Poor management, Social Workers performing Nursing Duties
PSYCHIATRIC NURSE (Former Employee) – Lombard, IL – November 16, 2017
A typical day at work would be the admission of patients, medicating patients, collaborating with Psychiatrists and other staff regarding patient care. I learned how an outpatient psychiatric facility operates, as opposed to hospitalization of patients. At the end of 2012, Management changed. New management asked staff that had worked at the DuPage County Health Dept. for years to retire, hiring new staff, eliminating positions, and changing protocol. the workplace environment became threatening, writing up people for anything that Management thought was a problem. Staff was always threatened on losing their jobs. The hardest part of the job was having Social Workers manage Nurses. Social Workers not having a clue as to the job of the Nurses. The most enjoyable part of the job consisted of working with the patients, helping them, and working with peers in the Nursing Field.
Helping patients avoid hospitalization.
Working without breaks. Social Workers managing Nurses.
Community Support Specialist (Former Employee) – Wheaton, IL – March 17, 2017
Very large public health department which offers many types of services for the county. Great opportunity for growth and advancement. Funding for the public health department is very solid and is supported by the entire county community.
Front Desk Clerk (Current Employee) – Wheaton, IL – March 4, 2017
Horribe place to work... favoritism is the key to getting good marks. So may supervisors doing absolutely nothing. Hopefully investigative reporters will - shine a light on the DuPage County Health Department. Lets keep this conversation alive! Its a CABAL
Sanitarian (Former Employee) – Wheaton, IL – February 15, 2017
Working here has been great. Finding a strict 40 hour work week with weekends off, sick time, and vacation is getting rarer and rarer to find as companies spread their employees thin, desperately attempting to make more money than last quarter. The EH department here does a lot of great programs for the community, and they really do a lot with what little is given. You get a lot of great experience doing a lot of different things that make you a well rounded (and sought after) professional. At the same time, the amount of programs you are expected to keep track of can be overwhelming. The salary that is offered IS NOT competitive with other health departments in the area that have a lot less of a work load given to employees. As a result, new hires rarely stay longer than 2-3 years since they are now competitive candidates that can find better pay in any direction they choose to go. The department is also always short staffed since employees (and their experience) constantly walk out the door. This makes it almost impossible to get ahead in your work.
The worst, and at times the most time consuming, part of this job by far was fielding calls from an entitled and internet-educated Du Page county public who are convinced their neighbor/landlord/landscaping eyesore is a detriment to their health, and that we can somehow make up and enforce laws to fix their problem. The positive I take away from this is that if these trivial issues are the majority of what is complained about by the public, we must be doing a pretty good job. Otherwise, people would have more serious healthmore... concerns for us.less
Fair work hours, Time spent out of the office, Nice coworkers
Low pay, Heavy work load, talking to a scientifically illiterate public, that view themselves as experts after a 2-hour google session
Case Manager/ Case Coordinator (Current Employee) – Wheaton, IL – January 21, 2017
I enjoy the staff and how we pull together as a team to get the help out to the community. The work environment shifts from community centers, to residential, depending on where you have to be at the time. Education and training is implemented often to keep us all on one accord with the the changing trends in healthcare services.
Registered Nurse (RN) (Current Employee) – Wheaton, IL – July 28, 2016
I enjoyed working with the clients and the challenges they presented. The professional nursing staff were not valued and respected by management. My coworkers were very good and our excellent clinical team efforts benefited the patients despite the management culture that was evident. Having the opportunity to serve the indigent poor with medical needs was the best part of my job.