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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Blake Medical Center
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|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||2.5|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||2|
|3. Hospital Technology||1.8|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||2.4|
|5. Cafeteria food||2|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||2.2|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||1.9|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||1.6|
|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|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||1.6|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||2.1|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||2.5|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||2.6|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||1.6|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||1.4|
|17. How well staffed are they||1.4|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||1.5|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||1.2|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||1.5|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||38.7(8)||(0)|
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- I worked in the Joint Care Center department(s) in the hospital. I worked in the Joint Care Center (3E) which I need to preface it is a different world from the med/surg and trauma/ortho floors. It is an elective joint floor so most are walky talky and have chosen to be there. It is also becoming a spine floor as well. The orientation was a half day streamlined because as a traveler you have to do most of your training online (40+ hrs). I was happy with this so I could start on the floor asap. The orientation to the floor was minimal and not very helpful! It was rushed and not cohesive. They gave me one full day of orientation and the second I took my own patients with a "shadow" who didn't really help. The orientation was very poor quality. I left the first shift on my own at 2200 because the charting system (meditech) is NOT user friendly and I had barely anytime to get used to it before I had to work on a heavy post op day. All in all you get used to the charting system and the way the floor works it just didn't need to be so much of a struggle in the beginning. I left that first week feeling very frustrated!
I floated to several floors and experienced poor morale and ratios of 6:1 during days with 1 CNA. It is scary! You can't give your patients good care with six patients. There didn't seem to be a lot of team work on these floors. The mentality is your call light goes off, you answer it. It was hard to find help from other nurses and half the staff are travelers or agency. For the floors I floated to: 4East is Trauma/med-surg/Neuro and is a beast of a floor. If you like fast pace, high acuity this is the floor for you. I had 6 patients (3 incontinent) and 1 CNA on the floor. 3 South and 2 North were busy with 6:1 ratios and 1-2 CNAs. The overall opinion of the hospital is there are too many beds for the staff they have. It is a trauma 2 hospital but acts like a trauma 1 and they don't have the staff for it. I didn't enjoy getting in contact with the doctors. Half the time you would page and they wouldn't call back unless you needed a stat call back. It was frustrating to get anything done for your patients and there didn't seem to be any accountability. Overall I wouldn't work for any floor at Blake but the JCC. The hospital is run so backwards and no one hangs around for very long. One thing I do have to say is there were many travelers who came back for a second contract this year and others who wanted to get hired on so not as bad of a place as I thought.
Bradenton as a town is okay! I really liked St. Petersburg and Anna Marie Island. You will have to get used to traffic during high season but amazing weather january through April.
Nurses wear royal blue scrubs 03/30/2018 Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Airbnb. Housing was located in city of Bradenton. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. I would recommend commuting from St. Petersburg, Sarasota or the island. There is more going on and Bradenton doesn't have a ton going on. Bradenton has been described as the red neck town.
- I worked in the PCU department(s) in the hospital. My contract was cancelled after only a month of working here. I am unhappy about this because I paid for my housing in full for 3 months and now and cant be refunded. I feel that the hospital should have known their census would be low before hiring more travel nurses. Other than that, I was pleased with this hospital. My unit seemed to be mainly travelers. I always thought my assignment was fair. Never more than 6 patients, usually 5. If you had a tougher assignment or a lot going on, that was taken into consideration before getting an admission. All the charge nurses were fantastic. Very involved and available. They actually helped instead of sitting on their butts looking at their phones. I was floated 3 times to a med/tele unit and also had a pleasant experience there. My biggest issue was the lack of CNAs. Day shift was always adequately staffed, but at night there was usually only 1 CNA. You are required to do your first set of vitals and if there is only 1 CNA then you have to do them all. I hated that. And we were told to not "overwork" the 1 CNA we had. 06/10/2017 Housing was approximately 27 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Heritage Oaks. Housing was located in city of Sarasota. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. I found the housing myself. Bradenton is a nice place, but I suggest staying in Sarasota if you don't mind a little drive as it is much nicer and closer to better beaches.
- I worked in the MedSurg/Telemetry department(s) in the hospital. Beware of all HCA facilities, especially Blake Medical Center. There was no official orientation, never meet the nurse manager, the floors are manned primarily by travel nurses, and 1:7 nurse to patient ratio. This place is a dangerous joke. I would warn anyone to not go as a traveler or full time staff. I wish I would've did my research before excepting the assignment. Please do your research and demand more money if you plan to travel to this facility. 04/08/2017 Housing was approximately 3.1 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Sun Chase. Housing was located in city of Bradenton. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2. The housing provided was decent. The furniture company used provided furniture loaded with fleas.
