Pros: Pay, benefits, helpful staff, accessible physicians, free CEUs
Cons: orientation is long, late nights
I've been working part-time for Brooks (Bartram Campus) in the skilled nursing dept as an LPN for about 2 months. I enjoy the job very much. Its definitely hard work and very fast paced, so be prepared for that. Its much more acute care than most rehabs/nursing homes so if you aren't use to it, it can be a little overwhelming at first. But everyone I've worked with so far has been very helpful and had no problem answering my questions since I'm new. Most of the staff I've worked with on my shift (3-11) are very team oriented and help each other as much as they can. I can't speak for other shifts though. They pay very well (for nurses at least) compared to my previous jobs and from what I've heard from other nurses who've worked elsewhere in the area. I make more working part time here than I did working full time at my previous facility. Patient care is top notch, I've only run into a small handful of nurses/CNAs who had bad attitudes and just plain didn't want to work and they were dealt with accordingly by management. I find the work/home life balance to be great for the position, but again, I'm only part time. However, if you work 3-11 as a nurse, prepare to work some late nights, especially if you have a new admission and especially when you are new and learning the ropes. But they pay a substantial shift diff for working 3-11 so it makes up for a few late nights, for me at least. You really have to be on your game as a nurse and know how to prioritize.
Most of the physicians are there a lot which is really helpful when you need orders or have a new admission. Makes – more... it much easier than having to call all the time and wait for call backs what not. And most of them are pretty approachable if you have your stuff together. I've heard some horror stories about some of the providers but I haven't had any run-ins yet myself. The higher ups also pop in quite often to see how things are running - I've seen the CEO, CFO, and VP of nursing there a lot in my 60 days.
The orientation is very long and definitely could use some whittling down. There is a lot more 'classroom time' when more time shadowing on the floor would be much more useful. From what I was told in my orientation, they are actually going to change up how they do orientation so its not so lengthy and allows for more floor time. Not sure if its happened yet.
As for the person who complained about the food being expensive - they aren't really set up for employee meals to be honest. They don't have an employee cafeteria like at the big hospital or a serving line for employees. I don't even know anyone who eats from the kitchen there, most people bring their dinner/lunch or go get something on their break.
Also, the flu shot is mandatory unless you have a medical or religious reason you cannot have it. You can still work there if you have those exemptions, they just have you take certain precautions during flu season. That is standard in any healthcare setting.
Basically, work hard, don't be a jerk to your CNAs, actually CARE about your patients and you'll be just fine. – less