Excellent Hospital System
Full-time staff nurse (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – May 14, 2017
As a nurse you feel a warm blanket of protection at all times because of a strong union where people have your back. In my experience, this makes all the difference. I have worked for hospitals where if you make a mistake, as humans are prone to do, they will readily betray you and do so without emotion or loyalty. Not when you have a union.
The flip-side of that coin is that many clearly incompetent or lazy staff will take advantage of the union. So attitudes tend to run rampant and your colleagues will disappear for long periods. I, however, found that a small price to pay for my own security as a "good nurse" who also happens to be an imperfect human being.
Now the location of this place is not ideal. Its smack in the middle of the hood. That fact quickly becomes obvious when you interact with any of the ancillary staff who they appear to have simply just snatched up off the streets. I have had numerous occasions as a patient or a client of the system (let alone as a nurse) where the person I am dealing with is completely oblivious to the fundamental duties of their job and/or have ZERO people-skills. Temple is bursting with people like this.
I will say, however, that I have never had a more personally fulfilling relationship with my own colleagues then with Temple. They are a unique and diverse group. Definitely a (rather comical and dysfunctional) family-type atmosphere!
The union has your back.