What do you know about HCAs??? - page 2

In my travel nursing journey :D I'm beginning to read things about HCAs. One of the companies that I am actually speaking with told me today that they are owned by the HCA systems. I've gathered this means that I will be working... Read More

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    Quote from rnyogi
    thanks everyone!!! these horror stories are scaring me....
    i talked to a friend who did travel nursing for some hca facilities. she agreed with what was stated...there is a high patient to nurse ratio. but, she also said that if you think about it, all you have to do is get through the 13 weeks of work, and when you're not at work you're in a cool new place. she thought it wasn't that bad. (i guess it probably really depends on the facility you're working in too...) is there anyone else that agrees with her?
    i have taken hca contracts in the past when i really needed to be in a specific place for various reasons. i have, however, never extended or done a repeat contract at an hca contract even though i have done many extensions and repeats at other facilities.
    these contracts are never easy or pleasant, but being old, tough and an experienced traveler i can get through them when i must. i would not recommend them for a new traveler. you could very well end up chewed up and spit out and it could ruin the concept of travel nursing for you.
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    I know that given the choice I would never work for one again. Ditto the above comments. Did a lot of per-diem on various units at an HCA facility a while back, only thing that made me go back every shift was my empty wallet. Horrible patient load (one night I had 28 telemetry patients as an assignment). Everything is about the bottom line. Crap equipment, poor staffing, no budget for education, etc. It was the only game in town, so I had no choice at the time.

    It's not about the patient, it's about the shareholders.

    Really left me sour on HCA, and for-profit facilities in general.
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    HCA? Where to start.
    I've done quite a few over the last three decades and its usually fairly predictable. All the horror stories I know, but if you know that in advance, at least you won't be surprized. Here in FL they're hard to ignore - too many of them.

    They're shameless too. The CEO who got caught with his hand in the Medicare cookie jar to the tune of a billion (with a B) dollars in the 90's, is now our governor.

    They have also used the archaic Meditech DOS charting since it came out. Its a riot.

    That said if its the only game in town, make your peace with it and hold on.
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    What I don't get about HCA hospitals is how in the world they make a profit. The savings on the front end have to be used up on the back end by low patient satisfacation/non-returning business and the cost of high staff turnover. I would NEVER work there due to the horrible stories I have heard from friends. Life it too short. I'm so happy to have chosen to work at a great hospital from the start and listened to stay away from HCA. Honestly, I would be embarrased to be associated with their poor performance. Eeek!!
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    The HCA I work at both is and isn't bad. Our nurse-patient ratio is generally 5-or-6 to 1 on nights, though that's with no support staff. I can't imagine the 28-to-1 that emergently dealt with. I'd have walked out, as would everyone else on my floor (med-surg/tele, btw). Days tend to be lower. I do know every traveler we've had this time around had been horrified, and many have left. A lot of us have tried to help them as much as we can, but... it's not enough, apparently. And yet our patients tend to say they'd come here rather than other area hospitals, so make of it what you will.
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    I got a call the other day talking about MedSurg/Tele in Vegas. It actually sounded more like a Travel Registry job, if there is such a thing. I am guessing it was for the HCA.

    The deal was you had to work between 3 hospitals and give 5 days of availability. I do not have a NV license but the 36hr week guarantee and $42/HR didnt sound bad. Does anyone know what I am talking about? The dude wouldnt tell me the names of the hospitals (red flags)!
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    Quote from 79Tango
    I got a call the other day talking about MedSurg/Tele in Vegas. It actually sounded more like a Travel Registry job, if there is such a thing. I am guessing it was for the HCA.

    The deal was you had to work between 3 hospitals and give 5 days of availability. I do not have a NV license but the 36hr week guarantee and $42/HR didnt sound bad. Does anyone know what I am talking about? The dude wouldnt tell me the names of the hospitals (red flags)!

    Tango,

    My travel partner and I got word of this assignment too. We are contemplating this but there have been a few red flags on our end as well. It's funny you mentioned this, as I read more and more detail in your post I was like, "Yup, thats exactly what they told us".

    Did you happen to ask why they are requiring extra staffing? We were told it's because they are training for the CPOE module in meditech. Be nice to try to qualify these statements as fact or fiction. I'll post more infor here as I get it.
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    No I did not even ask what the deal was. I just figured the NV license and not knowing which nights between 3 different hospitals is what created the need. I will check through my old emails because I think this has been an on-going need. I am certain more than one company has been recruiting this.
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    There is seemingly always needs in LV based on the age of population:nurses. Walk through state though, cheap housing.
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    HCA is a blackballing piece of ****! Stay away. Read my post regarding "blacklisting in Texas." They are a private institution and every dollar counts no matter how they get it. SNAKES!


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