I am a recent grad and just got hired in a state facility. I was my first choice because I had done clinical work in this facility and enjoyed my time.
I have one, albeit serious concern though. Security, security, SECURITY. There doesnt seem to be much! That along with the fact that there are TONS of openings in this place when they havent added on or anything like that leads me to believe that people dont stick around.
So just for my own information, What is the recourse (generally, I know places are different) should anyone be seriously hurt by a patient?
May 21, '12
There isn't any recourse at our facility. It's understood that we hire on with the understanding of the "potential"(which is actual, not potential) violence(which includes assault, rape, etc); because these criminally ill patients are mentally ill; they've committed horrid crimes and are not responsible for their actions...so how can we possibly place police charges against them? And when most of the patients have 30+ years to serve, what difference does it make? It's frustrating to say the least. Some staff have lost their jobs trying to stop patients from injuring other staff, despite the fact that these staff have been cleared of wrong doing by the police. It doesn't speak highly of those in administration lending us the support we need, does it? You must expect injuries..it's so sad...but with this economy, at least it's a job.
Last edit by Midwest4me on May 21, '12
: Reason: grammar