The University of Kansas Hospital Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. A great place to work, not the best middle management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work with fair compensation. I am proud to work here & like what I do. I have a good opinion of Bob Page even though I've literally never spoken to him, so he must be doing something right. I've heard that they are sending home all positions that can to work from home eventually, so this is a major pro though not confirmed yet, though I do know of a few departments that are starting.

    Cons

    Obviously, the shuttles. They suck. Taking down some of the benefits of nursing staff siting needing to prepare for hard times economically and then boasting about all of the new construction projects and hospital wings they're building. They tend to promote people they shouldn't. They don't give enough training to their inexperienced managers. The managers can enforce or not enforce pretty much any policy they want, and you get wide extremes of this depending on what department you work in.

    Advice to Management

    Don't party with your employees. Being besties with one makes it suck for everyone else in more than one way.


  2. Helpful (1)

    GREAT place to work. Pay could be slightly better for CNAs.

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    Current Employee - Patient Care Tech in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Patient Care Tech in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The University of Kansas Hospital part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    All management and staff is great. Almost every single co-worker is good at what they do. It really is a good working environment and a great hospital.

    Cons

    I'm a PCA (Patient Care Assistant), which is essentially a CNA. They pay slightly below other hospitals in the area. Also, they recently cut call-back pay for PCAs, meaning that when I get called into work on short notice, I get paid my usual salary. Nurse's get 1.5x their normal salary. That's pretty unfair.


  3. CNA on smaller unit

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nursing quality is a priority Boss accommodated my school schedule Great work relationships

    Cons

    Parking is a nightmare When floating, other units can be lonely and not helpful

    Advice to Management

    Increase unit-based resources for staff that floats from another unit


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  5. Overall, my experience working for the University of Kansas Hospital was wonderful.

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The University of Kansas Hospital (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent staffing, management seems to care about employees, excellent benefits, and ability to work overtime if desired.

    Cons

    Some pay decreases recently due to national reimbursement changes.


  6. Good company

    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    company value, benefits, learning environment

    Cons

    pay, management, unit culture, holiday time off policy


  7. Helpful (3)

    A Place to be Proud of

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Analyst in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Clinical Analyst in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at the University of Kansas Hospital. It's a wonderful institution and generally a great place to work. They strive to put patients concerns and cares as first priority and for the most part, they live up to this goal. In my position, the pay was acceptable, certainly neither in the upper or lower ranges for the this clinical specialty. It is exciting to be a part of a growing corporation and at this time, UKH is growing. The place is getting good press and is admired in the community and the country. Having that underlying pride and admiration for the organization in which you work is really uplifting and makes you want to go to work every day. There are many opportunities to get into committees and nursing practice governance. In these committees you get to know other people throughout the organization, and that can be fun and helpful to your career. There is support for advancing your education such as getting a master's degree or a doctorate. Many direct care positions work 12 hour shifts, and some areas have other schedules. There are a (relatively) few professional positions for nurses and they work standard hours (M-F 0800-1700) most of the time. Some positions require flexibility and will require working early mornings, evenings, or weekends for specific activities or events. Volunteer opportunities abound, such as participation in charitable events, fundraisers, staffing events for affiliate organizations (Kauffman Stadium, Arrowhead, etc.)

    Cons

    There is a lot of emphasis on degrees and certifications. This is the cultural norm for the department of nursing and by my observation, you are thought less of if you don't have a certifications, but you are not thought more of (or given more opportunities, autonomy, or pay) if you have them. This kind of emphasis on certification and degrees is probably common in academic institutions and magnet institutions. The culture of the institution has a physician emphasis, regardless of expertise. That is, physicians' opinions on non-medical business practices can outweigh business specialists' knowledge and expertise. Decisions are sometimes made thusly. It's possible to "lay low" and quietly do your job. Tread carefully if you decide to get involved in all the governance and committee work. I observed bullying and favoritism from time to time among those who hold power in the organization. Parking at the main campus is annoying - there isn't enough available nearby for the staff and the patients. Prepare for a hassle, especially when you are newly hired (unless you are special, and some people are special).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve managerial style as a new generation of workers comes on board. The patriarchal model will not withstand the test of time. Do not discourage nurses who quietly do their jobs without getting involved in committees and such. These people are the meat-and-potatoes of running your organization day to day, so value them and reward them. Recognize the value in skilled and experienced individuals and make an earnest effort to keep them. Understand the true cost of turn over, in the loss of organizational knowledge. In such a complicated large organization, this constant loss of knowledge is a risk. Increase consistency in performance and accountability standards among the major business units of the organization.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work but not much room for growth.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Mission, KS
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Mission, KS
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    My boss is wonderful. She let's you be independent but still has rules.

    Cons

    There is no where to gain promotion. Lots of positions to move sideways.


  9. Good place to work, great co-workers.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits! Pretty good pay.. and fun enviroment for a hospital! People leave only to come right back.. there is truly nothnig like it :)

    Cons

    Outdated policies, dinosaur software. Innovative with healthcare but not employee turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Update policies allow more time off for overwork employees it will trickle down to patient care.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Challenging and interesting - the best hospital in the region

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities for nurses to be involved throughout the organization. Patients are sent here when their cases are too complex for other hospitals, so there are often very interesting and/or extremely complex cases. Ranked in top 50 hospitals in the nation.

    Cons

    No such thing as calling in sick without getting "points" against you. 3 points = formal write-up. Hospital does not negotiate with nurses's union; therefore, union is powerless. All premium pay for night shifts and weekend shifts is being eliminated.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that how much you pay nurses reflects how much you value them. Refusing to increase pay while continuing to build and build and build new offices demonstrates a lack of appreciation for nurses.


  11. Great place

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Patient Care Tech
    Former Employee - Patient Care Tech
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome opportunities, teams, people. Great benefits and insurance coverage. Loved my time there.

    Cons

    Expensive salads ;) little less pay than other hospitals

    Advice to Management

    Worry more about not cutting nurses wages than landscaping



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