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San Joaquin Community Hospital Reviews

Updated January 12, 2017
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  1. "Blessed to have a job."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SN Coordinator/Surgical Technologist in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - SN Coordinator/Surgical Technologist in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San Joaquin Community Hospital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Awesome place to work. People, employees and administration.

    Cons

    You may wear a lot of different hats at once.


  2. "Stay Away"

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

    I worked at San Joaquin Community Hospital full-time

    Pros

    From my experience, it's worse at Dignity

    Cons

    Stay away from San Joaquin Community. Besides the usual bullying of nursing culture, this is one of the worst hospitals to work for in the state of California.

    I’ve worked in other facilities prior to this and this is the only hospital where they are constantly short staffed. To be asked to work 16 hour shifts is the norm. They’ll either ask you to stay an extra 4 hours or come in 4 hours early. It doesn’t not matter whether or not you’ve already worked your 3 days or in the middle of it, if you don’t do it, you will be bullied.

    The new grad program is horrible. The program is disorganized and the preceptors are unknowledgabe. My preceptor, who was a seasoned nurse, would ask other nurses including other new grads what to do when I asked her a question. Everyone is clueless.

    The machines are outdated. Imagine having an RRT and calling a doctor who is already upset and has a strong accent, on a bad cell phone reception and your outdated spectra link is having it’s own issues.

    Computers keep freezing up. Especially during a med pass. The tube systems can break down from time to time. So you have to run across campus to get blood as necessary.

    We are one of the lowest paid facilities and it shows. Don’t’ believe me? Take a tour at one of our facilities. Don’t let the star bucks and valley parking fool you.

    There is no live interpreter. You have to use the phone, which I previously mentioned has issues, making communication almost impossible at times.

    Arranging patient transport can be time consuming so typically nurses have to bring each of their patient down for CT, MRI, etc.

    You will be floated. It does not matter if you are a medsurg nurse, an ICU nurse, whatever. All nurses are floated to high acquity departments such as ICU and ER. The worse part is, the ER float offers no orientation. You will be taking care of ACTUAL ER PATIENTS and no one will help you. You may get lucky and get some help with other floats, but don’t expect it as the ER is very fast paced and has some of the worst bullies in the hospitals.

    Advice to Management

    Offer better training, education, equipment, and hire more staff. Implement zero tolerance for bullying especially from charge nurses. If you offer new grads poor training and send them on their own, then don't expect much from then if your facility doesn't have the resources, the tools, the training to implement a safe, efficient working environment. Charge nurses should be held accountable if they bully and harass their staff nurses for poor performance. Preceptors and education should be held accountable for horrible, horrible, hoooorible training!!!


  3. "Just being honest"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at San Joaquin Community Hospital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The faith based culture allows for practice of faith in facility. You are allowed to pray with patients, staff and start meetings that way.

    Cons

    The top down leadership. They continue to speak about transparency but there is none. They are focusing on the wrong things like cutting the budget by cutting the staff which will result in lowering the quality of care, tons of research has shown this to be true.
    Also, they can't decide what is priority: brining in Studer to improve employee engagement and HCAHPS but making budget cuts at the same time and pressuring staff to work short staffed. These things do not go hand in hand, they actually contradict each other.

    Advice to Management

    Have knowledgeable nursing resources actually making administrative decisions. Nursing should be a part of all decision making that affects patient care even finances. The organization can not be successful otherwise.


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  5. "CPOE Super user - Trainer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CPOE (Computerized Provider Order Entry) Trainer/Superuser in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - CPOE (Computerized Provider Order Entry) Trainer/Superuser in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at San Joaquin Community Hospital (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cordial work environment, good management and great pay. I worked there via a recruiter at VOLT Workforce solutions.

    Cons

    Plenty of room for improvement

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the staff


  6. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent salary, direct management awesome

    Cons

    Administration not as in touch as they need to be

    Advice to Management

    Let staff know they are appreciated


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Credentialing Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Credentialing Specialist in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Credentialing Specialist in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San Joaquin Community Hospital full-time

    Pros

    The position brings a lot of incentives from the providers and the director is very understanding.

    Cons

    Communication within the department is not the best, you could also see some favoritism taking place with the employees whom have been working there for longer. It is also a very stessful position with a lot of responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to review the turnaround of the department and improve the communication within.


  8. "San Joaquin"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Medical Social Worker in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Medical Social Worker in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends

    I worked at San Joaquin Community Hospital (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment. Good benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Small town with limited resources.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Pretty Good"

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

    I have been working at San Joaquin Community Hospital (More than a year)

    Pros

    Co workers good equipment benefit OK Couple of very good lower level managers

    Cons

    High level positions are filled by unqualified "friends" of executives. Jobs never posted but surprise new positions created

    Advice to Management

    Treat the little people better


  10. Helpful (1)

    "2 years as a registered nurse"

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    Current Employee - R N in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - R N in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at San Joaquin Community Hospital (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful hospital, friendly staff, great benefits

    Cons

    Unhelpful management, lack of consistency with work schedule


  11. Helpful (4)

    "SJCH"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San Joaquin Community Hospital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Entirely new administrative leadership team is in place now and leading the company in a good direction as far as CMS compliance, updating the equipment, supplies and technology, as well as improving organizational management and planning.

    Cons

    Organization has been through a 2-3 year period of instability with high staff turnover, poor staff morale and frequent CMS audits. Nursing units frequently understaffed with a high ratio of travelers and floats to regular staff. High value placed on "Sacred Work" initiatives to meet the wholistic needs of patient's and their families, but little actual effort to support staff in work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    In order to retain nursing staff, increase morale, and create an environment of sacred work for patients, it is necessary to demonstrate concern for the work-life balance of employees. Consider Maslow's hierarchy of needs... respect, consideration, and support for employees' work-life balance is necessary in order for them to provide an environment of sacred healing for patients and their families. Consider approval of employee vacation time with enough advance notice for them to make plans in their personal lives so that they can come back to work refreshed & ready to give to their patients & organization. Consider better staffing levels, ensuring staff are available to allow RNs to take lunch breaks in a timely manner, so that they are nourished enough physically & mentally to give excellent, empathetic, wholistic care to patients. Genuine efforts to support staff translate into sacred work.



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