A challenging and fullfilling place to work for those who thrive on being pushed to do their best in a lean environment
Pros: Special niche of patients, Patient and family interaction, a family like environment
Cons: Bottom line focus tends to overshadow the need to invest in building great teams
Tightly coupled organization, mornings begin with at minimum three meetings to review daily census, potential discharges and admissions from marketing team. Labor management is crucial and watched closely because census drives the amount of labor that can be on hand to care for patients. In this type of setting, the low number of available beds means that a change in one or two patients impacts the labor totals needed for the day. Daily discussions of patient progress and barriers to the current plan of care occur to identify potential avoidable occurences that preclude optimal throughput of patients. The hardest part of the job and most fulfilling is working with the patients and their families. Many patients have been hospitalized for over a month when they arrive as such, they are not always happy and we must work with them through the grief that they are suffering, which can be a huge challenge. More often than not, we are able to win their trust and we end up with a significant amount of success stories.