"Can u tell me more about Straub?
Are they using computerized charting and what kind?
Nusrse to pt ratio?
Do they have flexible sched?"
Sure... although I warn you, I haven't been there long.
Straub Hospital is mod-sized... maybe 150-160 beds. It specializes in Open Heart Surgery, and some other things... I don't remember their spiel...
Its got an ER/ICU, of course... but its not a Trauma Center (Queens is 1/2 mile away) and I find we get super friendly patients who cooperate with everything I'm throwing at them.
HPH is the parent company... it also owns Kapiolani Womens/Children, and three other hospitals...
All of the other hospitals have computer charting, Straub is the last to convert with an expected date of Spring '07 I believe. We have labs/H&Ps/etc on computer, but not the charting yet. Frankly, even though I'm a tech-savy youngster (okay, not that young)... I've grown to despise comp charting and will take our flow charts anyday.
I work on the tele/step-down unit, so i'm not sure about nurse/pt ratio on M/S floors. For us our max ratio is 4:1 and its never broken...
As for flex-schedule... if you mean a system where you can readily change your days on a bi-weekly basis... then, no I don't believe they have that. My days are pretty set, but of course I can work with my floor-manager to get certain days changed or swap with other nurses. Its never been a concern. I only work 3-12s and really don't have a social/family life... so I don't care what days I work.
We get 200 PTO hours a year, and the pay is identical to union pay at Queens... as long as you've been a nurse for over 2 years (in the last 5 years) you get the max pay... You can find that pay scale here: http://www.queens.org/jobs/rnsalary.html
These are the nitty gritty, but none of it really comes to mind when I recommend my hospital. Its the perfect size to get a wide range of patients... but small enough to know everyone. And, as far as I can tell, everyone is great. Nurses who like Aides who like MDs who like Nurses... Okay, that sounds wierd, but its true. You get a real team feeling on my floor, the patients get great care, and there's not a day I regret clocking-in.
I heard a while back that we have a strong nurse retention rate... those are published numbers, or atleast you can ask for them. I believe that's probably the most objective figure you can find in evaluating a hospital.
Hope that helps... atleast a wee bit. =)