As a recent nurse in this field I thought this would be a great career for me doing something I love the most helping people. So far my experience in this field has been very much the opposite at St. Barnabas Medical Center Livingston, New Jersey. Working in the operating room I thought would be a great start and an amazing experience to see another side of nursing most do not get to see but so far the time I have been in the OR has been nothing less the crazy and I will keep that time anonymous for retaliation reasons blank. The turn around time of employees here is very high and it seems do to the management of the operating room and the treatment of the employees. I’ve seen so many new faces in here its hard to keep up with names they come and go so fast. I often wondered why and as time went on I started to see clearly the issues that led to this high volume of turnaround. Most of the issue is the lack of appreciation for employees by management, the favoring of people by management. I have seen bad places and this takes first place. The way management talks to you is also an issue. We have Wednesday meetings once a week where they discuss new things and go over other stuff. This past Wednesday I was shocked and wow was all I can think when our VP of the OR and Director of the operating room came in and said to the entire OR that if you don’t like it here then you can go find another job! I have never worked at a place where this is how you address your associates/employe
Warning to New Employee: Worst Job Application Process
This only applies to new employee, those applying close to minimum wage, specially if you have no car and depends on carpools or public transportation.
I live 2 miles from the job and I am so lucky. I do not have a car because I am a poor person. I work so dam hard doing 2-3 jobs all at the same time forcing my way out of poverty.
However there are problems
Interview: 8 miles away (13 min ride, or 1 hour tain)
Onboarding: 8 miles away (13 min ride, or 1 hour train)
2 Day Orientation: 14 miles away (23 min ride, or 2 hour train)
WHY do I need to travel and spend that much for an interview, onboarding, and 2 days of orientation?
I am trying my best to get out of poverty but good opportunities for no college degree like me has this much to spend. They should be more considerate to minimum wage jobs by having interview, onboarding, and 2 day orientation NEAR the job they're applying.
Can't it all happen where you applied? and not make them travel that much for a minimum wage when clearly those people are on those jobs for a reason...they are poor.
I heard they did this because they plan on making everything happen in one place.
Doctors, Nurses, Office Workers, and all $80/hr people all sit down beside $9/hr doing Interview, Orientation, and Onboarding ALL at the same time.
(Yes, It is not an exaggeration. I did sat beside Doctors that probably had 5+ cars, 2+ mansions, and don't mind traveling that much unlike a poor guy like me)
ConsBad Application Process, Bad Human resource (called out 1-2 hours earlier than his shift, went to lunch, never come back after lunch, called out for the whole day, etc, etc)
Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician | Newark, NJ | Dec 14, 2013
It is a very pleasant work enviornment, we all work as a team and everybody does an excellent job.
A typical day at work consists of about 10 patients per technician on average. Patients come in at all stages of pregnancy so the ultrasound they get varies depending on where they are in the pregnancy and other factors of the patients health. I am skilled at first trimester screenings, anatomy, growth, biophysical profiles, viability, and transvaginal ultrasounds which pretty much covers them all.
I really do enjoy my work and one thing I've definitely learned while on the job is that my job is not only to perform the exam , but also to provide some sort of comfort to the patient who in many cases is nervous and uneasy. I can do that simply by being kind, engaging in conversation, and giving them as much information as I can without overstepping my boundaries.
The management at my job does a really great job at making sure there is a nice work flow and that everything gets done. There are currently 8 sonographers and the managers make sure everybody does about the same amount of scans, gets to lunch at a decent hour and that everything is pretty much fair across the board. I am currently a per diem employee and I see that they consciously have me in mind to see when they can fit in some hours for me, I really appreciate that. They are great people to work with.
My coworkers are also some of the nicest people I have ever met, they are always there if I have a question or need help whether it be work related or personal.
