Northern Health
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Very Stressful during Covid

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Administrative Clerks are moving away from their clerical duties and being placed in nursing duties, like screening patients and handling covid lab work and requisitions. If you like clerical its not really part of your job as much as nursing duties that take you away from your desk.
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A very toxic work environment.

The Fort St. John Health Unit is a very oppressive place to work. The office culture tolerates unprofessional and inappropriate behavior. Many of the employees are unskilled and there is very little training without any mentoring or guidance. Hence there is inconsistency in job performance. There is constant staff turnover as a result of very poor leadership and inconsistent messaging. This workplace needs to clean house and hire managers and leaders based on their abilities rather than favoritism. Save yourself the experience...simply not worth it!

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Wages

Cons

Poor leadership and lack of skilled workers
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Working for a union who rewards lazy, incompetent people is not a good time.

Worst work experience ever. Horrible team leader who is useless but got the job on 'seniority' only. No clear direction given. NH doesn't care about their employees, in my opinion. Would definitely NOT recommend.

Pros

Decent pay

Cons

Union, poor mgmt
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Very poor

Not worth you time of day… management in most areas love you bully you. AND when you happen to get pulled in with HR do NOT expect professionalism they as well like to make sure you know you’re just a number and can be replaced. 10 years I wasted trying to find a good spot to work, spent 7 years with one site then was bullied by managers till I left. Now have 3 mental health diagnoses PSTD, Anxiety are the two of the most difficult ones to deal with.

Pros

Absolutely NOTHING

Cons

Absolutely EVERYTHING
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Initially thought it would be a good employer, despite the reputation.

Management is terrible. Micro managed. Conflicting directions. Very poor workplace dynamics. Lonely place to work, co workers are very cliquish. Little to no support. Unaccommodating. Little regard for the HRC. No training. I would not recommend.

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Pay

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Management
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Disappointing place to work.

Working in health care can and should be rewarding, this is not the case here. Northern Health does not promote a workplace of belonging nor are there options for advancement. Sadly you cannot live on the salary you make here. You will be undervalued as a good employee while employees who work the system and rarely show up to work will be protected.

Pros

Job security

Cons

Salary, hours/shifts, no advancement options, under appreciated by management.
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A great team

I am very lucky to be working with such great team and management. Everyone has their own work style but can still work as a team! I love coming to work and helping residents with their ADL’s and as well support them while living with a mental health condition.
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Pharmacy technician

It was amazing to work for. Wish I never left but life had other plans. The people were amazing and the experience was incredible. Would recommend to almost anyone. You must like the cold though. It is NORTHERN health.
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Toxic

Management does not value employees or have compassion for employees. This makes it hard to manage within the environment and show empathy for employees. Too often, management leads with ego making it difficult to be heard.
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Toxic

Review of Peace Villa (Fort St. John) - Management bullies & harasses employees - Management don't care about residents & staff - Very unorganized (chaotic) - heavy workload - does not have resident's & staff's best interest - No consequence for bad staff - No incentive for good staff - Very racist - lots of racism all around and management don't care, they are racist too - Payroll always makes mistakes - No Christmas parties or Christmas bonus or Christmas gifts - No free coffee for staff - Old staff bullies new staff Don't work here. Very high turn-over, lots of staff leaving (RCA's, LPN's, RN's and office staff) I put 1965 as start date (not true, just to be anonymous)

Pros

none

Cons

too many to list
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great people to work with and always busy

i enjoyed my time at northern health knowing exactly what to do every shift was a nice change after working in the food service industry. I would happily apply for another house keeping position if it was full time

Pros

lots of work

Cons

gossip
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employees get together with fun activities and year end lunches, christmas and holidays breakfast and summer activities

there is no lean or peak season like other jobs you need to be laid off because of weather conditions. Normal pace as we work in the health authority serving the north. Fringe benefits for the employee and family. Working environment is great, you are treated like family and gain friends and good work experience.
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Gossip, negativity, and keeping the status quo.

Like most small communities, politics are huge. If you are an outsider, you will always be one. The motto in Northern Health's corporate office is to keep the status quo. Nearly everyone is a local and this isn't an accident. Gossip runs rampant. Perhaps, there are some good people but unfortunately there are enough bad ones to completely ruin the place. There are plenty of other health authorities in B.C. and you should avoid this one at all costs.

Pros

None

Cons

Gossip, Lack of accountability and transparency
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Toxic

The environment is toxic and management and overall structure is based on ego. Let's put a health professional in a management job with no training, that will go well. lol There is no culture unless you count bullying and discrimination. Discriminated for having health issues in a health industry!

Pros

Good pay

Cons

culture
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Northern Health is growing!

The north is growing! Opportunity to be engaged with a dedicated healthcare organization that employ some wonderful staff committed to exemplary healthcare across northern British Columbia and the communities they work and live in.
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N/a

Northern Health is a very caring workplace to any staff. The only disadvantages are weather and workforce. I worked in a remote area that has a weird weather and a workplace that always has a difficulty of finding a sufficient staff.

Pros

N/a

Cons

Cold Weather
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Professional and couteous

NH is a great place to work. Needs more full time positions. The manager is very personable. I would recommend to my friends to work for Northern Health.
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very slow paced

clients are few and far between except for k-clinic season. very hard to find things to pass the time should not be a full time job. Not a good place for someone who is young, retirement community, not many young people, not alot of other nurses (maybe 1 in the community)..very hard to make coworkers as friends or have social life there
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Fantastic place to work

Amazing people, fabulous boss, very accepting and willing to help and assist. Relaxed, just a great place to work overall. Best job I have ever had thus far.
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Too much management

There are too many mangers in one area and none in anther. Not enough focus on patient care. Management isn't accountable to staff and just turns a bling eye.

Pros

Its a job

Cons

No extra benefits, no team atmosphere
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A friendly safe environment to work.

I enjoy working for Northern Health but the pay is not enough to live on unless you have the opportunity to work overtime. I have to work another part time job to make ends meet.

Pros

Friendly atmosphere

Cons

No overtime
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3.7Work/Life Balance
3.7Salary/Benefits
3.5Job security/advancement
3.1Management
3.3Culture

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