Pros: schedule, coworkers, patients
Cons: pay, benefits
I really wanted to love this job, I was so excited to get the job but its a very mentally exhausting job and their pay is not in line with the responsibilities. My co workers were great as well as the patients. I enjoyed helping the patients and hearing their stories, most of them have had very traumatic lives. Most staff is great, there are some nurses that aren't so pleasant but just a few bad apples. The schedule was accommodating, but pay was terrible. The mental health techs basically do everything, from every part of interacting and monitoring the patients to counseling/groups, diet regulation, enforcing rules and schedule, sometimes even personal care. The nurses get to sit back and do meds, some counseling but mostly paperwork. So the techs have the most important and stressful job, most interaction with patients, most risk, and yet the pay is barely over minimum wage. Compensation was not equal to the stress of the job. Which explains their extremely high turnover.