Can be a good place but not enough nursing supports
LPN (Former Employee) – Massachusetts – March 9, 2016
I've worked there as a nurse for several years. There are great people and good benefits, however, upper management, with one major exception, turns a deaf ear to legitimate staff concerns.
As an LPN who previously worked in day program some years back, I found it unsettling and discriminatory, that now I am not eligible to work at a day program unless I am a RN-despite the fact that other human service programs do hire LPN's for their day programs.
There are also few opportunities in this company for LPN's and the hours offered for work ( days as opposed to off shifts)are usually not as good as those given to the RN's. There is also no shift differential paid for evenings, nights or weekends.
As a residential nurse the work load is too heavy for one nurse and they will not hire additional nursing. Also, they are slow to respond to psychiatric issues, thinking that behavior modification and little medication is the way to go-which is woefully ineffective.
This puts staff at risk for physical harm. As a result the turnover for direct staff is high, people either transfer out or quit. There is no incentive to stay and be verbally and or physically abused on a daily basis.
I'm not saying this is a bad company. In the right position, (non-residential) it can be pretty good. But if you're in the wrong house, watch out. It's not worth being injured to make a paycheck.
Good co-workers, you can't help but enjoy some of the people you care for.
High stress, risk for physical injury, verbal and physical abuse from clients, infrequent raises, no shift differential, indifference from upper management.