Small hospital in a small community.
Pros: the staff was excellent. opportunity to educate.
Cons: difficult to be in multiple places at one time
I learned so much about taking care of a person at this hospital. Of course, I knew how to treat illness in school, but working in the CVICU at Yavapai Regional, the Nursing and surgical staff taught me the true meaning of comapassion and professionalism and to treat the whole person that is the patient. To this day I have never worked in such a total healing enviornment. These are some of the most caring, compassionate, intelligent and humorus people I have ever had the privilege to call not only my co workers but also my friends. Typically, the day would start with receiving report at 0600 and I would spend my day in my assigned unit working with RN's aides and Physicians implementing care and creating care plans for the patients. I worked twelve hour shifts. In the event I had a lighter workload I would find the other RT's in the hospital and help them with anything to help them get caught up. I thoroughly enjoyed helping my co-workers, but my favorite part of my job at YRMC was educating patients, staff and students. The local college had a nursing program. On their lecture days, the nursing clinical educator asked me to help him teach respiratory care to the students. I found this to be the most rewarding part of my young career. Not only was I teaching but I was paving the way to help bridge the gap between Nursing and Respiratory Therapy for future nurses. The most difficult part of the job I had at YRMC was working the ER. Not because it was the ER but because working the ER also meant you worked in multiple areas when the ER wasn't busy. There were many days that I found myself wishing I could be in more than one place at one time.