This new hospital is a much different environment from the old one. The first several weeks are spent learning every policy and procedure that the hospital has- and they have policies and procedures for everything from pregnancy testing to inserting foley catheters. They want things done a certain way, and they spend quite a bit of time making sure that you know what that way is. I am busy doing online training while I am at home- they pay you an extra 4 hours a week for doing it. So you work your three 12 hour shifts, do your online training, and get paid for 40 hours.

The ED is about twice the size from the old one, with three times the staff. It’s more organized, better managed, and the employees seem happier. On my first day, they presented me with a welcome card that was signed by dozens of the nurses working there.

It will take me a few months to get fully up to speed, but things are much better than they were at the old hospital.

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BraulerBob · June 23, 2023 at 10:57 pm

Good Luck At the new job. Sounds like they have things in good order and it’s encouraging that the staff seem happy with the organization.

Starman Jones · June 24, 2023 at 1:02 am

Hospitals spring up like mushrooms in Red State which is undergoing Fundamental Transformation.
There are about five within driving distance with one within walking distance.
Quality and results vary with the ones being tied to the colleges not so great.
The poor people’s hospital is actually pretty good and it is a lively one with concerts and entertainment on the first floor during lunch.
It gets renamed often and this last round will be the last as it was renovated to the tune of almost $40 million.

Grumpy 51 · June 24, 2023 at 5:49 am

Congrats!! Sounds like a positive change just from your description.

Dan D. · June 24, 2023 at 7:46 am

Hopefully TXA will accidentally make it home in a pocket of your scrubs now and then; I predict we’re going to need it.

WDS · June 24, 2023 at 8:29 am

Awesome. Glad to hear they didn’t just toss an employee handbook at you and throw you into the grinder.

    Divemedic · June 24, 2023 at 10:00 am

    My last hospital did exactly that. They showed me where the supplies and medications were kept, then patted me on the back and said “good luck.”

Toastrider · June 24, 2023 at 8:55 am

Having documented processes is actually a pretty good sign. It may be a bit tiresome, BUT it means they take their work seriously enough to write it down and use it as a standard.

JC · June 24, 2023 at 8:57 am

As a 30+ year FF/PM I learned it’s better to be in a shitshow with people you like, respect and enjoy working with. Than the alterative.

    Vlad · June 24, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    Right there with you JC. Same amount of time as a FF/PM too.
    One station I worked at about 12-13yrs.
    It started out with us running 6-8 or so calls a shift (24 on 48 off) for the first 5-6 yrs. Then the surrounding area exploded in population.
    When I finally left to preserve my sanity and body, it wasn’t unusual to have 18-20 calls a shift…all “quality” calls I can assure you. 🤣🤣
    The only thing that kept me there that long after it turned to Ass Kick Central was the damn good medic and firefighting partners I had.

lynn · June 24, 2023 at 6:44 pm

Congrats ! Sounds like a good place to work so far.

Joe Blow · June 24, 2023 at 8:54 pm

Glad to hear it! Sounds like its a better place. The red tape may be a pain, but at least they _do_ training.

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