It's not too bad, if you can handle working with the patient population there. Some of the patients there are VERY VERY ill with schitzophrenia, bipolar, etc; and some of them mostly just have horrifying personality disorders that make it impossible for them to survive in society. And, we also have people who get admitted with "mood disorder NOS"; which a lot of times translates to "I'm homeless, I need a place to crash for a while, so I think I'll try to get into Central State for a while by going down to UofL's ER and telling them I want to kill myself". I'm actually not trying to be judgemental, but it is a fact. The latter two types of patients are hard to deal with. The ones that are sick, sick, are not necessarily easy, but I prefer dealing with them.
Anyway, THAT part aside... it's not TOO bad of a place to work, but I don't know honestly that, in good faith, I could recommend someone go there and try to get a job. The way the place is run is rather disorganized, communication is rather spotty between admin. and employees, *I* personally don't have much trust in the higher ups there.... plus, the way they do scheduling is like nothing I've ever seen in any job I've ever had. The schedules of EVERY nursing employee in the hospital are done each month by ONE person, and scheduling is rather unflexible. I work 5 night shifts a week, and I had forgotten what a HARD, hard shift that is to work, especially with small children, in my case. They DON'T do 12 hour shifts there, although they WILL let some people do double shifts; maybe two doubles a week. I have thought about trying that on the weekends, but it would mean working EVERY weekend; if I ever wanted a weekend off there, I'd probably have to take the whole weekend off and then use a bunch of vacation or personal time, instead of maybe making up those two days during the week. They most likely would not let me do that.
So... if you're really truly interested in working with psych patients and you don't mind only being able to work five eights a week pretty much... it might be a good place to get started in that field of nursing, but I probably wouldn't stay there. I don't plan on staying there past April, really. After my baby is born, I'm most likely going to look for something with either three 12's a week, or a baylor program.
The ONE great thing I can say about the place... I work with some AWESOME people. Some of the people that work there and have worked there for a long time are absolutely wonderful. Lots of diversity among the employees too; many ethnic folks working there, many men, and many older folks. When I leave there, IF I do truly decide to leave, I'm really gonna miss the people a lot. Something I have noticed about the people there... go figure... is that most of them are either single, married but with no kids, or older with grown kids.