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. always had at least 3 patients in the ICU, some post traumas who require around the clock care in the room. Patients constantly died from nursing erros that occured on other floors. PCU nurses floated to the ICU nightly because they were so short of staff. The charting system has not been updated since 1970. and the manager often told several travelers that they were "going to get shut down". doctors did not care at all for the patients, often would blame their mistakes on the nurses to just avoid penalty on them. poorly run and ran on entirely travelers on every floor. cannot keep present employees and will often terminate them for things that do not have anything to do with patient care. they say they are going throught a "revamping of the hospital from the bottom up" but they are actually just full of it because nothing has changed or will change due to the lack of education of the staff, dirty enviorment, poor patient outcome, poor patient ratio, and the doctors who constantly forget to put in orders, and often do not give families or patients vital information...also gave burn patients to nurses who were not certified in burns. RUN!!!!!!! from this place. anyone that tells you its fine obviously does not care about the patients or their lisence. they will not cover you if anything happens they will seek you out and penalize you for things that you did not do. they will give you two patients who need total care and require you to be in the room all day or night and than a fresh trauma. they say they no longer give travelers "traumas" and give them a day with a "nurse" but they will not help you, and you will still get a trauma i promise you that. AVOID this place if you care at all about yourself and others. this is a dangerous place to be. if an agency tries to put you here they do NOT care about you. and the general area surrounding it is unsafe. unless you stay directly on the island. 02/16/2017 Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Tampa Bay extended stay . Housing was located in city of tampa . On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 1.
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. Run from this place. Worse first travel assignment. I was tripled given patients who were traumas and I only know medical ICU. Staff was rude and unhelpful. Never got an orientation day with another nurses. Hospital is dirty and in shambles. Core nursing staff constantly quitting. Runs on all travelers. Do not go here. They will make your life miserable. 02/05/2017 Housing was approximately 200 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Camden . Housing was located in city of Orlando . On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 1. I commented from Orlando and stayed at the best western. There is nothing in Bradenton to do. It's small kind of red neck crowd. Just McDonald's and a fresh market.
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. Scary ratios. Always tripled with assignments in the ICU. Nurses on the floors could have up to 10 (!) patients a night during "season"! Hospital is very dirty and rooms are very small. Double ICU rooms...never have I seen that before, especially having two vented patients in a SMALL room together. Staff was unhelpful and not traveler friendly in the beginning, but towards the end of 13 weeks began to warm up to me. Not much to do in Bradenton at all, but surrounding areas are great (St. Pete, Tampa, Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota) 05/01/2016 Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Riversong Apartments. Housing was located in city of Bradenton. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Nice apartment complex but went through Corporate housing, way too expensive!
- I worked in the Step down department(s) in the hospital. Scary ratios. Period on the step down unit, four was the minimum in relatively rare, it was typically five, in occasionally 6:1. Patients are really ill, super elderly (90-100's) and it was rare that anybody was fully oriented patient wise. I had much easier days when I was floated to ICU. Beautiful area on the gulf coast but tons of traffic during snowbird season. One day it took me an hour to drive 8 miles to the beach. 05/01/2015 Housing was approximately 1 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Solana Vista. Housing was located in city of Bradenton. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Beautiful, updated, pet friendly, tons of amenities. Maintenance staff great
- I worked in the Neuro/Trauma/Ortho department(s) in the hospital. Black hole! Run from this place. They treat travelers like animals. Very very unfair workload. Nurses are saying things like you get housing paid for and you asking stupid questions. OMG never could believe young nurses can be so rude. They are 1-2 years old nurses, they are ruuuude and ignorant. They don't realize that policies are different everywhere and that is why you ask questions to double check things. CN doesn't know MRI can be done with contrast and sized me up for asking if a consent is involved. 03/13/2015 Housing was approximately 8-10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Watermark . Housing was located in city of Bradenton . On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Near Sarasota, exactly downtown Bradenton, you can enjoy urself. Anna Maria, st Pete beach, Tampa, Orlando, Siesta Key all near. Can be a hidden gem.
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