RNII, (Current Employee), Portland, ME – March 8, 2013
The nurses are hard working and there is job security, however once you reach the top of the pay grade, there have been no raises for 4 yrs. The hospital is currently under agreement to be bought from CHE by another hospital system and having just changed to physician order entry there are alot of frustrated and angry MD's. That being said, they are – more... a dependable, knowledgeable medical staff, usually easy to work with. As always, Mercy is chronically understaffed from a nursing perspective, although not from a management perspective. As a small hospital, you get to know your patient population and the human connection is what keeps most of us working there. – less
O.R. Staff nurse (Former Employee), New Orleans, LA – October 16, 2013
Pros: wide variety of cases to learn
Worked as staff OR nurse.Provide all circulator procedures ,preparing sterile enviroment for all and any type of surgical procedure including general, neuro , ENT, urology, eye, orthopedic, and endoscopic
Enjoyed taking care of my patients and have a sense of accomplishment when they are discharged.
Certified Nursing Assistant (Former Employee), Bakersfield, CA – October 9, 2013
Pros: a plac to learn a lot and prepare one for a job i am applying for now and other future positions.
Cons: the work load is hectic and at times prevent one from giving the best possible care.
A day at work is hectic with 15 patients and making sure that I comply with Charge Nurse instructions. I learnt how hospital system works and how to coordiante caring for patients at differnt levels. I also learnt how to documents and record shift activities and how to provide information to patients relatives. I learnt how how to prioritize my work, – more... organize my workload so I can take care of my hectic work schedule. The manegement is well structured and higly organized. I learnt how to write report at theend of my shift. The hardest part of the job is to see a patient passed and watch the grief of the relatives. It is also not fun to prepare the patient remain for the morgue. The most enjoyable part of the job is to see my patient recover and watch him/her exit the hospital for home. – less
Lab Assistant (Current Employee), Washington, MO – September 25, 2013
Pros: benefits, cafeteria access, flexible hours that fit your schedule
Cons: sometimes we don't get a break, high volume and low staff
I am able to work without too much stress, I get along well with my co workers. I enjoy my job requirements. Great Human Resource department. I have learned a lot in blood draws within the last 5 years that I have been employed at Mercy. I have learned how to draw from many areas that are very difficult to find. I have learned how to draw children and – more... newborns also. The hardest part of my job is probably when we are short staffed and you have to work alone. Sometimes the volume is very high and when we are short, it makes it stressful and more difficult, but we somehow seem to manage. The most enjoyable part of my job is the patient care and working at the ER. Although in a hospital setting, many of the patients are very ill and hurt, being able to help them as much as I can, even if it is just drawing blood, makes me feel good about myself. – less
Outreach Coordinator for Injury Prevention (Former Employee), Springfield, MO – September 7, 2013
A typical day at work would consist of communicating with every individual that walked into the office that day and setting up appointments with them. Also, going to schools and giving presentations on the effects of drinking and driving and being impaired while driving. My co-workers were awesome!
Production Supervisor Food and Nutrition (Former Employee), Cedar Rapids, IA – September 6, 2013
Pros: open door for anyone in the hospital
Cons: it sometimes hard to work till 1700 and come back for 2100
My job at Mercy was stressful, rewarding, and a wonderful experience.
In my time at Mercy we remodeled,started room service, changed many top positions, were flooded and remodeled again.
I have around the clock cooks, so worked all shifts. Was one of the only supervisors in the department that could work any job, Catering, room service cold, production, – more... bakery, salads, room service hot, call center, storage, maintenance, Cafe, transport, dish room, call center, and pots and pans. – less
REGISTERED NURSE (Former Employee), Springfield, MA – September 1, 2013
Pros: supportive co workers and challenging work environment
Cons: short staffing and not being able to spend enough time with each patient.
Very busy and challenging work environment. I have learned a lot of different skills throughout the years. Every day is different , which is what I like about being a registered nurse on my unit. I have become more proficient at a number of different skills including performing EKG's and starting IV's. Management is supportive. The most difficult part – more... of my job is the frustration of not having enough time to spend at the bedside with each patient, but the acuity is high and there are a lot of tasks to get done throughout the day. It has been important to be able to prioritize and triage. The most enjoyable part of the job is being able to see some patients progress towards better health and discharge home. – less
Morale is extremely low because management dosn't reward their employees or thank them.
Monitor Watcher/ACC - ICU and Step Down Units (Current Employee), Cincinnati, OH 45239 – August 28, 2013
Pros: great nursing and support staff!
