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Sentara Healthcare Woodbridge Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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Woodbridge, VA

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  • Needs for oversight and input from upper management (in 13 reviews)

  • Pay is very low not only for the cost of living but also much lower than the national average (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Sentara from an Admin Rep point of view."

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    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Woodbridge, VA
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Woodbridge, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Close to home, great coworkers, very customer oriented.

    Cons

    Very regimented in dress code and compliance. Procedures outweigh time allotted for completion. Pay not comparable to other companies

    Advice to Management

    Comparable wages according to experience and education with other companies would reduce turn over rate.


  2. "Medicine - Oncology"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Woodbridge, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sentara Healthcare full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Co-workers (or what's left of them) : Supportive, encouraging and will always help you in time of need. With the floor almost always being understaffed, you will develop a sense of teamwork and bond.

    Cons

    - Education: Prepare to self-learn. Nurse residency program is useless. The only thing they do to encourage to extend your knowledge is tell you to complete the yearly CBT required modules.
    - Self-scheduling: Great concept, but basically USELESS when your preferred shifts are modified due to the floor ALWAYS being understaffed. The floor is 80% travel/float nurses, while all the senior RN's have been let-go for vindictive reasons. NCP's schedules are changed without notice or communication. RN's are constantly pressured to pick-up OT to make-up for the high turn-over rate caused by management.
    - New grads are oriented by new nurses who have less than 2yr experience or straight out of orientation...no comment.
    - The floor is under-staffed always but expect unrealistic job expectations. (ex. 1:7 pt ratio with ZERO techs, yet they expect everyone to be dry and clean by morning, drop everything and run to every bed alarm, have all your labs and vitals done by yourself, turn and reposition all your total pts while still maintaining to do a NCP/RN job duties, etc.)
    *** High-turn over rate: People can't make it past the 1st three months off orientation. Work environment isn't ideal, new NCP's have been thrown into the 50-bed floor to work by themselves on the first weeks of their solo schedule. Some have even been thrown in without the guidance of their preceptor. DO NOT BELIEVE THEM WHEN THEY TELL YOU THE RATIO IS 5-6 PATIENTS PER NURSE. IT IS A LIE. YOU WILL HAVE 7-8 PATIENTS AND AT TIMES WITHOUT A NCP/TECH SUPPORT. CHARGE RN's ARE RUNNING WITH 7 PATIENTS. THIS IS THE NORM.
    - Career Opportunities and advancement: Some will flat-out tell you that you're unqualified and not ready to transition to a different unit because of desperation to keep you on the floor. An employee was held for 5 months prior to transitioning, who's had years of experience and was told they "aren't ready." Will go behind your back and try to ruin your chances before you can transfer out.
    - Favoritism / Racism: There is a certain preference and if you fit it, you will survive on this floor. You will have your choices heard and followed and you can practically get away with anything while someone less favorable gets thrown under the bus for you.

    Advice to Management

    Please for the love of GOD, initiate an internal investigation on the 2nd Medicine Floor. Contact Human Resources; get information of the employees who have left and see what their reasoning is, if any of them were even offered exit interviews. Losing +13> employees within a ONE YEAR time span should be concerning. Qualifications or not, something went wrong there and clearly the Medicine floor is suffering now due to poor oversight. Look at the statistics and numbers. It's not rocket science to see when it all began.

  3. "Nice people"

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    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in Woodbridge, VA
    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in Woodbridge, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, nurses work hard and are pretty fairly compensated. I like my co-workers.

    Cons

    Healthcare package provided is not good. Seems to cater to those centered in southern Virginia.

    Advice to Management

    Please get us Blue Cross Blue Shield!!!! We need this!! Especially for those of us in Northern Virginia.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "ER new grads"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Woodbridge, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are a new grad nurse and want exposure, this is the place for you because you get a lot of exposure to high acuity patients.

    Cons

    Nurse:patient ratio is unsafe. Management only cares about numbers not staff or patient safety. They do not have a good new grad program. They use new grads as warm bodies. Management allows charge nurses to use new grads as experienced RNs. No one seems to know or follow policy from CEO down to worker bees (they seem to make it up as they go along) and if someone brings it to managements attention, it gets brushed under the rug.


