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"Be prepared to get thrown under the bus."

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Former Employee - Respiratory Therapist in Louisville, KY
Former Employee - Respiratory Therapist in Louisville, KY
Doesn't Recommend
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I worked at Kindred Healthcare full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

working with the same patients everyday and forming relationships.

Cons

Really, if you're in Louisville, accept a job from anyone else and don't go to Kindred. That place is a factory and you'll get ran over. The people in management positions don't seem to know what's going on in that place and you don't want to be in a place where you put your licensure on the line. It is an impossible work load and 100s of alarm dings in a day. i have a friend that went to corporate recently; be prepared to be retaliated against with trumped up charges for speaking out on what goes on there! What a Christmas sentiment, right? i was really glad to get unemployment out of that place. i hope they let my friend there have it. When i was there, they didn't have a therapist supervisor on the ltac floor of the hospital but now they have one. i'm like, 'Hey, thanks for the support. Where was that kind of attention when i was there?'

They ran really outdated equipment. They had the last produced 7200 ventilator ever made! (Circa 1992?) When i went somewhere else to find a career as a therapist, it was difficult: 'Have you ever used this ventilator?...That ventilator?...' 'No, i ran 7200s and Velas.'

One time, i thought we were going to be on CNN. Somehow the place ran out of power and all the patients had to be 'bagged.' We are fortunate nothing bad happened to all these patients in very poor condition, with wires and tubes connected to them, in that place. i caught the place really low on 02 one time, too. Good grief. That place is a miracle.

There was a room that the suction didn't work at either. Stuff just seemed to mess up electronically in that room, too. Of course, i told maintenance, and he stuck the little tube inside the was to test it and of course he got a good test value INSIDE THE WALL. i said, 'but the plate is fitted loosely on the wall...' 'Yeah, but i got a good value inside the wall.'
i told him to operate the Ballard suctions in other rooms (with clear tubes for a control) and he still didn't understand. i know he was trying his best.

i got fired. i know my credibility probably doesn't mean much. Just know that i'm telling you the truth. There are so many pitfalls in that place. You're overworked (10 to 14 patients, with up to 8 WEANS!) with outdated equipment and have to work with poor rooms (bad wall suction, bad electric) and have to pay attention to HUNDREDS of alarms. It really wears you out. And, they won't advocate for you. It will chew you up and spit you out. Please be careful.

Advice to Management

Please put a resp therapist in charge. It would be cool if more upper management had a clinical background before they decide to start benchmarking and making decisions.

Other Employee Reviews for Kindred Healthcare

  1. "One of the most difficult, physically demanding job I've ever had."

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    Former Employee - RN (Registered Nurse ASN) in Pasadena, TX
    Former Employee - RN (Registered Nurse ASN) in Pasadena, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some great, strong nurses that have graced the doors of Kindred.

    Cons

    There is no administrative support to the direct patient care staff. Most staff are so overwhelmed with the assignments that there is rarely any support among the team. The nursing ratio is too high for the acuity level of the patients.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease the nurse to patient ratio. Increase the salaries and bonuses to the direct patient staff.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Long term acute care"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Beaver, PA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Beaver, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kindred Healthcare full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy seeing the progression of the patient who presents with acute and chronic illnesses. Hopefully they will move onward to rehab or home with discharge. It is nice to see continuity of care. This type of population tends to experience multiple health problems and I utilize my nursing skills daily. It is easier to note changes with long term acute care patients with same patient assignment.

    Cons

    Difficult to help some families to adjust to chronic illness and terminal diagnoses. No one wants to go to long term acute care, they wanted to go home. Management not very supportive to staff at current facility where I work.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to follow better, safer patient care standards. I do not feel like the current management at the particular facility where I work is looking out for either my or the patient's best interest. It feels like they are only looking out for their bonus or status in the corporation. On the other hand, another Kindred I worked at the management team worked side by side with staff and were very hands on with patient involvement. I truly enjoyed working at the latter..

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