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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Avera St. Mary's
(all time)
(within 1 year)
1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff4
2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?3.5
3. Hospital Technology2.5
4. Location (A nice area to live)1
5. Cafeteria food3
6. Parking4
7. Physical layout of hospital effecient2
8. Hospital appeal (looks)2.5
9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?1.5
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?)4
11. Reputation of the hospital2
12. How nice are the doctors to staff4.5
13. Friendliness of staffing office3
14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?3
15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?2.5
16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio3
17. How well staffed are they1.5
18. How happy were you with your workload?3
19. Staff morale (overall)2
20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?1.5
Total Score (number or rankings)54(2)(0)
  • I worked in the OR department(s) in the hospital. The OR charge was just a nasty person. She acted nice to your face but would stab you in the back to the manager, which is another story herself. She had been fired for twisting a patients testicles in Rapid City so Avera thought her mean, vile attitude is just what they needed. Turnover is high, employee morale is in the dirt, many are there just to get verifiable experience and leave for a better environment. 08/28/2016
  • Housing was approximately 1 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was A bed and breafast. Housing was located in city of Pierre. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. Housing in this town is horrendous. No clean options. One apartment owner showed us a room with a broken bed frame and a piss stained mattress. The hookers are out in droves when the state legislature meets.
  • I worked in the Critical Care department(s) in the hospital. So this facility is undergoing a LOT GROWING PAINS from a corporate buyout within the last year. Prior to Avera buying them out they were run by Catholic Health Initiatives for the last 124 yrs, yes I said 124. As with any takeover from a corporate perspective the first thing Avera did was replace existing management from the top down. This wrinkled a lot of feathers from what I can gather. With that being said Avera is taking tremendous steps to bring this hospital up to current national standards. I don't think it would be fair to continue without letting you know that their JAHCO accreditation is in a conditional status because there were so many things that the former CHI was not in compliance with. Avera unfortunately, stepped into a steaming pile of crap and took the hit for this. With that being said they are actively re-inventing the wheel and trying to get the staff to buy into it. This in itself is the biggest problem right now for this facility, it is like time has stood still for most of them. The majority of the staff have only ever worked for this hospital which spans their entire career, so they are very reluctant to any sort of change. They literally do not realize that some of their prior practices did more harm than good. Also, in speaking with a lot of staff from various departments they did not realize or were very blasé in their attitudes of "what if" the hospital lost it's accreditation status. Most of the responses I received were, "well it's not like they will shut us down because we are the only larger facility around for hundreds of miles." When I informed them that YES that is exactly what would happen because they would no longer be able to bill for care I was met with dumbfounded silence, with emphasis added on the dumb part. This could truly be a great hospital if they cold get the staff on board. Meditech is the EMR they use, which is adequate at best. 07/24/2014
  • Housing was approximately 1 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Private. Housing was located in city of Pierre. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. Housing is non-existent in this town, there are a few short term rental places here, but I would not wish them on my worst enemy. I ended up renting a room in a house from a lady who although was nice, was completely bat**** crazy.
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