Helllo... can't blame you a bit. I have never understood the many differences in ONE company ! Our FMC policy is that techs do NOT perform assessments...I assume this is COMPANY policy. Unless this is up to the discretion of each facility's medical director? Possibly. I'll ask our DON tomorrow.
We NEVER go without break.. EVER. Our DON makes sure of that.(including our morning break). Even if we choose to stick around another few minutes to complete a task, she's right there with her apron on, taking over, insisting that we go.
Do you not have a bicarb mixer? The only time we mix one by hand is if we miscalculated the amount needed, and need an extra (and have already cloroxed and rinsed the mixer).
Yes, we all share the water/bicarb/ biohazard trashboxes(etc., etc.) duties, but we have one person (nurse or tech) assigned for this each day,(including our DON) and we rotate. Rarely does one person have this duty more than once a week and we all appreciate that day as one where we can do something different and not have a patient load that day. Although that person does "float" kinda, and help out on the floor as well.. wherever needed.. just doesn't have an actual "side", know what I mean?
Yeh, hiring, not hiring... blah, blah, blah.. we get that, too. Never had forced OT.. get little OT period, and IF needed, always voluntary. Can't understand their justifying paying 2 RNs instead of opting for the less expensive tech pay...as much as they insist on costsavings... don't get it.
At any rate, your unit, as you have always described it, has always sounded crappy to me... REAL crappy. I wouldn't work there for love or money. Again, I'm just SOOOOOO glad to be where I am in our little unit... it's a whole different world. Wish you could work with us for just one week... you'd be amazed. I consider myself VERY fortunate ! Blessed with both super coworkers AND patients !
I wish you the best in your search for employment. Something good WILL turn up for you ! Enjoy the rest. Relax. BREATHE. Destress. When you least expect it, YOUR job will be knocking at your door !
Hugs to you.