Work-loads and assignments there of require evaluation and assessment.
Working conditions are such that there are not enough staff members assigned for planned work-load (elective surgeries). For example inadequate personnel are assigned when executing procedures such as a complex case where nursing support needs to be provided for anesthesia as well as for the surgical team performing surgery (elective or emergent).
There is one anesthesia assistant available on day shift and one for partial coverage during the evening shift. This coverage does help nurses and anesthesia but does not adequately provide coverage on an elective surgery day when there are two or more acute surgeries commencing simultaneously.
Educational opportunities are provided and some funds are available for studies off the hospital campus.
Staff are encouraged to participate in team-building activities when off-duty and these are successful events with very spirited involvement by the nurses working in surgical services.
Personnel are assigned to specialty services according to their skills and interests. Individuals may ask for assignments where they may expand their skills and knowledge according to their educational needs. All of the Clinical Resource Team Leaders are very capable of supplying support for those who wish to expand their ability to perform scrub and circulating roles. Strong support is provided for these efforts by the OR Educator. The OR itself is a dynamic and challenging environment suited to those who wish to test their learning abilitie
ProsExcellent peer support and rapport.
ConsInadequate staff assigned to execute planned work-loads.
Medical Secretary | Richmond, BC | Sep. 16, 2014
Enjoyed the opportunity to expand in my knowledge and experience.
My job was all about multitasking various duties, such as printing needed materials, answering the phone/redirecting calls, answering colleagues' questions, setting up groups (booking rooms, confirming attendance with clients, preparing manuals and CD's for use within group, keeping Excel waitlist up-to-date), scoring and entering self-report measures in computer program, running reports and collecting stats. I also took meeting minutes, as well as maintained supplies and kept electronics in working order. Not to be overlooked is that I trained the new secretary in her position in the psychiatry clinics. I provided support with client appointments, etc. and transcription.
I actually enjoyed the adrenaline rush (if I may put it this way) that came from accomplishing various duties and being productive. I specifically enjoyed learning and applying desktop publishing skills, used to prepare manuals and working with Excel spreadsheets.
Unfortunately, I found management personnel to have a high turnover rate. On the one hand, I missed certain individuals that left; on the other hand, I enjoyed sharing information in order to bring new ones up to speed on my work duties and program procedures. I enjoyed working many years with certain ones of my colleagues.
What I found to be the hardest part of my job was the sometimes unpleasant work atmosphere that arose from communication difficulties between some of my colleagues. I personally enjoyed a good work relationship with each of
Administrative Assistant | Richmond, BC | Jan. 5, 2019
Very poor management with no individual or team support
Too many layers of management within one department with no one taking accountability. When they hit a glitch, they start to point fingers at others. No support from managers for their team. Too much red tape and beaucracy which frustrates patients. They say People First, but it isn't people first for patients and certainly not for employees. Under the Ministry of Health, they take millions of dollars of taxpayers money to profit in healthcare.
Pay is not good for administrative staff and there is no room for promotion but only horizontal moves.
Those who call under casual or temporary full-time are most disadvantaged.
Mgmt only appreciate you because they are short in staff and desperately need to keep you working. Once they get what they want, you become just another employee #. I have not met one manager who actually cares about the employees after them.
Young managers have power ego choosing to intimidate and bully rather than communicate in an effective way. You may say this is an exaggeration but believe me, you will only experience this throughout Richmond VCH once you are in the system. Then you become just another statistic.
You will only regret it if you work for Vancouver Coastal Health. If you are, it is because you have fallen into the union umbrella and fit right into it all.
Consvery poor management who don't support; not flexible for vacation
Clerk | Powell River, BC | Oct. 11, 2019
Stressful environment where managment only says negative things
Staffing Clerk Position is a very stressful job. In a small town where there is not enough nursing staff from careaids, LPNs, to RNs...its always the same people doing overtime and staff are burnt out.
You need to know many different unions and who you can pull to cover a shift sometimes spending hours filling one shift and pulling 5 staff from other areas in order to cover just one shift.
Powell River is overseen by Vanouver North Shore managment and they never say anything unless its negative. If a mistake is made and there is a grievance it comes out of staffings budget so again you will be reprimanded. There is major drama and backstabbing in such a small department....so BEWARE!
The pay is great....but managment from Vancouver also thought it was a great idea to change rotations with 2 weeks notice so the full time positions work 5 months of weekends in their rotations and then 2 weeks of one day of weekend in rotation followed by 5 weekend off in a row...so cant have much of a life. If your relief does not come in (which also happens often there) you are stuck and have no choice but to stay.
ProsPay is good
ConsStressful, backstabbing staff, bad mangager from Van, 5 months of weekends in a row in rotation
Volunteer | Vancouver, BC | Jan. 31, 2014
As a Vancouver Coastal Health volunteer in the community I felt like I was really a difference in the lives of these clients.
For my first client, I would take him for wellness walks around his neighbourhood or in surrounding parks or beaches. Lacking the ability to initiate conversation meant that my goal was to first of all get him doing something active, but also to encourage him to initiate within a conversation. I would take him for a walk once a week for about two hours.
For my second client, I was introduced to a physiotherapist who gave me a general idea of what to work on with the client as well as any health contraindications. With this, I followed the lead of the volunteer before me and would take her into the gym for about an hour workout of either upper body or lower body and then into the pool for some "Aqua Fit" exercises. I would meet up with her once a week for about two hours.
