Pros: movie tickets and random free snacks for good work, rewarding work, real & honest co-workers
Cons: no merit pay, understaffed constantly, vacation/holidays days are only paid for 8hours (patient care staff work 12 hour shifts)
I enjoy coming to work and know that the work I do makes a difference in my peoples lives. Health is something we take advantage of until we are at a low point and land in a hospital. I want to be that person to get our patients back on their feet again. I like to see the progression from tears to smiles.
However, I am strongly discouraged by handful of co-workers who remain bitter, unmotivated, and generally angry. Why are they angry? Well, our job is difficult. We are cursed at, vomited and bleed on. You must be thick skinned to take it. But that isn't the reason why some are discouraged. Why should we work hard? The hospital network does not reward me or anyone else for their hard work. Salary is not merit based at all! I know nurses who have been here over 10 years without a single raise. Hard workers are spread thin while the whiners and complainers are rewarded for their poor behavior by given simple tasks and tucked away on the easier floors/departments.
The cafeteria workers are run by high school drop outs who cannot complete the simplest of tasks. The food is unbearable, not enough, and often times cold. The staff in the cafeteria are rude and unprofessional. The hospital's dirty little secret is how bad the food is.
Brandywine Hospital does have its positives. It is an excellent job in supporting their staff through education (ie tuition reimbursement) and flexible scheduling. Several co-workers have had real-life emergencies and our supervisors are quite understanding. Opportunity for extra hours (if you aren't too tired by the end of the week). Freedom to be – more... creative. If you feel like you know a better system of doing things, you can do it. They welcome new ideas.
In conclusion, the nature of this job is satisfying. Salary is less than average and the hospital NEEDS to financially reward its hard workers before they become bitter workers. Invest in your team! Immediately! Good workers are walking out and even worst, getting hurt from doing too much. A new company needs to take over the food services, they have had enough complaints and chances and have gotten worst over the years. I thoroughly respect that the hospital works around an individuals' schedule and home life. In the end, I love and appreciate my job! However, I question whether my job appreciates and loves me back. – less