Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my days at work but the compensation was poor.
Pros: the job in itself was rewarding when getting to help others.
Cons: breaks were too short and the pay wasnt compensative for the amount of labor involved.
A typical day at work involved heavy labor. I was responsible for lifting patients of all sizes on to heavy equipment and then using said equipment to transport patients to different areas within the hospital. As lead transporter I was responsible for making sure other employees worked as expected and answering their questions when they were faced with conflict on the job. I was also responsible for training new employees.
I learned a lot about leadership at this job as I was put in leadership roles. I learned better communication skills as well as what it means to work as a team even when you are the leader.
Most would tell you that the manager of transportation is hard and unreasonable which may be true in some aspects. In my personal opinion, she was the hardest boss I've ever worked for but I am a better person and a better leader because of it.
I enjoyed all of my co-workers. I usually get along well with everyone I meet but I definitely came to bond with a lot of my co-workers as we were faced with a lot of hard situations, such as death of patients, together.
I would say the hardest part of my job, other than the labor, was working in an environment that is mostly unpredictable. You would never know what type of mood or condition your patients would be in. Also, it was challenging working in an environment where you are exposed to so many germs, diseases and viruses that could potentially lead to death if protocol wasn't followed.
I loved my job because I love helping others. I was often able to see the fruit of my labor as I would watch patients heal and get to go home to their families and back to leading a normal life. I feel most rewarded when I am able to make a positive difference in someone else life and I found the opportunity to do that every day at East Alabama Medical Center.