Travel Nursing Hospital Ranking Results

Each ranking will be averaged and updated on a continual basis. The highest score for a hospital is 100.

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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Marian Regional Medical Cener
 Score
(all time)
Score
(within 1 year)
1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff3.63.0
2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?3.54.0
3. Hospital Technology33.5
4. Location (A nice area to live)3.43.5
5. Cafeteria food33.0
6. Parking3.54.5
7. Physical layout of hospital effecient3.23.0
8. Hospital appeal (looks)4.14.0
9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?3.94.5
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?)3.13.5
11. Reputation of the hospital3.43.5
12. How nice are the doctors to staff3.94.0
13. Friendliness of staffing office3.53.5
14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?3.23.0
15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?2.63.0
16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio3.64.0
17. How well staffed are they3.44.0
18. How happy were you with your workload?2.83.0
19. Staff morale (overall)3.13.5
20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?2.63.0
Total Score (number or rankings)66.4(8)71.0(2)
  • I worked in the Tele department(s) in the hospital. I believe that you have one of two experiences here - either you love it or you hate it. I dreaded it. They use a "pod" system which is essentially an alcove of four patient rooms and there is no regard to acuity because its a defined cluster of rooms and they will put any patient in an empty room (read: you may have a really heavy assignment or light assignment - hence the love it/hate it experience). Now to tack onto the inability to group by acuity, the nurse is responsible for vitals, glucose, answering call bells (no secretary to answer call bell, that's you babe, and it goes to your phone which rings until you physically go into the patient's room to turn off the call ball). That's in addition to your nursing task, charting, etc. They technically have CNAs but you have to physically call them for help and hope they are available. They also technically have a free floating charge nurses but they essentially sit up at the front desk and rarely help (i.e. no initiative). Layout is large, inefficient and isolating. Travelers are first to float but that's not surprising. Honestly, I love getting floated because I'd rather work anywhere but tele. They use Cerner for charting, orientation is long but helpful (2 weeks). I was told they self schedule but they don't, mostly saying this in case that's important to you. Honestly, most travelers in tele say they don't like it. They tend to ask travelers to extend early on before you know what the unit is like. Now with all that said, the area is nice. Weather is perfect. You have wineries, the coast, close proximity to some neat areas (Paso Robles, SLO, Santa Barbara, Los Olivos, and Big Sur) for an easy day trip or overnight. Overall, it's one of the worst hospital assignments I've had in the past 2+ years of travel and would strongly consider whether you are ok with being a one woman/man show in an isolated pod... 11/16/2018
  • Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was rv park. Housing was located in city of Pismo. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. RV parks are abundant in Pismo/Oceano and they do monthly. rates I'd recommend the Oceano Pacific Dunes RV park which is right next to the Oceano dunes. Pretty quiet, reasonable rates and coyotes howl when the amtrak passes through at 8pm..
  • I worked in the Emergeny Room department(s) in the hospital. Absolutely LOVED this assignment. The ER is run really well with amazing staff on the night shift who were more than helpful. Ratios are 1:4 or 1:3 depending on if you have a trauma room. Patient population is not very old and many are Spanish speaking. Averaged 200 a day in the ED but the doctors saw the patients quickly and never over worked up a patient. You get one 45 min break and one 30 min break. Never missed a break. I would personally not live in Santa Maria. I lived in Arroyo Grande and it was nice. San Luis Obispo has the most going on with bars and restaurants and itís not a terrible drive down the 101 to work. Highly recommend and the only reason why I didnít extend is because I want to keep traveling different areas. Would definitely come back. 09/21/2018
  • Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Home away. Housing was located in city of Arroyo Grande. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Found housing on home away.
  • I worked in the nicu department(s) in the hospital. most of the nurses in nicu were former travel nurses. Very nice and helpful. I made my own schedule . 12/30/2016
  • Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was LaSage Mobile Home park. Housing was located in city of Grover Beach. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. fully furnished all bills paid by the beach $2000/mo
  • I worked in the MS department(s) in the hospital. No CNA's. Only 4 pts per nurse, but all vital signs, blood sugars, baths etc. done by the assigned nurse. 2 pts. both with diarrhea, one cdiff, one alcoholic brain, both needing 2 people to clean them frequently, is more than I want to experience again. 08/07/2015
  • Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was na. Housing was located in city of Nipomo. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. found my housing on craigslist. lasted one month with an ER staff nurse with a personality disorder. Then found a nicer woman to live with in Nipomo.
  • I worked in the Med Surg department(s) in the hospital. primary nursing model. no nursing assistants. all blood sugars, vital signs, baths, linen changes etc are done by the nurse. that is fine when all patients are independent and not complicated, but it takes sick people to get admitted to the hospital. It's tough. Don't want to work this nursing model again. I always appreciate my CNA's. 07/22/2015
  • Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was na. Housing was located in city of Nipomo. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. I moved in with an ER nurse who found my ad on craigslist. Turned out she was mean little ho girl, cray cray, and a lying person. volunteered her ex-husband to help me unload my vehicle. when I arrived, she told me he had been dead 18 years. needed to get out of there after 1 month. it was traumatic. hard to recover from her abuse. I'm headed back home and putting travel nursing on hold indefinitely.
  • I worked in the CCU department(s) in the hospital. poor assignments for travellers- always get two sickest patients in unit while rest of staff is bored silly. no consistency from night to night. place travellers on call them call you in to get two critical pts in 30 minutes- no one helping out. staff morale at an all te low. can't wait to be out of there 07/08/2015
  • Housing was approximately 6 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was knollwood meadows. Housing was located in city of Orcutt. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. change your locks- many thieves on staff
  • I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. Beautiful facility. The ICU nurses were very skilled and well trained. Most nurses had at least 15 years of dedicated service to the unit. The ICU director was very friendly and accommodating. The only negative was not being able to self schedule on day shift. 10/15/2014
  • Housing was approximately none mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was none. Housing was located in city of none. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Took the housing stipend
  • I worked in the Med/Surg department(s) in the hospital. On the unit I was assigned to (med/surg), everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. That being said, be aware that travelers are the first to get floated. They float to Tele and the ED...whether they have ACLS or not. They do try to keep the Med/Surg ratio 4:1, but the also no longer staff CNAs so you are doing total care. Still on paper charting but starting their Cerner conversion in January. The area is beautiful but not a whole lot going on. You are, however, centrally located 2-4 hours from all major CA cities (San Fran, LA, San Diego). I lived close to the hospital which was convenient but the recommended areas to live are Pismo Beach and Shell Beach. Its worth the 25 min or so drive. 11/17/2013
  • Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Parke Orcut. Housing was located in city of Santa Maria. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Nice community but try to snag a place at the beach!
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