Magnet Hospital and Trauma Center- Operating Room Experience
Perioperative Care Assistant (Former Employee), Morgantown, WV – February 21, 2014
The OR at WVUH was split between two floors. 2-West usually did most of the elective and general surgeries, smaller and less complicated procedures, while 5-North seemed to consist of organized chaos. Walking through the halls you could hear drills being used, the faint smell of flesh burning, beepers and phones ringing, and yet somehow this was an – more... everyday lifestyle. It was peaceful. It was what drove us. A typical day began a large cup of coffee from our lounge, followed by a morning meeting to catch the assignments for the day, making sure my wireless phone was posted in every room and was fully charged. Waiting for calls was like waiting for a ticking time bomb, when a doctor needed something, they needed it now. Equipment and Jackson-Pratt beds constantly roamed the halls looking for their homes in the perspective operating rooms. Sterile fields were being maintained while patients arrived. and then surgery began. I ever knew what type of call I was going to receive, what errand I needed to run, where I needed to take this above the knee amputation. It was always a surprise. The hardest part of the job was learning to prioritize between every room and surgery, creating time management and becoming efficient at how I did it. As the surgery was over, the operating room was left empty with the sounds of the anesthesia monitors beeping, blanket rolls, and enough debris on the floor to fill a landmine. Tearing down was just getting starting. I liked to work as a team, helping each other clean the rooms and taking surgical instruments downstairs to processing, setting the room back up for the next surgery. It was quite a feat. Knowing your next move was crucial, but the unthinkable could occur at anytime and it always did. Countless times, with a full OR, we received a trauma that was brought up immediately for surgery. This could mean life or death. Everyone worked together. I fetched blood from the blood bank, warm blankets, warm fluids, sterile instruments and packages. All the while waiting to see what and how the doctors and nurses were going to save this persons' life. The most enjoyable part of experiencing this job for me was understanding that every single person played an integral part in a surgery of someones life, that hopefully changed their life for the better. Maybe I wasn't performing surgery, but I got to see it and take part in saving someones life, and that is an amazing thing to witness. Each job is what you personally make of it. The work may be tough, it may be strenuous, and there may be times where you just do not want to do it that day, but when I sit and think about the lives that I can touch through health care, all that changes. It makes me want to be better. And this job taught me that. – less
Lead Dietetic Assistant (Former Employee), Morgantown, WV – December 25, 2013
Pros: great leadership experience
• Ensured that patients were well nourished while sustaining their prescribed diet. • Provided excellent customer service while building relationships with patients • Supervised a group of six fellow dietetic assistants to ensure proper coverage and care of patients.
Financial Counselor (Former Employee), Morgantown, WV – August 4, 2013
Pros: the staff of medical professionals i worked with helped me in my job.
Cons: no upward mobility.
I worked with patience who did not have insurance work on finding methods to handle paying for their medical treatment. I worked with patience who had addictions and were in the hospital for help voluntarily as well as involuntarily.
Working at a trauma hospital in the operating room was fascinating. I learned and experienced so much being there. Our manager was always assisting any way she could to keep you comfortable and happy there. I was sent through all of the rotations from ENT, Ortho, General, Gyne, and robotic room. The hardest part was leaving the job. Unfortunately the – more... drive was getting to me, so I needed a position closer. – less
Great place to work! Continuing education, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, and patient safety and well being are highly valued.
Registered Nurse (Current Employee), Morgantown, WV – March 15, 2013
This hospital has been a great place to start my career in the nursing world. The staff and patients are all receptive to new nurses and students. Preventative treatment and patient education is highly stressed at this facility. If you want to be proactive rather than a reactive RN and aspire to be more than a "box-checker" nurse, I would recommend – more... this hospital. It seems like the staff genuinely cares about the patients they care for. – less
My time in this department was very educational. I like my job and the people I worked with very much. The hardest part of my job was watching patients get worse. The most enjoyable part of my job would have to be enteracting with the patoents. I learned a lot about computed tomography ni the years I worked there. I would say that management needs a – more... little work. I overall loved my job here. – less
Cardiac Step-Down Unit/Floor: A typical day is spent providing care to my patients which includes but not limited to: completing physical assessments and all required nursing care for the specific patients I'm to care for on each particular day. I also collaborate with physicians and members of other interdisciplinary teams, oversee patient care technicians – more... and complete necessary documentation and provide patient education.
In addition to learning many medical and nursing elements by working in the teaching hospital setting, I have learned the most from my patients with regard to life in general. The best reward is having a patient give me a hug and tell me how important my care was to him/her.
My direct manager is available for any type of discussion. She is proactive, fair, knowledgeable and dependable. It is a pleasure and a privilidge to work for her.
My co-workers are amazing. They have become my work "family". They are the best group of co-workers I have ever worked with - caring, dependable, available when needed. We work as a team and help each other in the work place as well as personally.
The hardest part of the job is when a patient I have been caring for has passed away.
The most enjoyable part of the job are the patients. – less