I have been working at Hilo Medical Center full-time (More than 3 years)
Good motivation to improve and to be a great resource for community. Staff nurses and CNAs are overall great ppl and great to work with. Top ranking with their VAP/VAE rates. Pay is high compared to cost of living in Hilo. Good parking. Bad health coverage, but good vacation and sick leave. They have a nursing development program which had trained some very good nurses. ICU always had an on-call nurse, so unless there are 2 sick calls on one shift, they are always well staffed.
The entire hospital feels like it is controlled by a masoginistic moody temperamental inconsistent MD by the name of Kannass. He's dont a GREAT job flipping the hospital and making it better, but he is manipulative and difficult to work with. He believes that patients can't die if he is in the room and he keeps a book in his desk drawer titled "people who annoy me, people who are dumber than me, people who are smarter than me." Surgical unit, cardiovascular unit, and ICU are well managed. Unfortunately nearly the entire floor which is medical unit is SO POORLY run. The nurses have 8 patients on day shift, giving blood, performing PD, going to CT scan. Because they are over worked and under staffed, the rest of the hospital suffers...I.e. Patient can't be admitted to ICU from ER because there's no beds because the medical CC won't book transfers out of ICU. Another major CON is that there is no cardiac or neuro surgeon=no cardiac catch lab=fly our all STEMIs and many strokes. Also, no other hospital, so no diversion when high census.
Advice to Management
Staff medical unit better
Split it into 2 units; a 77 bed med/surf unit run by 1 manager is REDICULOUS! Poor nurses=poor patients
I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Hilo Medical Center (Hilo, HI) in August 2012.
The job interview process was with 3 persons, the ITIT manager, IT supervisor, and the nursing manager. Each had three questions. While telling them about my past work experience and education they were impressed that they had HR rush my paperwork. In less than 2 weeks I was called in for an orientation and started in the department the next day. I was also given a few tickets on my first day, in which another employee stated that she never got a ticket until her three month position was over.
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