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HI, i worked at Pali Momi telemetry floor in 2003 for about ten months. I really didnt like it as i found the patient ratio was usually 5-6 to 1 on day shifts and 6-7 to 1 on nights shifts. Their tele patients were really sick with alot of bipaps, and cardiac drips-something i wasnt used to. The unit is 35 beds and all single rooms and the whole unit is so big you wear a pager. and there is only three aids to help; i think the worst part was that the unit wasnt very nurse-friendly-you had to walk from one end of the unit to the other just to get rid of your dirty laundry-there was no laundry baskets in the rooms. The manager was very very nice and supportive though, the nurses were generally nice. lots of travellers. Hope this helps!
HI, i wasnt a traveler at Pali Momi. Two of my friends were and one hated it and the other didnt find it so bad-she went back a few times. She is from the east coast and said that the patient ratios were just like back home! ha ha. I worked a couple years ago though so things may have changed.
I have worked at previous tele floors where the patient to nurse ratio is 4 or 3 to 1. Six and seven sounds heavy especially if they are as sick as you have mentioned. Pay rate sounds good but I bet you had some hectic days. Alot has to do with the other staff members and being team players and how the charge nurse distributes the patients.
No, I am not working there. Have not heard anything positive about it. Will look elsewhere. The work environment and patient safety is important. The nurse to patient ratio is too unsafe.
The environment/patient ratio is far more stable at Queen's. They have recently decreased their employment of agency and travel nurses, though. They are attempting to achieve Magnet status, which has influenced their hiring practices.
Being a new grad, it is tough getting in the first time around. They are loyal to inhouse staff transferring from say a nurses aide to an RN, which is understandable. My goal is to work for Queens but it is not that easy as a new grad. I am contemplating trying dialysis. If I do not like it, I am not held to a contract. Plus, the new manager is awesome. Additionally, it will add some RN experience to my resume.