Travel Nursing Hospital
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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Alta Bates Medical Center
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|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||1.5||1.0|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||1.4||1.0|
|3. Hospital Technology||2.4||1.8|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||2.6||2.8|
|5. Cafeteria food||2.2||1.5|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||2.2||1.5|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||2||1.2|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||2||2.2|
|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||2.0|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||2.2||1.5|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||2.6||2.2|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||1.8||1.2|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||1.5||1.0|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||2.2||1.2|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||2.3||1.8|
|17. How well staffed are they||2.2||1.5|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||2.1||1.2|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||1.7||1.0|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||1.5||1.0|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||40.8(13)||30.1(4)|
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- I worked in the Labor and delivery department(s) in the hospital. Extremely unfriendly to travelers. Unfair workload, never willing to help, and very clicky staff. I was floated to their severely understaffed antepartum unit almost 2 times a week my entire contract. There was an uneccesary amount of admission paperwork and charting as well. RUN! 11/30/2016 Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Airbnb. Housing was located in city of El cerrito. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. I found a furnished studio on airbnb
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. Felt the manager was deceitful in interview... Stated would rarely float and I ended up float the majority of my shifts(frequently floated twice a shift) where I almost always had an admit(s). Full time staff in ICU (not all) lazy and poor resources. Constant problems with payroll. Consider cleanliness subpar. No techs at night on the floors and no phlebotomy at Berkeley campus. Must float to Oakland campus if need be... BUT lots of opportunity for overtime. 05/21/2016 Housing was approximately 2 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Duplex Private. Housing was located in city of Berkeley. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Difficult to find affordable housing in the area. Many scams on Craigslist...
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. This is by far, the WORST hospital I have ever, EVER worked in. If someone offered you lots of money to work here, know it's because they are so horribly understaffed and your license will be on the line EVERY time you walk through the doors. The ICU manager, and the assistant manager, do not care at all about travelers. Or their own staff for that matter. I was told in the interview I would work ICU and they were so short staffed I wouldn't float. I've been here 3 weeks, and have been in ICU once, as a sitter for a med surg patient. I float to the tele floor and med surg every shift, floating after 8 hours to a different assignment on a different floor. This ICU is a joke, and even the staff hate it here. They are hostile, mean, and very unpleasant to work with. This place sucks. 04/16/2016 Housing was approximately 2.5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was The Aquatic. Housing was located in city of Berkeley. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. New building, awesome managers.
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. This is a contract year and it shows. Staff are openly hostile to travelers. There was much talk of a strike in the break room, to the extent that several travelers commented on how uncomfortable it made them, and even some of the staff refused to be there. Aside from the contract negotiations, this hospital is slated to close before 2020, per the email sent to staff by the CEO. The ICU has been through 2 managers, two interim managers, and is currently being (mis)managed by someone who everyone hopes won't last. Toward the end of my contract, I was floated at least once per shift, and sometimes twice. Staff work 8 hr shifts while travelers work 12s, hence the frequent floating. I was floated between the Berkeley and Oakland campuses throughout ICU, tele, and medsurg. The scheduler does every department's schedule for two campuses and does not heed any traveler requests. If you put it in your contract for certain dates off, you may still have to fight for them. This was the first time I'd ever wished to be canceled, but I stuck it out to the end despite unsafe working conditions such as unbalanced assignments, little support, and the manager consistently refusing to allow patients to be 1:1 despite doctors orders (and the fall rate and number of sentinel events during the first quarter of 2016 support my statement). It's only gotten worse since I finished my contract, according to those still there. 03/25/2016 Housing was approximately 15 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Apartments. Housing was located in city of San Pablo. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 1. N/a
- I worked in the ICU department(s) in the hospital. Staff are hostile toward travelers. I was floated often and only once was I oriented to the different floor. The scheduler schedules every unit and does a horrible job of it. The acuity is very low and there are very few interventions at this hospital. There is a high rate of turnover with staff and lots of travelers throughout the hospital. 01/04/2016 Housing was approximately 20 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was I got my own housing . Housing was located in city of Richmond . On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 1. None
- I worked in the labor and delivery department(s) in the hospital. If you have transportation, stay at the extended stay in Alameda, it's beautiful and very safe. Avoid Oakland extended stay. Overall, rns on staff were okay but resentful and did not make you feel welcome.
