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University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics Reviews
I started working as a Psychiatric Nursing Assistant at UIHC in June of 2018. Specifically, I work in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. The best part about my job is that I get to co-lead and lead DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). DBT is designed for adolescents experiencing crisis. It is in getting to know each patient and their unique needs that helps determine what may be most helpful to them. I love my job. I love the opportunity to get to be apart of kids' treatment in their mental health, especially in a society that often stigmatizes mental health. The number one thing I've learned is that the power of validation is the first step in exterminating said stigma. The one thing I'd change, though, is that I do with we were better staffed for safety and therapeutic effectiveness reasons.
The University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics is an exceptional place to work as a full-time student at the University of Iowa. I work in the Guest Services Department as a Student Lead patient transport, but I am aware of dozens of other student positions available to those enrolled at the university. Many of the opportunities for student employment are flexible, well-compensated, and align with students interested in working within a healthcare related profession. I would highly recommend applying for a position at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics if you are interested in getting hands-on patient experience.
The whole system is extremely dysfunctional and disorganized. During the interview period and upon hiring the expectations were very misleading. Working in the Operating room there seems to be a large lack of communication between the different perioperative roles. The Doctors are extremely entitled and catered too while the Nursing department is largely ignored. The orientation and education for on the job training is inadequate. The social environment is very toxic, people are always complaining about their job and how they are unhappy. Certain policies are unnecessarily long and confusing. Transportation for employees especially new employees is horrible. The buses run infrequently and almost non-existent during off hours. The bus doesn’t drop you off at the hospital, you still must walk 10 + minutes through a skywalk to make it to your job. The closer it gets to start times the buses are so full that sometimes they can’t pick up passengers and you must wait for the next bus.