Cons: poor management and staffing!
When a company fails to encourage or reward their employees by even acknowledging that they are an important part of the organization, they tend to move on. Whereas, if they were encouraged, or rewarded in some small way, they would be more likely to continue to do a good job, and even be a cheerleader for the organization. However, Mercy is lacking – more... in Management support. This means that instead of being a positive force toward their staff, they put out memos stating things like, "If this request is not complied with, it will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination!" This is on a majority of the memos issued by management. This is not a way to encourage staff members. This is why we are seeing a large amount of staff either leaving Mercy altogether, or moving to another Mercy location, where the Mission Statement is actually adhered to and supported by all team members. The Mt. Airy location feels extremely stepped upon especially during the consolidation to the new Mercy West hospital opening in November, 2013. Upon the beginning of the merging of both hospitals, we were "assured", that "best practice" was going to move over to the new hospital, by means of reviewing both systems at both locations, and then choosing which system works best, in which area, and combing them. However, what has happened, is, there was no reviewing at the Mt. Airy location at all or very little, it was all taken from the Western Hills location, and the Mt. Airy staff has felt nothing but looked down upon, and none of our best practices are moving over to the new hospital, even though we have proven that some of our practices have been outstanding over the Western Hills location. If we merged the two, then we would have chosen best practice in each area, not just take one locations' complete package, faults and all. A typical day at work consists of inadequate staffing by management, management choosing the incorrect staff members either outside Mercy or inside promotions (which they do very little of), so no advancement opportunities. What I've learned is to not apply myself in my current job, because every time I have done so, there has never been a good job comment, or even so much as a "let's see where you would like to go in the company" discussion. We haven't even gotten mid-year reviews by our manager (or lack there of) for years. Even after instituting a new HR process with the computers, we still have not seen hide nor hare of our manager. My co-workers are fantastic, wonderful individuals who came to this organization wanting to uphold the Mission, however, because of poor management and sad and inexcusable staffing, they are burnt out, and extremely frustrated with their choice in careers. Since most nurses, male or female, choose this field to help people and feel a sense of accomplishment, they certainly don't expect to be worked like dogs and buried in unnecessary paperwork, and poor decision making and staffing. Therefore, they end up either leaving the field altogether, or moving to another health-related field. The hardest part of the job is really not having the appropriate staffing, because it puts more hardship on the other staff, making the 12 hours extremely hard. The best part of the job is the patients and the families and of course my co-workers. We have the best of both. Our patients and their families are committed to Mercy because once-upon a time they stood strong in the community. We really want to be strong in the community again. I believe we can get there once the new hospital opens. My co-workers still members of our staff have the same belief and we are willing to hang in there to see and to help make it happen! We are a team whether management sees and acknowledges it or not! – less
Medical Assistant / Medical Secretary (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PA – August 28, 2013
I absolutely loved this job. I learned a lot by working as a member of their relief staff. I was able to travel to different locations and lean the operations of different type of offices. I was extremely happy to obtain a full time position with one of their pediatric offices. I probably would have never left but they sold their pediatric practices.
A very fast paced environment with things to do at all times.
Cook/Dietary Aide (Former Employee), Janesville, WI – August 26, 2013
Pros: free lunches, benefits
Cons: my schedule was different week to week even day to day sometimes because i was always available.
To work in the kitchen at the hospital, you must know how to work quickly and efficiently with little room for error. There was always something to do as we were often times very busy. There was a little bit of miscommunication among co-workers as there were some people that couldn't carry their own weight, which made it harder for others. Management – more... did the best they could to remedy that, but there's only so much they can do. The hardest part of the job was trying to do your job and someone else's if they were unable to finish before their shift ended. There was little time to do anything besides your own job. The most enjoyable part of the job was always being busy. It gave me a feeling of accomplishment to do as much as I could do everyday and not having time to do anything else. I always made sure I got my job done. – less
CNA I (Former Employee), Fort Smith, AR – August 23, 2013
Cons: poor insurance
What l like about the job was the patients the older people was a blessing. I also enjoyed that I was able to pray with patient and family members. There was some co-workers that always complain about someone not during their job. And it was the one who did the complaining who did a bad job. I learn to listen to your patients at all times because there – more... is always why or what the reason is in their statement.Management did not care in ICU I was always given a compliment and she never acknowledge it at all to me. When working if you did not fit in they let you know it by the way that they treated you. – less