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Great benefits but cut-throat nursing staff
Nurse (Former Employee) –  Staunton, VANovember 24, 2013
The mental health patients have a legitimate reason for negative and sometimes shocking behavior, but I never expected the same from the staff. Almost everyone there is related in some way and they clan together. A large percentage of staff, especially supervisors (RNs) have been there way too long and have too much control over what happens. If you are a nurse just coming onboard, be very careful. The veteran nurses there are very territorial and two-faced. If you are fresh out of nursing school don't work at WSH, they will eat you alive. If you can handle it, the benefits are awesome.
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Great Benefits
Cons
Hateful nursing staff and gossip
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Comment – January 27, 2014

Ditto on this comment. The long time clique there is some of the most hateful, two-faced, sneaky people I have ever worked with. If you value your nursing license, don't take a risk of working here.

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Psych Charge RN (Former Employee) –  Steilacoom, WANovember 19, 2017
nursing Process and critical thinking. assess and treated patients in a psychiatric environment of voluntary and involuntarily committed patients on psychotropics.
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Culture of Retaliation
Registered Nurse (Former Employee) –  Lakewood, WANovember 17, 2017
Culture of retaliation and bulling and harassment. Would not recommend for a job. Only upside was the pay and the state benefits. Glad that I moved on.
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