While I would expect the usual issues related to large healthcare organization, this seemed particularly problematic. The communication seemed very poor between various levels of management. They also do not show loyalty or interest in keeping employees from going else-where. Specifically, the wages are not competitive and their idea of employee appreciation is lunch once in awhile, which as a nurse one does not have time to participate anyway. Not to mention, they will policy employees to death in terms of HR/benefits to make sure one is not appropriately rewarded for their efforts. For example, PTO accrual is lost if one has not been there a full year. But they don't let you use the PTO when you are working there anyway because of poor staffing. So, it is a nice system they have going for themselves.
The morale was quite low where I worked because the staffing was terrible and they refused to let us hire what was needed as far as RNs, despite the fact that we had lost several nurses over my time there. I know this is likely a problem in lots of places but I was able to see first-hand how it directly affects patient care.
My co-workers, however, were quite good and really care about doing a good job, helping others learn, and going above and beyond what is asked of them. I wish this organization could appreciate them like I do.
overall skill and attitude of coworkers
heavy-handed upper management, poor staffing levels, punishment-oriented rather than reward-oriented, not competetive wages