I really enjoyed volunteering with VCH because it was easy to work full-time and volunteer as well. The hours are very flexible in regards to seeing clients as the volunteer coordinator makes sure to match you up with someone who fits your schedule. I would recommend this volunteer position to anyone!
Public Health Nurse | Vancouver, BC | Jun. 2, 2017
I love the people
I love the people I work with, they are dedicated to supporting our community health objectives. I get a lot of satisfaction from working with our multidisciplinary team. Seeing health care from other health professional's viewpoints helps me to improve my practice.
The issue arise due to the size of the organization. The frontline workers needs are often neglected by management because they are so far removed from our work situations. We need more support from management to meet our personal needs. We work with difficult populations and sometimes suffer greatly personally due to the atrocities we encounter. That added to our own personal life issues, brings addition of stress to our lives. We are often not supported in taking care of our own needs. It is a shame when we need time to look after our own families we are confronted by obstacles. Often we are denied time off which is ironic when we are caring for other peoples families in our work.
I have worked for VCH for so many years because of the satisfaction I get from the clients and my colleagues, I wish I could feel more supported from the managers.
Prosthe people in which I work
Conshome life not supported
Community Health Worker | Vancouver, BC | Nov. 22, 2012
A company that provides the necessary environment that promotes confidence in their employees to grow as professionals.
Being a new LPN it can be intimidating and overwhelming to be introduced into a new health care setting. During my time at DCHC I was welcomed as part of the team immediately.The passion that exuded from the professionals I had the pleasure to learn from and work with was wonderful. A typical day at work consisted of exceptional client care with the use of significant knowledge and judgement skills. I was able to use my full nursing scope as well as expand and implement my better understanding of prevention and holistic techniques based on the individual. My co-workers were encouraging, supportive, knowledgeable and compassionate professionals. At times the job is overwhelming because there are many outlets to learn and do all at once but for me that is very enjoyable to be consistantley challenged and always learning something new.
Systems Analyst | Vancouver, BC | Jul. 7, 2016
Productive and quiet environment to work in
I independently created varies reports to my leader and doctors in hospitals, I also helped to upgrade an old healthcare system to a new one. I attended weekly meeting and director meetings to jot down minutes. I also independently worked on a bed fleet project by contacting vendors and creating reports using Excel and PowerPoint. I was in VCH for eight months and I learned how to effectively communicate with my co-workers and managers and how to ask for tasks when I am finished. My co-workers were really helpful and friendly when I often asked questions. The hardest part of the job was starting as my first internship and I was trying to get used to the working routine, it did not take me long to get familiar with the working environment. The best part of the job is the location, it is located in downtown Vancouver and it is really convinient to eat and drive to work.
Support Advisor | Vancouver, BC | Feb. 10, 2020
Inexperienced management that create a disrespectful culture
Leads/Managers/Directors are inexperienced and promoted into positions without possessing the education or knowledge of managing teams and people. Instead they focus only on how fast staff can produce without regard for quality and accuracy. There is a systemic problem that stems with the management that creates a culture of fear, intimidation and disrespect. Staff is not valued, hence the reason everyone working in Decision Support are temporary employees and always refused the opportunity to become a permanent employee. If VCH valued its employees, indefinite temporary employees would be allowed to move into permanent roles after 2 or 3 years. Unfortunately, there are many temporary employees working 4, 5 and 6 years without any hopes of becoming a permanent employee.
Nurse | Vancouver, BC | Sep. 11, 2014
Satisfying daily and providing nursing care I feel very important for patients
My days when I was working full time have not always been typical, unexpected changes and high risk patients that all the nurses need to mentally and physically be prepared for.
Management provides and sets high nursing bars and some provided a role model.
My co-workers were always a pleasure working with and I enjoyed their new ideas to make the future to look forward to.
I learned a lot of understanding in my leadership position as a Patient Service Coordinator toward my nursing staff and showed them the importance of their capability and leadership also to new staff.
At the end of my day I go home feeling I have had I very valuable contribution to our patients, that have trusted us to provide the care they needed.
Questions and answers about Vancouver Coastal Health
Why would you want to work at Vancouver Coastal Health?
Asked Aug. 10, 2017
I want to more challenging my skills and exchange experience and put my competence
Answered Oct. 15, 2019
Admire everything about Vancouver,
And desire to be a worker
Answered Aug. 25, 2019
What is the work environment and culture like at Vancouver Coastal Health?
Asked Jul. 8, 2017
Safe,peaceful, harmonious and that togetherness.
Answered Aug. 25, 2019
A friendly, peaceful, safety environment for all the clients/residents and all the staff, which includes working together as a team with a good leadership, being productive and having a positive goal at all times..
Answered Oct. 2, 2018
What are the perks offered by Vancouver Coastal Health?
Asked Aug. 31, 2017
An Excellent environment for each and everyone
Answered Apr. 18, 2018
Benefits, paid training
Answered Mar. 14, 2018
If you were in charge, what would you do to make Vancouver Coastal Health a better place to work?
Asked May 24, 2019
Being one of the 6 publicly funded health institution in that province,I will work with departmental heads to upheld and improve more on services delivered ,established and maintain good renumeration to staff,regular training and retraining of staff,I will also avail myself to criticism so as to pave room for improvement and standard maintenance.
Answered Oct. 4, 2020
First your self follow just follow the rules and regulations to be pro/friendly invironment and spread system.
Answered Mar. 15, 2020
If you were to leave Vancouver Coastal Health, what would be the reason?