Pros: It a job, sort of
Cons: Understaffed, Computer system, license risk
A typical day~At the beginning of a shift we are assigned on average 16 hours of patient care to do in a 10.5 hour shift. (12 hrs-breaks and report=10.5) During the day on average we pick up 2-4 hours MORE work with codes, blood tests, ekgs, new patients etc.
There is no way any human being can do this 20 hours of work in 10.5 hours. So we don't. Some people probably lie on the charting saying they did do the assigned work, others tell the truth hoping the patient will not suffer and they will not get in trouble or lose their license.
No one that works at Kindred is lazy and each person begins each day like a marathon race just hoping they can finish in one piece and actually see their assigned patients if only for a minute. Money is all Kindred cares about and the patient is simply a means to that end.
Every day each dept is severally understaffed . Life saving equipment just abruptly stops working or is just too old and inefficient. Spirits are low, but the job market so bad we all stay and play the game. If you try to be a patient advocate and inform your supervisor about the gigantic workloads you are deemed the problem.
The computer system is time consuming and poorly designed, redundant, and a tremendous amount of time is spent charting whereas that time could be spent on patient care. The doctors over order costly, painful and time consuming tests and overworked nurses call us constantly for no reason except to ease their own conscious.
Most of the patients at Kindred suffer from resistant infections and many are in rooms where gloves, gowns and masks – more... are required for entry. Do you honestly think with our workloads that these precautions are being followed? They aren't. If they were we would be doing even less work as putting on all that gear takes a great deal of time.
Kindred is a dangerous place to be. For the worker and the patient. We need more staff! We need the doctors to do their own jobs! We need secretaries to enter orders and we need to account for workload fluctuations and management must call workers in or pull up their sleeves and help.
Kindred is supposed to be a hospital . Kindred needs to properly care for those in their care and their hardworking staff. – less