Travel Nursing Hospital
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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Kindred Hospital Los Angeles
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|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||3||3.0|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||2||2.0|
|3. Hospital Technology||1||1.0|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||1||1.0|
|5. Cafeteria food||1||1.0|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||1||1.0|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||1||1.0|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||2||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?)||2||2.0|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||1||1.0|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||2||2.0|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||3||3.0|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||2||2.0|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||1||1.0|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||1||1.0|
|17. How well staffed are they||1||1.0|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||1||1.0|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||2||2.0|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||1||1.0|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||32(1)||32.0(1)|
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- I worked in the Med/Surg-Telemetry department(s) in the hospital. To put it bluntly: this place is horrible. Let's start with ratios. California has safe staffing ratios for a reason. To keep costs down, and hack the safe staffing limits, the facility utilizes team nursing. This means there is one RN, one LVN, and one CNA assigned to a group of nine patients. While the LVN takes care of all the oral/tube meds, injections, and wound care, the RN is left to take care of all the IV medications, all the assessments, and all the charting of the assessments. This may seem "okay", but then you quickly realize that the charting system they have (it's their company-owned proprietary charting solution called ProTouch) is highly unintuitive and it's a challenge to truly find data when you really need it.
So let's turn to medication administration. This place does not have medication scanning or a Pyxis/Omnicell, so it lacks that safety net to help prevent medication errors. Instead, the pharmacy drops off "bins" that are kept in "cabinets" in each of the patient rooms. If you're working nights and you need something that isn't there, prepare to go through the most inefficient process ever to get something out of a locked "after-hours" room. And, if something isn't available? Too bad! Just do without.
As far as the appearance of the place, it's very run down. The place needs a remodeling desperately. But, despite this, because they have a great sales team, it's always fully packed.
At this point I turn to what has to be the most dangerous aspect of being a patient in this hospital: isolation precautions. In this place, they regularly place a patient on contact isolation for MRSA, VRE, CRE, and/or C.Diff in a room with a clean patient that has none of these. Everyone just groans and says "Welcome to Kindred" whenever you raise an eyebrow about potentially placing a patient in harm's way due to the potential for spreading one of these to the patient.
If you thought that paper charting was dead, this is where it came to die. Seriously, they still have paper charts that you have to check in addition to the electronic chart because some physicians still write progress notes AND ORDERS in the paper chart.
Finally, this place is big on controlling costs. What does this mean to you? Well, don't expect to find a well stocked supply room. What does that mean? Well, it means that you'll have to go through the process of calling security to open purchasing to then search the purchasing office for the supply you're looking for. And if they don't have it in stock? Tough, just do without.
If I was to summarize how I feel after one evening there, it would be frustrated as hell. It's hard not to be frustrated when your standard of care is up here and their ability to provide care is down here. There is a lot wrong here, and you can probably get brownie points by reporting all of the problems you encounter to management; but you'll probably get labeled by the other staff if you do. This place needs travelers because, according to what I was told, they wear out the better nurses and they go somewhere else once they've had their fill. As for me, it's why I didn't renew.
05/16/2017 Housing was approximately 20 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Ashton. Housing was located in city of Studio City. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Cost for a 1/1 is approximately $2200 per month, but it's a newer building, has garage parking, and nice apartments. Every unit has washer/dryer, spacious closets, spacious bathroom, gas appliances/heat, and a nice balcony you can have a table and chairs in.
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