Clinical Nurse (Current Employee) – Harrisburg, PA – March 4, 2019
The FOH Clinic is a great work environment. The problem of working for FOH, which is part of the Dept of Health and Human Services, is the yearly, biyearly contract changes. One year you may be working for a great contractor and then another year a lousy one. You have no say in these changes as a staff nurse. Your salary can change from contract to contract. It is difficult to adjust to this uncertainty.
NURSE COORDINATOR/ EMPLOYEE HEALTH (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – November 25, 2018
This is a tough gig. Takes months to complete application, need several live-scans, ink fingerprinting, lots and lots of paperwork. Its the Feds, after all. The office was nice, small, comfortable. Lots of work usually, pre employment physicals, vision/audiometry, EKG,phlebotomy, travel vaccines, TB testing, mask fitting for the ATF.The clientele mostly just young hard working folks, IRS/DEA/FBI/other Federal agencies that were referred. Emphasis on complete documentation, and every exam was specific to the agency, so a lot of nitpicking.I also did all the inventory and ordering of supplies for the clinic. I enjoyed my time there, until the Regional Manager was moved into the office,and micromanaged everything, NOPE> You know its not a good sign when a new manager sweeps in and starts throwing people's food out of the employee refrigerator. I had to move on, Im not interested in working somewhere I have to constantly be walking on eggshells. Good luck if you do decide to take it on. It may just fit you.
Administrative Assistant/Account Manager Assistant (Current Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT – November 7, 2018
Some can get away with what they want, others cannot. False reporting time card hours, dress inappropriate, unprofessional dress standards for those who are not golden, leadership turns their backs no matter what. Some have integrity and core values while the ones put into leader positions are the ones ripping them off.
MEDICAL RECORDS TECHNICIAN, FEDERAL (Current Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT – April 10, 2018
Better managed now however this place is largely disorganized with not enough communication to make it an appealing place to work. Also, when there are conflicts they do not get taken care of, they are swept under the rug.
Decent benefits but not great. Flexible work hours
My work experience was mainly positive with the many wonderful employees and managers I served over the past 10 years
Federal RN Contractor (Former Employee) – Andover, MA – December 12, 2017
My position involved running the health unit evenings. My evening shift at the IRS health unit was filled with patient visits. The IRS employees had the benefit of being able to visit with a nurse to discus their health concerns and be treated with over the counter meds and bedrest per protocol. I was a provider of emergency care with the help of the security staff in the building. We had free BP and blood sugar testing, free labs for cholesterol etc., vision screening, flu clinics. Management was not present at site and was provided through phone call and conferences. Commute could be a problem due to highway travel. The employees were the best part of the job-appreciative of all services provided.
Occupational Safety Specialist (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – December 11, 2017
Assist in the development and implementation of required job safety and health standards as outlined by OSHA. Evaluate existing JHA/AHA’s safety and health programs to determine their effectiveness and offer solutions to reduce job related injuries and illnesses. Fall protection and site safety training, MSDS monitoring, Hot Work Permits and site audits.
It was fine, enjoyed my co- workers. I worked Monday- Friday 8-430 clients were nice to service.Include: •Keeping front desk tidy and presentable with all necessary material •Greeting and welcoming desks as they approach the front desk •Answering questions and addressing complaints
Normally low stress where I was at the EPA. The work relationships with the clients and area nurse manager can be very positive. It can also be very busy depending on the facility you work for. There can be a great difference in clinics as far as patient load; amount of physicals and number of walk in patients. I found staffing to be inconsistent with the variables.
Much less stressfull than the hospital environment
In clinics with limited personel, there is difficulty getting time off when needed.
High level of independence and great occupational health experience
Nurse Coordinator (Current Employee) – WA – April 18, 2017
I actually love working here. I am a nurse coordinator (read: nurse manager) at a very busy clinic. The patients are respectful and pleasant to work with. The federal government systems are a little behind the times, technology is not up to speed and all the charting is on paper but it's manageable. We see some walk-in urgent care cases but mainly the function of the clinic is to do employment physicals on a wide variety of federal law enforcement officers. The pay is pretty good, benefits are ok (you're not a direct fed employee but rather a contractor), the schedule is stable M-F normal business hours. Occupational health nursing is perfect for me, so much less stressful than the hospital!
Occupational Health RN (Former Employee) – Oklahoma – December 30, 2016
No raises in past 8 years with below area average for wages. No annual performance appraisal and no chance for upward mobility. Upper management has no understanding of the work load or even how to perform the basic jobs of the clinic nurses in most cases. Constant negative communication from manager with constant demands for increased workload with no additional staff or hours allocated and consistently pushing unpaid overtime on staff nurses and/or clinic coordinators in order to meet unrealistic demands. Staff held responsible for tasks they have no control over. Constant staff turnover and with required security clearance it takes approximately 4 months to get new staff onboard. Guidelines change daily if not hourly. Upper management blames contrator for problems and contractor blames management with staff caught in the middle. CEO states he is open to feedback and questions but does not followup or address concerns when brought to him.
day job, if you ignore demands for unpaid overtime