Busy hospital setting taking care of patients. I learned and
fine tuned my skills in years past.
Management has had it's ups and downs. We had a period
when we were so micro managed that morale was sooooo
low and tension so high you could cut it with a knife. Fortunately
for us there was a complete change of managers with changes
which made alot of difference. People felt happier and more at ease.
Co-workers for the most part help each other when needed and
after working with and getting to know each other for a while (my
case a long time) It's like your work family-sharing in the good times
of your life and at times listening or sharing an unhappy or sad
event in your co-workers personal life or your own. Of course, the
more people you have the more different personalities you have
and once in awhile you'll have someone you really don't want to work with, but being the professional that we are, getting along is a must.
The hardest part would be since we are in healthcare we see other
peoples loved ones not doing well with unfavorable diagnosis' and
all we have to give is a comforting word and you feel so helpless.
As a nurse, being short staffed makes your job harder to give the
care that patients deserve.It's sometimes hard to get management
to see the difference between quality and quantity. Adequate and
exceptional staffing produces quality, AND customer satisfaction,
which is the number 1 concern these days to companies.
Most enjoyable would be working with the coworkers that make you
feel comfortable and give you support when you need it.
Also that one patient who was so sick and possibly near death
that has a full miraculas recovery and goes home to WALK back into
you unit to thank you all for her good care.
Also for the free meals on holidays and other employee recognition
benefits( even though they been scaled back due to economy financial reasons)