The work was fast paced, and could be very stressful. I found the type of patients at this facility could be medically challenging, so your assessment skills improve very quickly! There was a high turnover in management. They were very short staffed the majority of my time there. Good time management skills are a plus, because you will most likely be doing everything yourself, with no one to fall back on if you get behind. Of course at every meeting we were told assistance was there, we didn't have to do it all ourselves.....but yes, we did it all ourselves, because there is no one else and at the end of the day, your patients are ultimately your responsibility. It is definitely "kamikaze nursing." I was at this facility for several years and did fine. As long as you are a strong nurse, confident in your skills, thick skinned and able to keep up, you will be fine. Just watch your back, make sure you document everything. Employees here tend to fall into cliques, I think mainly because it is a small rural town - everyone knows (or is related to) everyone. Just hang in there, they do come around eventually.
Learn and improve your skills, fast paced
High turnover in management, watch your back