San Francisco General Hospital

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San Francisco General Hospital Reviews

Updated August 14, 2015
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  1. Great place

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    Current Employee - Scribe
    Current Employee - Scribe
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I've been working as SF general in the ED for a little while now any it has been great so far. It can be a little hectic, but the other staff and faculty have been nothing but fantastic.

    Cons

    The parking is bad and can be expensive if you park in the lot or the garage. Can be extremely hectic at times but that's expected in a hospital

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work and continue treating us well! Can't wait to see where this experience takes me.


  2. Wonderful experience as a staff!

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    Current Employee - Patient Care Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Patient Care Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I love the staff and the never-ending challenge on the floor! Very hard-working and knowlegeable about their roles and responsibilities. The Psychiatric component of our patients is a plus! Staff that I don't even know smile and greet me everday (keep smiling people!) I work in an ACE Med-Surg where the staff help each other get patients 65+/yo up on their beds and walk, bath, exercise and sit up each meal so they don't get weak just laying on their beds all day, waiting for their 'verdicts' from doctors (and no pneumonias!). Patients are also wonderful and very appreciative of the work. I love our PT/OT/SP and our UCSF docs/interns/medstudents, Social workers, dietary staff, IP and more -- who are very eager to learn and have a heart of gold. Thank you for maintaining that burning passion we need in the face of austerity measures.

    Cons

    Management is not appreciative of the work. Treats PCAs like we're inferior. Budget is too small for a big "teaching hospital".

    Advice to Management

    Time to roll up your sleeves and shadow the floor in real time! Don't rely on subjective reporting from middle management. Motivate the staff more, listen to them, step off your high horses and let's get the work done in a fair manner and everyone wins! This hospital is already a "magnet"! Set realistic goals and FOLLOW-THROUGH! Don't just sweep it under the rug.


  3. I was a student nurse.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting environment with many challenging cases

    Cons

    Because it is a teaching hospital, the environment is chaotic.

    Advice to Management

    It would be good if the cafeteria can offer more food variety.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Leadership is positive and teamwork is present in the ICU. Upper management makes poor choices.

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    Current Employee - ICU RN in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - ICU RN in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Teamwork is great in the ICU's and at this time you don't have to float outside of the ICU's.

    Cons

    We tend to be lagging in standards of practice at times. No communication between higher management and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Be concerned with your hospital and the community it serves, not the money you can save on the backs of staff and some imaginary project it will go to.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Top heavy

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    Current Employee - Clinician
    Current Employee - Clinician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Smart, resourceful, incredibly dedicated front-line staff. -Chaotic, but never boring work. -Shared sense of purpose (or at least there used to be). -New, modern building will be finished in about a year.

    Cons

    Administration is increasingly isolated and dysfunctional. Organization is becoming extremely top-heavy, with inexperienced individuals who don't listen to the ranks and file. Situation isn't yet unsalvageable... yet.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the staff when they tell you the equipment, especially the multiple, noninteroperable EHRs slow providers down and make patient care less safe. Recalibrate the ratio of administrators to front-line workers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    At the General I have seen a lot of new situations and have been put to the test with all my abilities.

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    Current Employee - MEA and Phlebotomist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - MEA and Phlebotomist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pros to the job is it offers very good experience

    Cons

    Cons to this job is some of the patients that we need to deal with

    Advice to Management

    open more permenate jobs


  8. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    SFGH has a great staff and nurturing environment.

    Cons

    However, SFGH is also a very old


  9. Helpful (1)

    The top brass don't think intensive psychiatric care is important but the staff who provide the care do.

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    Current Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get to provide care to people who really need it. Public hospitals are the safety net for people with mental illnesses who would otherwise go without care. The patients are often truly grateful for your services - even though they are involuntary patients.The salary and benefits are excellent. I've worked with some really great people who I've learned a lot from. There are Grand Rounds Weekly and they have excellent presentations.

    Cons

    Because the salary and benefits are good, some of my colleagues are working here pretty much just for those and not particularly because they want to help the patients. They do the bare minimum and are a pain in the you know what to work with. Top management treat staff like cattle - like you should be happy to have a g-d job. The direct supervisor I had wasn't like this but she was fighting her bosses and the bureaucracy's attitude toward us 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    Consider spending some time (even if it's one day a year) on each unit. Attend rounds, sit in on groups, look at some charts, etc. Don't just rely on the reports of middle managers. Also, it might give you an interest in the field of psychiatry and the staff who work there - something it seems you don't currently have.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good hospital

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get the sick of the sick!

    Cons

    Paper charting in some departments

    Advice to Management

    Find more resources for staff nurses


  11. Helpful (1)

    Overall, a pretty good place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Pharmacist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Pharmacist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Teaching hospital, lots of opportunity to interact and provide input on patient care. 2. Progressive-minded clinical staff, responsive supervisory staff. 3. Salary and benefits package are about the best in the city. 4. Very liberal and progressive attitude overall in institution. 5. Great opportunity to work with the poor and underserved community.

    Cons

    1. Technology is behind the times. Multiple software packages that don't always interface well. 2. Almost ZERO chance of getting a daytime position. Unionized, seniority based. 3. Notable rivalry between middle management and senior staff. 4. Lots of animosity between middle management and staff, some between staff and clinical staff.

    Advice to Management

    Operate with more transparency so that it doesn't appear that you are trying to hide everything from the staff. Take a bit more egalitarian tone with communications. Have a more organized orientation for new employees.



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