I would say the hardest part of my job ri
Operating Room is a very stressful place to work day in and day out and is like this everyday. The air is thick from the negative atmosphere. No clear direction from the management team and the OR director. No recognition from management or the director unless they need you to stay then they acknowledge you and the work you do. Morning huddles are a laugh they ask if anyone has a bright spot and everyone stays quiet and so does the OR director when leading the huddle and same with management. Help..what help! No one is around to help maybe its because we are short staffed from everyone quitting. More traveling nurses and surgical technicians then our own staff and getting worse. Travelers don’t even want to renew their contracts here. The rooms are a mess you are left stuff in your room from the previous case or shift. Management and Director know this and yet ignore it and do nothing about it. You don’t get breaks or lunch on time because of short staffing and even to get relieved for end of shift is just as bad. Need a support assistant lucky if they even have on their Vocera or respond to overhead page. One side of the Operating Room support assistants stand around outside your door and don’t come when you call for them when assigned to your room but you are assigned to the other side of operating room and the two guys are always available. Complain to management nothing but excuses with nothing being done. Some staff can walk around and do nothing while you are taking adv
Typical day at work is getting your room prepared for your cases throughout your shift. As easy as it sounds its really not that simple its more stressful. You do not have all the right equipment in your room most of the time, what the schedule says and your case sheets says are two different things so now it’s a mad dash to try and get the correct stuff. The stuff we do need most of the time is either broken, not enough when the same cases are booked in other rooms or you cannot find it. You could use some help and anyone who could help is not available or God knows where. You call for some kind of assistance and you mise well have not even bothered as support here non-existent. You get assigned rooms and then taken out because another nurse wants that room cause it’s easier for them so they complain to a manager friend and your out of room you setup and sent to a different one.
You go for equipment in the equipment rooms and what a safety hazard all day everyday. Your your is assigned A support assistant and majority of the time they don’t respond to your call, vocera is not logged in, you look outside your room and just see not one in that area. Bring all these issues up to any manager and don’t expect any actions to be taken. Clearly it is a place for most to work and just collect a check. It’s disturbing and wearing on you.
There are more traveler nurses and Surg. Techs coming in because no one wants to work here. for myself I am seeing why ever time I am scheduled t
ProsLearning on the job. Some of my co workers are great..
Barnabas Health is a great place to work and establish personal growth
My work day begins with making rounds to 7 separate work area's. Checking voice mails and emails. Reviewing and working daily reports and making plans for improvement on any items that need attention. Participating in management conference calls and meetings. Rounding with employees to ensure excellent service is provided to every patient, Analyze billing files and following up with appeals to insurance carriers for incorrectly processed claims. Working with referring physician offices on a variety of matters.
I have learned that by establishing teams and brainstorming for ideas leads to successful results on any project or improvement plans. I have also learned that patient satisfaction is what drives the success of the business. I have hardwired myself with training on Service, Quality, People, Finance, Growth and Community which are the pillars of a successful business. Alignment, action and accountability leads to the road of profound leadership.
Upper Management where I report is extremely busy and are not always accessible. My co-workers are fabulous we work as a team and rally for a win.
The hardest part of my job is being a front line worker with not enough time for my Administrative duties which causes a lot of long hours and working from home.
The most enjoyable part of my job is bring a smile to a patients face who is filled with anxiety about their personal and family health issues. Helping them understand the process of testing to makin
I enjoy working at SBMC. Great learning and growth experience! Now I can work anywere!
I work in the Emergency Room. My job is very demanding and everything must be perfect.
I work days. It starts off slow but within an hour or two we start getting busy and the day stays that way. SBMC's Emergency room sees about 250 patients a day, over 90,000 patients a year. Multi tasking is a must, so is customer service. My job requires me to interview and register the patient, place calls from the SBMC doctors to the patient's doctors and other medical experts with in the SBMC hospital for doctor to doctor consults, Collect copays and discharge the patient's chart once the discharge orders are given. Band the patient with their correct demographic information when they enter the emergency's waiting room, correcting any demographic mistakes, handle heavy volume of calls that come into and out of the emergency room. Place patient into SBMC's various census so that patient will be able to leave the emergency room and go directly upstairs to a bed on a medical floor once the emergency room doctor places the order. Same goes for observation on the medical floor or within the ER. Being the only CPAR in either Pediatrics or Fast Track and making sure your patients are properly banded, registered, admitted up to the floor, if necessary, placing and answering phone calls, answering the patient call bells, making patient call backs, collecting patient copays and discharging the patient out of our system when they go home is very demanding. Accuracy is a must. And I am also assign
ProsVery busy, day goes by fast. Always learning new things
Consemployee call outs and being short staffed equals no lunches
A mixed review . Some Departments are well run, yet others are a disaster , with dangerous conditions for patients and staff.
I worked in the maintenance department for 3 years. I had been a foreman for a commercial company working on hospitals and office buildings,before starting at St. Barnabas, so I knew all building codes and proper construction techniques. When I started at St. Barnabas , I was shocked to see them using materials like paints, and wood products that were NOT permitted to be used in commercial buildings, and especially in a hospital. I brought this to the attention of the Supervisor. His response, which he used every time I pointed out a code violation was " I'll look into it, " but nothing was ever done. The foreman knew less about commercial construction than some first year apprentices I had working for me. He exhibited sociopathic behavior, and everyone in our department asked to be transferred to no avail. He was forced to take anger management classes. When I quit, I even went to the head of our union, and told him of the conditions. He asked, " What do you want me to do ? " I was speechless, and then just said, " do your job, and protect your members ." I found that the reason the foreman was never demoted or fired was because he was hired because his family knew Richard Codey. My department was a mess. Other people told me that their departments were fine. So, that's why I call this place a mixed bag.
