Facility Review (4.5 stars) Facility: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA Unit: CTCU [12 beds, drips: milrinone, heparin, remodulin, Aline, HFNC] (stepdown) The unit divided into two sides: one is sandwich between PICU and CICU and one is adjacent to the adult ICU (cove). The entire hospital itself has about 183 beds. They have a women’s birth center. Scrub color: Royal blue Charting: EPIC IV Pumps: Alaris Medication dispenser: Pyxis Phones: Voalte (iPhone) Orientation: 2 weeks (3 days of HR orientation including EPIC training, 1 week days and 1 week nights). The trainings are all over the different campuses so I highly suggest googling and planning out your days during that week. Patient ratios: 1:3, on slow days its 1:2. The unit is considered in the critical care umbrella so if the unit is staffed, you will be expected to float in the ICUs with a stepdown assignment. They try to be mindful about giving the appropriate assignments when floating if not always speak up to the CN. I floated multiple times during my first month then my unit got short and I stayed mostly especially when I picked nights. RNs do all cares and vitals. There is one CNA each for both days and nights currently at times but not all the time since they only work three shifts a week. If the unit is fully staffed at 7 (4 nurses on floor, 2 resource RN one for each side). If only 6, one resource for both sides. BREAKS are amazing here. GOOD TEAMWORK TOO both days and nights! Everyone so pleasant and helpful! I made good friends too! Scheduling: self-scheduled using Clairvia one month before and to prevent being moved a lot stay on the low days, they are very flexible and did not have a lot of changes in my schedule, which worked out great. They are mindful of your RTO. Scheduling for the next block will open two weeks before the last plotted schedule is approved. I was not called off at all. I called off two shifts because I was sick and they allowed me to pick up hours the following week without any problem. You are expected to do days and nights but you can work with manager what works well. I did it for 2 months then stayed in nights since the need is there more after speaking with my manager. Parking: expensive and you pay per day. I take the shuttle when applicable but mostly I take the MUNI and BART, especially going to the airport. Just get a clipper card and get it automatically reloaded if the balance is low. Google is 80% accurate with the schedule times. The house supervisors here always try to mess up this unit specifically and try to take their resources away and keep them at minimum with their higher acuity. The staff has signed a petition with their union to keep them staffed, especially when the cove is open. Providers: very helpful and engaged and willing to teach and help explain any questions you may have. Easy to talk with and very responsive. There are 1 or 2 providers are plain rude. They have NPs and Pas here. Resources: social workers, child life, PT, OT, case managers, pharmacy, and dietary DC teaching: completed by PT/OT, pharmacy, dietary, RN, and different specialty like peds surg (gtube), DC meds delivered at bedside, and case managers does all the coordination for vendor teaching, etc. EVS: will completely strip the room Transport: only to home Phlebotomy: none, you have great team to help out but also good practice for you to try IV team: most IV nurses would want you to try first before they come up, the team is always willing to help try first. If none in the unit is unable to get the lab or IV and IV team is not there especially the weekends, you can call the ICUs or ED if they are not busy to help draw or put an IV. Their cafeteria closes at 6 pm but the café closes at 10 pm. There are lots of food places nearby. UCSF shuttle service is good as well. I extended once and stayed for 6 months. I would have stayed longer because the rates are so good right now but I had a short window to accept my new contract in Seattle. CON: the extension took a long time and there was miscommunication with the account manager and my agency even after the fact that I had my contract signed stating my extension was up in the air despite the fact that they had openings online. You have to be on top of it to make sure your extension is set by talking with the manager and keeping your recruiter on the loop.

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