Intense, high-pace workplace with a lot of room for learning and team work.
Registered Practical Nurse (Current Employee) – North Bay, ON – 16 December 2014
A typical day is very busy. I am mainly a med nurse - handing out medications for the majority of my day. I have scheduled dressing changes on various days and have various assessments to conduct on a regular basis.
A great part of my job experience and learning opportunity has been the time management aspect. With about 36 residents to see in a timely manner multiple times per day, it is easy to fall behind. This job has allowed me to become efficient in handing out medications properly, fitting in my dressing changes as the day goes on and dealing with new challenges as they develop.
I work with 1 RN and an RPN during the day and on a night shift I am the only RPN on my floor. The day staff also consists of 7 (or fewer) PSWs. We work short often, which makes time management even more crucial.
The hardest part of the job is keeping on top of the multitude of medications that must be administered in a timely manner and fitting in the various dressing changes or finding time to finish the documentation when a fall or new skin tear occurs. I sometimes find myself staying up to half an hour after work to finish the documentation in these situations.
The most enjoyable part of my job is the fast pace environment. I love how fast my day goes by and how nice it is to see the difference a positive attitude can make in these people's world. The families often make comments about how i must really like my job, and every time it makes me realize how much more I enjoy it as I am developing as a nurse.
busy days, lots of calls to work, making a difference in people's lives, flexible hours, friendly staff
Very few scheduled shifts (lots of call ins), can be overwhelmingly busy at times, staying late to finish documentation