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Great environment for self directed people

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What is the best part of working at the company?Excellent training and opportunities What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Dealing with difficult clientsWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?Inclusive, trauma informed, patient Center Ed careWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?I’m able to have space and equipment necessary to do my job, have decent amount of control over my work schedule
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Great advancement opportunities

Northern Health has many opportunities for advancement and promotes professional development through in-house training and external training programs.
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Overly nursing focused

NHA overly emphasizes nursing staff to the extent nurses are placed in positions they are underqualified for and lack training in, such as mental health counseling positions or other positive better filled by social workers. Then there are paid more to do this work.
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It’s okay

The pay is not enough for the amount of work you do! It’s union work so can’t do anything about the pay! But many areas to move around, good benefits, good vacation hours to start! Management needs to care about their people more! Also they only give jobs to people based on seniority rather than qualifications!
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Great Co workers, unfortunately management is terrible.

Management does not care at all about the employees. Always short staffed and to cheap to pay overtime. You would be expected to do the work of two people because they wouldn't pay the overtime. Thus the hospital would not get a proper clean. So much for infection control. People would always call in sick because they were over worked and broken. The whole system was broken.
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Insights into Northern Health

Based on 22 survey responses
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  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Supportive environment
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  • Sense of belonging
  • Support from manager
  • Time and location flexibility

No stability

I got hired on the spot to work here. Totally new environment in which I thought to give a try. I believed for a health industry, that there would be more job security and accommodation of workers needs. I had been unfairly dismissed after the position I attempted to try for did not work out. Even after paying into being employed and being responsive it did not matter to be leaving me in a tight position with out work as I had left my previous employer to work for northernhealth. I was hardly given a response and basically ignored, and forgotten. Northern health is quick to moving on and kicking you to the curb. There is no stability within this industry and unless your qualified as advancement is difficult. My point is, management doesn't have your back and you're thrown into a zoo, northern health is another breed of people to work around. It is up to you with how much you can tolerate as the level of negavity is high.
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A great place to start building self confidence, skills, and sound judgement in rural areas.

Northern Health covers the largest area in BC between all 5 health authorities. It consists of one major city (Northern capital of BC) and the rest are either remote or rural areas. Great place to build skills and confidence because resources are limited and, therefore, nurses are required to play multiple roles. For example, the place where I work, we do not have a dietitian nor a physiotherapist. Therefore, RNs are trained and educated in fulfilling these roles until a dietician/speech-and-language pathologist comes from another town, after a referral is sent. Small towns allow nurses to build skills and confidence.


Lots of OT available if willing to work


Staffing challenges can be draining if one does not take good care of themselves.
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Puts patient care first, which aligns with my personal philosophy.

NH puts patient care first, which aligns with my personal philosophy. The pace is fast, with plenty of opportunities to work with a variety of people to effect positive change.


Great people to work with throughout the organization.
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Good place to work - lots of room for growth

I worked in the clinic within the hospital. The doctors can be challenging to work with but if you keep an open mind and attitude its actually a good job, union, regular raises, good benefits. Overall I would work here again. I only left because I moved back to Alberta.
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Good place to start

Hard to feel successful due to lack of resources in community, adherence to policy, fiscal restraint. Not a lot of people have enough experience to train new employees.




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Problems with the healthcare system trickle down

In a unionized position pay is to be expected, but it is low for the cost of living. Lack of physicians and the unwillingness to go the extra mile to hire physicians leaves us with no doctor coverage way too often. Patients wait way to long and it is frustrating to see and not be able to help. High level corporate management needs to address these underlying issues. Work environment is fairly friendly, relaxed or stressful depends on the day.
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Fast paced

Poor management also its hard to get a permanent position I have been here 2 years and I still don't have one. people with way less seniority get the call in casual jobs also. So seniority means nothing




It's pointed out you're easily replaceable
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Hours differentiated with every area that you worked. The people were generally down to earth and easy to work with. the work load itself is hard but nothing that can not be managed. Overall good place to work
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Very fast paced

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northern Health except for the pay. Stores Attendants are just not paid well and the pay caps very quickly. The people were generally great to work with.




Low wage
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Great place

Northern Health is great place to work. All staff is kind. Nursing team works well together. Managers are very involved and caring. Only thing they need is more nurses.
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Standard BC Health Authority

Nothing special, but as much work as you can handle with lots of opportunities to do what you want as a nurse.Education, training, etc all there. Solid workplace culture.
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Productive and fun workplace

Best place to work. A lot of chances for promotion. Work flexibility and promotes equal chance to all communities. Employer values their employees……….
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No room for growth

Northern health is a very large workplace with many different departments. You're segregated to your specific skills etc. No real opportunity to advance unless you go back to school.
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Pros and Cons

The things about the position itself aren't bad, but sometimes the culture gets to you. Bullying runs rampant despite being "bullying free," management can't or won't do anything about it, and morale is often low. In rural communities, you get what you get as far as workers go: some are great, some should've retired a decade ago. It isn't the worst health authority to work for, but it needs a good overhaul.
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Don’t applyHit the ground running

No support from management there is never leadership when you need it. There is a huge turnaround with managers. Everyone eventually gets physically, hurt or exhausted, people go on stress leave. A continuous understaffed situation. Working with bullies is never fun. Absolutely understaffed, I’ve never worked a shift with full staff.Terrible working environment. You are on your own to make decisions on your feet because there is no one available to ask. You are constantly asked to work overtime because of the lack of staff. There is no sense of pride in working here because it’s impossible to do a good job. There is no sense of enjoyment as the staff are rude and short with other staff. Overworked underpaidNo team work, everyone passes the buck, no one gives any guidance, there is a huge staff turn around all the time. I trained people when I wasn’t properly trained myself. Always going way above scope of practice not because you want to but there is an underlying understanding not to bother finding answers just figure it out because if you do ask questions you are treated like you are a nuisance. You are never praised or thanked for a job well done but are quick to be ridiculed for things that are out of your hands. I have never worked in such a cesspool of angry, tired, spiteful workers in my life as I did in northern health. I feel sorry for the families who have no choice but to rely on our failed health care system. I would not wish this lack of care on anyone. It’s stressful knowing you gave it your all at work and it wasn’t enough. I would never suggest to anyone - 




Unorganized Underpaid Staff not valued
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Very stressful environment with understaffing, time crunch on patient care, not enough support from management.

Work as a care aide at a complex care facility is very rewarding but the work environment is often toxic, understaffed, unsupported, rushed, time crunched, harried and gives the feeling of not giving enough time to each resident's care.We are asked to give our best but are not compensated equally. The work can be hard, injury prone and even dangerous. We are promised protection from harm but it is not followed through with any sort of action. With not enough staff at all times, there is often the possibility to get distressed or hurt by a resident and no back-up through extra staff.We want to provide the best care but can only do so much in the time slot that can be allotted to each person.Many of us feel stressed and helpless and want to feel appreciated by the management. The budget always seems to overrule the needs of all.


Rewarding work and great interaction with the residents in our care.


Long hours, understaffed, rushed care, not enough support through management.
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3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.5 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.3 out of 5 stars for Culture
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