Pros: excellent pay, good staffing
Cons: unrealistic expectations, lack of support personnel (unit clerks), high deductable health insurance, lack of community resources, (there is a physician shortage and none in the area are accepting new patients).
In my experience the orientation process wasn't very good. It tended to be more piecemeal rather than systematic in approach. Also, I didn't realize it when I took the job, but management expected experienced RNs like me to be able to function undependently after only 2 weeks of orientation, including a week of general orientation. Also, orientation – more... to their computerized charting system was brief (3 hours) and rushed, and didn't adequately prepare me for use on the unit. In fairness, however, these conditions aren't unique to CVPH, and I've heard Nurses from many other hospitals complain of similar experiences. This seems to be typical of the way things are being done in many hospitals; and seems to be motivated largely by a desperate need for nurses on the units, and the desire to cut costs of orienting new staff. Also, unlike other hospitals where I found considerable sympathy for my situation and support from the rest of the staff, initially this was largely lacking. I feel that many of the staff were trying to be helpful, but the way they went about it tended to cause them to come across as more critical than helpful. There also seemed to be a strong local cultural mindset in place which I found difficult to understand which caused a great deal of misunderstand-ing. All in all, I has been the most difficult situation I have faced in my career with respect to orientation and adjustment to the situation. – less