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MUSC Rumor Mill separates fact from fiction

Handicap parking
As a MUSC employee, I am deeply disturbed about all the employees using handicap parking placards. Do we really want this person of such low character representing our university?
Answer: Given the state laws that govern handicapped parking, it has been difficult if not impossible for the university to properly police these city- owned handicap parking spaces. However, as of Jan. 1, new laws became effective that will enable the university’s parking enforcement officers to begin addressing these long- standing concerns.

Flooding around MUSC
The Rumor Mill received several comments concerning the flooding around the MUSC campus.
Answer: Downtown Charleston and the Lowcountry area are prone to flooding, depending on various conditions. MUSC administration needs to do a better job of informing employees in advance of how quickly conditions can change and the best places to park to avoid damage to vehicles. The most recent flood was more severe than anticipated and more widespread than any observed for many years. The timing of this flood around shift change made this one particularly difficult. Prior to the flood, hospital administration communicated with local weather experts and as weather conditions deteriorated, the staff was in communication with the city police department, local disaster preparedness and others. This communication was passed on as best possible considering resources available at the time. Hospital administration has begun dialogue with university Public Safety, MUHA Security, University Risk Management, Parking, Nursing Administration (house supervisors) and others to determine how planning can be improved for any future floods.

CARTA bus schedule
On Nov. 1, the CARTA Express buses that transported students and employees to James Island, Mount Pleasant and West Ashley that departed at 7:51 p.m. were canceled. Why didn’t MUSC send a mass e-mail to inform those who could have possibly relied on those routes that it would be canceled.
Answer: CARTA elected to drop the 7:51 Express bus to West Ashley due to a lack of rider ship. It is possible to bring the route back if demand picks back up— definitely a reversible decision. Anyone who has information on possible demand for this route should contact John Runyon, Business Services, at 792-2467 or

It seems the hospital census has been up routinely for a long time now. I was wondering the status of raises for all employees. A 2 to 4 percent incentive raise has not even covered the cost of living, and even then, unit-based employees have not seen any increase. Will that be happening anytime in the near future? I’m having trouble living off the same salary for consecutive years when all of my living expenses increase.
Answer: Refer to the HR compensation policy #15 and the link to the policy concerning the  fiscal year 2009/10 pay plan. Also, Lynn Campbell of MUHA HR department may be contacted by phone or e-mail to provide answers to any specific questions.

Dual certification, license
I have been told that when I graduate from nursing school I cannot continue to work here as a paramedic for the critical care team, even if I don't apply at the medical center for a nursing position.
Answer: This is not true. You would have to maintain the required credentials/competencies for a paramedic and would not be allowed to practice outside the scope of service for the position.

Computers overnight
I have heard two different stories as to what we are supposed to do with our computers at the end of the day when we log off. The first was that we should click Start-Shutdown-Restart and leave it in this mode so software updates could be launched out to our systems overnight. The second is to click Start-Shutdown-Shutdown and even unplug the computers overnight to save energy. Which is it?
Answer: At the end of the day, operators should simply restart the machine (Start-Shutdown-Restart). The workstations are programmed to put the monitor and the system itself to sleep after about 20 minutes for energy savings. The machines do update during the night, so this is the best option.

Call pay for managers
Is it true that certain nurse managers, service chiefs, coordinators get call pay for all hours away from work, just for being available to answer the occasional question by phone? Wouldn’t that be an integral part of their jobs anyway?
Answer: This rumor is not true. If anyone is aware of practices, which do not appear to be in line with the medical center compensation policy and procedures, contact Lynn Campbell, Medical Center Human Resources, 792-1684 or

Reproduced from

Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

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