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KINDRED HOSPITAL

Has anyone worked at kindred hospital our has anybody had a love one admitted to kindred hospital? Brea or westiminister locations? I have read a lot of bad reviews and know that they really work there nurses but i would love some input. Thanks!

xoemmylouox, ASN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

I had a relative there. They ended up dying there (I'm still undecided about if the care they received made the infection worse). I would say the location they were at was understaffed (what place isn't anymore). As with all places we had good nurses and bad nurses. At the end my relative ended up in the critical care unit. Those Nurses were amazing. They were there at my side to comfort me after he had died. They let me take all of the time I needed and were the support I needed at that very moment.

Thanks for your insight, I am so sorry for your loss. I have read a lot of bad reviews about Kindred Hospital on Yelp, and unfortunately a lot of people were stating that there loved ones were dying there. I thought it was a rehabilitation hospital. The purpose of rehabilitation is to get well and to be discharged. A lot of the Yelp reviews I read were implying and some were actually accusing Kindred Hospital of neglecting there loved ones so badly that it caused them to pass. I just don't understand. There are some crappy nurses and there are some great nurses...But anyway you are very right about a lot of facilities being understaffed. If we are going to be overworked.. at least pay us like it.

AdamantiteEnigma

Has 13 years experience.

I can speak briefly in regard to my experience working agency there. I won't ever go back there. Let's see:

1. No orientation to the floor for an agency staff (not a big deal but really set in later).

2. There were 2 RN's on the floor I was assigned. 28 patients, some vented/trached, 23 of them with tube feedings. One aide (who magically disappeared often). I had all 28 patients for anything that fell within my scope. Which meant I was expected to do it all, as there were only two patients with IV push pain coverage PRN. In addition to that, with one largely missing aide, I did the adl's/changes/repositioning on all patients.

3. They had their own pharmacy, which apparently hand delivered medications to the floor sometimes 3-4 hours past their due time. If I informed my coworkers of a lack of a particular med and asked them to call the pharmacy for me, they refused.

4. They use a very difficult to understand system (which is computerized with terminals in each room) that didn't register my entries. I did not know this until 7 hours into my shift, when both RN's confronted and accused me of not giving medications while I was coming out of a patient room after performing a dressing change. Apparently, you have to hit an Fkey to save what you've done. I was absolutely thrilled to learn there was no prompt for this. And equally thrilled to have to document giving medications many hours past their required time.

5. During one dressing change in particular, which required cleansing/packing/covering from posterior C3 all the way to the Sacrum - Someone entered the isolation room and turned up the heat. I was miserable in my isolation gear. When I finished with the patient I noticed the room temperature was set over 100 degrees, with the heat still firing from the vents. It truly ****** me off. And I don't get angry at work. In fact, I can count the number of times I've gotten angry at work on less than one hand in 23 years of working with patients.

6. There was no break, no lunch.

7. The two RN's on duty found me numerous times in the course of my shift to inform me of other tasks that I needed to perform that were either new orders(which I needed to annote then perform), or placed in their internal system in a way that it did not populate for me. I found it strange that they had the time to do this in between being incredibly busy performing those two IV pushes.

8. I was tasked to fill out an incident report and a medication error form for splitting an OxyIR in half to give a patient the dose that was written when there were no individual doses available. Oh, pharmacy *did* deliver replacements for the missing meds 2 hours after I gave the dose.

9. My Cardiology III scope *magically* disappeared from off of the top of an isolation cart when I suited up to hang a piggyback for a patient. Never to be seen again. It was a present to myself, and held great sentiment for me.

10. My favorite. I was held up for over an hour following my shift while the Day Supervisor went over all of my charting, treatment and medication documentation in their system to ensure I wasn't leaving 'holes' in charting. So, 14 hour shift with no lunch, no breaks and they would only sign paying me for 12. The ruckus I made the next day in my agency office prompted them to pay the difference Kindred refused to. They wrote me a check on the spot after confirming my story.

There is a lot more, but those are the main points. Suffice to say I wouldn't send my enemy there to be cared for. Nor would I give that facility another chance at my availability. Another event that just came to mind as well. The Husband of the patient I'd done this complex dressing change on. Yeah... He apparently had the call bell on without an answer for over a half hour (he claimed). So the patients rectal tube *magically* became dislodged and *somehow* migrated to the middle of the floor in the center of the patient room. I was forced to bite my lip so hard it bled when both RN's ordered me to replace the tube (out of my scope of practice in my state) and redo the dressing after asking for help. When I redid the dressing, neither would replace the rectal tube. I had to call the Day Supervisor to get anything done with it. By that time, BM had run into the dressing again. Guess who was ordered to clean/change it?

