I am currently a traveler at an HCA facility in Houston. It's not horrible, but not the best either. I can see where staff get frustrated, but I also can see a pattern of people who hate their jobs, are just unhappy people in general. I have to say I overall have enjoyed my assignment w/ HCA. Management has been helpful, my coworkers are great too. I do have to say though, the majority of my coworkers are travelers or agency as well. HCA is not very organized, which can be frustrating. My orientation was pretty slim, but I was motivated enough to figure my routines out on my own. I can see the culture of a sink or swim atmosphere. I do get frustrated at my job when I am working with those that are unhappy. They focus so much on how unhappy they are, and pt care gets neglected, as well as the whole "team" effort. For those of you who are that unhappy, go get another job. I can't say that HCA is the worst. I have worked in facilities that are not affiliated w/ HCA, that were way worse.
I think your job is what you make of it. Nursing is constantly changing, busy, and chaotic. People are sick. We are there to care for them. If you are too tired to give your best, you should probably not be in nursing. Working hard and being in an unsafe situation is completely different. Do I work hard, yes-very hard. Has my situation been unsafe, no. If you are put in an unsafe situation, then you should protect yourself. It is your license that is on the line. NEVER be afraid to stick up for yourself, and if it is that bad, then do not work for that facility. You can always get another job.