Quote from bigbee13
Hello, My wife has an Interview on the 22nd and we will be coming up on the 21st so we can look around a little. We have been doing much research and everything looks good, actually if all goes well with the interview can't wait to move there. My wife applied on Sunday night, and got a call on tuesday morning to set up the interview. It will be with the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit.
Just have a few questions for anyone that works there or who has worked there about the the nurse to patient ratio, what type of charting that you do and just an overall outlook of the clinic. Right now we live in Pennsylvania and she works on the cardiac stepdown unit. Patient ratios are 4 for daylight, and 5 or 6 for nightshift. Half of the staff is ready to leave because of the staffing problems and the workload with the higher acuity. There are call offs everyday and mandation almost everyday. Half of the floor is on medication for thier nerves and high blood pressure. This is why we are looking to get out of this stinking state. Well there are many other reasons but that is for someother post.
Also any tidbits of information on Rochester and the surrounding towns that would be recommended for rasing 2 children would greatly be appreciated.
thank you in advance
Let me start by telling you I used to work for Mayo for 4 years and am in the process of trying to get back there - I moved to Chicago for a bit and decided home (Rochester) is where I need to be. If you are raising two children, Rochester is DEFINITELY the place to do that! (As a side note, that's actually a complaint for the many young singles that end up there - a great place for a family, but not so exciting when you're young and looking
Seems all the night life is up in the Twin Cities.)
As for surrounding towns, MANY people make the short commutes in to Rochester from Byron, Stewartville, Kasson, Chatfield, etc. All nice communities. Byron seems to be really up-and-coming w/lots of new construction and a nationally famous newer golf course, Somerby.
I can't say too much for pt. ratios other than what my fellow nurses have told me so far: Days usually 1:4, evenings and nights more. But I think Mayo has a very low turnover and that nurses are for the most part, satisfied. Charting is all electronic; in fact, everything is electronic. Mayo is at the forefront of technology. It is also a teaching institution, meaning the nurses interact with many residents and fellows regularly (some of the brightest in the world). The culture there has been said to be a bit on the conservative side.
Some other unique tidbits: The nurses do NURSING. They also focus a lot on patient education. They do not start IVs (there is an IV team for that), they do not start catheters (there is a Cath team for that), they do not draw labs (there are phlebotomists that do that), they do not do 12-lead EKGs (there is an EKG team for that). Some nurses have a problem with that. Now all of these "nurses do not's" apply to general floors, not some of the ICUs, ER, and PACU, mind you. The place functions like a very efficient machine. It has to for all the many people that it serves. There are politics and some very strict rules, but you have that any where you go. I can't say enough good about the place
Best of luck! Hope this helps - Let me know if you have any more questions and I'll try to help!
Oh, and one last thing: It gets VERY cold there in Winter, but then coming from PA you can probably deal with that