Combining these events with others I haven't mentioned bring me to my conclusion regarding Kindred. The constantly being talked down to by all staff, including the CNA when I could actually locate him, helped solidify my decision to never bother setting foot in there again.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

I worked at a Kindred facility in Texas on and off for a couple of years. The company has a shoddy reputation in this neck of the woods. Basically, they are known as a profit-driven healthcare cash cow who will accept any and every patient, no matter how inappropriate the admission may be.

The positive aspect of working there is the very competitive pay. However, you will earn every single penny.

libran1984, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Nursing. Has 4 years experience.

I worked at a Kindred facility in Texas on and off for a couple of years. The company has a shoddy reputation in this neck of the woods. Basically, they are known as a profit-driven healthcare cash cow who will accept any and every patient, no matter how inappropriate the admission may be.

The positive aspect of working there is the very competitive pay. However, you will earn every single penny.

.... yeah.... gonna have to agree with TheCommuter

RNrhythm, BSN, RN

Has 4 years experience.

Wow! Which facility or type of facility? Kindred seems to be everywhere. What state, at least? I am very curious. Thanks.

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience.

Did a couple of shifts there as agency. I had eight patients, 2 vented, 5 on tube feedings, 31 dressing changes, plus hours spent pulling my scheduled meds from the pyxis.

I would not send my dog to Kindred.

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 18 years experience.

Has anyone worked at kindred hospital our has anybody had a love one admitted to kindred hospital? Brea or westiminister locations? I have read a lot of bad reviews and know that they really work there nurses but i would love some input. Thanks!

From my own personal experience of having my group home patients being sent there from Acute Care even when I requested any rehab hospital but Kindred is that I would not want to work for them. The Two Southern California facilities I had experience with were, dirty, smelled bad and my residents routinely got worse as they languished in bed waiting for their Medicare Benefits to expire, After which they were miraculously well enough to be sent home. I will never let anyone I love go to a Kindred Hospital.

Hppy

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

Wow! Which facility or type of facility? Kindred seems to be everywhere. What state, at least? I am very curious. Thanks.
Kindred is headquartered in Louisville, KY, but I believe they own and operate facilities in the majority of the states. The scarier part is they're snapping up new facilities and expanding their portfolio like crazy.

Adele_Michal7, ASN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric. Has 5 years experience.

They have LTC's too I think

817nurse

Has 1 years experience.

They have LTC's too I think
You are right. Kindred has a bunch of LTC facilities, LTAC hospitals, transitional rehab centers, and anything else they can acquire to make fast cash.

xoemmylouox, ASN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

My Father passed away at a Kindred "Hospital". It could have very well been that he was going to die anyway, but I can't be sure that the care he received wasn't the cause of his demise. I have to say the nurses he had on the "ICU" side of things were amazing. They kept in touch with me and called me in when the end was near. They let me have all of the time I needed once he passed and were there to support me. I wouldn't ever send another relative there, but the only other "rehab" type facility in my area isn't much better. I worked at the other one and quit not to long into my time there. That place was also literally a death trap.

jlhnursing

Has 3 years experience.

Hello all,

i might be a little behind with this post but I'm sure glad I found this.

I worked as a CNA for kindred hospital is Las Vegas. I won't say which particular one or what nurses were involved. I was hired on for a night shift position. During my interview with the DON, she asked me if I liked Filipino people. I responded with, "I don't have a problem with them".

She responds with "well, a lot of them work here and they probably won't help you out at all on the floor".

Turns out, she was right.

Worst job job ive ever had. A lot of back stabbing. One CNA denied a patient food because it was too late for him to eat (10:30pm) but the patient was taking steroids to increase appetite.

The same CNA was assisting one of my patients from the bed to the commode. While I was walking up to the room, I could hear her yelling at my patient, "you're acting like a 12 year old, why can't you walk".

I had informed the nurses and one of them told me that she's gone to the "higher ups" but they turn a blind eye.

I would come back from a four day weekend and other CNAS would be glad I was back. I'm a team player and will help when I'm asked. The other CNAS would disappear, throw a fit if you asked for help, or sit for 20 minutes not answering call lights.

I also had another patient who would ask for ice cream. I told him I would ask his nurse if it was okay for him to have it this late and I would be back.

He responds with "that's what they all say and never come bAck"

never have I seen someone so happy that I kept up a promise.

Granted, we all get busy. We all get overwhelmed.

After I reported the incident with the CNA yelling at my patient, I was suspended from work a day later and then fired for " falsifying" my time cards and charting.

Beware with any kindred hospitals in the Las Vegas area.

PghRN15

Specializes in Hospice. Has 2 years experience.

I did a clinical rotation for my LPN - RN program. It was awful. Understaffed and mean employees that went out of their way to NOT be helpful. It was so bad that at one point my clinical instructor instructed us to give report and pulled us from the floor early and we never went back.

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