Oakwood Hospital-Good or Bad? - page 2
Hi, Can anyone who works at Oakwood tell me how it is working there, where you work and how long you've been there? I have had 2 people tell me that it is a horrible place to work (I graduate next... Read More
Jan 1, '08Sorry guys I have to say my feelings are hurt a bit. I don't work med surg but, I have to say I have seen none of this filthiness or uncaring nurses. I admit all nurses aren't happy all the time but, I feel like our floor provides great nursing care. I have worked a lot of places- Hurley, Beaumont royal oak, McLaren, Genesys, North Oakland, and Oakwood and genesys are tied for the best. Sure there are bad things, but from say Hurley-life is *peachy*. I am trying to be objective, but I can't help but feel defensive. I love the people I work with-including my manager and I really have had a good experience so please don't write it off. CAT
Jan 1, '08I have been reading this thread with interest, because I live in the area. I am wondering about the legal implications of writing such damning words on a public forum. This whole thread is shocking, especially if it's all true, but even more so if it's not.
A hospital asking a student to "spy" on the nurses.......that is simply not believable.
Unless you have worked in every unit on every floor, how can you make such broad sweeping statements about the whole hospital?
Jan 1, '08The poster wrote about her experience in response to a query from someone else. I think people understand that statements pertain to a certain floor, not the whole hospital.
If a person saw unsanitary practices in a hospital where she works, is she supposed to keep quiet for fear of retribution? Change never occurs when silence prevails.
Jan 1, '08Quote from Cat84I have a positive experience with Oakwood Annapolis, from a patient's point of view as well as a nursing student. I had to have emergency surgery there a little over a year ago. I have also done clinical rotations there. I was treated with the best care one could wish for. The staff were very friendly to my family, as well as toward me. I had to take a room in the Ped's ward, as the census was high at that time, and those nurses were like angels to me. I had my "own" nurse who specialized in Med/Surg. She was wonderful, and went out of her way to make sure I was well cared for. The Ped's nurses took care of me, to their abilities, as they were "Pediatric nurses", I was out of there spectrum..but they were positive and called me their big baby..Sorry guys I have to say my feelings are hurt a bit. I don't work med surg but, I have to say I have seen none of this filthiness or uncaring nurses. I admit all nurses aren't happy all the time but, I feel like our floor provides great nursing care. I have worked a lot of places- Hurley, Beaumont royal oak, McLaren, Genesys, North Oakland, and Oakwood and genesys are tied for the best. Sure there are bad things, but from say Hurley-life is *peachy*. I am trying to be objective, but I can't help but feel defensive. I love the people I work with-including my manager and I really have had a good experience so please don't write it off. CAT
Every staff member there, was very friendly and caring..my room was clean, and I had a great experience in the new OR as well. I have no complaints at all with them. It might be bad on other floors, or other Oakwood hospitals, but I was treated like gold where I was. I had Potassium going and every time I went for a pre surgery test, the IVAC would beep, no one dared touch it, they called "my nurse" and she would travel around the hospital, where ever my testing was, and correct it, and she did it with a smile.
I thanked them all, and told them they were awesome...
They encouraged me to get well soon, and wished me good luck on my nursing school training...with a few pointers as well.
I just wanted to put in a good word for the nurses who cared for me at Oakwood Annapolis...
I recently had my daughter there too for testing, and the staff there were awesome, from the desk clerk to the X-Ray tech, to the lab tech..they all went out of their way to make my 8 year old feel more comfortable and less scared, as it was her first time getting blood drawn and having a chest x-ray.. They even gave her stuffed bunny an ID bracelet with his name on it...she just thought that was very funny, and it made her less frightened...So, good luck to where ever you choose to work..maybe you could shadow a nurse for a day and see what you think...I might try the same, when I cross that bridge...
Happy New Year every one...
Jan 1, '08I think the above story just shows us there is good and bad at every hospital. I am just going to try and sweep my own doorstep when I am a nurse; that is, do MY very best to care for my patients (and any others I encounter) the very best I can and to make my little niche of the hospital the best it can be. I think nursing is a unique profession in that one person can really effect change on their own; we can really be instrumental in making a difference for people. I am humbled by that opportunity, and I hope I am mindful of that my entire career. I hope to be to my patients what rntoben2008's nurse was to her; I hope everyone walks away from me with that experience in their minds. That is how you change people's negative perceptions of a hospital, and that is how you create a reputation of having 'great nurses' on a certain floor. I know I'm a newbie, and full of dreams, but this is the goal I take with me into nursing.
Feb 3, '08Oakwood has been a great place for me to work! They offer a career ladder as a way to expand my professional advancement and and unit councils so that our unit can work more closely on projects and scheduling. The BSN completion program has great tuition reimbursement. I think the best part for me has been the friends I ahve made on the unit. They are like my second family!
Feb 9, '08Quote from Katrn05I would suggest maybe going to Oakwood Main. Stay away from Oakwood Heritage. I had clinicals there and it was terrible. The nurses were not very nice at all.
I had to post, after all I am doing my Psych clinicals at Heritage and the staff there are terrific. Everyone has a different perception of things and I have learned this in school as well. Someone might say a certain teacher is awesome, and I ended up not very impressed with that teacher at all. On the Mental Health Unit, everyone is very accommodating to the nursing students, and my Instructor works weekends at Heritage and she is great!!
Wishing you the best of luck, as I want to work at Oakwood myself.