Quote from winnievanurse
hellray is correct. im currently on assignment there and have been counting down since day one. i would not consider hellray for employment, especially for a new grad! that is unless of course you want to loose your license. ratios are 1:8 nights on telemetry and 1:6 on days. not so great! it is terribly unorganized and unsafe. do yourself a favor and keep looking!!!!
Must agree with this being the dominant opinion among every traveler nurse, that I know that has been there - a good seven. Also known as "deathray" beach. These were very experenced MS nurses.
Another issue to be aware of in the West Palm/Boca Raton area facilities. Several of the area hospitals aggressively seeking staff/travelers have serious issues with them. There are a great deal of very "privileged" individuals living in the area...many retirees that have money, have been catered to, and have no patience or tolerance for waiting whatsoever. As a nurse in this area, I have been treated the WORST in my life. Given that I got held up at gunpoint while working in a liquor store/bar, that says a lot. I have worked as a nurse in over 15 facilities( several in Florida) and in 6 different East coast states. Many of the patients (families and general population at large) are among the wealthiest, rudest, most poorly mannered that I have ever dealt with. The facilities are beautiful, but they micromanage for customer service (RN phone numbers on the patient board, with numerous visitor calls to the nurse - beepers and phone, mandatory scripting) and yet are slack on medical issues. You spend more time on the phone trying to get a diet change, clarify unreadible orders and trying to get the MDs to do the required DC paperwork than actually caring for the sick.
Many of the MS patients are not that sick, but they can be miserable to deal with.
I like working with patients and clients, not customers. If I wanted to be scripted, I would work for WDW. If I wanted to be a glorified customer service handmaiden, kissing up to "the privileged", I wouldn't be a nurse.
I would rather been caring for drug addicts in inner city Philly in the midst of Winter, than deal with the patients down here.
While I am sure that there are pleasant retirees here somewhere, they rarely manage to make up for the abundance of extremely difficult ones.
Carolina ( a native Floridian from "old" Florida)