Pros: great learning experiences, and business networking
Cons: some days are plain crazy and there is no time for a break.
Assisting nurse care managers in safe discharge planning of patients from the hospital. There is a lot of paperwork involved and a lot of order taking as well, but I personally have learned a lot about the medical field, not only the scientific aspects, but about the inter-workings of the behind the scenes (professional relationships, insurance issues, general business politics). I contact liaisons from different companies and find placement for patients either in skilled nursing facilities for rehabilitation, or with companies that will go into their homes and assist them getting back on their feet. There is a lot of networking and customer service that is done daily for this job.
My manager is great, shes firm but fair and always maintains an outside perspective. She gives great advice, helps to problem solve the most difficult cases-without telling her employees what to do or how to do their jobs, and she is always going to bat for her employees.
Like any work environment there can be personality clashes within a group, where I work in the hospital is no different. I have learned to adapt, adjust and have patience. Overall my coworkers are fantastic, always offering to lend a hand to each other, they help each other problem solve difficult cases and they lend an ear to one another when they have a difficult time with something.
The hardest part of my job for me is juggling the 3 different personalities that I work with everyday. I work with three very strong, independent, very different women, and I am the assistant to all of them. Sometimes it can be overwhelming having – more... to cater to each when they get busy, because they sometimes forget that I have all 40-50 patients on the floor and that I have something to do for each, However at the end of any particularly difficult day, they do to thank me for "putting up with them" or apologize if they were "being a bear" and one of the women at least once a day tells me how much she appreciates all that I do. So even on the worst days, the worst part of my job is completely manageable!
The most enjoyable part of my job is the interaction with medicine that I get, I have great ambitions that surpass my current employment and this has been a great stepping stone where I have been able to learn a lot from the three ladies I work directly with and all the nurses and doctors that come to our floor. – less