I have been working at Maricopa Behavioral for almost 10 years. It is a great place to work, and if you have worked in behavioral health, you know it can be stressful, but also rewarding. Management has been wonderful, and if you have realistic concerns they are there and will do all they can to assist you.There are some pt's that also have medical issues which you need to do to provide care. A typical day is taking vital signs, getting patients to groups, giving out snacks and talking to your patients and notifying the pt's nurse if you have concerns about a patient. Don't expect to sit and do nothing, as we all work together and have the same job description. Some pt's do get agitated and it is your job to assist with helping them get through whatever is bothering them. If you don't have much experience, your peers are there to assist you in dealing with situations you are not comfortable or familiar with. The hardest part of the job for me is being short staffed, and getting everything done, which is where teamwork is needed and required. The benefits are great, and they do take out for your retirement which you do not have a choice. But there is always extra shifts to offset what the retirement takes out.No place is perfect, but as long as you are willing to work, follow the rules you will find this job rewarding. The most enjoyable part of the job is helping the patients, which is what you are there for. Don't get scared by the negative reviews, as this is a job you can stay in for a long period of time, and collect retirement which at this point I am grateful for.
Great Management, Benefits and Retirement!