Mental Health Technician (Former Employee) – Bartlett, TN – February 20, 2018
Requires a strong balance of your own support system both at home and work. This position could be exhausting mentally and physically. I enjoyed the experience that it brought as well as the training I received. It prepared me for this job.
Be careful before you resign from your current job. They have an unethical practice of promising a job that doesn't exist and when you arrive, oh well. You're then given the option of floating all over the campus to places you would have never have agreed to work. Scam.
This job is stressful. Its a mental hospital and drug treatment center. It can be dangerous because sometimes the patients attack the staff and nothing is done about it. The patients play crazy to get away with hitting staff if they don't like them. There is not much for them to do to keep them occupied so most of them are focused on getting medications. Drug seeking!
The patients have no structure. Short staff. High turnover.
RN - Adult West charge nurse (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – October 6, 2017
Learned & saw things there I had never seen in 15 years of nursing - management & house supervisors VERY supportive - small community (compared to most medical facilities) so workplace struggles are understood & sympathized with by all - each & every Psychiatrist & MD was personable, communicative, willing to educate when asked questions without making you feel stupid & team-oriented - not computer-updated & still stuck in paper charting - at times short-handed to the point of feeling overwhelmed & dangerous
super supportive atmosphere & unusual scenerios
technologically behind - can become dangerously short-handed at times
NARC employees and directors are hard working, supportive of each other, and effectively multi-task. Co-workers were the best thing about the job. It is fast paced and rarely boring w/opportunity for extra hours to earn more money. Sometimes short staffed due to high turnover and company trying to save money which can make for less than ideal situations safety wise.
Ability to work extra hours, awesome co-workers and managers
Community counselor (Current Employee) – Memphis, TN – September 30, 2017
They should have security or someone outside of administration monitoring the cameras..becuase the ones that have never walked the floors or done any checks don't know how the check system go ESP. Dealing with patients and everything else that goes on in real time verses going off of what comes off of a paper about how things should go..meaning a person who has never did checks on a patient ever 15 min can't tell a person that does this every night how to do them unless they have witness and experience everything that could go on or wrong while doing them..things that could have you off on time for the checks.
No pros because they charge their own workers to eat in cafeteria
Some units need for staff becuase tgey have the same amount of work with less people
LPN (Current Employee) – Memphis, TN – September 1, 2017
Depends on the day some days were good and quiet, other days very fast paced and busy, the hardest part of my job was situations where we had to use therapeutic holds, the most enjoyable part of my job was all the different patients i met and the coworkers i worked with.
Mental Health Technician (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – August 30, 2017
The overall work culture of this company is great, until administration is involved. Lazy employees are rewarded, while if you work hard and get noticed the penalties tend to stack up. It's a very backward system. The nurses on whole are great to work with, as are the patients. Administration is constantly asking more from employees with no added benefits or compensation. Under-staffing is also a large problem.
Community Counselor (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – July 6, 2017
Scheduling can be a bit hectic, but overall it is a fair place to work. The children require special attention and can become quite upset, but communication is key. Keep a good rapport with the patients and the staff, and you'll do fine.
Housekeeping (Current Employee) – Barlett tn – May 22, 2017
The people there are not fit to work with they miss treat patients and it's sad to see not a friendly place to work prejudice is in tha place never send old people there they are really mistreated and cussed out and the big people know this.
Program Director, Child and Adolescent Services (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – April 26, 2017
Extremely toxic work environment. Employees are expected to be available at all times, day or night. Management expects work to take priority over all things in your life. Sick kid? Doesn't matter! Death in the family? Doesn't matter! The hospital always comes first. Makes it very difficult to have life outside of work. Working at the hospital can easily become your life and then you'll feel like you should be a patient. No worries there, this money grubbing organization provides psychiatric services to employees- which is a nice touch. In order to be successful in this setting, one should be willing to sacrifice their dignity, integrity, healthy relationships, and sanity. Negotiate your pay. Every week there's a "budget crisis" this hospital generates the largest revenue for UHS- insist they pay you your worth.
You can say you work at the flagship hospital for UHS.
Community Counselor (Current Employee) – Germantown, TN – February 15, 2017
Lakeside works you to death and then some! Always short staffed, overworked and unnapreciated. Their brand new geriatric building is poorly designed and dysfunctional. Nothing makes sense in it. The brand new bathrooms flood because they were built in a way that doesn't work or make sense. They say the showers don't drain because of the shower curtains! That doesn't even make sense!! Your lucky to have enough hot water to give maybe two or three patients a shower. Housekeeping hardly cleans....they clock in and hide. The floors are sticky from dried urine and who knows what else...the bathrooms smell like old urine and dirty butt. Upper Management does not care about complaints or their staff. Administration for the getiatric unit makes me sick, they are so fake and they live in an alternate reality in which they don't have a single clue about how to run a well organized unit. A non-degreed person could run that unit better than the "professionals" in there now( very loose usage of the word professional) They burn you out very quickly. You are just a body to them. The DON is great though! Upper management however is horrible. Find somewhere else to work if you want to keep your sanity.
Mental Health Assessor (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – February 14, 2017
Typical day of work includes five to seven cases. Driving throughout the city, meeting with clients, and assisting them with daily functions. I learned that the need for mental health care is far more great than one person can imagine. I also learned and gained knowledge of the technical side to mental health with medication management, housing, finances, respect for the disabled, and the need for continued education on mental health. Work place culture can be a challenge and the hardest part of the job is not being able to reach those that fail to understand how vulnerable they are. The most enjoyable part of the job are the clients. They need case managers.