TREATMENT EDUCATION SPECIALIST, Cincinnati, OH - March 22, 2016
I worked at SJO for 5 months. In those 5 months it went downhill and it went downhill fast. A typical second shift starts at about 3pm right as the kids are getting out of classes. Snack time starts and the kids quickly grow bored of the milieu and beat on staff or other kids. Staffing was always short, as it was about 1:5 ratio of staff to children which was extremely dangerous as most times the kids took advantage of that. After dinner its always a battle with at least one to complete hygiene. They require overtime, and as a student still in college I was working almost 60 hours a week while attempting school due to Mandatory Overtime. With the staffing shortages, it was often hard to find someone to cover your shift if you were sick and sometimes hard to get vacation time approved. If you can handle a high stress environment, be my guest. It has its rewards for sure. Watching a child go home after being on unit for so long is one of the most rewarding experiences and I will remember it forever. But I will also carry the multiple scars from the violent children forever as well.