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Profits and budgets are priority over staffing and patients.

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Current Employee - Certified Nurse Assistant  in  Arroyo Grande, CA
Current Employee - Certified Nurse Assistant in Arroyo Grande, CA

I have been working at Dignity Health

Pros

Catholic Healthcare West has given me such an incredible educational opportunity. I've learned so much on the job since earning my CNA license 2 years ago. They offer multiple classes to earn further certifications, and pay you for every hour you're in class. They give 100% education reinbursment for furthering your medical education at a college, including pre-requisites for the RN program. You are automatically given 100% employer paid benefits, and can choose amazing benefits above and beyond what they'll pay for, for a small bi-weekly premium compared to other companies. As a full time employee, you accrue 6+ hours of PTO/VACATION and 4+ hours of SICK pay every 2 weeks and can use your PTO when flexed or called off for a low census.

Cons

Although there is definite job security in the medical field, the downside of working for a hospital is when there is a low census (or very few patients), staff gets called off and flexed off. In other words, your shifts are completely dependent upon the number of patients in your unit and your hours are not guaranteed. In addition, CHW staffs their nurses based on their financial situation, not based on patient need. Consequently, it leaves staff very shorthanded and overworked. Management has no control over the budgets that the head honchos give them, therefor, they also have no control over the staffing needs.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

My advice for senior management is to strongly re-evaulate the budget allowed for each unit in every hospital. I think management has a strong financial background, but having not been in patient care, they don't understand actual staffing needs. I advise every person in a Senior Management position to work 1 entire shift in a nursing unit such as a Medical/Surgical floor, so they can see the reality of the nursing shortage first hand. In addition, I would recommend to look beyond their numbers and dollar signs, and see the patients and nursing staff being affected by them, while especially considering CHW is a non-profit organization.

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    Catholic Healthcare West IT Department

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    Former Employee - Previous Contractor  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Previous Contractor in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Dignity Health

    Pros

    Money. The IT department pays well. Also, there was plenty of time to take off early or come in late. Schedules are very flexible. Some units seem to be very friendly and laid-back, while others are much more uptight. Anyone very close to the executive leadership should be prepared to play politics and maneuver to make things happen.

    Cons

    There is a lot of secrecy and politics. Also, there is a siloing problem, where the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Because of this, much work is done twice or three times. Also, there is a lot of waste spent on consultants to do what employees have the capability to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time planning and less time putting out fires. Also, if you empower and equip your people, there will be less fires to put out.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    CHW Bakersfield needs to look at what is happening inside the hearts and minds of its employees and really care.

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    Current Employee - Imaging Specialist  in  Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Imaging Specialist in Bakersfield, CA

    I have been working at Dignity Health

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefit package.

    Cons

    Very disatisfied employees. Inconsistent management styles between upper and lower levels leading to this disatisfaction. Lack of positive feedback to employees from direct superiors. This all leads to poor patient care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your longterm employees and allow them some input into decisions that affect them and patient care. Job shawdow to see how each area of hospital is run. Do not always rely on the integity of what you are told or how the numbers look. Find out first hand. Be more open with facts to all employees. Perhaps have training for the Supervisors that are promoted so they are confortable and know just what is expected of them.. CHW has the potential to be what it once was...the place everyone wanted to work. But it seems to be more difficult now that so many diiferent management styles from all the acquisitions of diffent hospitals has occurred. Micromanagement went out of style a long time ago. It breeds hostility and causes low moral and productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
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