Nurses: Hospital Red Flags

  1. What are some red flags at hospitals that let you know that this might not be the best place to work?
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  2. 43 Comments

  3. by   rngolfer53
    HCA on the front door.
  4. by   DoeRN
    Quote from rngolfer53
    HCA on the front door.
    I agree 100%
  5. by   Meriwhen
    High turnover. If they were fired, you wonder what type of management you're getting into the ring with. If they left voluntarily, you wonder about the working environment and why they were driven to leave.
  6. by   JBudd
    More new grads than experienced staff.

    Dirty floors and rooms, everywhere.
  7. by   sra27
    When I was still doing travel nursing, I worked at a hospital that was 90-95% staffed by travel and agency nurses-that is aways a HUGE red flag. Some nights on the unit I was assigned to, we were all travelers and drew names at random to see who would be stuck doing charge.
  8. by   sapphire18
    Sorry if this is dumb, but what is HCA?

    I agree with the high turnover being a major red flag.
  9. by   diva rn
    Quote from sapphire18
    Sorry if this is dumb, but what is HCA?

    I agree with the high turnover being a major red flag.
    Hospital Corporation of America---a chain of corp owned health care facilities....we have many here in South Florida.
  10. by   RNperdiem
    You hear negative comments from many people who work there. You hear nothing positive over the years and these are from people in different departments. The nurses are trying to get unionized in an area where unions don't exist.
  11. by   Soliloquy
    Quote from RNperdiem
    You hear negative comments from many people who work there. You hear nothing positive over the years and these are from people in different departments. The nurses are trying to get unionized in an area where unions don't exist.
    I experience this a lot actually. With people from all departments and not just the nurses...
  12. by   BonnieSc
    People mentioning that they never take lunch very casually, or that everyone stays late but doesn't fill out overtime slips, or clocks out and keeps working. No laughter (or at least pleasantness) in the nurses' station on your tour of the unit. You get ignored by the reception desk or the unit desk.
  13. by   Soliloquy
    Quote from BonnieSc
    People mentioning that they never take lunch very casually, or that everyone stays late but doesn't fill out overtime slips, or clocks out and keeps working. No laughter (or at least pleasantness) in the nurses' station on your tour of the unit. You get ignored by the reception desk or the unit desk.
    May I ask, why is this considered a red flag?
  14. by   Esme12
    because it means they are under staffed and aren't going to pay you for your time and want to break the law and have you work off the clock.....look at the staff do they "look happy"?

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