Pros: patient care, group facilitation, socialization, learning.
Cons: lack of consistency, unhealthy leadership standards.
I love helping people. To go home at the end of the day feeling like I might have inspired someone or made a difference in a life, makes what I do worth it. Unfortunately, working for a company where I feel under-valued and under-challenged makes my morale less then stellar. I am the type of individual that thrives very well when I am given a challenge and the autonomy to meet the challenge. Leadership in this facility does not live up to these standards, and it affects the quality of care that the overall team provides, ultimately having the greatest effect on the patient population. My typical day at work involves 15 minute patient observations, vital signs, facilitating a group or two, and fulfilling patient needs. As a bachelors prepared employee, I feel that we are capable of doing much more. I learn the most in my job from the patient population I serve. They offer the most insight through critique and evaluation.
My co-workers all have very good hearts, but I feel they are burned out and affected by hidden leadership as well. Listening to employees verbalizes their frustration, and the transference that takes place in a given day is what I would consider to be the hardest part of my job. Given that I am on a journey to grow as a healthcare leader, using good communication and effective teamwork models as my leadership style, I find it difficult on a daily basis to watch a lack of these important standards take place, most of the time feeling like I lack a voice in my own work environment. With continued employment and a new environment, I hope I can find these important standards that my current employment has been lacking.