Arbour-Fuller has provided me with much needed entry level experience in the mental health field, but there comes a point where one must move on to other opportunities. Staff have a team based approach to working with patients and will give it their 110% to ensure adequate patient care to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, there is a substantial disconnect between what management perceives to be priority (filling beds for the sake of filling beds) and what staff deem essential to the job (i.e. patient and staff safety). Feedback from lower level staff is not taken seriously when it needs to be, especially when there are reports of understaffing or improper staffing creating an unsafe work environment. There is very high staff turnover, leading to difficulties on making sure everyone is on the same page. Regardless, staff get along well once they're part of the "Fuller Family".
At times the environment is very chaotic when units have acute patients, which is challenging but you get used to it. Working with friendly staff/co-workers to try and make a difference in someone's life is what makes it worth it.
Great support from co-workers, overtime, flexible scheduling
Mandation, understaffing, disconnect between management and staff