MA LPC (Former Employee) – Colorado Springs – October 23, 2015
I was assaulted at work and no one came to my aid. There was a poor client to staff ratio. I did learn much about family dynamics and built on my my ADHD knowledge and intervention skills. I had the opportunity to be creative with groups and families.
Ethical personal conduct and some interacction with the doctors.
Adult Acute Therapist (Current Employee) – Colorado Springs, CO – January 7, 2016
The hospital has heart- but not much else. It operates on a business model primarily which does not mesh well with mental health or empathy. Constantly changing job expectations, and little to no appreciation for work ethic. Employee happiness / Culture waxes and wanes, but in three and a half years has never been that great. High turnover- and it's for a reason. This place has a very hard time keeping any staff members for longer than 3 years. The hardest part of the job is needing to offer care to people who do not want to be locked up against their will, and are behaviorally at their worst. Daily self-sacrifice is a must. Doing this job I have become less skilled at what I have needed to know (requirements pertinent to my license), and simply used to trying to survive each shift day by day.
Kindhearted Doctors and coworkers
Unpredictable expectations followed by harsh consequences for failure to comply.
Fulltime RN, BSN (Current Employee) – Colorado Springs, CO – August 16, 2015
Staffing is a constant issues. When there is enough staff the job is great. The DON and CEO are always available to speak to you. The management is as supportive as they can be. Some situations arise with staffing that cannot be immediately corrected but they do try to resolve issues.
I learned a lot working here because it taught me that people all over the world need help not our backs.
Mental Health Technician (Former Employee) – Colorado Springs, CO – February 17, 2015
The hardest part of the job is watching a soldier go through an ordeal and not know how to help him or her because the lack of education and I had. I knew how to talk to them but it was the education like social work and counseling that would have been awesome!
Spending my day with 12 women with various issues from substance abuse to suicidal ideation to psychosis.
Mental Health Technician (Current Employee) – Colorado Springs, CO – January 23, 2015
My typical day on the women's trauma unit at Cedar Springs Behavioral Hospital can be quite a wild ride from day to day. The average stay per patient is 5 days so by the end of those 5 days I have had great opportunities to touch their lives in so many ways. Some ladies come in after attempting suicide, or are about to start detoxing from various drugs or alcohol, or are experiencing some sort of deep trauma in their lives. I start my day with them as they begin to emerge from their rooms, getting them their breakfast and then doing check-in and leading a psych-ed group of some sort, which is my favorite part of the day, where you can really touch their lives. The unit staff consists of an RN, a med nurse, two therapists, and a psychiatrist. Working closely together with the nurses and maintaining a relaxed atmosphere on the unit really makes for an enjoyable day. The most difficult part of my day is dealing with the many, many, many needs of 12 troubled ladies. Issues from when is smoke break to, could you get me this or that. I've been blessed with a pretty easy disposition and after 30 years in industrial sales this job has opened up a part of me I didn't know existed. It has really helped me grow as a person both professionally and personally.
to experience the lives of real hurting people has changed my perspective on life dramatically.
it is hard work and you must be up to the task everyday if you want to be successful.
Vice President of Business Development (Former Employee) – Colorado Springs, CO – June 3, 2014
I enjoyed my team and that of the senior leadership. It was a friendly environment and the mission, vision, and values of the hospital were all geared around service to the patients and their families. I enjoyed the work/life balance and it did provide opportunities for growth, however, you would have had to relocate to one of the sister hospitals for certain advancements.
great campus, friendly staff, they let you do your job
salaries could not be increased once you locked into a contract, however this might have changed under the new corporate parent company uhs.
Nursing (Former Employee) – ColoradoSprings – May 15, 2014
If you value your License and your own Mental Health do not work for this company.Management and CEO are out of their minds A whole lot of Fraud going on with Ins companies and vendors.Just do your self a favor and Run.
Decent environment to get experience at a Mental Health hospital
Mental Health Technician (Former Employee) – Colorado Springs Colorado – March 27, 2013
A typical day of work consisted of managing the care and treatment of mental health patients. At Cedar Springs Hospital I learned the significance of work ethic and how to work affectively with all populations. Management on my particular unit was excellent; fair and consistent with expectations. My co-workers were enjoyable to work with. The hardest part of my job was the daily stressors involved with managing residential care. The most enjoyable part of my job was leading psych-ed sessions.
Crisis Evaluator (Former Employee) – Colorado Springs, CO – February 25, 2013
My co-workers were wonderful with whom to work: good teamwork environment. Our immediate supervisor was also very knowledgable and helpful.I found upper management to be inflexible and exerting undo stress on its employees. The most difficult part of the job was dealing with insurance companies when needing authorization for in-patient stays. We spent more time on the phone with insurance companies than with individuals in crisis, needing to be hospitalized. Typical day began at 8:00 AM and ended at 5:00 PM. At imes it required working later when trying to get authorization from insurance companies. The most enjoyable part of the job was working with indivduals in crisis and helping them de-escalate.
co-workers and low-cost meals
no breaks except for lunch/dinner and high stress environment
Pharmacy Intern (Former Employee) – Colorado Springs, CO – December 13, 2012
I loved working with my manager and my teacher, they were both very patient and willing to teach me what I needed to learn to become the best pharmacy tech I could be. I loved working there because I felt like I was fulfilling my life as a person and helping people that desperately needed it. The hardest part of working there was just keeping focused when there was so much work to be done.