summer days. The hospital is a large one and I felt the patients were nice, facility was nice, and overall nursing staff was very nice to work with. My biggest complaints are the physicians and how they treat the nursing staff. A lot of arrogant doctors are there. I did not care for their attitudes as I've always worked where we all show respect to each other to help the patient.
The ICU is expanding and there are changes and things that need to be worked out in order for it to run more smoothly. The charting system is Cerner. I would work here again, but not as a first choice. 01/21/2016 Housing was approximately 6 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Desert Mirage Apartments. Housing was located in city of Gilbert. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. The apartments chosen for me were very nice. I chose corporate housing. I was ten minutes from the hospital and it was a safe area. One downside is the complex was undergoing renovations. It could be loud in the daytime because of this but overall it was a quiet and nice complex.
- I worked in the Emergency department(s) in the hospital. I had an amazing experience as a first time traveler at Banner Desert. I worked a 12 week assignment in the Emergency Department. Banner Desert ED was an amazing place to work. The staff were kind, fun and quality nurses. The ratio of nurse to patient is appropriate and can change based on acuity of the patients. The doctors and nurses seem to have a good relationship. I was always treated with respect and no one seemed to treat me any different than the core staff as a travel RN. They use Cerner charting which was easy to navigate even though it was my first time using that system. The location is easy to access and the cafeteria is excellent. Cafeteria hours are good for night shift. There was not an ability to really add to my skills there as they would not allow travelers to train for certain procedures (such as IV ultrasound starts), etc. I am versed in this skill and have done it at other facilities but was not able to go through the "Banner" training to be able to do this. I do think that had I been able to extend my contract they would have allowed me to become "competent" in peripheral IV starts with US guidance. I was offered to extend and would have absolutely loved to but was unable to due to family demands at home. I would return to Banner Desert in a heartbeat and genuinely miss working there. My biggest complaint was the boarding of patients in the ED overnight. I know many nurses are used to this, however, I came from an ED that a long "hold" was 4 hours or so....not 24. I often had to function as a floor nurse in the ED which is not usually enjoyed by any ED nurse I know. Patients would become slightly frustrated being stuck in curtained rooms of the ED overnight, but were almost always respectful and kind despite. Again, this was not a major hindrance in enjoying the assignment. Banner Desert was an excellent place to work as a travel RN. They are welcoming and competent with a population that is pleasant as well as medically intriguing. 04/20/2015 Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was n/a. Housing was located in city of Mesa. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. I found my own housing in a room of a single home residence.
- I worked in the CVICU department(s) in the hospital. When I spoke to the Sr. Clinical Manager for my interview I questioned their policy of calling off traveler's once per week. I was assured that this does not happen often and all efforts to let me work would happen. I have been here 7 weeks and have been cancelled 3 times with no end to this in sight over the next 6 weeks. 11/27/2014 Housing was approximately 16 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was RV park. Housing was located in city of AJ. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. I found my own housing.
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. I really liked the hospital a lot! Orientation was long but it did prepare you for working at Banner Desert. The staff in the ICU was incredible (on nights) and they treated you like any other ICU nurse which was good! I was able to put in my own schedule and they pretty much gave me whatever I wanted as far as that went. Excellent group of people and the intensivists were amazing minus one. I floated once to a tele unit that used to be the old ICU they opened when they were full. It only had 6 beds so I had 3 and was with one other RN. Was an easy float. 10/23/2014 Housing was approximately 20 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Citi on Camelback. Housing was located in city of Phoenix. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. I asked to be placed in the city. It was an excellent location with great housing, safe, garage, pool and hot tub. It was close to old town scottsdale, downtown phoenix, and the Biltmore district. It was a commute but only because I was going the same way everyone else was with traffic. Otherwise without, it took me 20 minutes.
- I worked in the PICU and Peds float pool department(s) in the hospital. The Picu staff were great. Float pool was ok. They do lie about the float policy, but mostly was a good place to work. I always take a housing stipend as I travel with my family and it is easier. 11/20/2008 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Lakeview at Superstition Springs. Housing was located in city of Mesa. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Very poor maintance. Claim they have staffing issues, but don't seem to do anything to fix them like hire more staff.
- I worked in the med-surg tele department(s) in the hospital. n/a 08/28/2008 Housing was approximately 20 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was n/a. Housing was located in city of Scottsdale. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5.
- I worked in the NICU department(s) in the hospital. They will lie to you about float policy. Will tell you that you will float in line with core staff and that you will be oriented to areas that you will float to. Both of these are a lie. Regular staff told me that mgmt lies to travelers about this all the time. Also, charting with Cerner Millinium, which is the most screwed up charting I have ever used. 08/04/2008 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Stonebridge Ranch. Housing was located in city of Chandler. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Very friendly staff. Beautiful complex which is well maintained. Pet friendly. Dog park in complex and proof of vaccinations required, so your dog is protected. Also, lots of other great dog parks in area. Only allows Direct TV as cable, although Cox is in the area. Repair service for cable takes forever and often several visits, before they get it right. No credit when service out for days at a time.
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