University of Colorado Hospital Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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John P. Harney
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Pros
  • They actively encourage continuing education and have a good tuition reimbursement program to enable employees to continue their education (in 3 reviews)

  • Work life balance, management, great management, and easy scheduling (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, growth of career, and benefits (in 4 reviews)

  • Like all places, especially in ICU's, high stress can cause tension between coworkers, patients, surgeons, doctors, ect (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Employee

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    Current Employee - Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado Hospital

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

    Pros

    There are lot's of great people

    Cons

    There is a lot of hard work

    Advice to Management

    It has been a great job

  2. Opportunities for the right candidate

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    Former Employee - Data Entry in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Data Entry in Aurora, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado Hospital full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, honest attempt at a good work culture, potential for mobility

    Cons

    Not the most generous leave policies, culture doesn't always meet it's desired goals

  3. Politics

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    Former Employee - Department Manager in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Aurora, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado Hospital full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Educational environment, learn and teach.

    Cons

    Silos, jockeying for favor, no support from upper executives, very poor treatment of females with any education or potential for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Support your middle managers.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good place to start as a new grad RN, just get out after your first 2 yrs are up

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado Hospital part-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent new grad RN program, supportive about continuing education, very large facility ( this can be a con too), you get a free turkey every Thanksgiving, although who knows how long this will last ;)

    Cons

    I work on the surgical floor. These are my frustrations: Expensive, not- so-competitive benefits (my health insurance rates tripled when I went to part time- $266 per pay period) management does not listen, Med-surg charge nurses take up to 4 patients at night, day charges can take 1 patient during the day. I've been fighting this a long time, this is dangerous and defeats the purpose of a charge nurse. You also have to be on a committee so once a month on your day off you will be expected to attend a committee meeting and report back to your unit about it.
    You will be pressured to get certification in whatever your specialty is, but there is no pay increase associated with it.
    The only way to really increase your pay is to "level up" which is a lot of work, and only applies to university hospital. If you leave to go to another hospital, you lose your level 3 or 4 title.
    Not worth it in my opinion. To be totally transparent: I've been an RN for 3 years and I make $26.30 base pay. I started there as a new grad.
    University loves to brag about how they are the best hospital, but the way they run their hospital does not reflect this. New grad RNs can expect to rotate night and day shifts for the first couple of years. They got rid of their weekend incentive agreement a couple years ago, which offered a bonus for RNs that signed contracts to work weekends. They just nixed the night contract too. This is a huge pay cut for RNs who work exclusively nights. For full time RNs, this is a $4000 pay cut per year. Management says they "might" increase the base pay, but I doubt it.
    Recently, some senior nurses who had been there 6 plus years who hadn't rotated in years were told it they were not a level 3 or higher, they were required to work one night shift/month. We've had a lot of turnover recently as you can imagine.
    Overall, I feel like I'm continuously expected to do more with less (I know this is universal in healthcare) however, I have friends who work at other hospitals in the Denver metro area, and when I tell them about my situation at work, they are shocked, and tell me their hospital does not operate like that.
    University has high expectations of their RNs, but don't offer incentives and pay that match this. They treat their RNs like they are disposable and in some instances I've seen them push senior nurses out the door. Not a great work environment. Budget always trumps patient safety.

    Advice to Management

    Support and treat your RNs with the respect and pay they deserve. RNs are the largest workforce in the hospital, remember that. Listen to them. I know you have a business to run, but budget can't be your only priority all the time.

  6. PathNet Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado Hospital

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They were very good to work with when the pressure was low.

    Cons

    They were very paniced when the pressure was high, and made rash decisions

  7. Helpful (2)

    I feel that UCH is progressively becoming more corporate focused rather than employee focused.

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    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado Hospital full-time

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

    Pros

    I do like the benefits, and the standard of care that patients receive. I feel confident receiving medical care there for myself and friends.

    Cons

    I have worked in a variety of positions. I used to feel proud of my employment there. I feel that they are becoming progressively corporate focused instead of employee focused.

    Advice to Management

    The employees are the backbone of UCH, more and more I see that decisions are being made in favor of administration with the employees being ignored in their favor.

  8. Helpful (1)

    RN

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado Hospital full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Highly academic, high achieving staff, modern equipment

    Cons

    Obsession with budget, MD's disrespectful to nurses, Management uses excessive discipline for things like: staying late to care for a sick patient or giving long report, questioning ethics, new grads asking too many questions.

    Advice to Management

    Over all feeling of management not having your back.

  9. University of Colorado Hospital

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    Current Employee - Care Team Assistant
    Current Employee - Care Team Assistant

    I have been working at University of Colorado Hospital

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

    Pros

    I work with a great team

    Cons

    No merit increases, only annual cost of living increase

    Advice to Management

    find ways to reward your employees for the dedication and hard work

  10. Great culture, opportunities for learning during summer internship

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    Former Intern - Administrative Intern in Aurora, CO
    Former Intern - Administrative Intern in Aurora, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado Hospital as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very open to collaboration, initiative from interns

    Cons

    Pay for internship was low compared to other options

  11. Working in ARTS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PRA in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - PRA in Denver, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado Hospital full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can take classes, up to 9 credit hours a year.

    Cons

    Tied to the economy. Went years without a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your seasoned employees, they have great ideas.

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