Pros: line level staff care
Cons: low pay rates, except for vent unit
Typical day was understaffed, new staff were poorly trained leaving the children in potentially harmful situations. Director of Nursing & Assistant Director, did nothing to improve the conditions! They only cared about keeping all of the beds filled all of the time. They protected there favorites while gross medical mistakes went on and children were hurt and they failed to alert state agencies, they were aware missing controlled narcotics, medication errors, breaches of infection control practices. As long as they could get there next smoke break and they were able to go home by 4pm every day it was a good day.
If it was not. for my long term coworkers who truly cared about the children and tried to create a home environment. It would have been a sterile prison for the children.
Administration's lack of caring and compassion in an environment of a pediatric skilled long term care facility was the hardest thing to deal with.
The most enjoyable part of the job was knowing at the of my shift I had made the day a little better for those children I was assigned to for that shift.