Children's Hospital Colorado

www.childrenscolorado.org
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Children's Hospital Colorado Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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Children's Hospital Colorado Interim CEO Jena Hausmann
Jena Hausmann
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Pros
  • Work-Life balance is important to my director (in 3 reviews)

  • Although we are still a business that has to remain profitable, we always remain focused on our true mission of helping kids at the same time (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance used to be good but it's getting worse as empty positions are not filled (in 5 reviews)

  • Very-biased organization on the non-clinical/finance side (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    RN manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's Hospital Colorado (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The only positive was quitting...

    Cons

    This was the worst place, I have ever worked. They do not respect their employees and bullying is encouraged. The worst management, I have ever had. Shame on you Children's. I will never speak good about you and HR plays the same nepotism card......

    Advice to Management

    I work now for awesome company where RN's are respected. That should be your example...please respect your employees.....


  2. Helpful (6)

    Used to be better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology
    Current Employee - Information Technology

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Children's offers very competitive salaries and good benefits. The mission is excellent. I can't think of an employer with a better cause. Children's offers the opportunity to work with current technologies and enterprise equipment.

    Cons

    Culture has been declining over the last few years. Leadership seems a bit rudderless. A long string of poor judgment and bad decisions has led to overspending and low moral. Wages are very good and in fact a little higher than market in most cases, but in spite of that people are still leaving. The evolving culture seems to include fear and intimidation. Dissenting opinions are a big no no. There has been a pretty significant talent drain in IT and it seems to be accelerating. A growing lack of trust between staff and leadership has developed. Just recently devices were installed under every desk to monitor when employees are at their desk. The initial message from leadership was that the devices were for tracking air flow. It wasn't until later that the true purpose of the devices was disclosed. It is a real shame that this once great organization with a terrific mission has lost its way. Hopefully the new CEO can get things back on track and make the organization a great place once again for the most talented and creative minds to call home.

    Children's Hospital Colorado Response

    Feb 3, 2015 – Human Resources Representative

    Thank you for sharing your concern about Children's Hospital Colorado. We'd like to learn more about your experience, as we are looking closely at the system in place and will take your ... More


  3. Helpful (5)

    Look elsewhere for an RN job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse CNIII in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse CNIII in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Make my own schedule 24/7 cafeteria Dog visits with the pet prescription program Volunteer opportunities Decent Health Insurance offerings Beautiful facility

    Cons

    Definite separation between the medical side of the hospital and management side. All shift differentials have either been reduced or discontinued all together. The nursing clinical ladder has been frozen. No current chance for RN's to advance from the bedside. Management discontinuing Clinical Coordinator-Charge Nurse roles. Not offering to relocate these experienced RN's, only offering severance packages. New staffing model being implemented. More CA's and LPN's doing patient cares, less RN interaction. "Nursing Home" staffing model is the base model. The patients acuitity level (how sick they are) not being considered in the new staffing model (RN's daily assignments) only RN/CNA ratio being considered, therefore making many unsafe daily/nightly assignments. Patient/Family satisfaction decreasing as staffing model changes. Less RN presence/interaction at the bedside. Management not listening to RN's concerns of unsafe assignments being made. Many experienced RN's looking for employment elsewhere. Traveler nurses being hired instead of management working on retention of current RN's.

    Advice to Management

    Work a few shifts on the floors with an RN. Invite attending physicians back into your management meetings when discussing staffing models. It is their patients you are affecting and many of the physicians I have talked to are unaware of this new RN/CNA ratio staffing model. Place more value on senior nurses in the organization (10+yrs exp) instead of trying to lay them off. They are mentoring your younger, newer RN staff as well as the residents in this facility. Be aware that patient satisfaction is falling as patients are experiencing longer PICU stays because the floors can no longer handle higher acuitity patients. Patient outcomes will also be affected. Be aware that magnet status requirements will no longer be met once this staffing model is complete and experienced nurses are gone. Be concerned that your current RN work force is feeling devalued, unheard, disrespected, unappreciated and forced into this new model with a fear of being retaliated against if they speak out. Please be aware that an unsafe environment is being created by your current management style. You are risking the longstanding positive reputation of this beautiful hospital and the care that we give to our most delicate patients.

    Children's Hospital Colorado Response

    Jan 13, 2015 – Human Resources Representative

    Thank you for sharing your concern about Children's Hospital Colorado. We'd like to learn more about your experience, as we are looking closely at the system in place and will take your ... More


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Poor Employee Support & Ancient Management Practices

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Non-Clinical Knowledge Worker in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Non-Clinical Knowledge Worker in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can feel proud that you work to support the care of sick children. Pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Benefits are average. Management practices are old -- seem to come from the '60s or '70s. No private, quiet workspace for knowledge workers. Poor employee review system. Modern technology is used for administration, but not used well -- behind modern practices. Poor communication between management and employees, and between clinical and non-clinical staff. Lack of willingness to affect change. Very bureaucratic. Campus somewhat isolated. Lack of parking.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication. Reduce bureaucracy, embrace managed change. Create modern environment conducive to productivity of modern knowledge worker. Increase respect given to non-clinical staff.


  6. Helpful (7)

    The most frustrating and disappointing place I have ever worked.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Network Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Network Engineer in Denver, CO

    I worked at Children's Hospital Colorado

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If altruism and a sense of doing something good for your community is important to you in a career then The Children's Hospital is an excellent place to work. Additionally, the hospital does do a good job promoting a work life balance for all of it's employees.

    Cons

    Senior management does a poor job of understanding IT. Internal promotion is almost non-existent. Seniority is valued to highly; I worked with dozens of people who were unqualified to perform their jobs and had held the same position for ten or more years. The hiring practices in senior management are questionable at best. On more than one occasion an unqualified senior manager was replaced with a less qualified senior manager.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take advice from your staff. The people who work day to day with your patients and support structure often have a much better idea of what they need to improve their work environment and the service to your patience than you do.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Poor MLT/MT training makes The Children's Hospital a poor place to start MLT/MT career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a good place to work for a Senior MLT/MT with prior laboratory expertise.

    Cons

    Don't adequately train laboratory personnel. This is not a place to start career off as a MLT/MT.

    Advice to Management

    Adequately train your MLT's and MT's.



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