Registered Nurse (Current Employee) – Burlington, ON – 18 September 2017
Honestly, if you're a health care professional who appreciates the humanistic side of caring, steer clear of Joe Brant.
Patient ratios are as high as 7:1 on day shifts, and 10:1 on night shifts. Not only is this unsafe, but due to lack of support staff, you will be providing all elements of care for the patients including bathing and dressing.
My colleagues and I have handed in numerous unsafe workload forms to our union with little to no effect. Management outright lies to new hires about the working conditions in order to combat the abhorrently high turnover rate.
We are burning out and there doesn't seem to be any end in site. Being a Wal-Mart greeter, although not an RN wage, is a healthier, less stressful, better managed job than nursing at Joe Brant.
VOLUNTEER (Former Employee) – Burlington, ON – 2 April 2017
I worked with the elderly here and the best part of my job was listening to their stories. The look on their faces when they see that you are actually interested is priceless. If you are just looking to give back to the community, this is the place to volunteer.
Registered Nurse (Former Employee) – Burlington, ON – 31 March 2016
Was at St. Joseph Brant Hospital as a new Graduate in 2003, at this time I knew very little about Nursing and Caring properly for patients. I did not feel that JBMH was instrumental in moulding their new, young Graduates in to becoming well rounded nurses. I felt the area I was working on, staff were complacent and not willing to help
Registered Nurse (Geriatrics) (Former Employee) – Burlington, ON – 9 March 2015
I have arthritis. I did nights for years part time. Later on it became a problem. They insisted that I had to do days. It was impossible for me with the pain I was having. So I quit. Don't care about nurses suggestions.
Staff member (Former Employee) – Burlington, ON – 5 November 2013
Overall, I enjoyed my time at JB, and I loved the actual work itself. However, the departments I worked in were poorly managed, and some staff were allowed to get away with some things, while others were not. People were always treated differently. I loved working with the patients, but there are a lot of issues at that place, so it's "buyer beware." If you're one who can stay out of the line of fire, not get wrapped up in the politics (and drama) and stick to the work, then you'll survive this place.
In the areas I worked, the staff were overworked and tired, and there was always someone on leave for stress-related issues. The workload was excessively heavy; staff who worked at other hospitals said they never saw workloads like that before. It concerned me because over-worked, tired staff can make errors which can put patient safety at risk.
I heard of many times when department managers and OH forced staff to come to work while they were emotionally/mentally unstable (eg a close relative died), physically/medically unwell (including with infectious diseases) or when the weather was too dangerous to drive to work through - things that put both patient safety and staff safety at risk.
After the deadly C.Diff outbreak, infection control improved significantly, but I (as well as my coworkers) continued to see many practices that promoted cross-contamination, which worried me - yet ANOTHER patient safety issue.
One thing that bothered me was that the hospital seems to waste a lot of healthcare dollars on frivolous items. They spent tens of thousands on networkmore... phones that cost $900 a phone, RNs wasted expensive medications, and the newest "rebranding" of the hospital apparently cost in the range of $150K or more. Granted, a hospital has to be modern and functional, but when it's hemorrhaging money while patients are waiting for beds, there's a bigger problem - and that problem has been a consistent, pervasive problem that management and administration have chosen to ignore for a long time. The work itself was great, and I loved working with the patients, but there are a lot of issues at that place, so it's "buyer beware." If you're one who can stay out of the line of fire, not get wrapped up in the politics (and drama) and stick to the work, then you'll survive this place.
I learned a lot in my time there, and professionally, it was a great experience. I wouldn't mind working there again down the road (as long as management and the workload have been improved).less
Smaller community hospital; expanding in next few years; beautiful grounds next to the lake, across from the beach.
Heavy workloads; many departmental & management issues; always short staffed
Occupational/Physiotherapy Assistant (Former Employee) – Burlington, ON – 18 April 2012
The grounds at the hospital are beautiful. They have a great court yard with flowers and trees so that you could clear your head when you went outside for a break. It is also wheelchair accessible for patients and their families. In the summer they would have an outdoor bbq for staff appreciation.