Overworked, underpaid, and under-appreciated; satisfaction depends on department
Staff RN III (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – August 27, 2018
Northside Hospital has been around for a long time, and over the years has developed many different reputations. When I started working there I 2012, it was challenging but fun. The environment, as with most hospitals, is fast-paced and ever-changing. However, over the years, it is apparent they don’t know how to keep employees. Raises are minimal and based on merit and performance review, the computer system is cheap at best (and extremely convoluted for nurses to chart comprehensively), there are very few opportunities for clinical advancement unless you desire a manager position, and there are no true benefits of being an employee other than the standard pay+ Insurance benefits. Any “employee appreciation” is a pathetic attempt at best. It is also frustrating that certain departments (regardless of size) are lesser priorities when it comes to the hospital as a whole. Overall, I feel working at Northside Hospital starts out strong, and declines with each year of service as you realize that as an employee, you are just one of many being asked to do more and more with little to no compensation or recognition.
Great new grad program, many furthering education opportunities offered, free parking for employees, no mandatory call hours (depending on department), self-scheduling (within reason, and department-dependent)
Lunch breaks are rarely a priority even for 12-hour shifts, policies are constantly changing based on knee-jerk reactions to isolated incidents, staff is often asked to attend required classes on own time outside of full time scheduled hours, upper management is aloof and rarely “gets their hands dirty” on the floor, no true benefits for employees who are patients, management shows favoritism and bias