Travel Nursing Hospital
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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac 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?||2|
|3. Hospital Technology||2|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||2.5|
|5. Cafeteria food||3.5|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||3.5|
|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?)||3|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||3|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||3.5|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||3.5|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||3|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||1.5|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||2|
|17. How well staffed are they||2|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||2|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||2.5|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||2|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||54(2)||(0)|
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- I worked in the CVTU department(s) in the hospital. Now known as Astria Regional Medical Center. They use paper charting with Pulse and Patient Touch. Largely these systems do not communicate with each other and I found it very un-user friendly and difficult to navigate. They are due for a Cerner conversion this summer/fall. The hospital relies on travelers and often there are more travelers than core staff on the schedule any given day. The CVTU is a single stay unit so often there are lots of step down status patient which the travelers usually take. This means you will have 3-4 patients while post op patients are 1:1 for 24 hours. Usually there is a tech who will take vitals but not always. Travelers always float first, and you do not get modified assignments on the floor so you will take 4-5 on the floors. I was here during a transition where they were combining the CVTU and ICU staff and doing a lot of cross training, so I did not float very much. I did float routinely between the 2 ICUs which I did not mind at all. The hospital is old and the ICU rooms are very small. Travelers fill in scheduling holes so we do not self schedule, but we are permitted to request days off which were personally always granted. There are a lot of outdated practices in place here and at times I felt like we were doing disservices or hindering patient outcomes. The lack of response could be frustrating as a patient advocate. There are a lot of locum physicians who only stay for a few weeks at a time, which makes continuity of care and implementation of best practices difficult. They are working on it but this comes off years of problems so it will take time. I had one false accusation from a staff member regarding my behavior but otherwise I got along well with all the staff and they all seemed nice. Night shift is very laid back and easy to get along with. There are some major attitude problems among some of the day shift staff which are acknowledged even by the full time staff. 05/21/2018 Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was private housing. Housing was located in city of Gleed. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Housing is very, very difficult to find in Yakima. I put an ad out on craigslist and rented a basement unit from a family. In general, it's suggested you stay west of 40th street if you stay in the city of Yakima itself as there is a lot of crime and gang activity. The west side of the city is pretty and there are a lot of rural areas within a short drive from the hospital.
- I worked in the CVTU department(s) in the hospital. I worked in a very large teaching hospital with the highest acuity in the country before coming here and Yakima only gave me stepdown patients who were about to be discharged, they never let me have an intubabted pt, the layout of the unit is poor, it's an old post partum unit so the rooms are huge but some are very far from the nurses station. They paper chart but have on the computer labs, doctor orders, and eMAR, so it's half and half and not efficient. The staffing ratio's are poor, one weekend it was two nurses one tech for 8 patients, they call you daily for overtime. Most of the staff was friendly and helpful to travelers, others were just rude at times. The surgeon and NP were amazing but good luck finding a different doctor if you have a border, I had to call 4 different doctors once just to find the right one. 11/18/2014 Housing was approximately 3 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Townhouse. Housing was located in city of Yakima. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. The townhouse was nice, furnished in a good part of town. Yakima itself is not a good place. Dangerous, lots of car break ins. I heard there are a lot of gangs but I felt safe where I was. Stay West of 40th and you'll be fine is what I was told. It's nice if you like outdoors. There are trails and it's only about 1.5 hours from Mt. Rainier. 2.5 to Seattle and 3 to Portland. But there's not a lot of night life unless you want to risk getting in a fight with some drunk townies.
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