Well staffed and safe working environment. 06/24/2015 Housing was approximately 10? mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Extended Stay. Housing was located in city of Alameda. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Marina location, very safe and nice. Full-size fridge, plenty of parking. No pool/hot tub. No food services other than grab and go breakfast (fruit, muffins, oatmeal, coffee, tea), but close to grocery store, Target, small restaurants.
- I worked in the Tele department(s) in the hospital. Unfriendly. Try to float you to areas you have no experience. Disorganized. Staff has a terrible attitude. There's a reason they pay more and IT's NOT worth it.
04/17/2015 Housing was approximately 4 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Extended stay. Housing was located in city of Emoryville. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 1. Noisy, dirty housing. Yuk.
- I worked in the Med Surg department(s) in the hospital. Hospitals are in unsafe areas. Horribly disorganized orientation. Tried to get me to do modules off the clock. CNA's are useless. Staff are backstabbers. There is no phlebotomy so you have to do it. They pull you every 4 hours; sometimes to other hospitals. The parking sucks. The shuttle service is unreliable. Then they yell at you for being late. This is the only contract I've ever cancelled. The 'housing' wasn't fit for a dog. 12/18/2014 Housing was approximately 1 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was airbnb. Housing was located in city of Oakland. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 1.
- I worked in the Acute Rehab department(s) in the hospital. Night shift was wonderful. Staff was good. Day shift staff bad. Beautiful coast and beaches. Small town communities. 10/11/2014 Housing was approximately .5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was My cousin's rental. Housing was located in city of Grover Beach. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Found my own
- I worked in the ED department(s) in the hospital. ER RN traveler 16 wk DAY assignment. Biggest mistake was signing such a long contract. Staff very unfriendly, and the everyday goal appeared to be to sabotage the travelers referred to as "you people." Some examples are: high acuity patients triaged to one assignment (travelers beds filled before regular staff), scheduled every other day some rotations, always scheduled to work every weekend, manager responsible for submitting time to agency repeatedly "missing" your time card and not submitting, expected to perform "billing" responsibilities to name a few. Overall, staff lacks the ability to fuction professionally. There have been 2 strikes in less than a year that I'm aware of and currently recruiting. Patient population comparable to any city ED, most were pleasent to care for. 02/16/2014 Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Private. Housing was located in city of Orinda. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Cottage
- I worked in the Oncology/MS/Tele department(s) in the hospital. I did an assignment and they put me on the Oncology unit. Duh, I had NO oncology experience. Then they pulled me to Telemetry unit, again I had no tele experience. When you call your recruiter and tell her these things she becomes "dumb" playing the I didn't know roll. Some of the Nurses are very nice and others who are pissed that travelers come and work the strike they try to set you up by ordering blood WITHOUT a doctor's order and trying to
get you to transfuse it, ordering medications that the doctor didn't even order. They are a mess to work for. California law has nurse patient ratios, and the way they get around that for travelers is from 7-11 they will pull you to another unit and give you 5 patients and at 11 until 7 they will pull you again and give you 5 more patients so in one night you will have a total of 10 patients. If you plan to work there WATCH YOUR BACK because they will try to set you up and make you lose your license and if you are doing an assignment with ACES there,they will NOT back you up........... 12/09/2013 Housing was approximately 45 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Extended Staty. Housing was located in city of San Ramon. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 1. Extended Stay was ok but it was too far from the hospital, front door opened to the interstate. I'm glad the I-5 sniper was in jail at the time.
- I worked in the NICU department(s) in the hospital. Many of the staff are very unfriendly towards the travelers because they thought we were there for a strike. They do not allow you to use your skills and they have some very "unique" policies associated with how they address issues with family. 04/09/2013 Housing was approximately 30 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was extended stay america. Housing was located in city of Pleasanton. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. My housing was ok. It was safe and functional. However, several travelers were housed in less safe areas.
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