- Hca-Hospital Corporation of America07.Oct 2019
Does not put patients first. Money is priority to management. Evidenced by inappropriate staffing and overall low morale.
Support from management
In the end, it is a large corporation. My direct management team has to answer to hospital management. And hospital management has to answer to corporate management. Sometimes their hands are tied.
They encourage all of this. However, anytime anything is brought up, even my multiple employees, change is rarely seen.
Freedom to work independently
Management consistently form new policies that are great in theory. But in reality cause delayed efficiency in patient care delivery and are at times just unreasonable to the point that compliance could cause a patient's status to rapidly decline further.
Quick to communicate challenges and department failures. Prefer to communicate via work E-mail and social media. Everybody does not waste time on social media or time to check work email since an employee should be working while "at work".
I haven't personally witnessed any problems.
Attitude towards older colleagues
I haven't personally witnessed any issues.
It is the largest hospital Corporation in America. Hundreds of hospitals around the country and hundreds of available open positions.
Overall compensation for your work
I feel that my pay is great compared to others in the industry.
Office / Work Environment
Technology could be better. Something to help the nurses take their charting "on the go" without having to haul a COW around would be helpful. A more efficient charting system so nurses could spend more time with their patients...being nurses again.
No. But this problem probably has less to do with the hospital and probably more to with government regulators (e.g. DEA, FDA, etc.) So much money is wasted in a hospital especially in regards to narcotic medication's. If a patient's provider orders a half dose of a pain medicine, whatever is not used out of that vial gets dumped down the sink. Everytime that medication is given. Pain meds are generally scheduled every 4 hours, why waste a medication that could be saved to be given the next time
Stafg according to grid but frequently have to request employees take extra shifts to cover for call outs, floating to other departments, etc. No on-call employees for my specific floor. Instead they take an already understaffed schedule and continue to combat "call-ins" with making people pick up extra shifts.
HCA is a large company. And not all hospitals are exactly the same. I am sure there are good hospitals to work for as well.
Yes it's a hospital
Work environment to the employee is generally safe. However understaffing leads to decreased safety for the patients (e.g. increased patient falls, med errors, failure to rescue, etc.)
Nursing is known to be a tough environment. But, that just comes with taking care of people. What's not okay is when your employer does not provide adequate staff/resources to take care of patients safely.
Inclusive / Diverse
They listen, but don't act accordingly. Becomes a culture of "why bother voicing my opinion if nothing is going to be done."
Suggestions for improvement
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What I like about the company
Good benefits with 401K match. Ample opportunities for growth and relocation given the size of the company and hundreds of locations across the US and even in the UK. At my hospital, I love my floor and my co-workers.
What I dislike about the company
HCA's mission statement is "Above all else we are committed to the care and improvement of human life." However, it is my opinion that patient care comes second to their "bottom line". Consistent nurse and CNA understaffing leads to an increased amount of avoidable undesirable patient outcomes. The Hospitalists are consistently understaffed as well, and I have heard many of them complain about it. Usually doctors are treated the best out of anybody in a hospital. When an institution truly puts their patients first in all aspects of care, staff morale is raised, and word of mouth travels, especially in a smaller city. That hospital will eventually become the only hospital people will choose for their acute care needs. Maybe budget wouldn't have to be as much of a concern and would take care of itself.
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- CompanyHca-Hospital Corporation of America
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