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I've worked in major cities in 5 different states over the 41 years of my nursing career. I find UW Hospital to be one of the best places I've worked with excellent pay, benefits, and work conditions/staffing. My coworkers are great and the unit manager is sincerely caring and clearly on the side of her workers.


wonderful coworkers


expensive parking
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August 9, 2021
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Stressfull but supportive

What is the best part of working at the company?Comradery within the team/department you were with. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Training is not always passed down as new people start.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Busy but supportive team environment on the floor. Upper mgmt may not always be in tune with day to day work.
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  • Supportive environment
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Ability to learn new things

I would go back in a stat minute if they had the job I want.

What is the best part of working at the company?I really loved the department I worked. Everyone was great. The work was fantastic and most of the patient were fantastic.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?I can't really remember a stressful time working there, except the normal when new stuff comes out.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Most of the time it was relaxing, but just like everything else it has its bad times.
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The country club

RN in the ED. Ratios are typically 1:3. Tons of travelers not a lot of core staff. Management is hit or miss it seems, it depends who you are. The pt's are very entitled and think because they have chronic issues they get to jump the typical 20-30 in the waiting room line. Parking in the ramp is almost $1000 a year for day shift, and about $400 for afternoons. Health insurance is garbage, since there is so few providers and so many pt's, it took 6 months to establish care with a primary. Health insurance does not start until 3 months after hire. Base Pay for RN from what others have told me is between $37 to $41 an hour. $3 dollar an hour boarding differential in the ED because we hold A TON of boarders.
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A great place to work.

What is the best part of working at the company?Always busy. Always something to do. Meet many people and good pay.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?During peak hours we can get very busy and constant hone calls. What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Fun. Everyone helps everyone out. We have a great team.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Checking patients in for testing. Taking patients to changing areas. Answering phones directing calls to correct areas. Requesting transportation for patients.
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I have really enjoyed working at UW Health. I wish the pay was better, but since I work a student role it’s understandable. Very fast paced environment. Helpful and caring colleagues.
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Ok enough, flexible, easy location for a student employee. Pay no where near enough- starting student roles at $11/hour. Better to work at the dining hall.
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Overall good

The medical system is overwhelmed with patients and it’s hard to keep up as a provider. Need more balance and care for providers. Overall environment is good.
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Busy place

Busy place, fast paced, short staffed, day flies by, 5 years to be vested, hospital you have to pay to park, lots of staff call out, more help is needed
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Lots of places for opportunity. I’m a bedside nurse - management is okay. Burn out is easy since it’s a bigger hospital. Good teamwork. Benefits are good.
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Great for gaining experience

Benefits: meh. Seniority rules, can be a toxic environment for new grads. Five years FT before vested, great stepping stone to grad school or any other workplace!
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A company should never require you to pay for parking

A nurse can get a job anywhere in this day and age. So what is a health system doing to set themselves above the others? Communication, onboarding and general welcoming is average at best. The fact that you have to pay to park and are not compensated for it is absolutely ridiculous. They want us to bike to work, its Wisconsin and I can't afford to live in Madison proper. Large companies forget it is the small things that wear away on job satisfaction.


pay for parking
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Official response from UW Health

November 9, 2023
Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. University Hospital is located on the UW-Madison campus, where parking is limited and owned by the university. We do offer a variety of other transportation options. We also have other locations that do not require you pay for parking. If you are interested in learning about those, please contact the HR Service Center at 608-263-6500.

Supportive staff and company

I love working for UW, they have great programs for staff, peer support and excellent learning opportunities. Competitive pay and flexible schedules. Opportunities for growth available.
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Good coworkers

Nice coworkers but tension between shifts. Management could definitely improve. High turn over while I was there. Lot of mandatory overtime ~4 hour a week.
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It's what you make it!

Working here has it's challenges of ups and downs. Staffing has been a challenge and continues to be. Great place to start your career if you have an interest in working law enforcement.
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Stoughton Management

The providers and coworkers are great. The pediatric providers care about their nurses, medical assistants, and front desk staff. Depending on the season it can be physical appointment heavy (summer- because of getting ready for school sport physicals and kindergarten). The Fall/Winter the medical assistants do flu shot clinics. The issue most employees had was with management. Getting time off. Vacations had to be done in November for the following year, it is based on seniority. Most of coworkers will work together to make sure big vacations plan/dates are not overlapping before submitting their requests. Since this is a smaller clinic you get to know the patients and their families.


great staff, celebrations, small clinic you get to know patients.


management, sometimes short lunches
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Endless phone calls, very judgmental and toxic coworkers, very little growth offered despite trying to move up, work the day after Thanksgiving, a lot of guilt for ever taking a day off.


The doctors, residents, and nurses/MA/LPN staff


Clinic was run with profits prioritized over people
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September 18, 2023
Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. If you'd like to share any additional information, please contact the HR Service Center at 608-263-6500.

Some areas are very professional

Most departments and employees are very professional, but not all. My job in the clinic did not have good training for that specialty. Thank goodness for seasoned nurses who took me under their wing!
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I work remotely so can’t speak to bedside conditions. The staff has been, for the most part, welcoming, supportive and kind. There are a few catty people but that’s what it’s like everywhere. Overall a good experience though.
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Working at the children's hospital has given me the opportunity to grow and learn through my career. The team of physicians, nurses and all ancillary staff work well together to provide great care to patients.
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It's a job

Phone calls are back to back and the staff is clique. I cried several times at my job and ended up leaving. I had to have several jobs inspite of working here full time.
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Based on 480 reviews

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3.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.6 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.2 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.9 out of 5 stars for Management
3.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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