I just finished a contract at St. Lukes Roosevelt in New yORK City and it was hell. To be fair I cant judge the rest of the facility on 9East and compared to other places I have worked I only received 6 pts while on onther contracts 7, 8 or more is the norm.
My issue with 9 East is the staff. From, the apathetic nurse manager who literally turns a bling eye to EVERYTHING except the travelers, she treats travelers as expendable. During my time there, I saw first hand S.I inundate her RN's(travelers and staff) with duties the aide could do. I actually saw her walk from one end of the unit to another to pull a nurse out the room to attend to a patient rather than ask the aide whom she passed going down the hall. The worst offenses however were ignoring a report by a tarveler that an aide had hit a patient and during a coat actually walking right past the staff rushing the emergency equipment to the pts room with her coat and bag over her arm AND GO HOME. The leader of the unit tleaving like that is disheartening.
Leader should be used loosely as she takes direct instructions from the evening clerk who in exchange for letting call bells go unaswered after S.I leaves for the day she gives up gossip to her. Its comical to listen to the clerk tell the NM what she should staff and who should go where etc.
I was offered renewal and I told my recruiter HELL NO. I've never seen a NM so scared of her staff she is willing to jeapordize patient safety. To travelers going in to 9E you have been warned!!!
Jun 16, '12
OMG !! Thats pretty scary! thanks for sharing this. I'm sure it can save someone some trouble. I've often considered travel nursing. At least I know to stay away from this place .
Jun 16, '12
Yikes--what a disaster floor! Unfortunately, weak middle management--facilitated by a lack of leadership by the CNO--allows such nonsense to go on more frequently than one would think in a business where--after all--LIVES are at stake. Don't know if there's a quick fix, but it would be a good start for middle management to be supported in their difficult job by a CNO that truly has their backs.
Mar 16, '13
I also worked on this floor, and it is a disaster. The environment can only be described as "malignant". In fact, I didn't even finish my contract there. I have a good relationship with my agency, and they were very supportive. Clearly, I was not the first nurse who was incredibly unhappy there. The manager is a nightmare.
Once I floated to the tele floor in that hospital, where the staff and everybody were wonderful. that 9th floor surgical floor is notorious amongst travel nurses. STAY AWAY!!
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