Pros: teamwork, caring staff
Cons: call off schedule when census low, pull all over hospital
worked here for four years. When I began I was in nursing school, I started as a nurse aide, then progressed to ward clerk. I then progressed to licensed practical nurse. There is always room for advancement there as long as you are willing to take the classes. Days would start with a thorough report on each patient, we then would start with morning meds. doing wound care along the way, and keeping check on everyone, we worked together as a team to give our patient the best care available. Our unit consisted of many types of illness, but mostly we dealt with COPD, and oncology patients.. Respiratory illness ranged from asthma to TB.. and the oncolgy patients were mostly terminal. My favorite part of this job was helping to ease the patients day, and maybe get a smile. hearing someone say I appreciate what you have done for a family member who has expired, when you know that you do it because it gives your heart pleasure to make it as easy as possible. The hardest part was getting attached to patients who have been on your floor longterm and then they expire. breaks your heart sometimes. The only other reason I can think of that I was displeased with this facility was that they could call you off at any time. this don't pay the bills. I learned that there are many nurses out there who have a wonderfully caring heart, and want to work as a team for the greater good.