Underpaid staff, cut corners, dirty
CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant (Former Employee) – Portland, ME – February 6, 2017
The nursing assistants, housekeepers, transporters, lab techs...etc make a similar wage to McDonald's workers. Some of these positions require a fair amount of training/licensing/certifications. These people are undervalued and treated unfairly - particularly by management. Per diem workers do not get a higher hourly rate, like most hospitals offer. Corporate structure with financial gain seeming to be the priority over patient and employee satisfaction. The facility is not as clean as it should be, and I believe that is a direct result of unappreciated staff.
The fellowship among nurses, CNAs, housekeepers, etc is excellent and most people seems to get along very well.
The benefits are also quite good.
The patients, as always, are the best part of the job.
Not enough transparency trickling down. Management often seem to have hidden motives and seem "fake nice."
Long 12 hours days with only a half hour unpaid lunch are pretty much the only option (with the exception of a few coveted positions in day surgery). Another way for the organization to make more money...
I do not suggest employment here.... at least at the Portland Bramhall Maine Med Campus as an RN or lower staff.
benefits, good peer culture, great patients, tuition reimbursement
short breaks, low pay, long hours, shady management, underappreciated staff, dirty hospital