Brookdale Senior Living - page 2

..seems to be buying up all the retirement/ALU?SNF/LTC facilities. Huge corporation. Anyone work for a facility owned by Brookdale? What are the corporate policies like for the individual... Read More

  1. by   bcoaggiemom09
    Pretty much, yes. They have to do a background check on you and check your license. But if they decide to hire you, someone will be calling you within the next couple of days. Also, if you are hired, you will go to Milwaukee for boot camp sometime in the next few months. Enjoy it, and LEARN!!!! Let me know if you get the job. Good luck!!
  2. by   bcoaggiemom09
    WARNING!!! As much as I loved my job with BSL, it truly is not a good company to work for. I was fired because of attendance. Supposedly I routinely came in at 10am and left at 3pm. This is ******** and the RDO knew it. If you go back and read my first post here, I said that you must be able to get along with your ED. Well, my ED quit in September and for two months I was doing my job and hers, without any help from my regional leadership. I could go on and on, but I won't. Suffice it to say, consider yourself warned about working for BSL. I'm very seriously considering leaving nursing because of this experience. I am so sick and tired of working my ass off for companies and always being worried that someone is going to decide they don't like something about me and I end up losing my job, and then be concerned for my license. I have heard horror stories from other nurses who did things in the normal course of their job that most other nurses have done a million times, and then end up having to go before the state nursing board to defend themselves. If any of my children ever told me they wanted to go into nursing, I would tell them HELL NO!!!!
  3. by   2006RNCS
    Quote from bcoaggiemom09
    WARNING!!! As much as I loved my job with BSL, it truly is not a good company to work for. I was fired because of attendance. Supposedly I routinely came in at 10am and left at 3pm. This is ******** and the RDO knew it. If you go back and read my first post here, I said that you must be able to get along with your ED. Well, my ED quit in September and for two months I was doing my job and hers, without any help from my regional leadership. I could go on and on, but I won't. Suffice it to say, consider yourself warned about working for BSL. I'm very seriously considering leaving nursing because of this experience. I am so sick and tired of working my ass off for companies and always being worried that someone is going to decide they don't like something about me and I end up losing my job, and then be concerned for my license. I have heard horror stories from other nurses who did things in the normal course of their job that most other nurses have done a million times, and then end up having to go before the state nursing board to defend themselves. If any of my children ever told me they wanted to go into nursing, I would tell them HELL NO!!!!
    I agree completely! I was so disillusioned. I thought I had found the place that I wanted to work for the rest of my nursing career. Then, along came the new ED-who has no healthcare experience. I have my administrator license, and she is making no attempt to get hers. She is firing employees without just cause, and I fear I may be next.

    I love the residents very much and all the staff for the main part. I just cannot stand being micromanaged. She is not treating all management equally. She definitely has favorites. I know I cannot trust her at all. I know the job market is not good, so I am trying to hang on a little while longer. I have only been in my position for 6 months.
  4. by   bcoaggiemom09
    WOW!!! I thought these things were just in my region!! The whole thing about marketing moving inappropriate people in? Yep...and when I tried to do my job by insisting that I be allowed to assess them prior to moving in, I was told that I could in the future, but it never happened. Back in August, I had five people move in on the same day, and I had not been given the opportunity to assess any of them. When I finally did get to do my assessment, I knew right away that two of them should have been going to a nursing home or psych ward. Whenever I would try to point out that someone wasn't appropriate, the question asked of me was always, "What do they need that we cannot provide?" My first Regional RN actually told several of the HCCs in my region that the only person she would always say no to was a female who is still menstruating. Other than that, anyone was fair game. I don't feel so bad now, knowing that there are others who have experienced the same things I did.
  5. by   bcoaggiemom09
    I posted this on another thread, but it applies equally well here.

    Quote from bcoaggiemom09
    WOW!!! I thought these things were just in my region!! The whole thing about marketing moving inappropriate people in? Yep...and when I tried to do my job by insisting that I be allowed to assess them prior to moving in, I was told that I could in the future, but it never happened. Back in August, I had five people move in on the same day, and I had not been given the opportunity to assess any of them. When I finally did get to do my assessment, I knew right away that two of them should have been going to a nursing home or psych ward. Whenever I would try to point out that someone wasn't appropriate, the question asked of me was always, "What do they need that we cannot provide?" My first Regional RN actually told several of the HCCs in my region that the only person she would always say no to was a female who is still menstruating. Other than that, anyone was fair game. I don't feel so bad now, knowing that there are others who have experienced the same things I did.
    Last edit by bcoaggiemom09 on Dec 5, '08 : Reason: posted in the wrong thread
  6. by   mjm1979
    I worked at an assisted living facility for this company a while as an aide last year while I was in nursing school. There were a few things I was concerned about. There were quite a few residents who in my opinion belonged in a nursing home. There were several dementia residents who roamed constantly. They hired aides off the street. Didn't have to be a CNA/STNA. They did not do CPR in this facility. When I was in training, one evening I asked one of the aides how we knew who was a DNR. She asked me what DNR meant. I explained and asked her about doing CPR. She said she didn't know (She was training me) and we went to the nurse. The nurse said that we didn't do CPR in that facility.. we called the squad. So there were four people working in that building that night (3 aides, 1 nurse) and three of the four were trained in CPR but if we found someone unresponsive we were to run to the office and call the squad and sit there and twiddle our thumbs till they got there. I would have a VERY hard time not jumping in and doing CPR!! This is a time not when minutes count, but when seconds count and we were to just stand there and wait. This really bugged me. The aides didn't know what they were doing, of course b/c none of them had aide training... they didn't know to find out about blood clots before rubbing lotion on peoples legs, didn't do mouth care at all, etc, etc. Anyway I was not impressed at all with the way this place was run.
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    Whew! I'm glad to find out that I'm not the only one who found the Brookdale 'experience' less than satisfying. My ED was great, and the RDO and regional nurse were also easy to get along with; but even so, $#!+ covered in Godiva chocolate is still $#!+, and it doesn't matter how much they dress it up and try to convince the public that it's an eclair.
  8. by   michael79
    Just as an FYI Brookdale is most likely buying Sunrise Senior Living
  9. by   orlandocutie
    My best friends works for Brookdale and she hates it ...Understaffed, unprofessional, no teamwork at all..She complains to me constantly and is currently looking for another position.
  10. by   bcoaggiemom09
    For the last couple of months before I left, the rumor was that Brookdale was being bought by someone else. Since BSL just bought Alterra, I can't imagine them being bought by someone else, but you never know.
  11. by   littlehippie
    Are either of you still with Brookdale?
  12. by   bcoaggiemom09
    I'm no longer there, and glad of it. After speaking with several other former employees who have been let go since I left, we have determined that the new RDO has "cleaned house" of almost all management that had been in place with the prior RDO. This is a horrible place to work at if you are in a management position.
  13. by   RN007
    Are any of you willing to say in which geographic region you were located? I just applied for a job ....

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