I worked at Saint Cloud Hospital full-time (More than 5 years)
Coworkers. Patients. Career Goals Not enough pros to stay.
Changing of management and rules. Spend too much money on "improvement"
I worked at Saint Cloud Hospital full-time (More than 8 years)
Overtime is usually available. Depends where you are in the company. It can be a good place depending on management and if you're a doctor. Nursing is set to a high standard here (Magnet recognition). Doctors are qualified. A good place to go as a patient. Get your experience and if the department isn't great, go find a new job.
Some things I've seen happen around me while working here until I made the jump a year ago: One well-known director of a department negotiated a four day work week with their supervisor, regardless of hospital policy. Other directors have taken note and followed suit. Any issue can be worked out with a director if they like you. Otherwise, it's department policy that you can't do something and they have no power to help you. When the director's supervisor was asked why favoritism was occurring, they said they didn't know what the director had worked out with that employee and no action was taken. Doctors rule here. Everyone seems scared of getting in trouble by them, instead of working as a team. All employees must do a health exam every year to receive lower insurance premiums. One doctor waited in a surgery room with all the necessary pans to complete the operation and told the outside med device reps to slowly open the pans, no rush. Once the rep's identical pans were ready to be used they opened them instead. Doctors are a little too cozy with the med device companies. This is another instance not only occurring here, but across the country. Employees take scrubs home and leave hospital with scrubs on even though you can bring infection (MRSA can live on clothes for two weeks) to and from the hospital. Policies are heavily enforced when Joint Commission is coming (management frantically runs around like chickens and they know exactly when the "unannounced walk through will happen"). Then they slack on the enforcement a few months later. This is also the time that the directors will freak out about ways things are done, since they finally took the time to see what's happening in their departments once every few years. Senior management directly disobeyed policy and said, "don't tell anyone ha ha." Zero rewards were given in my area for hard work and honesty. Low pay versus the cities, yet the same cost of living. Direct supervisors tell you they won't enforce a policy and you can bypass it, then they'll turn you in if you end up getting on their bad side (seen it more than once).
Advice to Management
Work harder on keeping management accountable - just as hard as you work when The Joint Commission is coming, or when you're looking to receive your Magnet recognition.
I have been working at Saint Cloud Hospital as an intern (More than a year)
Get to work with 20+ pharmacists with various backgrounds. The pharmacists there are great teachers and take the time to answer your questions. Work two different shifts; medication reconciliation and check floor/omnicell medications. Plenty of opportunities to interact with patients and medical staff on the floors. Get to go to educational presentations while on the job. The hospital pays for you to get your Basic Life Support certification and pays for your renewal course (on campus education). Most pharmacist at the hospital are licensed preceptors with the MN Board of Pharmacy, so you can get your paid pharmacy intern hours signed off. Work full time all summer long (40 hours/week) and the opportunity to work during other school breaks.
The review process occurs only once at the end of each summer in August. As an intern, I would like to hear more of what I can work on more often. Work every other weekend during the summer. No vacation time during the summer; last on the list to request vacation.
Advice to Management
Provide more feedback to students on their progress (once a month during the summer). More learning opportunities through on-site projects.
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I have been working at Saint Cloud Hospital full-time (More than 3 years)
The people That I work with
The age of some of the equipment
Advice to Management
update the equipment as they have been so that we have the most current equipment
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