Cleveland Clinic Nurses--Is Big Brother Watching? - page 3

by **All Heart RN**

I'm just curious- Throughout my time on this site, I've noticed that when threads have specifically asked questions about life at the Clinic, there has been very, little response. One thread, that was started over 2 years... Read More


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    You will not likely find any nurse who is currently working for the clinic or one of it's regional hospitals saying anything bad about it. As and employee of the clinic you must sign a statment that you cannot say anything bad about them or you will face corrective action. And that means anywhere, whether in uniform or not and it doesn't matter if you are on your own time. The clinic is concerned with numbers and how they appear to the public. Do anything to bring down either and you will pay for it. If you work for them and say anything you wind up with a big target on your forehead. And with them taking any hospital they can under their corp umbrella well looks more like a monoply toward healthcare. Bigger is not always better. As for the magnet BS well you can make things appear however you like when you make every employee sign a corp compliance agreement where negative press is strictly outlawed, at least as long as the suits are around. But when they aren't nurses and other employees can sit at the nurses station or walk down the hall bad mouthing who ever isn't in their club on a nightly basis. Even security guards can be over heard cusing while walking down the hall from time to time. And always remember covering the clinics a$$ takes first place over anything.
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    I work at a cleveland clinic regional hospital and I DO like it. I know that the up says that I "have" to say that but I am very happy with my job on a busy med-surg floor. The people I work with are great and yes we do 10 patients to an RN, LPN, and aide. This equals 5 per nurse (since LPN's are nurses too) or you can do team nursing where the RN assesses all patients and the LPN passes meds. It really isn't that bad. To be honest I heard the same stuff and thought I would prefer UH. Then I got an interview with both and let me tell you, the way I was treated by UH left a bad taste in my mouth. I felt that if they would treat an applicant so poorly they must not treat their nurses so great. (I paid $750 to fly into town one month after giving birth and the person that was supposed to interview me was on vacation, then they couldn't even validate my parking. And that is just the start of what they did wrong).
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    Quote from mommyX2
    I work at a cleveland clinic regional hospital and I DO like it. I know that the up says that I "have" to say that but I am very happy with my job on a busy med-surg floor. The people I work with are great and yes we do 10 patients to an RN, LPN, and aide. This equals 5 per nurse (since LPN's are nurses too) or you can do team nursing where the RN assesses all patients and the LPN passes meds. It really isn't that bad. To be honest I heard the same stuff and thought I would prefer UH. Then I got an interview with both and let me tell you, the way I was treated by UH left a bad taste in my mouth. I felt that if they would treat an applicant so poorly they must not treat their nurses so great. (I paid $750 to fly into town one month after giving birth and the person that was supposed to interview me was on vacation, then they couldn't even validate my parking. And that is just the start of what they did wrong).
    I did not and would not say that everything about the clinic was bad. I've told many people including my own family members to go there to recieve care for certain things. I just make sure that they take a very active role in their care.

    What I experinced on the floor I worked on at the main campus was not one that I ever care to re-live. As I already stated I would not say that everything about that floor was bad but, the parts that were bad were very bad. You should never have to fight tears while you give report (and I don't mean because you were sad or felt bad for a patient). I floated to other floors and although I was busy I didn't feel attacked by co-workers but, you cannot truely see how a floor works if you are not there regularly.

    As for having to say only positive things about the Clinic, ask Adrienne Zurub who was told point blank she was being fired because of her book. She only stated things in general terms and expressed her feelings which were not all positive and look what it got her.

    I have no personal knowledge about the regional hospitals as I've never worked at one so I can't speak to them. And I have not worked on every floor or department of the main campus but I do know I will never work there again by my choice.
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    Wow, I cannot believe how much negativity there is about the Clinic. I have worked for the Clinic for 2 years, in the CICU. I originally started there as a new grad, and chose it for their tuition reimbursement. I absolutely love my job. The autonomy of nurses is unlike anywhere I have ever seen. We work along side the doctors, not for them. They will listen to our views/comments, and many times follow through with them. If we ever have any questions they are more than happy to take the time to make sure we understand the rationale of our care. While I do agree that the size of the Clinic is sometimes overwhelming, the esteem that comes with working there is something to be very proud of. We take care of the sickest of the sick, adding years to peoples lifes, when other hospitals say there is nothing else they can do. I cannot speak for the med/surg floors, ( I know they are understaffed) but in any of their heart ICUs, you will learn more than you could ever imagine. And when you literally save a life, you will feel that it was YOUR care that was needed. I thank God for all of the knowledge I have gained there.
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    Quote from kerrbearRN
    Wow, I cannot believe how much negativity there is about the Clinic. I have worked for the Clinic for 2 years, in the CICU. I originally started there as a new grad, and chose it for their tuition reimbursement. I absolutely love my job. The autonomy of nurses is unlike anywhere I have ever seen. We work along side the doctors, not for them. They will listen to our views/comments, and many times follow through with them. If we ever have any questions they are more than happy to take the time to make sure we understand the rationale of our care. While I do agree that the size of the Clinic is sometimes overwhelming, the esteem that comes with working there is something to be very proud of. We take care of the sickest of the sick, adding years to peoples lifes, when other hospitals say there is nothing else they can do. I cannot speak for the med/surg floors, ( I know they are understaffed) but in any of their heart ICUs, you will learn more than you could ever imagine. And when you literally save a life, you will feel that it was YOUR care that was needed. I thank God for all of the knowledge I have gained there.
    I couldn't have said what you said any better... I totally agree with that, and am glad to know someone else loves the clinic too... sure there are drawbacks, but the knowledge you gain there is miles above any of the other hospitals in the area...
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    I am graduating from school soon and I have been thinking about working at the Cleveland Clinic for a while because of their reputation and innovation in healthcare. To be honest, it is a bit disheartening to hear everyone so dissatisfied. Can you tell me what exactly makes working there so frustrating. Also, being that I am just coming into the field would you say these frustrations are common at most hospitals or specific to CC? Any feedback would be really helpful b/c i am planning on applying soon! Thanks in advance
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    Hahaha BB is more than likely watching. I would recommend seeking employment outside the clev clinic. There are some very good things about CCF and its campuses (marymount, fairview, lutheran..blah blah..) but most people feel lost in a sea of red tape and whatnot. They do do amazing things, and it can be exciting to be involved in such an organization...but still. I think it is a good idea to check out all your opportunities, not just go with a big name company...I would say more but I don't want BB knocking on my door!!
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    Recently, in 2012, Cleveland Clinic in West Palm Beach, Florida requires a new applicant to take a "psychological assessment" made up of about 20 statements as you fill out their online application, of which the choices are poorly written, but you have a choice of 2, 3 or 4. No more.

    IF you answer in such a way that you are competent, creative, innovative & will not put up with abuse of SUPERVISORS - you will NOT get hired on.

    If you choose the answers in such a way that indicates you are dull and abused, you will qualify for an interview.

    BEWARE!!! If you want the interview, then you must answer in a way that makes you appear that you will put up with management abuse of all employees - and are dull and non-thinking.

    BEWARE!! This is the honest truth!!
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