Exciting and fun environment with a laid back style of work
Grants Writing Intern (Former Employee), Allentown, PA – March 10, 2014
During my time at the Lehigh Valley Network, I conducted a good majority of researching tasks in order to find supportive info and data to compliment our grant proposals. I learned how to write, format, and distribute grants proposals and all the necessary components that go into researching and developing a grants proposal. The most enjoyable part – more... of my job while interning here was the fact that I was able to freely go about my work at whatever pace I decided. – less
Certified Medical Assistant (Former Employee), Allentown, PA – March 2, 2014
I found this work place to not be enjoyable due to the lack of management skills, professionalism and no support from human resources when it comes to dealing with problems that need to be taking care of.
Beware! Do not work here unless you like being bullied!
Previous nurse employee so happy to be out of LVH! (Former Employee), Allentown, PA – February 20, 2014
Pros: good benefits
Cons: unprofessional, unethical, bullying work enviroment
The culture at LVH is like being back in high school. Many of my colleagues, and both my immediate supervisor and director of nursing, were lying, untrustworthy backstabbers. The only staff who kept their jobs were the kiss-ups to those bosses. The rest were targeted and bullied out by the kiss-ups and bosses, or just got sick of playing high school – more... and left. Several of us were written up for things we did not do and even had witnesses that we didn't do them...then were ultimately bullied and/or fired out of there in spite of excellent yearly evaluations. Your job here is NOT secure! It's really a shame because we had many fantastic doctors. But the bosses are incredibly immature and unprofessional, and will bully you out or fire you if they don't like you and you don't belong to the kiss-up club. Don't work here...there are many other great hospitals and companies to work for that will not mistreat you like LVH will. They are currently firing many great and experienced nurses due to budget cuts...only to replace them with less expensive, less experienced staff. That's why you are seeing jobs posted. – less
Working for the network was a wonderful experience
Medical Supply Specialist (Former Employee), Allentown, PA – January 29, 2014
Working for health spectrum pharmacy of lehigh valley hospital was a great experience. On a day to day basis i would deal with walk in patients and supply them with all their at home medical equiptment needs. I would also take phone calls and get orders drop shipped to patients. I would also do mastectomy fittings and custom compression garment fittings.The – more... hardest part of my job was to watch the patient who's health was declining. Most enjoyable part of my job was helping patients better their life. – less
Overall great hospital and network, management quality and workload varies
Technical Partner, Medical-Surgical Unit (Current Employee), Allentown, PA – January 20, 2014
Cons: sometimes no break
The overall culture at LVHN is wonderful, and the benefits are generous- employees even get a few hundred wellness dollars a year, and the network really takes care of its employees in regards to health insurance and job security. Coworkers are encouraged to work as teams, and there is good energy here. Lots of emphasis on education and synchronicity – more... between different practice styles. The scheduling on particular units can vary, and so does management quality on a few units; typically the heavier patient load units are more difficult to work on, as the management is not as concerned with the trivial issues between employees as with patient satisfaction. Rapport can become strained between employees, as it becomes a "he said/ she said" battle when a patient is not satisfied with their care, and there is no clear infraction by any one employee. There is a lot of finger pointing, though I also have many professional coworkers that advocate for their team mates. This battle to throw one another under the bus creates a lot more stress than need be, when work is already quite stressful. It is the pressure placed on management to identify what went wrong when sometimes things cannot be explained, or the workload is just too much for the assigned staff. (Granted, as it should be in a hospital, a fair amount of accountability should be expected.. but maybe not when there isn't any risk to the patient, and their safety has not been compromised. E.g. "Jane Doe said there was an extra belongings sheet in the wallaroo, with no label on it, why was it there?". This can seem inappropriate to get caught up in, when patients need to be attended to. Sometimes it is incredulous management will pull you away from your duties to discuss something like this). As nursing is a 24 hour job, sometimes it is difficult to get out of work on time, where there are heavy patient workloads. The chief concern of mine is scheduling; although every employee must sign a document stating they understand they could be pulled for shift rotation, some units do this more than others, (usually once every few months... but particularly for me it is about four times a month I will get a random night shift or day shift)- it does not allow planned outside of work activities, assuming you will always be available to take care of family members or kids, planning trips. It is either comply, or lose your job. It is what it is. Work/life balance can be tricky, when you must plan your sleep schedule around your work schedule. Maintain professionalism, and be grateful you have a job, and it will be fine. The patients are great, and the hospital really does provide quality care. I just try to be part of the solution, and not add to the problem. Professional, hard-working, handle stress appropriately, do not get overwhelmed. Leave work at work. – less
RN (Current Employee), Cedar Crest Blvd. Allentown, PA 18018 – January 17, 2014
Pros: large teaching hospital
Cons: one of the lowest paying in my area.
