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Western State Hospital Employer Reviews

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Good workplace but can get stressful at times...
PNA (Current Employee), Staunton, VAJuly 16, 2013
Pros: working with the patients
Cons: staff and pay
Good job but doesn't pay enough I think. As a full-time employee you get excellent medical benefits. The only problem I would say is controlling RNs. Can make the day at work extra stressful in a environment that can already be tense.
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Very challenging
LPN (Current Employee), Staunton, VAJuly 9, 2013
Pros: good state benefits
Cons: can be stressfull.
There is NO typical day. You never know how the mentally ill clients will be from one day to the next. Always a chance for physical aggression towards self, peers, and staff.
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Productive work place.
Administrative Secretary (Former Employee), Tacoma, WAJune 20, 2013
Pros: monday thru friday
Cons: political
Safety comes first so remember you bubble! You meet a lot of interesting people.
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Good people all around
Busboy (Former Employee), Lakewood, WaApril 18, 2013
Pros: lots to do.
Cons: people would start to irritate you.
A typical day at work would be talking to people. I learned to be productive all day and stay conservative. Management was nice. Very friendly and outgoing people. My co-workers were just as nice as management. The hardest part about the job was staying awake. The most enjoyable part about the job was lunch.
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Good benefits
Assistant to Director (Former Employee), Tacoma, WAMarch 4, 2013
Training always available.
Good medical and dental.
Union shop.
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An interesting place to work.
Warehouse Operator (Former Employee), Steilacoom, WADecember 5, 2012
Pros: steady work
Cons: confusion in management
Arrive in the morning, get your work for the day. must be very flexible, Management can be somewhat confusing at times, due to lack of comunication among themselves. Co-workers were like a family. great group of people to work with. Hardest part of the job was the lack of communication. The most enjoyable part was when there was a variety of things – more... on the job. – less
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Working with the team of psychaitrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, Interpreted and translated documents for Farsi-speaking patients
Institutional Counselor II (Former Employee), Lakewood, WANovember 3, 2012
Pros: a toally new environment for me to work in
Cons: not having had enough "safety" backgorund and training in dealing with mentally challenged patients
Translated all medical, social, family, and legal documents for the entire treatment team at the hospital and courts.Interpreting was also used when the patients were present in sessions.

- Very difficult at times because of the "institutionalized" situation of the hospital.

- Team worked very effectively together
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Dangerous workplace
LPN 1 (Former Employee), Fort Steillacoom, WAJune 24, 2012
Daily work environment and hazardous patients in not-so well-supervised environment compensates to the employment benefits.
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Intense work environment but quality personnel and leadership
Psychiatric Security Attendant (Former Employee), Tacoma, WAMay 21, 2012
Pros: teaches you how to work in a hostile, and intense work environment
Cons: state funding and facilities
my work day involved waking the offenders from their dorm areas, maintaining close observation on those offenders designated for that, medication watch, observing social interaction of offenders, charting behaviors and conversations for court records, minimizing all conflicts through physical restraint procedures. We worked as a team along side RN (shift – more... supervisors) and Psychiatrist. Difficult part of the job was dealing with the assaultive behaviors of offenders. the closeness of the staff and how we supported one another is what i enjoyed because without it people can get seriously injured – less
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Decent Place
Patient Support Associate (Former Employee), Hopkinsville, KYApril 23, 2012
Pros: 1-hour lunches, raises, benefits, fun environment
I worked at Western State through a contracting agency called Crown Services. The actual hospital was a decent place to work. Like any job, it had its fair share of problems, but my overall experience was pretty good.

There were oportunities to move within the hospital, raises were fairly given, plenty of opportunities for breaks and every other weekend – more... off. Benefits were fair.

I would definitely recommend applying for a job at this place. – less
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Productive and always professional
Ward Clerk (Administrative Assistant) (Former Employee), Lakewood WAMarch 21, 2012
Pros: no unifrom required
Cons: no overtime for ward clerks
Western State Hospital was a great place to work at. The staff are very helpful as well as the Program Managers.The patients are well monitored and Westen State Hospital is committed to provide safe and effecive treatment in a recovery focused environment. Their focus on the patients are above and beyond.
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The people who work at WSH care deeply for the residents and love what they do. It was wonderful to work with dedicated, caring and humourous people
Medical Assistant (Former Employee), Lakewood, WAOctober 23, 2011
Pros: very flexible schedule
Cons: tons of paperwork
From the CEO of the Hospital to the Custodians and Cooks, everyone worked to bring healing to the people placed in their care. Sure, there were frustrations with it being a State entity, but those things got worked around too. I'd have to say close to 90% of the employees were long time--18-20+years--employees. That doesn't happen if you're unhappy...

About Western State Hospital

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