Not breaks, cronyism, strange vibe overall.
Pros: ok work environment
Cons: no or short breaks, very poor pay for rn's
I am an RN, worked in an acute care area. Most of the time we got lunch, rarely ever any other breaks. My hiring process was very unorganized and poorly handled. You have to go to Occumed for a physical test like moving patients, beds, etc. This was a joke: the bed I had to push was broken and about 30 years old. In a real hospital setting, we wouldn't even be using this piece of garbage. I could barely move it and you push it around in a big circle. The gurney they had me use to simulate moving a 200 lb patient to and from a wheelchair did not lock; I pointed this out and noted that I would refuse to move a patient with equipment like this; the staff at Occumed did not care and made me do it and I hurt my back. But I didn't tell them because I was afraid of not getting the job which I really needed. The overall impression I got was if you were of a certain age, you won't get hired because alot of older people would not get through this testing.
My orientation started out iffy but got much better when I was placed with a different person orienting me. But I felt at times that I just couldn't get enough time with her as we worked many opposing shifts, or she had meetings, etc. Frequently just winged it alone; I would ask other staff members if I had questions, but there were times when I felt very overwhelmed.
My supervisor was very good, but it was REALLY hard to get with her when I needed to.
As a nurse, it could be better and prob will be. BUT... The hospital and Joplin overall has very low wages for nurses; the wage I started at is what I made 10 years ago. Experience should – more... account for something and I am being paid the same as new grads. Freeman does offer extra income if you do alot of extra stuff on the side, they call it the TAPP program. Really, I have a life away from work and feel I should be paid a reasonable wage as an RN and not have to come to meetings on my day off or do volunteer work, etc to make a living. Joplin nursing homes actually pay more than the hospitals but if you want to keep up your skills you need to work in hospitals so it's a catch 22.
There does seem to be cronyism here; some staff members get away with things that other staff get in trouble for. One nurse is a relative of one of the surgeons and she can do no wrong, when she is there; she calls in frequently. – less