the one i worked at was in the midwest. it was a very nice facility. i was told that the company was originally started by a man who was very compassionate about the care that the elderly got. he named his facilities manor care. he subsequently sold the chain of facilities to a corporation. the rumor i heard from the people in the facility where i worked was that he started up another group of nursing homes under the name of heartland. i cannot tell you if these were the same corporate owners that you are encountering today because i believe this company may have been resold.
you have to understand that any facility, even if it is corporately owned, is only going to be as pleasant to work in as the personalities and characters of the people who are currently employed there. i quit after a week or two at quite a number of places that turned out to be dogs. the best job i ever had lasted 8 years and it was because i was working with terrific nurses. the administration, however, stunk and was in turmoil and eventually one of the major tv network news programs did a segment on the shenanigans going on there on one of their national new magazine programs! :smackingf nothing is ever going to be perfect. you might try going to a psychic for a reading to see what future job is going to work out for you.
seriously, question the don very carefully at your employment interview. bring up problems you've had in the past and see how he/she answers your concerns about those problems. the don is going to be the "go to" person if you discover those same problems or new ones at another job. and, if you think you are not going to be able to work with him/her then don't take a job there. keep in mind that an employment interview works both ways. you are evaluating them as much as they are evaluating you. let them know you expect support and fairness and won't tolerate less, but do it nicely. if you come across as being too overwhelming you may botch your opportunity. if they like you and your ideals, you'll get a job offer. if they see that kind of attitude and frankness as a problem, then you won't be hearing from them and you won't be wasting your time starting an orientation with them. my experience, and understand this is totally subjective
, has been very good in ltc facilities that were owned and managed by religious organizations who were closely involved in the day to day running and care given to the residents.
- questions for nurses to ask employers during interviews. this is just a start. as you think of questions, add them to the list and take the list with you to an interview!