When I did have a shift as a Ward Clerk, or a Patient Care Attendant the work was often difficult, but gratifying. However, the downfall with this particular employer, shifts were often cancelled at the last minute. Could not make ends meat.
Hours are long but its a really nice job. Its a 12 hour shift so be ready for that. The most challenging part is getting patients that don't listen but once they are comfortable, you would enjoy your shift
Unit Aide (Former Employee) – Halifax, NS – 19 May 2017
The wages were very good. no opportunity to advance. always just a casual. negative stigma attached to being from an outside employer. Easy to get blamed for things because they think casuals don't know anything.
Licensed Practical Nurse in the Halifax Infirmary (Former Employee) – halifax – 8 August 2015
I love working for bayshore becuase I was also to get put on all floors of the hospital and learn so much from the other nurses, however I am only cascual and need full time hours because I have a baby and need more solid work,
Personal Support Worker (Former Employee) – Halifax, NS – 22 October 2013
12 hour shifts ( am & pm ) on Neurology Unit. Assist with daily needs - feeding, taking for walks, assisting to the washroom. I learned that working with patients who are mentally unstable is very rewarding and something I want to continue with my career. I loved everything about the job.
I worked at the Halifax, NS location for five years as a patient attendant. What began as an opportunity for me to gain experience in the health care industry, as I was currently a psychology student (at the time I was pursuing a B.A. in Psyhcology), and an individual with a Professional Counselling degree and a degree in Youth and Family Support Work, and wanted hands on experience working with individuals requiring one-on-one care, turned into a nightmare. Normally, I would not consider giving a bad review unless it was absolutely warranted, because I understand the value of a good word-of-mouth review, and the repercussions of a bad word-of-mouth review, but I felt it necessary to do so in this case. There is absolutely no communication between field staff and those working in the office; respect is non existent. For those field staff who go above and beyond the scope of their job, truly enjoy and love what they do, and try to make a difference in the lives of the clients they work with every day, there is absolutely no recognition. Shifts are constantly cancelled at the last minute without any warning, and the four hours that they're supposed to compensate you with for the loss of a twelve-hour shift is often not payed out. Complaints from the field staff concerning poor working conditions in some instances are ignored; experienced staff are often left on the sidelines begging for shifts while new hires are offered full hours. I would expect that a company rated as one of the best 50 companies to work for would go the distance in creating a more positive work environment,more... maintaining open communication, and ensuring transparency when it cmes to shift allocation. Unfortunately, Bayshore does not see fit to do any such thing. I have since left to pursue a private counselling practice; I truly miss the work I did as a patient attendant in the hospitals, as well as the patients I worked with. However, I wasn't willing to 'adapt' to the toxic environment Bayshore allowed to continue.less
lack of communication & respect on the part of those working in the office/booking staff/management, no hours, blatant favouritism, treated like you're a number, not a person, toxic environment
Personal Care Assistant/ Home Care Worker (Former Employee) – halifax n.s – 31 January 2013
This job was a great life changing experience, I love the elderly people. This just increased it. I got to care for them in their homes and within health care facilities. Helping nurses perform simple duties. In the homes I would always try my best to make them fully comfortable. The hardest part of the job was learning how to deal with the mental illness, which take time and I understand full what nurses and patients are going though now. It take a certain person for this type of work.