Hours of work, people I work with, setting I work in, my patients, feeling of autonomy
nurse (Current Employee) – nova scotia – 28 October 2016
I've worked in the smaller clinics as well as a large clinic, both have their advantages.
In the small clinics you feel more pressure. You are it! Patients absorb everything you say. You are their guide in their journey to biologics. They arrive not knowing what to expect. They are nervous. It's up to me to make them feel safe. I welcome them to the clinic and show them around, always smiling. They are surprised and appreciative of the decor and comfortable seating.
Once they are settled, I tell them how the infusion/injection process will go. I tell them how long they can expect to be there, We review the biologic they are to receive and I answer their questions. By the time they are done, they fell more at ease.
When they return for subsequent visits they are relaxed. As time goes by, we've established a bond.
The relationship created in a small clinic is much closer than the larger clinics. There are not as many patients and you have more time to spend with them. You learn more about them, their families, their job etc. They get to know the other patients and often return with the same people.
The larger clinics have advantages too. I use the same process in both settings. I don't feel as much pressure in a larger clinic as I am working with a team. If I have difficulty with starting an IV I have a teammate who can try for me. I also have someone to talk to if I or my patient has an issue or question. There's always another nurse available if needed.
Forming a bond with patients in the larger clinics happen as well, it just takes a little longer to establish.
I enjoy my job. I am thankful for the team of wonderful nurses I work with. They all go above and beyond when dealing with our patients. I am proud of them!
I enjoy our patients, They are so appreciative of our work. It's great to hear/see people go from being so sick back to healthy individuals who can enjoy their lives.
Our head office staff are always there when we need them. Susan has been my "go to girl" forever! She's awesome! Recently we've had some changes with new staff and they are proving to be a good bunch. Krista in supplies is also awesome!! She always has an answer for me or knows where to get whatever I need.
The hardest part of my job, unfortunately, is the same as at the hospital. When a patient dies. It's heartbreaking.
daytime hrs, mon-fri work week, nice workplace setting, autonmy
no set salary scale, online education vs conferences, vacation %, more sick days, 5yrs before rrsp contributions are allowed/cap set at what staff can contribute to rrsps, no increase in salary for yrs worked