Fun environment, team oriented, new ideas were put on the table for review and managment was anxious to make a difference
Pros: work environment, colleagues, quality of care, communication with management.
Cons: limited advancement opportunities, no tuition reimbursement for higher education, conference coverage limited
I worked in various roles: cardiac care nurse, IV therapy, facility nurse educator. In all of these roles, creativity was encouraged, autonomy was expected, and results were recognized. My self-confidence was enhanced, my ability to lead and mentor others was promoted and my role within the team was great. We were all there for the purpose of being a nurse: make a difference, work with each other and not have hidden agendas, the environment was fun and enjoyable. Many of my co-workers are still friends after almost 30 years. It was a friendly environment. The hardest part of my role was to work with the physicians. The physicians at that time had the hierarchy mindset. I was not used to this culture. The most enjoyable was the fun, laughter and friendships that were created. The patients were the prime focus but we all worked together to make the day the best it could be. We were there to make a difference as a team-- not a single person worked in isolation. There were no boundaries to the assignments- you pitched in to get things done. No one left without making sure the entire team was done.