Pros: love my patients, decent wage
Cons: short staffed constantly, patent/nurse ratio, management, no raises, easiest "interview" ever (literally 3 questions!) to get a job
Job Work/Life Balance - 3 stars, because your shift ALWAYS runs over because you can NEVER finish your work in the time allotted due to ridiculous patient/nurse ratios. It is not uncommon for a 15-23 nurse to still be charting/finishing admission paperwork at 0300.
Compensation/Benefits - 2 stars, only because they were still offering 15% pay in lieu – more... of benefits to full-time employees who don't need health insurance - but thanks to the Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare") they are doing away with this as of Jan 1, 2014 since Kindred views Pay in Lieu of Benefits as "incentive" to not carry insurance and ObamaCare fines employers who's employees do not have insurance. Even though all it would require is the HR lady taking a photocopy of your health insurance card, apparently that's too much work, so they have decided to just pay employees 15% less for doing the same job. Thanks.
Job Security/Advancement - 1 star, there is NO advancement and NO raises. It doesn't matter what your performance evaluation says, there are NO raises. Although I should rate "Job Security" 5 stars, because the nurses and LNAs could do just about anything short of intentionally killing a patient and still not be fired...
Management - 1 star, the supervisors are great and will 'go to bat for you', but the managers are terrible. They do not care about their employees. Extreme unprofessionalism - i.e. I have literally heard managers swear at employees for calling out sick because it's "making their life more difficult". There is clear favoritism. Way too much high school drama - i.e. managers gossiping about their subordinates to their others subordinates.
Job Culture - 2 stars, It's a good learning experience - trachs, g-tubes, wound vacs, etc - but it wasn't not worth the stress of worrying about my license every shift. I counted down the days until I got my BSN and could get out of there! – less