By May 14, 2009 8 Comments

Rating a hospital with NurseRatings.org is so easy a crash test dummy could do it.

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I just ran across a site that if properly used could become a huge tool for travel nurses everywhere. NurseRatings.org. I don’t know if the creator of  this site, which has the tag line “Nurses helping Nurses,” meant it to be for travel nursing or just a great tool for nurses everywhere, but whatever the intent, the potential use for travel nurses is huge. Imagine being able to learn first hand from travel nurses just like you what they thought of a hospital during their time there during a travel nursing assignment. And don’t forget the valuable feedback from the perm nurses that work there too.

No matter what your goals for being a travel nurse it is important to know a lot about the hospital you are going to work at. You will want to evaluate on culture, technology and clinical skills, management style, etc. And NurseRatings.org lets you rate on the:

  • Doctor to Nurse Relationship
  • Nurse to Nurse Relationship
  • Pay
  • Location
  • Nurse Management
  • Professional Development

Plus it has a comments section where nurses can add anything else they would like. Rating does not require a log in or even using your real name, which is one of the strengths and weaknesses of review sites. On the one hand the anonymity can let people speak up who may not normally, but can also lead to abuse. But overall I think it is a good system that is easy to use.

But the best part may be how easy it is for you as a travel nurse to go in and rate hospitals you have worked at. The site is very user friendly. It is grouped by state with a simple to use map, as long as you are familiar with US geography, which if you are a travel nurse I assume you are. This is a great option if you want to browse a state you are considering taking a travel nursing job in, but if you are looking for a specific hospital to read about or rate, there is a easy to use search tool.

The biggest drawback of the site so far is that there does not appear to be many ratings available and currently no real incentive to do so, other than the good old fashioned nature of people who like to share their opinion. If there were some sort of social networking aspect to it or rewards system to spur reviews I think it would grow faster, but it is still very new so you just have to give it time and be a willing user yourself. Ratings sites like these are only worthwhile if people use them so I suggest you start using it today, it is a really good way to educate yourself and other travel nurses about the hospitals they may be taking their next travel nursing job.

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About the Author:

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies. I have never been a nurse and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for four years and think it is a great company that has a lot to offer nurses and allied health professionals interested in a travel career. I do post just a small sampling of travel nursing jobs from Medical Solutions, but mostly I write about travel nursing. On this site you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Recruiter). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

8 Comments on "Rating a hospital with NurseRatings.org is so easy a crash test dummy could do it."

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  1. Kimberley Broussard says:

    I just finished a 13 week assignment at University of Ct. John Dempsey hospital in Farmington Ct.
    I’ve been a traveler for 5 years and a nurse for 15. Let me tell you, this was the worst experience of my career. I have never been so mistreated in my life! All the travelers were more than upset and one even bought out her own contract. First of all, the lies. I told them during the phone interview that I needed my days in blocks because I was 4 hours away and would have to stay in motels. I told her that it was the only requirement I had. The nurse DON said “Yes. That will be no problem.” Once I signed the contract, and got my schedule, she had me working almost every other day. After 2 weeks checks started bouncing. I was having to use motels every night. I went into her office and told her that I would lose my house, and that she had given me her word about the schedule. She smirked and said “well thats the way it goes” She actually snickered and said “Hope you don’t lose your house” as I was walking out.
    Now, being an experienced traveler, I know that I won’t always get great pt assignments, but the assignments given to the travelers were more than unfair. I saw more than a few travelers with tears in their eyes. These people are downright mean to travelers. I stayed untill 2130 several times. I only got out on time once. I could go on and on. I still can’t quite believe it. The worst part is that they asked me to sign on for another 13 weeks. I told them I couldn’t. So they gave me the first bad evaluation of my career. They said that I came in in the morning and dissappeared for the rest of the day and hid, talking on my phone. Outright lies!!! Good thing I have been with the same company for 5 years and they know me. They didn’t believe a word of it. They said, “They just asked us to re-sign you! You’ve had nothing but excellent evaluations for every assignment you’ve ever had.”
    Let me tell you, this has been the worst, most upsetting experience in nursing. I have decided to go into another career now. I was starting to get burned out before this, but was coming back around to finding it more rewarding. Since this disaster, I have a new goal of being out of nursing by the end of 2010.
    Beware of this Hospital! The one good thing was how the Doctors treated us. Very respectful and nice.

  2. Jeff says:

    Wow. Sorry to hear you had such a bad travel nursing experience Kimberly. I am glad to see your company stood behind you though.

  3. jonathan says:

    whatever its worth avoid a traveling nurse or o.r. tech assignment in oakland ,california.kaiser medical center is a complete disaster the contractors admitted to me after i finished my assignment this hospital is there biggest headache.kaiser fires or threatens most of there travelers and is known for sterile busts and latex mistakes routinely.

  4. Michelle says:

    Yes it is true, kaiser sucks!! They insist how happy they are to have their travelers and then throw you to the dogs. Its not about the patients here, its about their overrated documentation. Managers come in early morning and march around the unit specifically looking for something to complain about in the patient rooms. They constantly audit your charting, not caring about the patients welfare but about their dumb reputation. Managers love to scream at travel nurses and nothing makes them happier than yelling at a nurse in a patients room in front of patients and visitors. Oh and then say they are sorry afterwards…yeah right. And did I mention that you don’t get a copy of your evaluations? I was at the kaiser in santa clara and I counted down the days. Kaiser Permanente? No – “kill’em permanently”. I do not recommend this hospital.

  5. theresa says:

    Don’t go to Immanuel in Omaha,Neb. They don’t like to orient their nurses and give crappy scheduling.

  6. maggie srinivasan says:

    Altru in Grand Forks is a nightmare. High acuities and high nurse patient ratios. No staff. High paying assignment but is it worth it??? Housing is hard to find because of universities in Grand Forks taking up all the housing. I have been there 1 week and so far have not been impressed. I anticipate walking on this assignment in the next 2 weeks

  7. Brenda says:

    Keiser in San Diego is the worst place for a traveler to work! After this job I am even uncertain if I even want to travel ever again!!!! Your schedule totally sucks like every day for the most part, will not pay overtime even tho they expect you to stay, floated to different floors twice a shift, always get first admits, pt load is so unfair and travelers are so fed to the dogs to make hired staff excellent jobs. I would never recommend this hospital to any traveler or any of the other Keiser hospitals, they are nursing in there own world. If a traveler ever hired on longer it was only because of more money and to me nursing is so much more than money. No continuity of care what so ever, I even had patients complain about that.

  8. Brenda says:

    I was so upset as I wrote this I didn’t make myself clear. Your schedule is every other day,

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