Pros: free ham every year around thanksgiving and free shirts every once in a while.
Cons: no breaks, short staffed, horrible benefits for part time, under appreciated, wearing your body out.
I started working at Advocate about 2 and a half years ago, and initially it started off fairly well. However, within a few months, I began to see what this hospital was all about. About 7 of the co workers I became friends with, quit within months of hire. As part of a company that believes in the happiness of others, they clearly do not care about the happiness of their PCT's.
Number one; No breaks. You are entitled to a 30 minute lunch break, and two 15 minute breaks. However, you will not even get to sit down for 10 minutes! You have to keep your phone on you (a phone that every call light goes to) an you will keep having to answer the call lights consistently. Bathroom lights, getting a patient water, etc. It's irritating that you can't even use the bathroom without someone calling to interrupt you.
Number two; Short Staffed. No matter what floor you are on, you are guaranteed to be short staffed. What this means; more patients that you can hardly take care of. Patients wouldn't be so bad if the other faculty helped out. See point 3 for more detail.
Number three; Under appreciated. As a PCT (certified nursing assistant), you are the most worked, most stressed, and most used. The nurses make statements saying, "It's just the tech", insinuating that we are insignificant. We are expected to do everything right then and there, and get scrutinized if we don't do it right away. I have seen a variety of my co workers hurt their backs because of all of the heavy lifting! Sure, you get sent home for a day, but are expected to return immediately for more action.
Number three Part – more... B; You are treated poorly by patients as well. You can get hit, scratched, punched, etc by ETOH, AMS patients, etc.
I was initially enrolled in the nursing program at my local college before starting at this hospital. However, after working here, I decided to pursue something outside of the healthcare field. A lot of the Registered Nurses here regret even getting into the field. If it's not too late for you, always have a back up plan.
Job is not for you if you can't handily bodily fluids spontaneously getting on you.
If you're not comfortable with number one, then number two (bowel movements) will not work. You see a lot of bowel movements in this line of work. But seeing it, and getting it on you is a different warning.
Your body will hurt. Everyday after a shift. Time to go get massages.
Working here you have some amazing team work within your fellow PCT's.
Not all nurses hate their jobs. Only about 85%. And some nurses (about 45% are willing to help you turn/change a patient).
If you believe nursing is still right for you, please never forget about the PCT's.
Full time benefits are great. – less