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spidor11

Rocky Mount, NC

#1 May 18, 2011
had terrible experience with my mom on 4s, supposed to be step down unit for open heart surgery patients. the place was like a circus, the staff tried to do there jobs, but taking care of 5-8 patients at a time is nearly impossible. every nurse or assistant we met complained about there manager... if camc is such a great place then why are the employees of 4s miserable and why are families scared to leave there loved ones side even for 10 minutes?
minerswife

United States

#2 May 19, 2011
Hate to hear you had such a bad experience there. My dad had open heart surgery there about 6yrs ago and they were excellent. Everything seemed to go well and in a orderly fashion. My husbands brother-in-law had surgery last Aug. They was great once again. I think during a time like that, nobody wants to leave their family member even for a few minutes. When the hospial calls and wants to know if you have any suggestions or comments, be honest and tell them everything you can think of. Good luck & best wishes to your mother for a quick recovery.
Charleston resident

United States

#3 Jul 2, 2012
My father was in a very, very tiny room that made his stay uncomfortable, to say the least. He will only go back if his situation is life-threatening because his experience was so bad. The bright light and noise from outside kept him from getting rest - it was unrelenting and his bed was only a foot or so away. Visitors had to "borrow" a straight-back chair from the patient area on the other side of the curtain and sit in the walkway at the foot of the bed. Visitors also had to get up if someone entered the room and/or used the bathroom, as the door opened at the foot of my father's bed - giving him a complete view of the bathroom as people entered/exited. There was not enough room for the chair to be placed beside his bed. The equipment from the patient on the other side of the curtain pressed nearly against his bed. CAMC needs to do much better than this! Cabell Hospital in Huntington is a vast improvement. My husband was a patient there recently and had a large, comfortable single room with a window. Visitors had several reclining padded chairs. A difference of day and night.
Charleston resident

United States

#4 Jul 2, 2012
A few minutes ago I posted an extensive negative evaluation of my father's tiny, tiny room experience at CAMC memorial. I contrasted it with a very positive experience at Cabell Hospital recently. My posting included entering the numbers that were displayed at the bottom of the message. I was surprised and dismayed to see that the message was not posted. I won't waste anymore time here.
Visitor from Florida

Nitro, WV

#5 Jul 21, 2012
Same experience Big building but tiny, tiny rooms. No space for visitors and it seems to many patients for every nurse. A big diference compare to the hospital in Spencer a small town up north. Small hospital but big rooms, super nice personnel big chair that you can convert in a bed for visitors ahh and free coffee.
hmmm

Ardsley, NY

#6 Jul 21, 2012
Charleston resident wrote:
My father was in a very, very tiny room that made his stay uncomfortable, to say the least. He will only go back if his situation is life-threatening because his experience was so bad. The bright light and noise from outside kept him from getting rest - it was unrelenting and his bed was only a foot or so away. Visitors had to "borrow" a straight-back chair from the patient area on the other side of the curtain and sit in the walkway at the foot of the bed. Visitors also had to get up if someone entered the room and/or used the bathroom, as the door opened at the foot of my father's bed - giving him a complete view of the bathroom as people entered/exited. There was not enough room for the chair to be placed beside his bed. The equipment from the patient on the other side of the curtain pressed nearly against his bed. CAMC needs to do much better than this! Cabell Hospital in Huntington is a vast improvement. My husband was a patient there recently and had a large, comfortable single room with a window. Visitors had several reclining padded chairs. A difference of day and night.
which CAMC facility was your dad in?
WVRN

Nitro, WV

#7 Jul 21, 2012
I used to work at CAMC long ago. Even back then we all (nurses) use to bulk at and protest as much as possible concerning the nurse/patient ratio, to no avail. We worked our fingers and feet to the bone walking and sometimes running from room to room trying to get everything completed & take good quality care of our patients. Then stay after hours to get our paper work completed. As well as attend all of the mandatory meetings and take being reprimanded with a stiff upper lip for NOT doing it good enough.....with CAMC nothing was ever good enough. Patient care sucks due to short staffing. Short staffing was and still is not because there is a nursing shortage but because they want to get rid of the older nurses, so they can pay a new nurse less money. While at the same time keeping as little nurses as possible ~ afterall why pay 20 nurses when u can get 5 nurses that will work like a horse and not complain ~ THIS IS THE PROBLEM!!! CAMC NEEDS A UNION just like Cabell Huntington!!!! The nurses have been pushing for this in secret because if found out, they will be fired on the spot!!!!! So, next time u receive less than good care from your staff. Complain about the shortage to the CEO in a letter to the editor!!!!
Charleston Resident

