VITAS Healthcare Employee Reviews about "field staff"

Updated 15 Apr 2019

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Pros
  • "Helping patients and families is very rewarding(in 53 reviews)

  • "Helping people at end of life to make sure they have a peaceful experience at the end and to help the loved ones after passing(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management are completely uninvested in employee wellbeing(in 42 reviews)

  • "Need to have computer documentation for field staff sooner than next year(in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Proud to work for Vitas"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RN Manager in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VITAS Healthcare full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Layers of clinical support, admission nurse, pool nurses, case managers all have separate roles. Patients get avg of 5 visit a week, wonderful coworkers. We really do put Pt and families first.

    Cons

    Pay is not top of scale but not bottom either. Incontinent care supplies rated 5/10 and we are charting on paper instead of computers. Need to have computer documentation for field staff sooner than next year. Tired of waiting for documentation system to be updated.

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  2. Helpful (6)

    "Medical Social Worker"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at VITAS Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    Field staff is very supportive of each other typically.

    Cons

    Management is very inept and lack the skills needed to supervise staff. The work environment is very hostile and is encouraged to be that way by management. Case loads are extremely high. There is a very high turn over rate. Patient care is atrocious due to the high turn over of field staff. Managers have no integrity and do not follow through with what they say.

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  3. Helpful (5)

    "Questionable, changing enviornment"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at VITAS Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    Field staff compassionate , caring professionals. Office staff works hard to make the enviornment friendly and are great support to managers and field staff.

    Cons

    Senior management changes have led way to favoritism in hiring ang little respect for employees who have spent years with the company. PTO reduced to make it “fair”for all employees. Long term employees included in PTO reduction, proving new corporate leaders have no respect for employees with many years with the company. Team manager turnover is frequent due to long hours, poor training and obvious favoritism. If staff can’t assimilate into the new “family”enviornment , then their days are numbered. Spent years with what was 5 star company and watched it decline to 2-3 Star Lots of favoritism ove4 the past 2 years, seasoned employees with years hospice experience passed over for no apparent good reason . Stressful enviornment, too many changes constantly happening with little or no consideration for time needed to properly train staff regarding new expectations. Pay not competitive and few increases given to employees with long time tenure with company. Salaried here means there is no limit to hours in your work week. Changing enviornment, was mom and pop business, valued employees, now just a business, the bottom line rules.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Nurse"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VITAS Healthcare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fellow employees try and help each when they can

    Cons

    Field staff not support by management, all kinds of offers to help but no follow-thru, management makes decisions without consulting field staff caring for patients, little to no raises, have to use PTO for holidays, no paid holidays off, huge amount of turnover in staff, benefits are expensive, deductibles high and don't cover much

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  5. Helpful (5)

    "RN Hospice Case Manager"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - RN Case Manager in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at VITAS Healthcare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers are pleasant. Autonomy and independent nursing job. Set your own schedule. No weekends. Medical director is active and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Poor management. Poor staff morale. Almost 90% turnover in professional staff in past 1 year. Serious concerns over safety / compliance issues. Always short staffed. Poor communication from office management to field staff. Charting is paper charting and absolutely ridiculous amounts of it- lots of double/triple charting of same information.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Field Staff"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at VITAS Healthcare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Rewarding work, autonomy, cohesive field staff

    Cons

    Most team managers are poor at managing staff and have no idea what non-nursing clinical staff does creating a disconnect, management does not seem interested in career goals of employees or retention. Poorly thought out geographical territories with long travel times (often 50 minute drives), unrealistic mileage pay for wear and tear on personal automobiles, too much on- call time with poor compensation burning out employees, management shows deaf ear to hardships caused by route changes, no holiday pay, no pool staff for non-nursing field employees, overworked nursing staff, poor pay for HHA staff. Paltry raises, lousy benefit co-pays.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "vitas review from former employee"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Psycho Social Team in Los Angeles, CA
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at VITAS Healthcare part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    field staff is great patient care is done well

    Cons

    too corporate they do not stand behind their employees too much turn over

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "RN case manager"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Daytona Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VITAS Healthcare full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, lots of pto, field staff usually works together and has each others back because the office sure doesn't.

    Cons

    Minimal office support, Vitas works their field staff to death, minimal pay raises, upper management is out of touch with what happening in the field, penny pinching, it's all about the money nowadays, admitting people that don't qualify for services. Way too much paperwork, it's supposed to be electronic now and Vitas is still using paper charting, it takes up way too much time. The frustration of the office adding more forms to create duplicate charting and more admits, it gets to be overwhelming and they don't get it. The office doesn't get it because they are in the office. The office doesn't answer the phone for field staff very often so that leaves the field staff hanging but if the office wants to talk to you, they will blow up your phone till you answer. The insurance is a whole other story, it's ridiculously expensive and is a joke anyway, it's catastrophic coverage, useless for routine care. The words on the back of the badges are just that, words. We do not take care of each other.

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  9. Helpful (6)

    "RN"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Registered Nurse in Shrewsbury, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at VITAS Healthcare

    Pros

    Some of my greatest nursing and human experiences have been while working in hospice. VITAS has been a mainstay company for many years in their field.

    Cons

    Compensation and Financial Growth minimal - lack of compensation for going beyond your duties with expectations way beyond a reasonable work week - BIG separation between office and field staff - though there is potential for improvement - it just never seems to happen

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    "Social worker"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
     in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VITAS Healthcare

    Pros

    Great interdisciplinary team. Committed and dedicated field staff. Capable and caring nurses.

    Cons

    Low salary and compensation but high and often unrealistic expectations for staff. Limited opportunities for education and advancement. Minimal recognition of work that is above and beyond expectations. Long hours and frequent on call. Difficult documentation procedures

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