Travel Nursing Hospital
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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: Medical Center of Arlington
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|1. Friendliness and acceptance of travelers by staff||4.4|
|2. How open are they to allowing you to expand your skills while traveling?||3.4|
|3. Hospital Technology||2.2|
|4. Location (A nice area to live)||2|
|5. Cafeteria food||2.6|
|7. Physical layout of hospital effecient||2.8|
|8. Hospital appeal (looks)||2.8|
|9. Hospital orientation geared toward travelers?||3|
|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?)||2.4|
|11. Reputation of the hospital||3.2|
|12. How nice are the doctors to staff||3|
|13. Friendliness of staffing office||3.8|
|14. Happy with the work scheduling procedure?||3.8|
|15. How efficient is their system so you can get your job done?||2.2|
|16. Adequacy of their nurse to patient ratio||3.2|
|17. How well staffed are they||2.6|
|18. How happy were you with your workload?||3.2|
|19. Staff morale (overall)||3|
|20. To what extent would you recommend this hospital to other travelers?||3.2|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||60(5)||(0)|
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- I worked in the NICU department(s) in the hospital. This is an HCA hospital so there is extensive paperwork and online modules to complete. Parallon (middle man) doesn't give travelers enough time to complete it all. They gave me 5 days and I was struggling to finish it in time. The NICU staff and managers are wonderful. Everyone is traveler friendly and helps each other out. People genuinely try to get to know you. It is a very enjoyable work environment to be in. They do run out of supplies at times as it is an HCA hospital. The nurse to patient ratio is 1:3 mostly. I floated to newborn nursery when NICU census was very low. Otherwise they do not float NICU travelers. It is self-scheduling and I have mostly gotten the shifts I wanted. Parking is free and easy to find. 12/02/2017 Housing was approximately 10 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was my own . Housing was located in city of Fort Worth . On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. Found my own housing
- I worked in the ER department(s) in the hospital. More worried about white boards than about patient care. Techs pulled in many directions. Cattiness not dealt with effectively. Ancillary staff great. Extremely poor communication; don't know if new patient arrives in room via triage or EMS. Bedside triage is dropping patient off and telling you, "Oh, I just put someone in your room". 07/13/2016 Housing was approximately 5 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was N/A. Housing was located in city of Arlington. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. N/A
- I worked in the HVC department(s) in the hospital. This review is for the Heart and Vascular Unit that I worked on only. I did float to PCCU-that is a completely different review. I LOVE WORKING ON THIS UNIT. The manager, Jessica is the best manager I have ever had the privilege to work with, even at my permanent positions. Always receptive to concerns, always available to help out, always present on the unit. The first code I experienced on this unit, she was the second RN in the room helping organize and give direction. I did have to float (more often that I would like to admit) to the PCCU unit. That unit did not have a manager, 6 patients at times (on a med tele floor), no help, no teamwork, charge nurse had no interest in helping and basically had to be begged to help out. It was not a fun experience. I let Jessica know this (the HVC unit manager), and she took all of my concerns and let me know that I was not the only one to have these concerns. They have now placed an interim manager (a charge nurse on my current unit) on the PCCU floor to over see everything and problem solve. I think that unit will eventually make a huge turn around. Always had help on the HVC unit. Communication was not always the greatest between nurses and techs and who needed to do what, but over all, my experience has been great, and would definitely come back here, if I were working on HVC, that is. 07/11/2016 Housing was approximately 20 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was n/a. Housing was located in city of Fort Worth. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 5. I took housing stipend and found my own housing.
- I worked in the NICU department(s) in the hospital. MCoA is a smaller hospital and barely a level III NICU. I came from a fairly larger NICU (60 beds be the 30 here) and the acuity here wasn't what I was looking for. They claim to be a lvl III NICU but are unable to do any in house surgical procedures. Everything is shipped off to Children's or Cooks. Had an issue with a patient condition that was ignored by a doc that had an unfavorable outcome...this was brought to their attention by numerous nurses but was ignored.
