Quote from kcleavinit
, don't know if you remember me, I talked to you a ways back about OU's program
. Anyway, we just finished our first semester and I am in Oakwood's program. All of our clinicals are at Oakwood Main. But one thing I can say is that all of the people I talked to in our cohort have agreed that we would never let a family member get care at Oakwood, and none of us want to work there. However, we are ofcourse limited in our experience so we haven't seen too many other hospitals. But I can say that they are very dirty....there are some great nurses there, but they are so unappreciated, the hospitals level of sanitation is totally lacking. Us students were offered a sort of "spy" role to keep track of hand washing......none of us took the hospital up on it, but there is a complete lack of handwashing and it's been a problem. Finally, I think the nurse's aids are terrible....they are unionized, and all I ever see them doing is standing around a desk or sitting in the break area. I've seen them mouth off to nurses asking for help, and somehow they just get away with it.....it's ridiculous. Anyway, that's just my 2 cents.
My 2 cents... I would never take a family member there again--EVER. This hospital's nursing staff did NONE of the things I have learned thus far in my nursing studies.
I must say the NAs were very informative & CARING--at least on the NINTH FLOOR. Since she had taken my family member's VS, she knew why I was concerned w/the care my family member was NOT getting.
I saw NO nurses even though I used the call light 3 times d/t a HR 45 + CHEST PAIN. Finally I approached the desk. They were busy talking "Christmas Parties" & complaining about the patient across the hall who wanted pain meds again. They used the patient's NAME, instead of his Rm # & I believe that is in violation of HIPPA, no?
After disrupting the "Christmas Party" powwow, where I saw people EATING, the nurse finally came into the room. But she had not bothered to look at the chart but she had time to have a cigarette, because I could smell it.
Oh yes, they looked VERY overworked from where I was sitting. I hope they all had a great party. But I have to wonder if this party occurred at the desk while they should have been reading charts & caring for their patients?
And I almost forgot to mention the 15 DEAD FLIES in the overhead lights on the drop ceiling which were over the bed & my head as I sat in this filthy room. I found 2 pills on the floor & my mother found 1. Plus they had my family member's home meds wrong--wrong dosage of DIGOXIN & giving another PRN med bid. Cholchicine--which makes one sick! How's that for filthy, dirty, unsafe practice?
As I was leaving, I ran into an RN from another hospital. Her words: "It used to be that nursing homes are what you make of them--you really have to stay at the bedside & watch out for your family member's care. Unfortunately, the same can be said for this hospital."
This staff--this hospital was for me, a prime example of what NOT to be as a nurse & where NOT to work...let alone a place to put one's trust for your loved one tp get the professional healthcare they deserve & for which BCBS pays for!
Thanks for the opportunity to vent.