Chesapeake, OH

#8 Sep 1, 2013
Love CAMC !
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patient spouse

Emmaus, PA

#10 Sep 5, 2013
STOP TREATING YOUR PATIENTS LIKE TRAINING TOOLS! The anatomicly correct training devices are someones loved one!
sammy

Charleston, WV

#11 Sep 5, 2013
yeah i was in a small room with 3 beds in it'i had 2 stents put in down in fl' thought i was having another big h attack' they could not find out nothing' went to family doc' he have be some nerve pills' it was a panic attack thats it' i feel good i take one when i feel that comeing on' its scary.
Truth

United States

#12 Sep 5, 2013
Just be glad you didn't have Nikki Jarrell Adkins Kelly Cox watching over you or a loved one. She would steal patients meds and replace them with something else. She was fired from CAMC Memorial and went to Raleigh General. She did the same thing there and was let go. Those poor patients had to be in pain w/o their moriphine, ect... Her mom, Anna Jarrell still works at CAMC Mem. She's good to her patients, but Nikki Cox is a druggie. She's got a new job now. Good luck to the people at the Plateau Med Ctr!
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Registered Nurses

Charleston, WV

#14 May 6, 2015
WVRN wrote:
I used to work at CAMC long ago. Even back then we all (nurses) use to bulk at and protest as much as possible concerning the nurse/patient ratio, to no avail. We worked our fingers and feet to the bone walking and sometimes running from room to room trying to get everything completed & take good quality care of our patients. Then stay after hours to get our paper work completed. As well as attend all of the mandatory meetings and take being reprimanded with a stiff upper lip for NOT doing it good enough.....with CAMC nothing was ever good enough. Patient care sucks due to short staffing. Short staffing was and still is not because there is a nursing shortage but because they want to get rid of the older nurses, so they can pay a new nurse less money. While at the same time keeping as little nurses as possible ~ afterall why pay 20 nurses when u can get 5 nurses that will work like a horse and not complain ~ THIS IS THE PROBLEM!!! CAMC NEEDS A UNION just like Cabell Huntington!!!! The nurses have been pushing for this in secret because if found out, they will be fired on the spot!!!!! So, next time u receive less than good care from your staff. Complain about the shortage to the CEO in a letter to the editor!!!!
What is legal RN to patient staffing ratio? Is there a law?
demand attention

Charleston, WV

#15 May 6, 2015
This is what happens when the majority of the medical establishment is a "for profit" business. I had my wife in memorial a short while ago, I had to remind the nursing staff about her meds. If i didn't feel she had received them in a timely manner I would remind her again, this didn't make the staff happy, but I didn't care. It is their job, if they need more help they need to make the noise necessary to get the needed help.
WVRN

Charleston, WV

#16 May 12, 2015
WVRN wrote:
I used to work at CAMC long ago. Even back then we all (nurses) use to bulk at and protest as much as possible concerning the nurse/patient ratio, to no avail. We worked our fingers and feet to the bone walking and sometimes running from room to room trying to get everything completed & take good quality care of our patients. Then stay after hours to get our paper work completed. As well as attend all of the mandatory meetings and take being reprimanded with a stiff upper lip for NOT doing it good enough.....with CAMC nothing was ever good enough. Patient care sucks due to short staffing. Short staffing was and still is not because there is a nursing shortage but because they want to get rid of the older nurses, so they can pay a new nurse less money. While at the same time keeping as little nurses as possible ~ afterall why pay 20 nurses when u can get 5 nurses that will work like a horse and not complain ~ THIS IS THE PROBLEM!!! CAMC NEEDS A UNION just like Cabell Huntington!!!! The nurses have been pushing for this in secret because if found out, they will be fired on the spot!!!!! So, next time u receive less than good care from your staff. Complain about the shortage to the CEO in a letter to the editor!!!!
Nationalnursesunited.com . Or Nationalnursesunited.org . Largest nurses union in the country. Go to Huntington Topix and search SMMC
Tom Clark

