United is part of a corporation that is very invested in using an electronic medical record. This can be at the expense of time at the patient bedside
Registered Nurse (Former Employee) – Saint Paul, MN – January 28, 2017
A typical day at work involves caring for 4-5 patients with multiple co-morbidity's with little semi-skilled support personnel. Another challenge is the multiple ethnicity's and languages that were present among the patient population. There is a large, well utilized translation department (certified in medical translation) available to help with communication.There are frequent admissions and/or discharges. Documentation is at the bedside including; barcoded medication administration, physical and mental patient assessments, physically moving patients with mechanical devices, developing and documenting a care plan and patient teaching.
There was always things to learn from other patient care staff (PT, OT, RT),other nurses and doctors. The workplace culture between RN's and doctors was good. There was a zero tolerance for violence policy that was rigorously enforced. The hardest part of the job was trying to fit everything that needed to be done into the shift. The most enjoyable thing was working with the patients.
Covered by a Nursing Association that also helped the nurses bargain their employment contract.
Frequently miss breaks and lunches