Great hospital, great people, but the experience depends of where you work.
Pros: overnight gets paid lunches, pto, overtime pay, affordable insurance, easy work for good pay, occasional bonuses
Cons: unrelaible staff, schedule changes often, alarm drills
I have worked for WCMC for nearly a year, but I work on the South campus and the experience is very different from North (where I worked previously). South is sort of forgotten by the higher ups, and is left to float along without a lot of guidance.
I don't speak for every department but his is my review of the PFS department at WCMC:
There are too many young people working to gain some job experience and not enough people who genuinely care about the position. They usually work for less than 6 months and don't tend to be reliable.
I think supervisors could handle some things a little better. I have observed some immaturity and unprofessional behavior from them in my year here. I think at times they get too personal with some employees. I won't call them "favorites" but there is definitely an advantage to being well liked by an employer even if it's not due to your work ethic.
Another complaint I do have with WCMC that I have to mention is that PRN employees get more freedom than they should. Their job is to cover shifts for full-time employees, but from my experience it's like pulling teeth to get them to fill in for you, even though that is the sole purpose of being a PRN. My department gets too much overtime because full-time employees are forced to work extra due to there being no PRN available. I've had to work two weeks straight because a PRN quit suddenly and there was no one left to do it even though we have several PRN employees. What's more is that is has been almost two whole months and still no PRN has been hired.
This brings me to another point that I feel – more... is important for future employees to know. If you smoke you cannot work here. They will test you for this when they do your drug test. I don't smoke, but I don't believe this is entirely fair as smoking is not illegal and though it is not healthy, neither is drinking but you are still able to do this in your free time as well as over-eat, and it shouldn't be a factor in whether or not a person can be employed at WCMC. It is however and if you do manage to pass the smoking test and still smoke, you can be fired on the spot if you're discovered. However if you do your job, show up on time, dress according to the handbook, and mind your p's and q's it is very hard to get fired from this hospital, and from what I've heard there have been no lay offs in many many years
In exchange for the negatives there are plenty of positives. The pay, espcially for what work you do. It's a pretty laid back job (except when alarms go off and you have to announce the emergency overhead), and you get plenty of PTO time and afforable insurance (plus a discount at the hospital, and since WCMC now owns everything in Searcy that is medical, that's pretty much anywhere). Depending on what shift you work you can have very quiet nights by yourself overnight, or busier days during 1st shift, answering the phone and dealing more with people. 2nd shift is somewhere in the middle, but it's all easy work for easy money - just be serious about your job! Just because it's not hard work doesn't mean you should act like it isn't important. – less