Staff Nurse (Current Employee) – Norfolk, VA – July 27, 2016
My co-workers are probably the best part of the job. Very supportive, they make a tough shift tolerable. Team work is great where I work. The work is hard, self-schedule is fine as long as the person in charge of the schedule is not control freak. Not much consistency in policies and guidelines across the floors.
Emergency Room Technician (Current Employee) – Norfolk, VA – March 22, 2016
I am responsible for multitasking what is most emergent for patient and employee safety. Start PIVS and obtain EKGS and have provider read the EKGS. Perform CPR, answer Medical emergency response calls within the hospital. Transport Patients. There are no two days that are alike in the Emergency room.
Easy at first then progressively challenging. Do not float!
Courier (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, VA – March 12, 2016
My mistake was being hired as a PT float because they(Team Coordinators) bounce you from route to route requiring you to train with veteran employees who sometimes have poor attitudes which in itself makes the training unbearable. The veteran employees have their own ways of working the route but if you do it their way and a lead has to sign you off, it might not be the way the lead wants it done which causes more problems. The routes were easy at first but then became difficult due to the sheer amount of learning where the route is, where to pick up/drop off, identify specimens and which coolers to place in and so on. Also as a part timer, you might not break 25 hours a week which can put a big dent in your pay if you do get benefits. So many rules too. The problem is I prefer one route to learn, much like the veteran couriers, which is why float was difficult and a hard position to fill. All in all, pay was not too bad, benefits were good, some employees/managers poor attitudes, long hours at times. If I had the chance to do it again, float is not the way to go.
Sr patient account representative (Current Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – March 12, 2016
This is the first company I've worked for that actually cares about their employees!! They were willing to work with my desired salary when I first started and they give raises once a year depending on your yearly review. The benefits are awesome and the people are so friendly. I am proud to be part of such a great company!
Physical Therapist (Former Employee) – Newport News, VA – February 17, 2016
I joined the Sentara "team" because I heard that they take care of their employees and it's "like a family". At orientation they stressed work and home balance and emphasis is placed on not taking your work home. What a load of BS. I come home and work on documentation for at least 1-2 hours depending on how busy AND short staffed we were that day. Management sets up these impossible goals and don't understand why you can't meet them without sacrificing quality of care. They want you to see more patients yet they don't want to offer you more help; then they are surprised either your quality decreases or your productivity suffers. I became a therapist to help my patients but it seems that if I want that to be true, I should be prepared to work my tail off at home-- unpaid, for any documentation left undone because I chose to spend time with my patients vs stand behind the computer and bark out orders as I type. After practicing several years at other companies, never had I felt this level of stress without the productivity numbers to support it. I would not recommend working here, at least as a therapist, unless you want to sacrifice your ethics and work integrity.
micromanagement, lack of support from any tier of management
Service Advisor (Current Employee) – Norfolk, VA – February 16, 2016
You would think a place with as prestigious as this would treat their Employees much better, but the truth of the matter is sentara don't give 2cents about anyone. Management in a lot of Departments Are horrible Especially The head director in Environmental services department, the women is so hateful and Nasty to her workers.. Everyone is overworked, and sentara is understaffed. Doctors ,The Residents, Nurses treat patients like pure dogs.I pray everyday that God gets me out of this God for saken place the only reason I continue to be here is because I have no where t go with benefits. This place awful!!!!!!
Medical Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Sentara Independence – February 4, 2016
They are very strict and a lot of management are not friendly or approachable. The position that I had was too much for one person to work by themselves. The majority of staff are overworked and this should not be allowed to take place.
Cold, Mangement belittles employees, favoritism , poor social skills all about the $
Scheduler/Receptionist (Former Employee) – Virginia – January 27, 2016
Do not ever work for them. During the hiring process everyone if very kind, williing to help. Management show favoritism. Be little you. Management needs to learn patience and better trying. Management also talks poorly about new and pre existing employee. When they assign a preceptor, the preceptor was very short and unwilling to try to help. They say I don't how I can help you.
Clinical Lab Assistant/ Phlebotomist (Former Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – December 14, 2015
Fast paced, exciting place to work. Got a chance to meet new people. Got a chance to help people in need. The hardest part of my job was lack of team work, lack of support from management. On a typical day I saw about 100 patients
hour lunch, learned new things
lack of support from management, no room for growth
Patient Care Representative (Former Employee) – Newport News, VA – November 17, 2015
decent place to work for. Health insurance was covered by the company which is hard to come by. Coworkers were great to work with. Wasn't pleased with my immediate supervisor but I didn't have to deal with them often, so it was easy to ignore.
Love nursing but want a balance between work and family.
RN (Current Employee) – Harrisonburg, VA – November 1, 2015
I worked on the floor for 10 years and enjoyed nursing very much. Once we moved to the new hospital things were harder for the fact that things were not as "user friendly". There is too much space to travel and a hard time to keep patients safe.In July I transferred to Sentara Hospice were my heart was calling me. This has proved to be bad timing as our group is very short handed and grossly overworked. I love my patients but the charting and trying to catch up is nonstop. I chart from the time I get home until I go to bed and then again when I wake up. I don't mind working some at home but I want to have time with my family also.
One-on-one time with patients that was never had time for in the hospital setting.