ProsCould be a somewhat nice environment, depending on your department and supervisor, steady work, health coverage, vacations, and sick days.
ConsUnqualified management who got positions based not on knowledge, but who they knew.
I applied to be a St. Barnabas Health worker because I wasn't satisfied with my extensive retail history and felt a calling to try to impact peoples' lives in a better way. Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ gave me that opportunity and took a chance on me at a time when I wasn't yet qualified for much of anything worthwhile in the working world. As a patient transporter, I was extremely cautious to take care of the patient, but at times was forgetful and too slow. I decided to move to another department as a housekeeper where I found the job extremely easy despite warnings otherwise. I had no problems getting a rhythm down with routes and shortcuts around the hospital as well as assisting visitors with directions. After I moved down to Toms River from Eatontown, commuting became increasingly difficult but between another job I managed to make it to work on time and complete my tasks efficiently. After I got my first full-time job, I attempted to tackle both that and my job at the hospital. I was unsuccessful and had to make the extremely painful decision to resign from my post. Now that I have established myself and have proper experience, I would go back in a heartbeat. Full time. A combined two-hour commute for a part-time job is something I simply cannot afford to risk, especially without health benefits.
ProsGood management that works with you but challenges you, and if you have experience and patience the job is much easier than many think.
ConsThe smell of some rooms and trash bins WILL nauseate you if proper precautions are not met.
Typical day at work is very busy. I have to take inventory of supplies in interventional department, sign log books, and check case schedule. Once we know what case is coming we set up. If no resident is available I scrub patient and prepare as much as possible before interventionalist enters room. I work with great nurses that always make this easy. The staff and doctor in Interventional are great and have taught me a lot about equipment used and how to observe patients conditions during and after cases. On the rare occasion interventional is slow, I work in x-ray department. I have worked with most of these people for 14 years and consider many of them my friends.
When I was first hired as a radiologic technologist I rarely had any interaction with management unless we were having a department meeting. It was not until I started in the interventional department that I had real interaction at meetings about cases, some budget and some about case numbers. Management always seemed to appreciate my efforts despite the fact that I was not a supervisor.
Its hard to say what the hardest part of my job is. Its hard to know that its too late help a cancer patient by putting in a chest port, but at the same time a majority of patients come out of treatment just fine. That's the enjoyable part. Knowing that I helped to make difference for someone. To be honest, the most enjoyable part of the job is camaraderie with my fellow staff in radiology.
Prosworking with technology, room for advancement, helping people
Questions And Answers about RWJBarnabas Health
What is the interview process like at RWJBarnabas Health?
Asked Jun 17, 2016
Soooo they call you 2 weeks after the interview, leave you a vm to call them back, AND they send you an email to call them as well.....you return their call, you get voicemail and no call back. you respond to their email, no response. don't waste your time with this place, just move on. waste of time. they get you excited for a BIG letdown. disgraceful. they need to revamp their HR dept.
Answered Nov 7, 2019
They make you feel comfortable and excited about the position almost as if “you’re in!”, tell you it was a pleasure, how they really liked you and blah blah, they'll get back to you the following week, and then.... they ghost you. Their HR dept doesn't answer the phone or emails. It’s just common courtesy to let a candidate know either way, hired or not. Very rude. Good riddance...
Answered Oct 31, 2019
What benefits does RWJBarnabas Health offer?
Asked Jul 25, 2016
All kinds of discounts and perks and you can advance in your career while working.
Answered May 12, 2019
Excellent Healtcare benefits smoking cessation gym memebership to a very upscaled facility. PTO time was generous
Answered Jan 8, 2019
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at RWJBarnabas Health? What are the steps along the way?
Asked Jul 4, 2016
6 months to complete credentialing
Answered Apr 22, 2018
I went to a job fair july and started in august that included interviews, medical, drug tests etc
Answered Jan 5, 2018
What questions did they ask during your interview at RWJBarnabas Health?
Asked Jun 17, 2016
Director wanted me to elaborate everything on the resume (work experience)
Answered Jan 23, 2019
Knowledge of medical terminology, and must have great customer service
Answered Oct 23, 2017
How do you feel about going to work each day at RWJBarnabas Health?
Asked Apr 24, 2017
Get rid of the OR manger and all will be better in that department and workers will stay