National Rehabilitation Hospital

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National Rehabilitation Hospital Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
7 Reviews
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    Rehab Aide

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    Current Employee - Rehab Aide in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Rehab Aide in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Rehabilitation Hospital part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This company pays well and has good benefits.

    Cons

    The commute is long with D.C. traffic.

    Recommends
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    Transition through troubled times

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse (Rehabilitation) in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse (Rehabilitation) in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Rehabilitation Hospital full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nurses at NRH get to know their patients well -- a benefit over many acute hospital settings, since patients typically spend two weeks or more in their rehab process. Patients are not as acutely distressed, so there is less "medical intensity" to their care. It's a small hospital, which (in the "old days" at least) allowed for healthy collaborative relationships to develop between staff members and between departments of the hospital. Patients are routinely pleased with the therapy they receive, through which they overcome serious disabilities and return successfully to near-normal self-sufficiency.

    Cons

    NRH is transitioning to a more streamlined management structure and is attempting to involve nurses more deeply in the care of their patients (by including nurses in team council meetings, for example). This laudable effort may lead to an improved work experience some day, but so far the transition itself has been badly bungled, and many people (including myself) have left. Like any sizable American healthcare institution, it suffers from the intrinsic dysfunction of entrenched political/business interests and the nursing profession itself. Today's nurses spend half of their time glued to the computer as data-entry clerks. Their primary responsibility is to serve the hospital legal team (so that it can be ever-ready to protect the institution from lawsuits). Regardless of their intentions, nursing managers are imprisoned in a web of regulations, protocols and practices that disallow pragmatic reality-based solutions. The nursing shortage and aging population guarantee inadequate staffing levels and dangerous conditions for the foreseeable future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a serious look at work flows and time management practices and explore ways to improve nursing productivity. Continue efforts to gather input from staff members, but then follow-up on their concerns and recommendations (at least on an experimental basis). Communicate more effectively to corporate overlords (Medstar Health) so that the real-world impact of policy changes will be understood before they are forced onto staff members.

    Positive Outlook
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    Great experience as a new grad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Rehabilitation Hospital

    Pros

    Great Mentoring, great coworkers. Always something to learn.

    Cons

    A lot of paperwork, and documentation. Very fast pace.

    Recommends
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    Felt like home

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    Former Employee - Speech Language Pathologist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Speech Language Pathologist in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Rehabilitation Hospital full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Incredible team work, respect, humor.

    Cons

    High caseload and intense work.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Not a bad place to work but senior management needs to change

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    Former Employee - Nursing Assistant in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Nursing Assistant in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at National Rehabilitation Hospital full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Constant contact with people who you help on a daily basis. Feels great to know your helping people recover from different problems, including stroke, heart attacks, car accident and many more. The hours are ok and pay increases when it should. Food is cheap in the canteen. All the nurses and most other staff are super nice. My favourite was the 'locked' ward because I felt I was really helping people.

    Cons

    Senior management. They are dinosaurs and have no idea how to talk and treat people. This includes the more senior nurses. Iron fist with no compassion. Also the older nursing assistants who have been there for 10+ years don't do ANYTHING. They do the bare minimum then hide, and demand and moan about over time and over nights. Plus they get massive pay for doing nothing. Dinosaurs as usual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go home, retire, or just go away. Move over for people who are better than you and will make the hospital better. Your way of thinking does not work and costs too much. Get with the times.......... seriously.

    Recommends
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    A good "team" environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Rehabilitation Hospital

    Pros

    Good hours, nice people, fun events.

    Cons

    Becomes monotonous after a while.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Rolls out the red carpet when you are new, but treats you like trash once you're no longer a newbie

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Rehabilitation Hospital

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, including great vacation/time-off allowance, great health insurance premiums, & additional employee benefits. There are also great human resources across the network that are willing to help.

    Cons

    Lack of training, too many chains of command, & mgmt takes sides without thinking objectively.. The budget for admin support is low, therefore, making it difficult for managers to keep their office moving smoothly. Gossip is huge in the network, and it causes confidential employee information to be passed along. Low availability with providers requires the staff to constantly move patients' around in the schedule, and do not penalize patients for cancelling daily. It allows patients to walk all over NRH sites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is important to guide and encourage new employees to ensure their success. Talented, educated individuals come to NRH wanting to work hard, but are overworked and expected to keep up with ridiculous standards.

    Doesn't Recommend

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