- Cedar Springs Behavioral Health Hospial, Colorado Springs28.Sep 2016
desperate for providers
Support from management
verbal offers of clinical support but no follow through
adequate between nursing staff and providers but staff terribly overworked.
Freedom to work independently
too much initially because corporate made me skip 4 day mandatory orientation so I could IMMEDIATELY start seeing patients.
All good feedback from all levels of staff but, again, I had to figure paperwork, routine, etc., out on my own because all other staff so busy trying to do job of 2-3 people or positions
Attitude towards older colleagues
seem to be. they were glad to keep people as long as they would stay.
Professional development opportunities available but almost impossible to take advantage of because of chronically understaffed.
Overall compensation for your work
salary not comparable to California, but good for area. Insurance offered was not good and very costly. Again, couldn't take advantage of other benefits like continuing education $$, days off and other non-salary related benefits.
Office / Work Environment
poor. no set work place for me as a provider. I was always trying to find and open room to see patients verses seeing them out in front of other patients as other providers did. HIPAA!!!
If there was, wasn't well communicated, but I was there for one purpose... see as many patients as possible... no time for any of that information I would've gotten in mandatory orientation.
This was the one area I was happy with. As long as I saw my (and others) patients, I could take my kid to doctor or something even if that meant come back to finish.
No, I wasn't. Especially after I started hearing patients family's saying they wouldn't bring their family member back there.
hospital owned by a fortune 500 company, has been sold several times. Providers (NP's / Doctors) job pretty secure because chronically short staffed in that regard.
yes. especially with being in a snowy environment.
Often volatile patients in understaffed conditions, not always best environment for work place safety.
Challenging in that I was immediately thrown in to seeing patients without proper orientation, especially after dropping my private practice as quickly as ethically possible in California to take this job as soon as I could because they were so short staffed and I wanted to be a team player.
Inclusive / Diverse
Hard to say... staff, myself included, seemed so overworked, often hard to assess this.
Suggestions for improvement
- National Recruiter, Local credentialing office and Fortune 500 parent company DO YOUR HOMEWORK before disrupting peoples lives to relocated them across multiple state lines. Note... I wouldn't proceed with pushing relocation forward until I had in writing that I was credentialed to provide care in an inpatient setting.... can't do job without it.
- I hope this will not be edited. Every point is extremely important to good patient care by properly credentialed providers. Any provider considering working at Cedar Springs needs to not just take their sides word for it. I asked about any credentialing issues between states 3 separate times (first contact with recruiting agency, then CEO who then checked with corporate "credentialing guru" before uprooting my life and was told my resume looks great and even "corporate guru" said i was good to go.
- Never negative word about my ethics, job performance, professionalisms, team player. I only left after I went to petition state board/attorney general for a waiver to practice psychiatry in Colorado since in California I could specialize in any area if appropriately trained. Once my waiver was denied due to laws/statute in state leaving no wiggle room for AG to grant waiver, I left because their only offer was a much lower paying job that I was in no way qualified to do instead of a job paying the same that would have me see patients in a medical vs. psych capacity. Once I left, despite ONLY positive feedback for my performance, my colleagues were told NOT to do any written letter of recommendations or to talk to anyone about me or my employment there period. The CEO lost job as a result of this because being able to operate as a hospital, proper credentialing and granted privileges to see patients inpatient setting while they are at their worst is a great matter of patient safety and well being. I am well qualified to do that, as I did it many years, legally, in California. But... Colorado hasn't different laws. They should've known the laws in their own state.... starting with first question from recruiting agency. As if that 6 months of intense stress wasn't enough, no severance of at least a few months so I could get set up with a new job now that I moved my family cross country and am primary age earner for my family of 6. they let me keep my relocation and sign on bonus under great pressure from an attorney I had to pay out of my own pocket for.
What I like about the company
the resiliency and commitment to good patient care of SOME line staff (not management) despited being overworked.
What I dislike about the company
Was brought from thriving private psychiatric practice in California in a rush without fully, properly credentialing me as a provider of psychiatric care in Colorado.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyCedar Springs Behavioral Health Hospial, Colorado Springs
- CityColorado Springs
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2016