Pros: excellent learning environment, great benefits such as education reimbursement
Cons: some difficult relationships
The hospital work is rewarding work. As a Rehabilitation Aide I was in a unique position where I were required to be of assistance to anyone in the office. In the mornings I was responsible for opening the department which consisted of getting new patients on the log and removing discharged patients. I was responsible to assist the secretaries in answering the phones and continually updating the patient log the course of the day. Also, I was responsible for helping out the therapist with patients. This ranged from assisting the Physical Therapists with a walking program or assisting a Speech Therapist with a video swallow study. In any of my daily roles I was always kept busy.
I learned that working a full time was a great responsibility. I learned a good work ethic and how to get along with people even if you had a difference in opinion. I learned that the patient is the most important part of the job and their comfort is our main priority.
The management was a difficult situation. They were out of touch with what the people were doing on a daily basis and it was two different worlds. Upper management became very controlling on what we were doing and how we were doing it. This made the working environment was difficult to work in because it was the workers that were feeling the effects.
There were difficult co-workers that made a day very difficult at times but then there were co-workers that would take the time to help you out and teach you exactly what their expectations of you were and how you would be able to change that. The co-workers were the people that encouraged – more... me to grow as a rehabilitation aide. This growth as a Rehabilitation aide has made me the person I am today as an Athletic Trainer.
The most difficult part of working was dealing with being micromanaged and learning how to deal with that and still be productive and helpful when you are working with patients or other therapist. Another difficult part of work was learning how to deal with difficult therapist and even though you had different viewpoints working past that and being able to help the patient in the best way possible.
I enjoyed working with the patients and helping them out. There are many patients that I have worked with that I will never forget. Some of these patients have encouraged me in being the healthcare professional I want to be. If it had not been for this job I would not be as effective as an Athletic Trainer that I am today. – less