Pros: corporate culture was strongly supportive of the nursing staff
Cons: one of my supervisors was a "micromanager" and left me feeling uncomfortable and unproductive.
I was employed as a utilization review nurse for about a year. My orientation was not well-organized because my supervisor was required to attend numerous development classes at the same time she was supposed to be training me. Fortunately I was already familiar with computer based documentation and Interqual criteria so I was able to fill in the blanks myself in many instances. Other than that, many of the things I liked about working at Parallon I also liked about working at Virginia Premier. The primary thing I disliked was the feeling that I never really fit in to the corporate culture, followed by a supervisor who literally walked the halls looking for things the nurses were doing wrong. I don't like micromanagement, and I expect to be treated in a professional manner, and unfortunately there were a number of times when I found that these things were not happening.
Fortunately, both my direct report and her supervisor had open door policies that allowed me to ask questions frequently regarding issues related to my work product, and were always available to listen to me "gripe" when I needed to get something off my chest. One of my complaints was that I often did not get enough work compared to my co-workers, leaving me essentially twiddling my thumbs and trying to look busy. Of course, there were also days on which I had to pencil in time for lunch and breaks, as in any nursing job