The work environment in the Sedro Woolley, Washington facility is toxic and harmful to your health. I honestly cannot comprehend how or why the very few “select” employees stay after a month or two. When you end up in worse physical health then the people you care for after one very long month, something is seriously wrong with your workplace. Prior to this horrendous life changing employment decision, I had worked happily in long term care for over ten years as an LPN. Even after resigning, I have no desire to ever work as a nurse again. Never before had I even heard the most exaggerated stories of “state” being in a building every week, but at LCC of Skagit Valley, it was reality. Nothing like hair loss, ulcers, stomach pain and vomiting caused by this stress to get your work week started.
Work environment in one sentence- I’d rather swim in a septic tank than work in this building again.
Realistically 10-12 hours depending upon your job but those 10-12 hours feel like years. Of course you can pass the time by joining the rest of the employees, including myself, dream of getting injured so you can leave early and with some sanity left. Schedule can say 4 or 6 hours-expect to be there for 8. Schedule says 8 hours, you are still getting stuck staying for 12. Schedule says 12 hours? You might as well stay the night so you can sleep before your next shift.
If you work in an office than be prepared for your hours to be cut for “low census”, then 2 weeks later is back to normal for a week, then cut again.
Even if you have a family emergency, you can’t go anywhere until the work is done or you find a replacement-don’t exist. Not a job for anyone that has kids, or wants any kind of outside life.
The official life care answer would be, “it depends on which one of our facilities you work at”. At the “wonderful” Lifecare I was unfortunately employed at, payday was every other Wednesday. At least, that’s when you get “your check”. Even if you were the first one to the bank that day, there was always issues cashing it. I only deposited into my account once before it returned, I got screwed over and learned my lesson the expensive way. My personal favorite is the, “oh no, payroll forgot to sign your check” excuse. For a large corporation like Lifecare you would think their checks would never be questioned, bounced, or go unsigned. Unless you work at a facility in Tennessee, don’t hold your breath waiting on “payday”.
Starts out with vital signs for every patient and then about a 3-hour med pass. Then respiratory charting on half your patients. Tons of required documentation with more charting. Another Med pass and then labs. Chart checks. Tube feedings. Respiratory assessments on all 40 patients again then another Med pass and any other problem that arises.
What questions did they ask during your interview at Life Care Centers of America?
How long have you been a cna?
If hired what is your availability?
We have mandation will this be a problem?
To be honest I cry everyday before I get in, I feel misserable to know that I have to spend my day with a very unprofessional CNA's and RN's. Plus is very annoing to see how they do whatever they want and nobody do anything about.