Inova Fairfax Hospital

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Inova Fairfax Hospital Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
27 Reviews
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  1.  

    Up and down over almost 30 years.

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    Current Employee - RN2
    Current Employee - RN2

    I have been working at Inova Fairfax Hospital full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Co-workers are the best. Staff wants to give good care. I have a lot of PTO but little time to us it.

    Cons

    Staffing is difficult. Managing 6 patients is hard on a good day especially with all of the documentation that is required. Staffing ratios are not realistic for the acuity of patients now vs 30 years ago. Senior management is not to be trusted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time with the staff on the front lines, not just 5 minutes. Spend a 12 hour day with the nurses and techs. See what they have to deal with on a daily basis. You might appreciate the complaints you see and hear on a daily basis.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Not a company for longterm employment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA

    I have been working at Inova Fairfax Hospital full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Inova still has a great reputation in the DMV area for care received, and having them on a resume is a positive thing. There is almost always an opportunity for overtime due to the constant need to fill staffing grids.

    Cons

    Inova pays on the low side of the average for the DMV area, and the staffing on almost every unit is always in dire straits due to a high turnover rate and poor management of staffing levels. They can't keep management in place long enough to effect change due to the combination of their unrealistic expectations and low compensation. The executive end of the company is more concerned with acquiring holdings rather than retaining and rewarding employees for their hard work and loyalty to the patients and the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to shorten the length of time it takes to turn around a position from vacancy to filled; more competitive wages, including raises that actually account for a cost of living increase; and invest as much energy into your existing staff as you do into new staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3.  

    Support Service Technician

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    Former Employee - Support Service Technician  in  East Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Support Service Technician in East Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Inviorment, Co-workers care about one another, get to meet alot of different doctor's and patients.

    Cons

    at times it can be very stressfull

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Gone down hill since the recent management took over

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    Current Employee - INOVA Fairfax RN  in  Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - INOVA Fairfax RN in Falls Church, VA

    I have been working at Inova Fairfax Hospital full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    great staff....hard workers.but often don't stay long

    Cons

    staff have been depleted by the strict staffing rules.they staff according to number not accuity
    today I have 8 patients...impossible, unsafe
    Management does not care about the need of the staff or have no power to change the culture for the better..it is ruled by the MBA's and not by healthcare professionals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN TO THE MEDICAL AND NURSING STAFF..ACTUALLY MAKE DECISIONS FOR THE SAFETY OF PATIENTS NOT FOR THE PROFIT MARGIN

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    It's ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Inova Fairfax Hospital

    Pros

    The hours are flexible. You do get lengthy training. The hospital acknowledge staff every so often and are making small efforts to improve.

    Cons

    Like with any big corporation your ideas are not always listened to.
    If you get hurt on the job, you have to fend for yourself, even if it was caused by a patient. The hospital does NOT have your back.
    Job security is not guaranteed.
    For staff who are not RNs it's hard to move up (salary wise), although there is a salary range for every job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All management including CEOS should come out onto the floors on both the day and night shifts when the hospital is at high census and see how the staff handle situations. Stop looking at numbers and pointing blame. People are leaving or have left because of dangerous situations we're sometimes put in.

    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Fast paced, outcomes oriented, focused on reputation and awards not employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Staff are committed to providing excellence in patient care delivery and being knowledgeable regarding latest treatment and procedure and treatment modalities. Recognized nationally for various medical specialities.

    Cons

    Punitive work environment for failure to meet desired metrics, communication between corporate and senior leadership and middle management and staff guarded with little transparency, lack of trust throughout the organization. Pay and benefits mid range with no increase in salary for senior staff. Professional education available however limited funding for external professional education and or education towards the advanced degrees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the thought process that poor middle management leadership is the cause of negative outcomes be it staff satisfaction or patient care outcomes.
    Don't expect positive work environments when staff feel all resources have been stripped away and that articulating any information perceived as negative will result in a job loss.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Main OR Set Up Technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting Surgeries, fast paced environment, great networking

    Cons

    Language barrier with some co workers. Some employees simply do not care and will dump work on others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Select the responsible workers and make them supervisors. Problems are not handled fast enough and it allows the poor workers with bad attitudes to kill morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    The ship has sprung a leak

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers--at least in the Cardiac division
    Willing to spend money on medical technology
    Decent non-financial benefits such as vacation time and time off for bereavement

    Cons

    Bottom-line thinking is the driving force now. It used to be a great place to work at, but money is now their focus.
    Executive level managers are making bad short term decisions that will have long term impacts on reimbursements.
    Protected bedside nursing staff in the last layoff at the expense of their support people.
    Productivity is compared to non-teaching hospitals
    Wages for long term employees have been frozen for years
    "Bonus" pay is tied to results staff have little control over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees more. Be honest with them about the health system's financial position.
    You've frozen pay (in practice) for long term employees under the guise that you would be changing to a performance based system. However, it appears to long term employees like you are trying to get rid of them to save money.
    Spend some money on unit level fun activities. There used to be a budget that allowed managers to spend money on employees--such as a holiday party, or gifts or buying lunch several times throughout the year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    One of the worst nursing experiences I have had.

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    Former Employee - INOVA Fairfax RN
    Former Employee - INOVA Fairfax RN

    I worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    convenience of facility, medical staff

    Cons

    Nursing management was terrible. Too much "micromanaging" on small things yet larger issues go unaddressed. Punitive type atmosphere. You would show up to work and a co-worker was not there anymore, no word or acknowledgement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on patient care rather than nit picking staff, very passive-aggressive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Very much a valuable learning and growth experience; had good, bad, and ugly times with IFH.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Most managers and employees really welcome the variety of resources that HR can provide them. The hospital tries to do the right thing by providing and documenting the training that they are required to have. Lots of opportunities for training and career progression in many clinical and non-clinical careers.

    Cons

    Toward the end of my 8-10 year career in Human Resources with Inova Fairfax Hospital I was burned out. I think that combined with turnover in HR staff and leadership - the end of this adventure was inevitable in a way. I think the managers/clients that I supported had too much to juggle and in many cases were just trying to keep their heads above water. However, there were some in Senior Leadership that were just not very nice people and I think used fear to wield power because that's what short sighted, big mouth, nasty people do to try to get things done. No bitterness here...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look in the mirror and do some major soul searching! Bad karma usually comes around to bite you in the butt so keep a look out because it's going to catch up with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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