I spent three years at DePaul and often felt my life was in danger. That place is a time-bomb waiting to explode. The patients we admitted were frequently violent and difficult to work with. The staffing guidelines and hospital policy always put people in danger from patients who were acting out. While working their I had been in two or three near riots on the adolescent unit. They commonly admit aggressive patients from detention facilities, which may not have been as big a problem if the unit was staffed appropriately.The middle management seemed like back-stabbers interested in their own advancement. The upper management simply did not care about how things were being run or how many of their staff got hurt because of their policies. The only thing that kept me going there were my co-workers, the other people in the trenches, as it were.
Aggressive patients, management, compensation, hospital policy that put staff at risk.