Travel Nursing Hospital
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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Kent
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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?||2.8||3.0|
|3. Hospital Technology||2.6||2.5|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||3.4||4.5|
|5. Cafeteria food||2.8||2.5|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||2.4||2.0|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||2.2||2.0|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||1.8||2.5|
|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?)||2.8||3.5|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||2.6||2.5|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||3.4||3.0|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||3||3.0|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||2.8||3.0|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||2.4||2.5|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||2.4||2.0|
|17. How well staffed are they||2.6||1.5|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||2.4||2.0|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||2.2||2.5|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||2.2||2.5|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||53(5)||51.5(2)|
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- I worked in the Emergency department(s) in the hospital. I have taken 2 assignments at this hospital extending each time. The staff in the ED are exceptionally nice to travelers, unlike some of my other assignments. The relationship between nurse to docs is the best I have ever witnessed. The ED is rather large in comparison to the rest of the hospital size. We had ED boarders almost every shift, worse during flu season. There were times it felt unsafe as far as nurse to pt ratios, but that was not every shift. The staff is willing to help each other as much as possible. It was often a problem with not having enough staff on the floors to be able to send admitted pt's upstairs and therefore increasing ED wait times. The parking situation needs definite improvement! I more often than not had security drive me to my car because I left my shift in the middle of the night. The computer system is cerner and not difficult to learn. The orientation process seemed a little excessive, but in the same sense it was easy money. Overtime is allowed! Some shifts could be overwhelming as far as patient load, but this has been common in every ED I have worked at. A major downfall is there was almost never a tech as they are almost always pulled to be pt sitters. This ED sees a very high amount of psych pt's, ODs, and intoxicated pt's who more often than not get an order for a sitter. Usually it is necessary, but the hospital doesn't hire enough support staff, and therefore the ED loses their techs almost immediately at the start of shift. They have a 24/hr cath lab now, which I only mention because I found some other online comments about them not having adequate critical care resources. I did love the area and got to see so many new places. I found my own housing about 20 mins from the hospital, but it was not easy to find either time I went. No hospital is perfect, but this has been my favorite travel assignment as far as location and ED. I would feel comfortable sending someone I cared about to this hospital for care, which is more than I can say for a lot of others out there. 07/11/2019 Housing was approximately 9 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was n/a . Housing was located in city of North Kingstown . On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Housing costs were higher in this area than other regions I have traveled to. Depending on the time of year you go, housing will be easier to find. Summer season it is nearly impossible to find something affordable.
- I worked in the Medical Surgical department(s) in the hospital. This has to be the worst hospital I have seen in my 10 years of being a nurse. When I interviewed I was told the average nurse to patient ratio would be 1:5 or 6. When I actually got there to ratio was actually 1:7 sometimes up to 10. The nurse had to monitor tele and at time monitor cardiac drips while taking care of 7 plus patients. None of the nurses were ACLS certified. This is a very dangerous place to work. Needless to say I worked there about 3 weeks and left because they were jeopardizing my license. 01/29/2019 The name of the housing complex was NA. Housing was located in city of NA. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 1. NA
- I worked in the Emergency department(s) in the hospital. Kent County Hospital is an interesting hospital. It's Emergency department is ~25% the size of the entire hospital. 45 ED beds to ~200 inpatient beds. The 300 listed is not accurate. Boarding patient's in the ED is a chronic and real problem. On many shifts, over 10-12 patient's, not limited to med/surg, but ICU as well, would require boarding in the ED.
The emergency department uses a direct bedding model, so there is no waiting time in the "waiting room." My minimum ER patient ratio was 1:4, but more often was 1:5 and on some days 1:7. These are not urgent care patients either. They were overdoses, cardiac work ups, septic patients, patient's requiring transfusions, etc. For the 13 week assignment, I had not received a break for all but 2 12 hours shifts in the first 2 months on the job. Communication is a major problem and EMS patients will often show up unannounced with critically ill patients. Triage patients are placed indiscriminately without consideration for the level of acuity in a given section, which would sometimes result in one nurse carrying a dangerous level of acuity, while another has almost none.
Finding basic equipment to safely administer medications, blood products and infusions takes precious time that was never available to begin with. IV pumps are scarce and often require 5-10 minutes of searching to find one to infuse medications such as heparin, blood products and vancomycin.
The quality of your day depends heavily on the staff members working at the time. While most work together well and are friendly, several are confrontational, and hard to pry away from their cell phones and face book when you're truly struggling to stay afloat.
Starting at the hospital was rather startling. I never received an interview from the director or manager. I was hired straight away and given a contract to review (Which was comprised of free text in an e-mail). During orientation, the staff had no idea I was coming, had no schedule beyond the first day, and the person responsible for training us in the documentation system was nowhere to be found for 2 hours. I am quoting the orientation staff here: "He's supposed to be here around 9 or 10, but he usually shows up around noon or so."
Needless to say, staff here have a very low moral and little to no faith that conditions will be improving. The oversight of the department is completely absent and the conditions in which the department operates make this very apparent. Most all travelers I have spoken too are shocked at the conditions. This was my second assignment and I have to say I do not plan on renewing. I do like many of the staff members though and I am very impressed at their psychological endurance. I am not inexperienced or lacking the ability to tolerate adversity, but I have real fear that the way this department functions will soon result in catastrophic outcomes for some patients. I would not recommend this Department to travelers at this point. If you insist on working here, at least enforce that the manager or director make an effort to give you an interview. I hope this helps prospective travelers. 04/30/2016 Housing was approximately 35 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Private Housing. Housing was located in city of Westerly. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5.
- I worked in the ER department(s) in the hospital. After 3 years of travel nursing, I can honestly say this was the worst hospital orientation experience ever. I cannot and will not waste my time listing every outrageously negative detail, but to tell you this: they're extreme high-pay offer is a bait and switch scheme to lure nurses in. You and your contract means NOTHING to this hospital. You were warned. 10/22/2015 Housing was approximately n/a mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was n/a. Housing was located in city of n/a. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. I sought my own excellent housing, like any smart nurse should do
- I worked in the PACU department(s) in the hospital. reasonable area, plenty of restaurants and supermarkets etc. The technology is pretty far behind and most of the Rn's have never worked anywhere else ever. Clinically a little sloppy but not scary or dangerous. Staff is friendly and pro travelers. 07/19/2015 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Riverside. Housing was located in city of Riverside. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. Housing is fine, it is a large older complex but it is well maintained and clean and safe. They have a nice new gym, pool and hottub with a lot of nice walking trails. The walls are a little thin so it may be a challenge for a night shift nurse to be able to sleep in the day. Lots of young families and elders and a very safe area.
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