Medical Supply Technician, Lead (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – January 2, 2014
Learning Medical Logistics was interesting and working at this hospital was an unforgettable part of my life as well as rewarding. Working with the different Army Bases across the world during the close down of this hospital was exciting. I will miss the work the staff and the wonderful friends I made.
Shadowed Oncologist (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – June 15, 2017
Followed the oncologist into meetings to see how their check-ups were. Learned ways to keep the patient engaged without using complex medical terms. Sat in on diagnosis meetings to find what the best option for the patient was.
Nurse (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – June 12, 2017
This has been my favorite job ,throughout my career. This job provided the opportunity to work along side active duty military medical staff. The was much opportunity for professional growth, and research participation. I gained knowledge of HIV staging and coordination of HIV patients care. there is opportunity to participate on an interdisplinary team. The opportunity to cross train in other specialty areas was available. A nurse could pursue any career path ,she desired. The administrative staff consisted mostly of Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels. Sergeants managed the enlisted staff and nursing support staff. It was a wonderful experience and opportunity.
The military offers great benefits and learning opportunities. It provides classes that help with your transition from military to civilian life. It was an opportunity to be on the inside of a hospital learn the politics that exist within a hospital and get hands on experience working in an ER
Receptionist/Customer Service Rep (Current Employee) – Bethesda, MD – June 6, 2017
Working here has taught me a lot. It has made me grow and I like how everyone pretty much gets along. Work definitely gets done and people are nice. The management is so understanding and wants everyone to be as one. A typical day of work here is filled with laughs and good talks. The hardest part of working here is when someone isn't there, only because we are already short staffed as is. One thing that is really hard for me is the commute though, it sucks!
MEDICAL RECORDS TECHNICIAN (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – June 2, 2017
Walter Reed was one of the best jobs I have ever worked for in my life. I really enjoyed working at this military hospital because I made a difference in people's lives. I appreciated the soldiers that fought for our country. I was also honored to have the privilege of helping them in their time of need. Wonderful place to work on any given day.
Writing verbatims and presenting them in group was grueling at times, but overall rewarding.
Clinical Pastoral Resident (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – May 30, 2017
Reporting to my preceptor in the Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care department for the divvying up the list of visits or related ministries. A patient first mentality reigned. Working the amputees offered the most challenges but was also the most rewarding.
working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team and being in the nations capitol
Behavioral Science Specialist (Former Employee) – Kansas City, MO – May 27, 2017
I was a young soldier. Walter Reed is a well known institution. I enjoyed my time there where I was allowed to work with hospital patients out of the Social Work Dept. I made nursing home placements and counseled cancer patients.
I learn that if you take care of your customer you will love what you do that's what customer service is the little guy has just as much rights as the person with a lot of money and Walter Reed holds true to that
Medical Records Clerk (Current Employee) – Bethesda, MD – May 25, 2017
productive and fun workplace. Staff and patients are very friendly. Family oriented facility. Supervisor are caring. The only problem i would like to address about the facility is that their is no staff parking.
Contract Social Worker- (Current Employee) – Bethesda, MD – May 16, 2017
I was a contractor and that made it difficult due to the salary and benefits package and having to deal with the contract renewing and starting with a new salary. Try to become a GS employee, if possible. Typical government/hospital setting. Knowledge of Military Culture is a must (or willingness to learn).
The patient load on the telemetry ward was a bit busy but I gained a ton of experience with patient care and office setting. Everyone helped with the well-being of each patient, which made the workload not so difficult.
No accountability; lazy, incompetent staff; poor management
Health System Specialist (Current Employee) – Bethesda, MD – April 28, 2017
Staff are not here for the patients. Patients will wait while the staff are sitting around on their phones. Supervisors are incompetent and do not hold anyone accountable. Senior leaders do not seem to care that our department is so inefficient. They make someone else do a job that is not in their PD because the person who is supposed to do it is incompetent but don't hold them accountable for their incompetence. Zero room for advancement and not sure how some of these GS have advanced to the level they are since they do not know what they are doing. Verbal abuse from senior leader. This could be an awesome place to work (and it could just be my department) if they purged all the lazy, incompetent staff and started over. Too afraid to fire contractors who are not doing their job so we end up suffering with bad workers because of poor leadership. Military leaders are not holding military members accountable and are always pulling them away from patient care for ridiculous reasons.