RN (Former Employee) – Jacksonville, NC – September 3, 2012
During my interview I was not told exactly how aggressive & mean most of these patients are. I was in orientation for 1 week and received 6 days of actual on-the-job training. You pretty much only get 6 days (2 weeks @ 3 days per week). I have a psych degree & expected the pts to have true mental illness. This was really only the case on the adult hall. The kids & teens are 90% mean & crazy violent. It's nothing to get bitten, spit on, kicked, slapped, etc.. There is no security there & they expect the staff to jump on top of these aggressive boys/girls and hold them down while nurses give them shots and then throw them kicking/screaming into seclusions rooms. I am not an aggressive person & this was a very scary experience for me. I would not recommend working here unless you love fights and confrontations.
Mental Health Worker (Former Employee) – Jacksonville, NC – June 7, 2016
The schedule is always made in the morning before you clock in. You may be working in one unit, but if another coworker complains long enough; you would be move to keep some one else happy and have to clean up their mess. Let there be an incident where you were took part of, and your coworkers/ supervisors would have no problem tossing you the blame.
Care Coordinator/Therapist (Current Employee) – Jacksonville, NC – February 3, 2016
Understaffed, even when "fully staffed." Must fill dual roles and work 50 hrs/week to barely keep up. Case loads are too large, especially considering the quick turnover on the acute units and adding facilitating multiple groups per week (5-7 usually, with 10-20 patients per group). A LOT of documentation, and no electronic medical records which makes it extremely inefficient.
Admissions (Former Employee) – Jacksonville, NC – January 4, 2014
I enjoyed working here for the most part. Most of the coworkers and managers were easy to get a long with. It is near impossible to advance here so get comfortable with the position you are hired for. Breaks were hard to come by and I felt we needed more people in our department to allow for time off, etc. Raises were small and benefits were OK.
short breaks, hard to advance your career, can be stressful at times
Mental health worker (Former Employee) – Residential – October 7, 2012
Hard working conditions as far as mentally taxing and the 12 hour shifts can be unbearable. A mental institution is rough in large doses. Patient to staff ratios are unsafe and treatment from patients is disrespectful and sometimes violent. Not worth putting yourself in these conditions for the extremely low pay and lack of raise opportunities.
RN (Former Employee) – Jacksonville NC – March 3, 2014
A typical day is total chaos! 12 hour shift ends up being 14 hours plus. No one has time to show you anything, employees are very disgruntled. Majority of the managers are in their 20's and have no experience outside of Brynn Marr. Supervisors and the 20 something staffers are all in a click constantly texting each other and playing candy crush on their smartphones. The reason for the high turn over is due to the non experienced managers and the click of early 20 year olds that are more concerned with playing games and texting than working.
MHW (Former Employee) – Jacksonville, NC – June 12, 2012
As someone already stated, the work environment is very fast paced but that's because the hospital provides psychiatric support to mostly children and adolescents. I'm no longer employed there, but it's only due to being transferred with the military. The management does provide very close oversight, but considering the type work they do, it's absolutely necessary. I would still be employed there if it wasn't for the fact we had to move. The staff were very supportive during my work history there. I do have a recommendation for the hospital, they really need a new hospital on a larger piece of property so there are more outside opportunities for growth and development.
Mental health tech (Current Employee) – Jacksonville NC – August 20, 2014
This is not a PSYCH hospital in the least! We do not help any of the patients. The patients are all aggressive and belong in jail. Patients degrade and beat staff and the staff have zero rights and cannot do anything to stop the abuse. Our management does not support any of us and it shows greatly. It's absolute chaos and completely unorganized. They staff sparingly, risking safety of patients and staff. They only want money, they do not care about their staff in the least.
I have learned a lot working throughout my twelve years in Brynn Marr Hospital. It taught me to have patience, adjust to changes. My days isn't usually planned due to working with 16 different diagnosis of patients, I continue to follow the schedule the best way I can. I work with all different backgrounds of co-worker those who's have experience an those who have not ever worked in this type of environment. My hardest part of my job is working with those who's doesn't have the experience, and the lack of management.
LPN (Current Employee) – Jacksonville, NC – July 31, 2014
I enjoy working for Brynn Marr and making a difference. With the current management I feel supported and appreciated. My co-workers are like family and I always feel like they have my back. The hardest part of my job is seeing a fragile patients, but the most enjoyable part is seeing these patients get better. I have learned patience. I feel this job has made me a more compassionate nurse. I float around to different units to help with notes, meds and much more so I see all different aspects of the job.
No day is ever the same. Learned a great deal about maintaining a company/building. Management is great and rewards employees with great incentives. The most difficult part of the job is seeing children in a behavioral hospital, yet the highlight of the position is interacting with the children and giving them hope for a bright future.
Mental Health Worker (Former Employee) – Jacksonville, NC – June 17, 2014
I did not enjoy my work because of the lack of organization in the entire facility. I do not believe anyone was truly helped in this place an the compensation was horrible for the danger the staff is under.
Interim Director of Social Services (Former Employee) – Jacksonville, NC – January 26, 2014
- Used clinical skills to maintain a therapeutic environment for stabilization and assessed the dynamics within the interdisciplinary treatment program - Supported and supervised daily tasks of acute Social Workers - Participated in administrative meetings and communicated with clinical managers - Completed administrative duties including hiring, terminating, and orienting new Social Workers - Conducted weekly staff meetings and supervised master’s level interns
Exposed to various mental illnesses and how they have an effect on the young and old
Mental Health Worker (Former Employee) – Jacksonville, NC – January 31, 2013
12 hour shifts working with children and adolescents with various mental diagnosis and explored positive coping skills that would be of comfort for the patient and their families. Maintaining an open positive relationship with clients and their families and also among staff members.
general exposure to different diagnosis
the sometimes long shifts taken a toll on the body