Hi guys! I just want to share my very first interview experience. After applying to almost all job posting online, plus personally delivering about 10 resumes to HR in different hospitals, nursing homes, long term care facility, rehab center. Maybe 1 out of 50, I finally got a call from a facility. Im so excited to speak with the unit manager and when she invited me to come for interview! Yey! I prepared myself for the interview. So I arrived in the facility 30 minutes early. She introduced herself to me. She was very nice. She conducted the interview in her office. I believe that it went very well. I was able to answer her questions. She even told me that she likes me and she can see herself in me. When I heard that compliment I was really happy. Then after the interview, she told me that she need to speak with the director of nursing and I will hear from them after a week. She gave me a quick tour with the facility. Then again, im very much excited to see the workplace and see the patients. I was totally shocked! We visited the floor with dementia and alzheimers patients, she orient me to the floor telling this is the floor with 52 patients "stable patient" according to her. Then she brought me to her unit the complex subacute unit another 50 plus patients in that area with patient on trach, peg, picc, vent. I was totally overwhelm! Then I asked her usually whats the ratio of nurse in here. She said "3 nurses in am, 2 in pm, 1 at night"! In my head I was like?? Omg? What?? 1 nurse to 52 patient!!! wow! Thats alot! I used to work in the hospital in Med-surg and whenever i get 15 pt per day, its really so much work so I wonder how they can give quality nursing care if you have 50 patient to take care. Im so disappointed with the facility, it was not clean at all, you can see the patient everywhere, patients in the hallway, trashcan just all over the place, she even said that some pt have infectious disease, The smell isnt really good at all!!!I tried not to breathe while we are walking in the floor. Its totally horrible! I just cant believe how can they tolerate to work in that kind of environment. I was so disappointed. When I first saw that facility I liked it very much because I saw the reception area was really nice, people are very warm but I wasnt expecting that its totally opposite what's inside the facility!
When I came home I was really sad. I asked myself if thats where I wana work with. Or is there's something wrong with me? I am being too picky or expecting too much?? But just I dont feel like thats not a safe environment to work with.
Guys, pls help me, my husband seems not to understand coz he is not in nursing field, he told me that if I get the job offer I should accept it. I even have second thoughts if I even want to go back to that facility. I know its really hard to find a job nowadays. Should I really have to take that job and take the risk in working with them? IS it worth it?
To those who are working in the long term care facility, is this really the usual kind of environment I have to expect when I work in LTCF? Its my first job interview
and even If the interview went well, Im not satisfied with the workplace and the ratio of nurse patient. So Im really feel sad and frustrated. Please give me some advice.
Thank you very much.