(May 29, 2013)
I also have been quite unhappy working there as a traveler NICU RN. This is only my 3rd contract, but so far it has been the worst. I'm sure there are facilities out there that are much worse, but I really was very unhappy for the first 6 weeks here. The patients are mostly upper middle-class with insurance, but are also very demanding. This I feel is also translated to the staff who are also very snobby and think they are the greatest hospital ever (even though they really, aren't any better than anywhere else I've worked and have the same problems.) I floated to the downtown Main St. Davids and had a much better experience. I've been counting down the shifts until my assignment is over and hoping they call me every morning and tell me that I will be floating to downtown. They also have several openings, so I suggest going to that hospital instead if Austin is on your list of places to visit.
(Mar 11, 2013)
This was my very first assignment as a new travel nurse. They staff was very welcoming. It only took 2-3 shifts before I felt like one of the gang. I work in L&D and I can tell you that I literally ran my tail off!! They use 3 different systems for charting. McKesson is primary, then they have seperate system that records your fetal monitoring, and a third system for OR cases. VERY time consuming. Almost every nurse stays after her shift for about 1 hour each day just to finish her charting. All vital signs have to be entered by hand, the fetal monitors do no automatically enter them into McKesson. Very, VERY time consuming!
Sooo if you can learn to relax and enjoy the overtime you will get by staying late every shift, the people are great to work with. You will laugh every day! They have a Level III NICU so nothing is shipped out - a bonus for me, I love big sick pregnant chicks!
This is San Antonio, so a lot of your patients are Hispanic. You will have an amazing number of severely uncontrolled gestational diabetics. The doctors are also very friendly and welcoming towards travelers.
If you don't mind running your tail off, rarely getting a real lunch break, but LOVE working with friendly people - this is the place for you.
(Feb 20, 2013)
Great facility in Orange County, California. Worked in the PACU. All staff extremely friendly, welcoming and professional. Great parking, great cafeteria. Would have given it 5 stars but the patient acuity wasn't as high as I am used to and having to do too much on-call was terrible.
(Feb 18, 2013)
Contracted to work on CVIMC. Orientation standard 3 days in classroom and 3 days on floor. CVIMC is good floor to work on, patient to nurse ratio is 4:1 about 80% of the time. There is no nurses aid on the floor most days, that was unexpected and sometimes difficult when there are total care patients. Staff on this floor are friendly and work well with the travelers.
The bad is that there are approximately 50 travelers at this hospital and without us being told we were actually hired to be the float pool. I have been on this assignment for 6 weeks and have worked 6 times on CVIMC, the rest of the time I have been floated all over the hospital with the rest of the travelers. Last week I worked four days in a row and was on a different floor every day. The moral among the travelers is awful, many of them have broken their contract and left or are attempting to leave, some have just walked off. I was asked to extend last week and have declined, I stated to management that if any of the travelers would have been told that we were being hired as float pool the ones who did not want to be float pool would have declined the contract. The deceitful nature of this contract has left a very bad taste in my mouth.
If they are able to ever correct this I think working on CVIMC for a 13 week contract would be great. At this time I would have to say no.
(Feb 16, 2013)
I loved WHC and fully intend to go back, but it's not for prissy nurses. If you're a CA nurse who is used to strict ratios and three breaks a day, move on. This place is amazing! They have high acuity patients, and work together extremely well. Travelers are welcomed, and even included as family.