Very busy Level 1 Trauma Center
RN Staff Nurse (Current Employee) – Saint Paul, MN – October 16, 2015
A great place to work! I love working at this hospital. It's very busy, multi-cultural in terms of staff and patients, and the opportunities for learning are plentiful. Management is supportive, for the most part. Co-workers are great, very supportive and available as a resource. The hardest part of the job is, for me, the emotional side of nursing, especially in critical care. Nurses are saturated in the suffering of others, and that is erosive. There is no support for staff in this regard. There is and EAP available, but that's a mere 3 sessions, which does not begin to scratch the surface. The most enjoyable part of this job is the successes you have with individuals who are hospitalized, from the minor triumph of getting a snack from a closed kitchen for a person admitted at 2am to the major triumph of picking up on a subtle change in the status of a person that leads to staving off a potential complication. There are always shifts to pick up.
People are very friendly.
SO BUSY, staffing adequately is problematic. Lack of support.