The pitfalls of a small rural hospital - page 2
I am working at a small rural hospital as a charge nurse on a med surg floor. In fact, the hospital only has med surg and an ER. It is very different. There is no 24 hour pharmacy, no RT, and no... Read More
Oct 27, '11Quote from loveishopeI worked in a 125 bed hospital (small from where I started). We had an ICU, ED, OB-Gyn, med-surg/ortho (where I was), and a tele/medical floor. The house supervisor did pharmacy runs at night and mixed the meds (had as many of the twist-on piggy backs as possible). There was a pharmacist on call for anything really nuts- but in the time I worked there (about 3 1/2 years total) I only saw him once.I was thinking the same thing. I even go to the pharmacy at mix meds like antibiotics, etc.. I also get to play respiratory tech. The only thing that concerns me is that I will not be able to work in ICU again because I am afraid I won't be hired because I am not working in ICU anymore. And I really love ICU.
I LOVED that place (I'm still in contact with a LOT of people from there, even close to 9 years after relocating back to my home state- they are my friends- and have been even during the time I've been gone- don't get that here with the bigger hospitals with a 'colder' general temperament of the folks who live here. (I grew up here- I can be annoyed )
While really sick kids were sent out, we kept other pediatric patients (as long as we were able to handle them up to 2 steps "worse" than admitted- to give the helicopter time to rev up ). Had a lot of interesting stuff there, and as another poster said, things weren't all divided up- we got whatever we got
AND, the docs were great- the ortho guys were among the first to do minimally invasive hips- 2 of the 3 were doing them before mid-2002. We did have RT, and lab at night.... and full PT/OT/ST during the day. Cardiac that needed more than medications were sent out (but since then, they have a full-time cardiologist in town).
It's a different pace from a bigger city hospital, but one I really enjoyed
Oct 27, '11Quote from kool-aideAwww. That's one of the prices people pay when choosing to live in a smaller town. But, FWIW, they don't always go too hot in big places either, and helplessness comes from the situation more than the locationBad things about small, rural hospitals is when you have an emergency things don't always go too well. I don't like that feeling of helplessness.
Nov 14, '11I'm a traveler who "specializes" in small rural hospitals. By that I mean when given a choice I pick the small rural facilities over the big urban/suburban hospitals. (Though I can and have worked both) My recruiters even know this and will call me with "Here's one right up your alley". I do occasionally take a contract in larger facilities to keep up my skills in certain high risk conditions knowing that I'll be dealing with them in the rural facilities until the can be transferred.
The gossip and inter-relatedness of everyone is worth remembering - I've had patients come up to me in the grocery store and want to discuss so-and-so who is a patient or the latest doings of the hospital board!
To those who are new to the rural setting, be careful not to seem disdainful of the quality of the care or lack of sophisticated technology. Remarks about "hick towns" will get you the freeze out faster than anything - everyone WILL hear about it even if you only say it to one person!
I love doing care in these facilities precisely because I get to do more and participate in many more aspects of my patients' care. (Though I could give up cleaning my own delivery rooms)
Nov 15, '11I am going to start to work as a charge nurse in a rural hospital with 25 bed in west texas. Does anyone work on west texas. I do not have any hospital experience. The previous two years I work in LTC. Please advise!!! Help!!!
Nov 17, '11Be smart- learn, learn, learn, all you can. Read. Subscribe to one of those nursing journals and keep a little file folder of stuff you can use. Anytime the hospital offers to send you to a conference or for some kind of training, take them up on the offer.
Mar 10, '12I work at a rural hospital in nevada. 2 er beds, and 11 acute beds. I have 6 years of experience there. I want to go to a bigger hospital, in order to get more experience, in surgery and wound care. Does anyone think it is a stigma to work in a rural hospital? Is it going against me, when i apply at bigger hospitals? What can i do or say, when the nurse recruiter talks to me about my rural hospital experience.
Apr 25, '12Quote from ANNIENURSEANGELAnnie, I think u got it backwards, girl!!!I work at a rural hospital in nevada. 2 er beds, and 11 acute beds. I have 6 years of experience there. I want to go to a bigger hospital, in order to get more experience, in surgery and wound care. Does anyone think it is a stigma to work in a rural hospital? Is it going against me, when i apply at bigger hospitals? What can i do or say, when the nurse recruiter talks to me about my rural hospital experience.
"Hi my name is Annie and I'm interviewing for this amazing opening at your Trauma 1 inner city hospital.
My experience in my rural hospital has provided me with a vast array of knowledge and independance. Often I was the only RN working the floor and delt with our entire ER. Because the larger hospitals were so far away, I often single handedly provided nursing care to our most tramatic patients in an effort to stabilize them before forwarding them to one of the larger hospitals.
Sometimes at night it was only myself and a Nurse Practitioner and due to our limited supplies for certain occassions we were forced to rely on our ingenuity like when our supply of finger splints was exhausted and I combined two halfs of a tongue depressor to make a splint. It was always a wild ride with just a skeleton staff. I think my 6 years of independant experience would an invaluable asset if were able serve your hospital. "
Ta da!!! You're gonna kick butt, Annienurse!