Pros: coffee! great health benefits for full time. flexible scheduling, team workers on unit. ent doctors are always accessible, as are nephrology. tuition reimbursement.
Cons: stress, painful legs, staffing based on number of patients and not so much by acuity.
Patients on my floor are mostly acute care with either breathing issues due to cancer or other tracheal involvement, have nephrology issues requiring dialysis, or have other internal medical issues that require hospitalization. The level of acuity can often be high, with lots of medication passes, difficult IV insertions or maintenance, or just with – more... patients in need of many things. It can be physically and emotionally draining or uplifting by turn, and often in the same day you will laugh with teammates and patients and then turn practically bald from frustration with other situations. It is stressful, illogical, creative, joyful, frightening, and painful to the muscles and joints. AND I LOVE IT SO.
Management can make or break a team, and this is true on our unit, with a strong set of leaders that look out for the best interest of both patient and employees. If I didn't have a new higher degree and bad knees, not to mention some further itch to prevent patients from admission in the first place, I would stay here. Nevertheless, I must reach further and teach the next generation to also strive for the best care they can offer. – less