Rewarding work with the veterans that do whatever they are told to protect our country
Pros: good benefits, good nurses, loved taking care of the returning veterans.
Cons: management doesn't communicate with staff nurses, changed policy and questionable actions
Worked in many different areas as a RN there, my co-workers were very versatile, flexible, and easy to work, my family became my family and good friends.
Beginning on a med-surg floor, was chosen to open a post surgical unit, worked in all the clinics, Primary Care on Speciality Clinics, went on to be Orthopedic CN, then to telephone triage/ case management.
The – more... most difficult times were in my spot on the Haz/Mat team, in which I went to take care of Hurricane Charlie victims, and then sent to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. I work 7p to 7a shifts for 2 weeks taking care of the victims. We were recognized by the Dept of Veterans Affairs director for our work and service.
Management changed about 2 years ago, and the moral of the nurses plunged.
Absenteeism became a problem, outside nurses would have to be brought in to take care of the patients. As co chair of the Nursing Professional Development Council, tried to rally the nurses with projects and doing video's to encourage them. – less