Valley Regional Medical Center

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Valley Regional Medical Center Reviews

Updated August 10, 2015
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  1. Phlebotomist

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    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Brownsville, TX
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Brownsville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The laboratory dept treats you likr family

    Cons

    Weekends are busy and there is not enough help

    Advice to Management

    Put more people on the weekend


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good place for some people

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    Former Employee - RN Medical Unit in Brownsville, TX
    Former Employee - RN Medical Unit in Brownsville, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valley Regional Medical Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Internship program is pretty good, though it could be improved. The educators are wonderful people. The co-workers are mostly nice, friendly people. Clinical manager is a lovely person. Patients are mostly sweet people. Everyone is trying to make things work. Probably good for experienced applicant, but not in med/surg or ED--regardless of experience. With the "immersion" you will learn or improve your Spanish. There is opportunity here to learn clinical skills daily, though it's a slow and painful process. Good benefits and pay differentials.

    Cons

    EMR software is Meditech. It's outdated and unfriendly. I didn't meet anyone who liked it. In fact, everyone I talked to hated it. All HCA facilities are using some version of Meditech. Very difficult to work the med/surg floor, even for travel nurses with 25+ yrs experience. It's disorganized. Patient load is 6-7:1 on medical and higher on surgical floor. ED is said to be a nightmare also, though I don't know firsthand. Patient-centered care is not possible in med-surg. Travel RNs (who work all over the US) say that it's a "legal nightmare" (could lose license) and "awful." High turnover of both RNs and management. (Lots of new interns being drawn in regularly, but most don't stay.) Travelers say they are never coming back! RN preceptors leave much to be desired, though they do try. They are extremely rushed, like everyone, and they have just a brief orientation on how to precept. They are not teachers by nature and can be very impatient and counterproductive at times. They only receive $1 per hour differential for precepting, and all of them are pressured to precept new interns. Travel RNs not allowed to precept, though they would probably be excellent in this. If your Spanish is not fluent, you'll have a hard time. Some preceptors will be understanding, others might be scornful. Most people will try to help you, though. There are many Filipinos, and Spanish is not their native language; so if you're a minority, you're not alone, at least.

    Advice to Management

    Improve preceptor orientation and pay differential. Find a way to keep RN interns in med-surg. If the patient load could be made more manageable, it would help a great deal, especially during internship. Push for a change to new EMR software ASAP. Epic or Cerner would probably be good, and there are opportunities for people to learn those independently--instead of trying to do it all during the shift. (Lots of good Amazon and YouTube resources for Epic and Cerner.) Meditech really slows everything down. Try to determine what is causing the high turnover of management, and brainstorm ways to mitigate this problem.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Er employee is the best

    Cons

    Emergency room very busy, holding icu, pcu and medical patients

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't care less. Won't divert ems even jam pack and no rooms and won't give salary increase


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Politics & poor standards of care

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    Former Contractor - Staff Nurse in Brownsville, TX
    Former Contractor - Staff Nurse in Brownsville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valley Regional Medical Center as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wore scrubs to work & pay was good. Nice NICU staff & area. Close to SPI. Better than vbmc.

    Cons

    Women's center does not support natural birth at all. Watching women being treated by egotistical OBs & performing c-sections twice more often than national average but getting blamed as the nurse. Neo's rule the floor & as a nurse you're not allowed to question them, even if they are not doing what you've been trained to do it it contradicts pt wishes. Keep your mouth shut & fall in line mentality pushed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to JCAHO, WHO, AAP & implement policies that protect & support laboring & postpartum women. Hire midwives, & nurses trained in natural childbirth like other valley hospitals do. Give your OBs incentives to not perform unneeded c-sections & have them read the latest ACOG standards. Neo's need bedside manner & team training. Promote nurse teamwork & have the director actually on the floor more often. Review QA of pt satisfaction & improve upon that.


  6. Working at Valley Regional Medical Center was a learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Nurse Tech in Brownsville, TX
    Former Employee - Nurse Tech in Brownsville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valley Regional Medical Center part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learned from my co-workers, company values, 401K perks even if you are PRN.

    Cons

    Too many directors who have friends as employee. Very political.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to have personal favorite.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Positive

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Brownsville, TX
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Brownsville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valley Regional Medical Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Culture, Friendly staff. Fast paced.

    Cons

    Maybe be too fast paced for some causing employee fatigue and turn over.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  8. Helpful (1)

    Tough

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Brownsville, TX
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Brownsville, TX
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valley Regional Medical Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the staff was very friendly, worked well as a team, also if you're trying to learn and not work as much, work at night, they're always throwing parties.

    Cons

    Demanding job, too many discharges & admissions!! You dont have time to think! Report from night shift nurse is always mediocre, then charge nurses and case management are mad at you because you haven't figured out the real story because your pts are either being discharged or in a situation that requires a lot of your time, but I think that's just nursing now a days. Also no time to breathe between discharges, and not much help. Also you end up working late because of the huge workload, and they will ask u to work add many over time days as they can get you to

    Advice to Management

    Share responsibility equally between night & day shift, get a discharge nurse!


  9. Helpful (2)

    Medical unit RN on dayshift

    Former Employee - RN Medical Unit
    Former Employee - RN Medical Unit

    Pros

    Will hire new graduates and variety of jobs open. Pay is about average - I got $21.50/hr base plus $3 after 1500 as a new grad RN.

    Cons

    I worked there in 2010. They may have gone union since then so these numbers might have changed. There is a ratio of 4-7 patients per RN on dayshift on a medical (medical-surgical) unit which makes you run around all shift. The day might start with 4 patients with 3 admits and 2 discharges to equal 5 patients by the end of the day. It is madness.

    Advice to Management

    Improve patient ratios to decrease turnover.


  10. why would you want to work for valley regional medical center

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    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Brownsville, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Brownsville, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ability to balance work and life

    Cons

    to many changes being be done at this time

    Advice to Management

    listen to what employees are saying



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