Pros: benefits, team culture
Cons: mid-level management, parking at south ave lot and hiking through the elements daily
Typical day=8-15 patients on a therapist's schedule. Usually manageable, IF you're kept to 1-2 units. That is not always the case and some days, you may float to 5 different floors, including ICU and Emergency Dept. Attend staff meetings every few weeks, unit meetings every few months.
Great environment for learning how to quickly evaluate and treat ortho, geriatrics and neuro patients, while working with a wide variety of medical professionals. You will learn how to work with people of all ages, cultures and abilities.
Management= the single reason for my resignation. The worst interpersonal skills, not everyone is treated the same (i.e. some can flex schedules more than others). Staying past your scheduled time is pretty much expected. When you do need to flex your time, it becomes a huge issue. Come in a few minutes later, so that there isn't 5 people trying to fit into one tiny little office with 2 computers to use, you'll asked why you're tardy. Mixed communication, constantly. Told that you need to cover time off, then next time you will be told that's not the policy and to leave it up to the higher ups. If you call in to say you'll be late, expect a phone call later from asking where you are...even in horrible road conditions. The list goes on...even per diem staff have had issues. However, nothing seems to be done to help the situation. So, sadly it looks as though they will keep loosing quality occupational therapists. I hope for the team, they will recognize and re-evaluate that simply pumping out a high volume of patients doesn't equal an effective leader. The orientation – more... process is okay, if you're an experience therapist. Expect to be on your own in learning though.
Co-workers are an amazing group of talented and thoughtful individuals. Everyone is always willing to help each other throughout the day when needed. Again, the biggest issue (ever per diem therapist recognize it) is the "leadership" within the small OT dept.
HH is overall a great and small community hospital. – less