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Alvarado Hospital Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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  1. "Registered Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Alvarado Hospital full-time

    Pros

    Friendly Staff, Was Hired with no experience.

    Cons

    Hospital doesn't seem to be up to date, lots of new nurses so being trained as a new nurse is difficult. They use rags/wash cloths to wipe bums- and re use them!!!

    Advice to Management

    Invest in sani wipes, using rags is unsanitary, and also can cause skin tears in skin.


  2. "Medical Laboratory Technician"

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    Former Employee - Medical Laboratory Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Medical Laboratory Technician in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Alvarado Hospital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smaller community hospital. Work load was not unbearable. Laboratory staff was great to work with.

    Cons

    Pay for MLT's was dismal. I was the 1st one there trying out something new. After I left, the other MLT received a $6.50 raise so she would not leave. It is part of those corporations buying up hospitals but they want to underpay and understaff.

  3. "A 3 Ring Circus!"

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

    I have been working at Alvarado Hospital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Will hire if little to no experience, affordable benefits, weekends & most holidays off, low stress, good starter company.

    Cons

    Incompetent management, no formal technical education & training program in place for new & current employees, understaffed, lack of accountability & discipline, organization cannot attract top talent or retain better than average employees, management is more interested in playing politics & appearances rather than putting the safety, comfort & welfare of the hospitals staff & patients first, does not offer competitive pay in relation to other hospitals in the area.

    Advice to Management

    There is too much dead weight in management. Corporate needs to spend major amounts of money in upgrading its facilities & equipment & be willing to invest in its best employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "From great to work for to now embarrassing!"

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    Current Employee - R N in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - R N in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Alvarado Hospital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are great with many having been there more than 25 years

    Cons

    Change of management one of micromanaging and control. Hostile work environment and manage their employees out of fear of retaliation if you say something.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees! Stop micromanaging and promoting young employees with no experience. SUPPORT YOUR STAFF!!!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not too sure"

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    Current Employee - Registered Respiratory Therapist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Respiratory Therapist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great place for new grad experience.

    Cons

    Pay is not very competitive localy.

    Advice to Management

    Bether pay = employee retention


  6. Helpful (1)

    "registered nursing"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Alvarado Hospital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    trains new grad nurses, great teamwork

    Cons

    management so concerned about making profits we never have adequate staffing. They would give us 5/1 patients even though, it was illegal in CA state. very unsafe place to work as a nurse.

    Advice to Management

    change management, stop making money priority, get adequate staff, start paying your staff better


  7. "Respiratory Therapist"

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    Current Employee - Respiratory Therapist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Respiratory Therapist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Alvarado Hospital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work environment is great, co-workers sum up what it means to be a team. Great place to work.

    Cons

    Salaries here are not the best. New ownership made a lot of changes in Staffing. Lot's of new faces, seasoned and experienced no longer here.

    Advice to Management

    Stop implementing policies that only add to our list of things to do.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "RN Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alvarado Hospital full-time

    Pros

    Good place to learn if your'e a new RN. Learn how to prioritize, critically think, etc

    Cons

    Stressful environment. Never enough equipment, computers, or staff. Lots of resistance

    Advice to Management

    Take time to listen to your staff and take into consideration what they have to say


  9. "Under Resourced"

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    Current Employee - Staff RN
    Current Employee - Staff RN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Alvarado Hospital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, good hours, convenient location

    Cons

    Not enough ancillary staff, supplies, and equipment

    Advice to Management

    Invest some money into patient care


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Do NOT work here!"

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    Former Employee - Unit Secretary
    Former Employee - Unit Secretary
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alvarado Hospital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small hospital so there is a sense of family amongst employees. Some great people work there.

    Cons

    Prime Healthcare took over several years ago to "save" the hospital from bankrupcy. The way they did that you might wonder? They promptly laid off about 30% of the staff and then hired young, inexperienced staff to replace them for a fraction of the pay. The remaining experienced staff have been slowly bullied into quitting, or flat out fired for bogus reasons (for example: reading a book in the nurses station). This leaves few to no experienced staff left for training purposes. On my unit new hire nurses were training new hire nurses. Literally the blind leading the blind, so patient care suffered horrifically as a result.

    Pay is the lowest in San Diego. For example, minimum wage is offered to support staff, such as CNA's, Secretaries, and Techs. Nurses make barely more than $20/hour.

    Staffing is always short. We never had enough support staff on the floors. Nurses would frequently be forced to take more patients then the state mandated ratios. CNA's often had 20-30 patients each, and Secretaries are required to work multiple nurses stations or floors at once. This is obviously a huge safety concern for both staff and patients. Employee injury rates were high and patient falls and safety incidents were frequent.

    Turnover rates are the highest I have ever seen in my 10 years of working in healthcare. This place is like a revolving door, with most nursing staff working there for less than a year.

    In a nutshell, this place is a nightmare. Do yourself a favor and look for a job in one of the many well respected hospitals in San Diego county that actually give their employees some basic respect.


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