Pros: reward of being part of pt & family's life, providing them w/compassion & care they need & deserve during a difficult time, nurses tried to look out for each other, it was the outsiders for the outsiders & the "click for the click".
Cons: dishonest, fake management who constantly stabbed people in the back, under staffed, inappropriate patient ratios, to many inexperienced nurses (especially on night shift), pay wasn't great, but if a person loves where they work that's not the priority, the benefits are terrible, and the "clicks" with management included!
I loved the job I did, but management makes most everyone want to find another job.Upper management is blind or chooses to ignore things that go on.Very few trust the assist managers, manager, or director, and feel there's no one to turn to or trust.I noticed there are not many nurse reviews here so I feel it's important to share my experience.They – more... hire mainly new grads in the nicu so they can pay them less and make the managers dept budget look good.I'm glad I didn't have more time invested than I did.Nurses who have been there for years fear for their future and keep quiet out of fear of retaliation.I had great managers on night shift, but they ran them off too.When I went to day shift my body felt better in a way, but the Manager and assist manager were always out to get someone and didn't mind telling staff they were replaceable.The patient ratios were always out of control, but they knew how to make it look ok on paper for DHEC.Something bad is bound to happen, of course it does, they just keep it quiet.They fired staff who have gone out for legitimate reasons on medical leave because they ran out of FMLA.We always needed nurses, but they would not allow them to return.They were told they had to re interview for the job and the ones whom did were then told they didn't qualify. How can a person work at a job for 10 to 35 yrs with good evaluations be told that.Those people were not attendance problem people, but just didn't fit into the "click" they have going.And of course the click was part of the people who do the interviews.Management ask if we needs things or have advice for the unit, but it's all a part of the script.They don't care what you think and there's no money in the budget to buy needed equipment.After surverys a few yrs ago, which most of us are convinced they are rigged, they finally moved the nurse manager out the nicu and gave her a job working with the director with better pay.She never was at work when she should have been as a manager,they think we are blind and those in their click never talk, but she is rewarded with a promotion and can be away more now.The new manager couldnt take care of a level III patient if she had to and she does what the old manager and "click" tell her to do. I heard she couldnt even pass state boards the first several times and had to get her lpn while waiting and taking classes to take boards again. Since I only heard this I looked up her licensing and found it to be true. One of the clicks who didnt pass her's the first time, along with her best friend (the ex manager who got the promotion) seems to think that is the bond the 3 of them have. Doesn't sound like something to be proud of to me. When they decide they want someone gone they don't stop until they get them out including, people nearing retirement. They talk down to staff and about staff members behind their back.There is no employee confidentiality in that department.I can't believe they haven't been sued yet.This is not exaggerated and if anything very mild. For the safety of the patients and the fairness and legal rights of the nurses this unit needs to be throughly investigated. I can only speak of the NICU since that is where I worked there as a RN, although I saw and heard lots of the same things going on in Labor & Delivery, Newborn, and Post partum all which is under Women's services with the same Director and old NICU manager controlling! – less