What do you need to look for in a hospital? What will make it a good place to work?
Apr 29, '02
Go visit the hospital (if possible) that you are considering. The initial "feel" of the place is important. Are the nurses smiling, do they seem to be professional, pleasant interaction noted between staff? OR, are the nurses scurrying about frantically, pained expressions on their faces, bad vibes in the air?
Atmosphere can vary greatly between units in the same hospital, even between night and dayshift on the SAME unit, so consider carefully:
1) Staff turnover. If staffing consistency is better at your local fast-food, something major is amiss. If, however, you see 50- or 60-year-old nurses still on the floor practicing, this is a very good sign (translates into: NURSE FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT).
2) Nurse/patient ratio. Is it sane, safe, and DOABLE?
Last edit by VickyRN on Apr 29, '02