Published Jul 10, 2009
Hey y'all.. I'm a new grad, and wanted to know if there's some nurses that have work(ed) for the Christus Shumpert system in Shreveport. We all know that we talk about the comparisons of one facility to another. I've heard good points and bad points about it. Anyone care to share? I was contacted for an interview and have some uneducated reservations about this hospital based only on hearsay.
i'm a new grad and I worked there. what unit?
7 Tower med surg.
Well just as long as it's not Progressive Care Unit 4 Med Tower. My 1st day with my preceptor she gave me 2 patients. Then she told me that she was not in a teaching mood and didnt feel like teaching me anything. Needless to say the rest of the day went horrible. I didn't know where she was half the time. I stayed the entire shift and before I left she said I'm gonna let you have 4 patients on Weds(the day I was to go back) do you think you can handle that? I told her yes simply because I knew that day was my last day. I told the manager and he seemed very unconcerned and only said thank you for your feedback. WTH!?
I don't know about the preceptors on 7 med tower. I only know that they work using the team nursing approach. I don't like team nursing for several reasons but you should get a feel for it yourself. Any other questions just let me know!
Team nursing approach certainly sounds all good and positive, but there must be something lingering in the mix that isn't so great. What could that be? I was sent out there once while working agency as CNA during school, and when I got there to the station to sign in and verify my schedule they all looked at me like I was trying to sell them perfume from a suitcase. Was told I wasn't needed for the shift, had enough coverage, don't know why they sent you from agency etc. Just got that shu fly look from them, kinda cold and unfriendly. Didn't like the looks or the smell of 7 med tower. Have an interview mid week with them. Geez, if I get "the look" again I may just move on and hope a better experience will come.
I have worked on a unit(not at schumpert) that did the whole team nursing approach and I have to say, in my opinion it was bad for patient care. With team nursing everyone has their duty. One or more RNs have their task, the LPN passes meds, and the UAP does the basic patient care. When you have all of these people going in and out, charting, and doing their thing there is usually a breakdown of communication. What if the doctor calls you and needs too know some information about the patient? What if it's pertaining to a "task" that you weren't assigned to do that day and the other professional has not communicated to you yet? You hae to go off and find that person which is a waste of time. Besides that, the patient is confused because all of these different disciplines are coming in and out of their rooms.
Good Luck in your interview! I hope everything goes well in your job hunting. I'm applying to LSU now, hoping I get a call soon.
I see exactly what you mean now. It's kind of contradictory to use the term "team approach" when the duties or responsibilities are quite defined which kind of leads to no one overlapping with help or blending with other members of the healthcare team, and I would think keeps some out of the loop. I can hear some saying under their breath "that's not my job." Interesting that you are looking into LSU. I have been a patient there darn near a year trying to monitor a gyno issue. I have an appt there this week, and interested in seeing if there are any nursing positions available. I spent almost 2 months there in clinical before graduation. I did peds, maternity and IV therapy there. It's like my home hospital for me! That is definitely one hospital I'd be comfortable working in. If you see any good postings available, let me know. Appreciate ya!
I have worked several shifts on 7 Tower at Schumpert. Team nursing involves passing meds or charting on 9-12 patients. The PCC is usually a RN but the PCN can be a LPN or RN, if they are short. The RN usually does all the assessments and charting and the PCN passes all the meds. The max is usually 12 patients per team. It can get hectic and you need good time management skills. It's not too bad but I don't perfer it. 5 Tower is a good post-op floor. As for the hospital, it's pretty good-no major complaints.
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