Pros: great benefits package, wonderful patient population, affiliated with yale new haven hospital (i.e. medical students, interns, fellows and attendings)
Cons: too many "chiefs"; nursing management does not follow their own policies and procedures;
-12 hr shift; assess pt/feed if able to eat, rounds with MD's, establish daily patient goals, check orders, med pass, road trips with patients to CT SCAN/MRI/XRAY/INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY/NUCLEAR MEDICINE etc., weaning trials from ventilator if indicated; titration of drips as tolerated, continuous noninvasive and/or invasive monitoring for heart rate, heart rhythm, blood pressure, oxygenation status, respiratory rate (monitoring other respiratory values if on ventilator), evening rounds
-always learned new concepts when rounding
-most co-workers were hard working and cooperative
-hardest part of the job was knowing that despite all heroics, a patient was going to die and not allowing the family to be told a "sugar coated story". Being straightforward and honest about death is hard for some caregivers...maybe they feel as though it is their own failure. I feel that the family deserves to be told the truth outright...then there are no feelings of false hope communicated.
-the most enjoyable part of my job is not only taking care of my patient, but also the family. I have learned that his is equally as important from my many years as a bedside nurse.