Pros: big facility, close to my home
Cons: not enough staff, high turnover, incompetent managers, low pay
Typically I work as a nurse AND aide because we are usually short. I have learned to depend on my immediate co-workers because unfortunately we cannot count on management. We all pitch in and help each other. I would say that is the best part of the job, my coworkers on the floor. The management staff is not attentive and does not listen to concerns. It is all about "the census" and never how hard the work is or how heavy the work load is for the hall.. A couple years ago we had a really good upper management team that you could call for help or go to when frustrated and needed help with something. They would get things done, help us on the floor, get us supplies, tried to make things easier for us. But those members of management are, of course, gone and we no longer have the help or support we need. Just like our really good aides. The hardest part of the job is trying to do your job when your do not have supplies. It is either the staff, washcloths, treatment supplies and personal supplies. That is another thing, supplies for treatments. For example, someone with a pressure sore has a certain treatment ordered but you can't find it. You have to leave notes and notes, ask this person to order it, ask this person to do this and promise your first born. Before, what was ordered, was there and you never had to worry about it. But that was when we had different leaders following those things. Ahhh how I miss those days. It is frustrating because I know how it has been when it was running smooth and it was great back then. But when you constantly are changing people it is hard on the residents, and staff.