Most healthcare facilities are experiencing the same cutbacks, and "working more with less" for nurses.
Pros: free coffee, meals are available at reasonable prices, 401k with matching, dedicated staff.
Cons: staffing ratios based on census, non-computerized documentation, admissions, medication administration, duplication of paperwork.
Summit Oaks is a face-paced alcohol, drug and mental health facility that operates without computer technology. The old-fashioned way of passing medications, charting, admitting, and documentation is in effect. This makes everything, nurses, and all other disciplines do, take longer, with more chance for error, as we try to get the paperwork completed. – more... The facility can use upgrades, and more house-keeping after hours, especially for admissions that are most concentrated on evening shift. A typical day at work is fast-paced, and rarely is all paperwork work completed by the end of shift. Co-workers are better than past experiences I've had, as far as treating each other, for the most part, with respect, and being a team-player. Administration, and management are caring, and are approachable.
In healthcare many facilities are experiencing cut-backs, down-sizing, and higher acuity, with less inpatient stays, yet nurse's are still trying to provide "excellent patient care" in a healthcare environment that is cutting back on literally everything. I believe you have to decide what matters most at work, when choosing your place of employment. The staff work together, because there is plenty to do, the old-fashioned way. Summit Oaks doesn't have computer technology, and I miss that, it's important for the future of nursing, and decreasing the time nurse's spend away from patient care.
The hardest part of the job is, the never-ending flow of paperwork to complete on a daily basis. The most enjoyable aspects are, the staff, and many of the patients, who are motivated toward recovery, and grateful for the care they received. I have experienced that, and it keeps me coming back. We can choose to dwell on the positive, or negative aspects of any job we take. Summit Oaks is what you make it. – less