Methodist Dallas Medical Center?

  1. I just accepted an assignment at Methodist Dallas Hospital in Dallas, TX. Sounds like it is going to be a tough assignment. Any other travelers been there that could share your experience or give information about the facility...good or bad?

    I will say this about Methodist Dallas that I have not liked and will warm others about. All traveling nurses must take many online tests and quiz's prior to your arrival for orientation. I was told this was manditory. After getting the log in and website information I found there are 22 test that you must take!!!! I have completed them and I probably have had to put forth approxiately 10-15 hours of my personal time to review the material and take all the quiz's. If you are thinking of an assignment at Methodist Dallas, be aware of this and ask to be reimbursed for your time you put in meeting their manditory requirements. Most of these tests are stupid and had I known in advance that I was going to have to go "back to school" to get the assignment in advance of interviewing and accepting I probably would of passed on this assignment and looked for something else.

    Thanks
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  3. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Well, I guess I'm impressed with Methodist.

    I live in the Dallas area. I'm glad they make sure people they didn't screen themselves actually know what they say they know!

    I've been interviewing with some agencies, and some actually do have a lot of material that is clinically oriented and designed to tell if you know your stuff. Not just the self assessment skills check off.

    I'm assuming the position at Methodist pays upward of $40 an hour. I think that would be worth the investment, and I think Methodist deserves to know what they are getting.

    (I am a little surprised that you have to review material to pass a quiz. Maybe it's me, but is this why hospitals have quizzes? To guarantee a basic knowledge level?)

    Good luck--it's a nice hospital and Dallas can be a lot of fun. Lots for everybody--great zoo, wonderful arboretum, huge HUGE aquarium (especially for a city so far inland), deep downtown has lots of party spots and there's always the historic district. Check out the 5th Floor Museum.

    And welcome to Texas!
  4. by   naskippy
    Quote from chris_at_lucas_RN
    Well, I guess I'm impressed with Methodist.

    I live in the Dallas area. I'm glad they make sure people they didn't screen themselves actually know what they say they know!

    I've been interviewing with some agencies, and some actually do have a lot of material that is clinically oriented and designed to tell if you know your stuff. Not just the self assessment skills check off.

    I'm assuming the position at Methodist pays upward of $40 an hour. I think that would be worth the investment, and I think Methodist deserves to know what they are getting.

    (I am a little surprised that you have to review material to pass a quiz. Maybe it's me, but is this why hospitals have quizzes? To guarantee a basic knowledge level?)

    Good luck--it's a nice hospital and Dallas can be a lot of fun. Lots for everybody--great zoo, wonderful arboretum, huge HUGE aquarium (especially for a city so far inland), deep downtown has lots of party spots and there's always the historic district. Check out the 5th Floor Museum.

    And welcome to Texas!
    Thanks for you reply...however you should not be surprised at the review of matierial to pass the quiz's. Many of them yes the review was really not necessary...but many of the quiz's were related to "hospital policies" of which every hospital is a little different. Many of the quiz's were also related to specific hospital equiptment used in the hospital. As I am sure you are aware these vary widely from hospital to hospital. Reading about them and taking quiz's and having actual hands on orientation are two different things. I guess I would of preferred the hands on type of orientation in which I recieved instruction, was able to play the equiptment and be paid for my orientation time.

    I do understand your points of view and they are appreciated...but after 25 years of nursing much of this I felt was unnecessary, and much of it better taught and demonstrated and explained in a class room type environment with hands on training. They use lots of Point Of Care devices such as I-Stat, Medtronic, Pyloritek, and a type of Glucose Monitor of which I am not familar...as I am sure you know there are literally dozens of different makes and modles.

    I enjoy and want to learn new things...but if I am going to be mandatied to do it as part of the job requirements I feel I should of been compensated for my time of which many hours were spent. Although I don't quite make $40 an hour you were close...so do the math times 10 to 15 hours...that is a lot of time and money we are talking about of which I feel only fair to be compensated for. This is the only hospital I have traveled to that did not do these things in a class room orientation setting...and I was paid for orientation...just because they do orientation on line should a hired employee or traveling nurse be expected to not recieve pay for their orientation time? That was the point I was trying to make. Not that I am offended that I had to demonstrate my knowledge and competency.

    I have completed all the tests now anyway and I look forward to coming to Dallas. I already have my apartment arranged right across the street from the hospital. I do appreciate your comments and I do look forward to being in Dallas soon. Thanks for the welcome.

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