Charleston, WV

#17 May 13, 2015
I volunteer there and so many women that work there and have family I barrow them in my mind at night before I go to bed
RNs

Charleston, WV

#18 May 17, 2015
WVRN wrote:
I used to work at CAMC long ago. Even back then we all (nurses) use to bulk at and protest as much as possible concerning the nurse/patient ratio, to no avail. We worked our fingers and feet to the bone walking and sometimes running from room to room trying to get everything completed & take good quality care of our patients. Then stay after hours to get our paper work completed. As well as attend all of the mandatory meetings and take being reprimanded with a stiff upper lip for NOT doing it good enough.....with CAMC nothing was ever good enough. Patient care sucks due to short staffing. Short staffing was and still is not because there is a nursing shortage but because they want to get rid of the older nurses, so they can pay a new nurse less money. While at the same time keeping as little nurses as possible ~ afterall why pay 20 nurses when u can get 5 nurses that will work like a horse and not complain ~ THIS IS THE PROBLEM!!! CAMC NEEDS A UNION just like Cabell Huntington!!!! The nurses have been pushing for this in secret because if found out, they will be fired on the spot!!!!! So, next time u receive less than good care from your staff. Complain about the shortage to the CEO in a letter to the editor!!!!
Nationalnursesunited.org

Check it out.
RNs

Charleston, WV

#19 May 21, 2015
Registered Nurses wrote:
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What is legal RN to patient staffing ratio? Is there a law?
Nationalnursesunited.org
RNs

Charleston, WV

#20 Jun 16, 2015
Charleston resident wrote:
My father was in a very, very tiny room that made his stay uncomfortable, to say the least. He will only go back if his situation is life-threatening because his experience was so bad. The bright light and noise from outside kept him from getting rest - it was unrelenting and his bed was only a foot or so away. Visitors had to "borrow" a straight-back chair from the patient area on the other side of the curtain and sit in the walkway at the foot of the bed. Visitors also had to get up if someone entered the room and/or used the bathroom, as the door opened at the foot of my father's bed - giving him a complete view of the bathroom as people entered/exited. There was not enough room for the chair to be placed beside his bed. The equipment from the patient on the other side of the curtain pressed nearly against his bed. CAMC needs to do much better than this! Cabell Hospital in Huntington is a vast improvement. My husband was a patient there recently and had a large, comfortable single room with a window. Visitors had several reclining padded chairs. A difference of day and night.
We are dangerously understaffed in patient care areas.
Concerned

Charleston, WV

#21 Jun 17, 2015
My relative had a horrible experience in the ER and upstairs at memorial. Laid there for hours without any concern to her issue. I understand holding off on meds but to not even get the patient a warm blanket! I had to go ask for it! Then when the patient got a room it was small, noisy and the other patient would have six people visiting at once and they brought in all kinds of stinky food. The doctor did not show up until after 7 to release the patient. Getting the patients prescribed meds was a chore. I understand that they seem to be understaffed and I helped as much as I could with my relative but enough is enough.
Medical Professionals

Charleston, WV

#22 Jun 19, 2015
spidor11 wrote:
had terrible experience with my mom on 4s, supposed to be step down unit for open heart surgery patients. the place was like a circus, the staff tried to do there jobs, but taking care of 5-8 patients at a time is nearly impossible. every nurse or assistant we met complained about there manager... if camc is such a great place then why are the employees of 4s miserable and why are families scared to leave there loved ones side even for 10 minutes?
Nationalnursesunited.org
A nurses organization that puts quality of care and patients first, and the advancement of highly qualified nurses' concerns and their concerns for their patients a very close second. Gives medical personnel a voice in what has become "suit and tie" and "dollar-driven" medicine.

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