The care and services provided annually receive national recognition through awards and accreditation from organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) and many others.
Wherever our health network’s journey takes us in the years to come, you can – more... be sure we will carry forth the passion our founders, as well as their enduring vision: to provide the people of the Lehigh Valley with the best possible health care – right in their own backyard. – less
Productive work place with poor man to job equivalance
Office Coordinator (Former Employee), Allentown, PA – January 15, 2014
Lehigh Valley Health Network use to be a wonderful place to work at, I should know I was there for 40 years and watched the hospital being built. At one time we all worked together, now unfortunately I feel the hospital has forgotten Leonard Pool's plan of taking cae of patients and keeping families together, and now has turned into big business. Co-workers – more... were great to work with but they got tired as the hospital grew and the did not add help. I enjoyed doing the customer assistance work and helping the employees to solve their problems. – less
Med-Surg Nurse (Current Employee), Allentown, PA – January 12, 2014
Pros: good insurance coverage
Cons: no job security
Working for this hospital has been a great place to advance in my nursing career. Tuition reimbursement and smile scholarship were provided during my continuing education. Graduate nurse orientation was a great learning experience. The nurses on the unit I did my orientation on made it an easy adjustment from going from a Technical Partner in a previous – more... department to a nurse on my current unit. Policies and procedures are easily found on their website. With all of the charting requirements to follow JACHO standards, the nurse/patient ratio can be challenging at times, especially when there are admissions and discharges, or a really challenging assignment. As a nurse, I feel like I don't give the patients all the care they deserve due to this. The only downfall at this point is that I have worked for the network for over 7 years, and due to the new insurance changes, and low patient census, units are down sizing, and people are loosing their jobs. Myself, being in the graduate nurse orientation, I currently don't know if I will have a nursing position when I am done orientation. I should of found out weeks ago were I would be going, instead, my orientation has been extended, due to the network not knowing what they are doing with the new nurses. – less
Charge/Staff Nurse (Former Employee), Allentown, PA – January 5, 2014
Lehigh Valley Hospital was where I learned to be a good nurse. The staff and administration were top of the line. I learned how to truly manage time and patient care. I was afforded the opportunity to be involved in research projects. I know I would function well in a burn unit because of my experience at this hospital. This was also a teaching hospital – more... so education of staff was greatly encouraged. We were sent on countless trauma conferences and classes. The only con was that the work was hard and often quite sad.The greatest con is that I left. It seemed like the best choice at the time. – less
Counselor Intern (Current Employee), Bethlehem, PA – November 5, 2013
Pros: idt meetings, supportive environment.
Typical day begins with seeing my patients in group therapy. Groups size 6 to 8 patients. 3 hour group session with breaks. Lunch and socialization fallows. After lunch facilitate 1pm psych education group. 2:30 till 4pm process notes and case management.
Volunteer (Former Employee), Allentown, PA – October 30, 2013
Pros: helping people, free lunch
Cons: you don't pick what you do
I only volunteered for a few years. In those few years I was doing multiple things. I did sercetarial duties, I worked on the mother baby unit filling out charts, organized book cases and filing cabnets. I also worked in the pharmacy and got to work with the tube that sends the medications to teh differnt floors. Hardest part of the job was finding – more... my way... that hospital is huge! Helping people was the best part! – less
Medical Assistant/Receptionist (Current Employee), Allentown, PA – October 8, 2013
Pros: my coworkers
Cons: laid off
It was great experience. I learned a lot. Worked in a busy clinic with a good bunch of women. The hardest part of a day is never having enough staff. The best part of my job was getting to know and build a relationship with my patients.