Its fun and fulfilling
This job gave me a whole new respect for mental illness patients and the team that works together to develop a treatment plan to suit each individual patient.
Worst place to work for CNA's
I love the benefits of working at Catawba. Such as good nursing staff working well together and the health benefits. Other than that the upper management does not care about the well-being of their nursing staff they treat you like dogs as if you are expendable. They let the patients talk to you and treat you like dirt with no repercussions for their actions. If you are hurt on the job by a patient they do not want you to press charges against the patient they will tell you that if you do they will be repercussions for your actions. You do not get raises and if you want a raise they tell you to go apply to another job and if they offer you more money they will match it that is the only time you will get a raise. Do yourself a favor and run from the hills do you not work at Catawba!!!
Typical work place--no better, no worse.
I've been a nurse for a while and traveled around, so that gives me an advantage, at least in my mind. Every workplace has it's pros and cons. This place is no different. It really depends on what you are looking for and what is important to you. If great management who is visible and knows what's happening before you do is important to you---then maybe see if they have something else that's equally important to you; such as benefits package. If following the chain of command is important to you, then at this place maybe look at the pto and other time off you can accumulate! Really, it's all dependent upon what you need for you and/or your family.
Mental health is not for everyone
I love helping people and wanted the experience in mental health, I love working at Catawba, however they do not offer a spot for Medical Assistants.
Very fun and interesting
Learned alot of behaviors and great experience. Great team to work with.
Working at Catawba Hospital
I work everyday with mental health patients. I work with the elderly and young patients also. The ultimate goal is for patients to return to community living. The most enjoyable part of the job is when the patients leave the hospital and resume their daily lives once again.The hardest part of the job is when the patients keep getting worse mentally. They fight,curse and hurt themselves at times. I have a great group of people to work with and we get our jobs done on our shift. We bath,feed,change patients,shave and get them ready for bed. We take the patients outside when it is nice for 15 minutes.We talk to our patients and take care of all of their needs.
Not a Fun Place to Work
A typical day at work was that you just never knew what the day would hold. This is consistent while working with mental health patients. However, the turnover rate of nurses is horrible and this put a ton of stress on the employees left behind. Also, they regularly change policies and tack on extra duties without compensating for the work.I learned that although there is an open door policy after failed attempts to resolve an issue - anyone who felt the need to have a conversation with someone, experienced repercussions that were not worth the attempt to get an issue resolved.They have an excellent internal review process & team that helps keep the workplace up to par. The hospital does try to ensure that the state laws, licensure, and human rights guidelines are followed. But the workplace turmoil throughout the hospital, in my experience, overshadows that they are at least trying to do what they are supposed to do as a state hospital. If possible, take a pass or just prepare for lots of smoke and mirrors.The benefits are excellent and the pay is good. However it was not worth getting physically attacked by patients all the time, having my schedule changed on me at the last minute, not being able to take a break often at all, and the favoritism observed towards certain staff.