Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids Iowa

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Updated May 20, 2015
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  1. staff nurse

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BSN- RN Staff Nurse
    Current Employee - BSN- RN Staff Nurse

    I have been working at Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids Iowa full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great nurse team, great doctors, easy computer charting system

    Cons

    mandating (possibility to work 16 hours and come back to work 12 hours) stretching staff too thin

    Advice to Management

    better retention bonuses for long time staff; instead of a pin or a gambling night - need to keep seasoned staff!!


  2. Social Worker

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids Iowa full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mission-driven organization, employees really cared about the patients they were taking care of. I felt like I was an important contributor on a multi-disciplinary team.

    Cons

    The onoy downside was the pressures every hospital is feeling nowadays - trying to get everything done as efficiently as possible with limited time and staying patient-focused. It often felt as if we were understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Try to balance staffing levels a bit more and increase depth of knowleDge by cross-training more staff so that people have coverage for time off and don't get burned out.


  3. Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids Iowa

    Pros

    The people that work there are great. Most of them are friendly and will help out any time you need them.

    Cons

    Management of some of the floors is very unorganized and some of them tend to have "favorite" people that get away with anything while the rest of the floor crew gets to pick up the rest of the work. They started trying a new scheduling system before I left working there. If you were not needed because of staffing needs for the shift, you were put on-call automatically. That was fine, but they decided that it was every four hours of the shift. You would have to wait every four hours by your phone to see if you were going to be called in to work or not. If you were scheduled to work a 12 hour shift, it got to be a very long day of waiting.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a new scheduling system and how to keep up on employee morale.


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  5. The nights team on pulmonary medicine center (MedSurg) are great at orienting new nurses.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I have been working at Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids Iowa full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Certifications (ACLS, PALS, ETC) paid for out of an education fund in form of 8 hours. Lots of scholarships for ongoing ed. Pt ratios are good on overnights (4-6). Great clinical ladder program and opportunities to be involved with committees of interest.

    Cons

    Haven't increased starting wage for new nurses in two years for cost of living increases. Need to work out some staffing links to ensure plenty of nurses and techs for all shifts and less mandating occurs.


  6. Do not recommend.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patient Accounts in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Patient Accounts in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I have been working at Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids Iowa full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    None, you can work at home if you meet requirements, but don't hold your breath.

    Cons

    Management is wishy washy. Has no firm policies in place. Each dept can make own policies as they go. Lots of drama, employees treat each other with disrespect over & over--no one ever does anything about it.

    Advice to Management

    Work on office culture more.


  7. Lost in Space

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I have been working at Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids Iowa full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The fellow staff that support each other in trying to keep the place going and provide top quality patient care.

    Cons

    Too many Indian chiefs at executive level with their own personal agendas. They are inexperienced and struggling. This deficit is well known in the community. Some should stick to practicing in private practice and not be at that executive level. A level of intimidation and fear of repercussions amongst front line staff. There are large deficits in the HR dept and lacking effective leadership. Feel bad for CEO and CNO
    For they are left holding the bag and they are surrounded by amateurs in the executive roles.

    Advice to Management

    Do not always promote from internal but also if
    There are managers that are not supportive of the Mercy Culture. these folks at all levels need to be shown the door. Also to all management be approachable be visible and be friendly.


  8. Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids Iowa full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Reasonable salaries, wages and benefits. Generous PTO, competitive pay, many optional benefits to take advantage of. Sometimes promoting from within is not the best for the organization.

    Cons

    Executive management does not have patient's best interests at heart. It seems beating the competitor is more important than enhancing the excellent care certain departments offer.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on competition and more on patients. Be more genuine and more accessible to all employees. Be less concerned with status and more in touch with customers.


  9. Excellent in providing health care to the community

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids Iowa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Offer very good wages and benefit packages.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are limited and infrequent.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good Intentions

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    Current Employee - Pct in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Pct in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I have been working at Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids Iowa part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I've met a ton of great people that I am friends with outside of work, often a lot of teamwork, people actually care about their patients. Those with more training will gladly teach new skills, and you can attend workshops for new training easily.

    Cons

    With the dawn of EPIC (charting systems) there have been a lot of cutbacks - raises don't happen, good patient care supplies are switched for bad ones that are cheaper, etc. A lot of turnover - I don't know 90% of the floor I started on in the past two years! I really have a hard time stomaching the drama, as well as picking up the slack of dragging coworkers. A lot of your happiness will depend on the floor you work on. Also there have been shortages in staff. I've worked on floors with dangerously low staffing, I was actually uncomfortable with it. Oh and one reviewer said there's an onsite gym? Yeah we call that the fitness closet. Not a gym. A tiny room with a dual corner cable machine and some cardio equipment. It's not really a con but it is not a gym, sorry.

    Advice to Management

    They come off as really not appreciating the entirety of the work of the floor staff (nursing, dietary, housekeeping, etc) and it shows through pay and staffing. Listen to your employees - send out a survey on what would make them happier maybe!


  11. New motto: "The Mercy Touch" as long as it doesn't cost too much

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I have been working at Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids Iowa full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Because of high staff turnover and thus less staff, lots of opportunity to pick up extra hours. Gift certificate for cafeteria/gift shop at Christmas and birthday. Good nurse residency and orientation programs. Can park closer to hospital (in ramp) at night and on weekends. Get 8 hours of pay and $200 annually toward conferences/CEUs. Good clinical ladder program.

    Cons

    - Parking if working day shift (its actually dangerous due to a run down neighborhood)
    - Shift differential way too low (compared to the hospital up the street)
    - High administrator turn over; current CEO was much more effective when in a secondary administrative position
    - Focus is on money, not what is best for patient
    - Benefits okay, but very low pay with no raises for 3 years (at least) despite being promised raises last summer (this was stopped the week before the raises were going to go into effect)
    - Hospital is "Midas" happy - have to write each other up for even the smallest infractions rather than simply talking to each other
    - Some units are extremely "clicky"
    - We're getting burned out by working so much to be sure our patients (and staff) are safe

    Advice to Management

    Recommend getting a CEO that is honest, employee and patient oriented, and less focused on money. No longer allowing pudding to be kept on our unit (so nurses can crush meds and put them in pudding) is not going to save you that much money. Turning off lights on the 8th and 8th building would probably save more money (it is lit up like a Christmas tree every night - all five floors, almost every room). Get priorities straight. Start doing things to retain employees. Every time a nurse quits, it costs close to $88,000 to replace them. I would think a small raise for employees to show appreciation for our hard work would be a lot cheaper than that, especially given all the people we've lost since this summer.



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