Pros: cafeteria food is good
Cons: bullying, cliques, gossip, name calling, poor management, stressful workloads, scheduling problems
The HH laboratory is seriously in need of new management. In the interview you are promised so many things and so the job seems perfect at first. If it seems too good to be true at Huntsville Hospital, it probably is. If you look on the HH career site and see several openings for Phlebotomy Techs, it's for a reason. No one wants to work there.
Promised: a Monday-Thursday 10:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. schedule.
Given: an erratic schedule that could end up being 6 nights in a row, with 1 day off. then another 4 nights. Always worked weekends. Not once got a schedule that looked anything like what was promised. Lab coordinator would add you on for extra days, or switch your days around without asking your or even telling you. So then if you don't show up because you didn't know you were on the schedule, they give you an attendance point. It's ludicrous.
Promised: Excellent, thorough training. Walking around with another person to observe and practice. Then have someone follow you around to observe your technique until ready to go alone.
Given: One shift to observe with a trainer who didn't want to have someone following them, so didn't teach anything. Next shift, had to go with someone who did not want to train, only wanted to make me do all the work while she was on her phone. Then thrown out on my own without being asked if ready.
Promised: Manageable workload to start, then gradually add on more patients when comfortable. Start with 25-30 patients per shift, then add on a few more here and there until comfortable sticking 40 or more per shift.
Given: Immediately given 60+ patients – more... to try and get to within one shift. Then, when you can only do 25-30 like you told them you could, nurses yell at you and speak to you as if you are incompetent for not getting the labs drawn on time. Then they write up QRR reports on you, and guess what? The blame is all on you for not getting it done, when you told management all along (and they promised you would get) a manageable workload in the beginning.
It's horrendous. It's stressful.
This is the place for you if you enjoy the following:
2. Cliques, gossip, and name calling
3. Poor management
4. Workloads that cannot be handled by any one human being
5. Co-workers that call out constantly, leaving you with extra work on top of what you already can't get done
6. Co-workers that then come back to work talking about how they called out to go on a trip or go to a birthday party
7. No consistent schedule
8. No respect for your personal time or life
On a completely different note, the food at Huntsville Hospital's cafeteria is awesome. – less