  5. "The family atmosphere was lost when Sentara took possession of Potomac Hosp."

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    Former Employee - Unit Secretary in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Unit Secretary in Woodbridge, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sentara Healthcare (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to be the teamwork and family nature of a community hospital. Care is fine and they have updraft D some of the equipment (3D mammograms). Full access to med rec Is also good.

    Cons

    All business. All about money. Removed psych. Removed Peds ward. A community hospital NEEDS psych nurses in an emergency room.

    Advice to Management

    You need to listen to your staff and patients.


  6. "Don't work there"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Woodbridge, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sentara Healthcare part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You are making a difference in somebody life

    Cons

    Lab at northern Virginia medical center is filled with nothing other than backstabbing
    Gossiping, unprofessional and nasty attitude staff , they will make you feel unwelcome your first day in addition to lack of knowledge they try to micromanage new employee and make them feel uvaluable. Management is weak and only care about themselves .
    Computer system is so complicated yet archaic.
    Staff focus on tiny negative things and a big dislike between different shift.
     Lack of communication and speaking is not allowed stabbing in the back is what goes around.
    Work load is high with short staff is every day challenge .
    No training available and they expect you to know every thing and no questions are welcome which make it stressful environment to work..
    Believe me never work there , it is not a good place for medical technologist , if you do write your negative reviews here to benifit others

    Advice to Management

    Communication and better management


  7. Helpful (1)

    "ED Tech at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center"

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    Former Employee - ED Tech in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - ED Tech in Woodbridge, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at Sentara Healthcare full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Self scheduling allows for great flexibiliy
    -Very good experience due to high patient volume
    -Roughest area in northern virginia so you get shootings and stabbings if you like that
    -Allowed ED Techs to do more than some other hospitals
    -Sentara is a great company with alot of resources

    Cons

    -Horribly understaffed
    -Frustrating for paramedics working as techs due to extremely narrow scope of practice vs what we are trained to do/do in other settings routinely
    -Lack of respect from RN's. Not all but definitely there. Paramedics have a larger scope of practice, more knowledge and are better trained for emergency medicine than RN's do. Some nurses were great and some just treated you like you were unskilled labor
    -Lots of people in the area don't have insurance so the ED become their primary care

    Advice to Management

    Allow Paramedics to operate as Paramedics in the ER. Let us Give meds/IO/Intubate etc. We are trained for this and do it on a regular basis, it's not a ridiculous idea. In a understaffed ER like this it seems wasteful and poor resource management to handicap certain employees who could greatly help. It wouldn't hurt the nurses either it would help them. They are swamped sometimes getting 5 or 6 ER patients at a time.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Commitment to Employment Continuity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbridge, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Bonuses (only obtained when hospital wide matrix goals are reached)

    Cons

    Salary, Employee retention, Benefits, Retirement contributions, Inexperienced staff training new hires, Food services (the worst in healthcare I have encountered), Limited supplies to cut costs, Employee opinions are interpreted as negative commentary and used during yearly reviews to justify a reduction or complete elimination of pay increase.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for employee satisfaction


  9. "RN"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbridge, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and opportunity to advance

    Cons

    Food in cafeteria is not good

    Advice to Management

    Fix the cafeteria issues so food and service has the opportunity to be profitable.


  10. "Worked as emergency room medical technician"

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    Former Employee - Medical Tech in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Medical Tech in Woodbridge, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sentara Healthcare part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at Potomac Hospital (now Sentara Hospital). It was a good place to work for the most part. I worked nights and most of my co-workers were nice people. Food in cafeteria was pretty good. It was always busy and fast paced and I learned a lot.

    Cons

    Management was awful, very demanding and didn't listen or sympathize with staff. Pay was not great and some of the patients were extremely rude.

    Advice to Management

    Help your employees by listening and treating them fairly. Please give pay that is fair and do not micromanage so much.


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