Pros: flexible hours, monetary incentives for working 200 hours, the opportunity to see other environments supporting healthcare services.
Cons: each hospital or facility had dfferent rules, some no breaks, staff can't leave to purchase food or leave the campus, not so nice nurses and administrators.
I called in on a daily bases and was able to go to UCLA Resnick most of the time but I was flexible and went to many other facilities and hospital throughout Southern California. I was experienced in many areas from pediatrics to geriatrics, from acute to chronic. The last 5 years I spent in psychiatric services for children, adolescents and adults. – more... I learned that every patient, client and person has a psychiatric baseline that can be disrupted and corrupted by trauma, chemicals, personal problems, financial and family issues. The hardest part of the job was being the temporary nurse that had to fit in and adapt to the environment immediately. Most of the facilities I became familiar with after coming multiple times. Some of the areas that I drove through and the communities were scary; I kept vigilant while making the best of the situation. I went to and assignment South East Los Angeles, they were desperate for help. I found the hospital, it was a house that was converted and built in the early 1900's. It had one hallway open with 10 rooms; the other side was closed and served as a storage area for old beds and equipment. After receiving report and putting my feelings of uneasiness aside, I proceeded to make rounds to see my patients. One of my patients in a wheel chair was not on the unit. I was told that he went to the corner gas station to pan handle money to buy cigarettes. The charge nurse that evening said she would discharge him as AWOL. I told her that I would go and get the patient and bring him back even though I was uncomfortable in that neighborhood. I saw the wheel chair from afar and approach him by introducing myself as the nurse as I pushed him back to the hospital. He proudly showed me his cigarettes and the money he made from pan handling. I have worked the longest shift, in the hardest areas of patient care such as organ transplants to the most violent of psychotic patients’ situations. The most enjoyable part of the job is the diversity of people, their cultures and being there to listen to their stories. – less