The staff in the NICU are fun to work with and friendly to travelers. I have been able to work ALL the overtime I want (60 hour work weeks when I want); however, the staff does have its cliques. At times it can feel like high school.
Over all the equipment is typical HCA for profit equipment...out dated and no support available. With that said the charting used for the NICU is Centricity...if not familiar, it's a spreadsheet type electronic documentation but very very outdated.
The Neonatologists can be nice but the major issue is that they all, with the exception of 1-2, are more interested in sleeping all night than actually addressing patient changes...if you're not comfortable in your NICU knowledge or skills, skip this one.
Overall a decent place to work;with that said, I'm only staying because of the double overtime in my contract and the fact they allow as much overtime as you can work... 11/19/2014 Housing was approximately 43 mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was Stipend. Housing was located in city of Azle. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. I took the housing stipend and stayed clear of the DFW area as a call to the local sheriffs department informed me it was riddled with crime and gang activity. We went with the city of Azle, about a 45 minute drive from the hospital, due to this fact and that they allowed for the number of pets we have.
- I worked in the ER department(s) in the hospital. The ER is primarily staffed with Parallon travel nurses and agency nurses. If you aren't familiar with Parallon I would suggest understanding their company before you sign up. This is an HCA facility. That may or may not be important to you. They use meditech. If you have never used meditech RUN. If you have used it, you understand this is a DOS based system. It is slow, you have to scan all of your meds. You WILL hold patients in the ED. This is not a matter of IF. It just simply is. You will hold patients for more than 12 hours. You will have multiple ICU holds while your other open room(s) maintain an ER flow. There are floats and paramedics for techs. However, the techs can rarely be found. They will be the ones running your codes, not nurses. Get used to that. This is NOT a nice area to live. If you are accustomed to high multiracial crime, gangs, drug crime, and bystander killings this is a great place to live. You can watch the gang members stand on the streets waiting for whatever pick up drop off. I never ate the food. The ER provides pizza pretty much daily or they order out. You will not get a lunch, ever. You park with the masses. There is designated "staff" parking but it is clearly intermixed with non-staff. My car took a beating with door dings. I ended up parking as far away as possible. You will not get an orientation. You will spend voluminous hours repeating the same tests. Parallon, or whoever credentials you, is very unorganized. They are not thorough and will cause you to be delayed in your start date. If there were not dozens of travelers at this ER I would not be able to be so frank. You will be told on your first day to come in at 0500 for a 2hr layout orientation and you will have a full assignment at 0700. This is what the facility expects. If you cannot function they fire you on the spot. If you complain that you do not get a lunch, they end your contract that day. The facility does have a good reputation in the community. It is ranked high in the DFW area, though I couldn't tell you what the standards were. They are a CP center, stroke center, and LVL 3 trauma. You will have more than your hearts desire of all of those. 90% are not real. The drs work off RVUs. If you don't know what that is, look it up. The majority of their cp workups and stroke workups are for RVUs only. The Attending is a pompous, arrogant, disrespectful prick who walks into pt rooms and says "what is your emergency" in a very demeaning disrespectful way. He writes off people who are actually sick and degrades the midlevels and nurses. Just avoid him. The staff that are full time are either young and wet behind the ears, just happy to be seeing traumas or they're experienced and jaded. Again, half the staff are travelers. They cannot keep a manager longer than 18mo. I would suggest avoiding HCA all together as this is a common model facility. I would avoid this facility in particular for the poor morale, documentation system, and staffing issues. Red flags folks. 05/11/2014 Housing was approximately na mile(s) from the hospital. The name of the housing complex was private housing. Housing was located in city of na. On a scale from 1 to 5, I would rate it a 3. I had private housing. There is plenty available. You can find sublets, temporaries, houses, apts, townhouses. They have is all. Prices were reasonable. I paid $400-500 for a flat.
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