Mediocre work environment with little to no sense of support.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATE (Former Employee) – Bowling Green,KY – March 1, 2015
Working at Rivendell is truly a challenge, as you would expect that the patients would be the most trying aspect of the job. That is not so. They are indeed, a difficult part of your job, but dealing with management and HR is much more taxing. The culture is one of paranoia and suspicion, and everyone always feels on the brink of being fired. You are expected to follow an improbable set of rules that are constantly changing, usually in a late, catch-up response to problems created by understaffing and management's inability to understand the actual crux of issues on the floor. You are typically expected to be self-reliant, but at the same time run everything by the charge nurse, most of whom spend the majority of their day in the office, catching up on the mountains of paperwork they have to do, making them effectively useless to the unit and also unable to be hands-on with the patients. Overall, it is a very stressful place to work, and I was honestly only happy to be removed from my position, I never felt like any of my bosses had my back there and while I expected and dreaded the termination for some time, when it actually happened, all I could feel was relief.
interesting day-to-day environment, opportunity to learn a lot about psychology and DBT, other MHAs are typically good people to know
low pay, MHAs are easily replaceable and that fact is always implied, rules constantly changing at MHAs expense, floor workers are only consulted in theory about upcoming changes, management quickly forgets what working on the floor is like, this mentality is encouraged