I agree with the above poster - you should check with your state's DOH - you can usually access info from there as to the facilities last survey results.
Do a walk through if possible before your interview (all interviews I've been on the DON does a tour of the units anyway-but if they don't offer request it) and take notice of the surroundings - atmosphere, residents & other staff. Ask questions - do you have a separate units for individual resident's needs - sub acute, Alzheimers, vent, etc.? What kinds of activities are there for the residents? What is the staff to resident ratio - how many residents for how many nurses & CNAs? What's the policy for overtime, are there frequent call-ins? Why is the position open, is there a high turn-around rate? Who does the staff consist of & what would your duties be, does the charge nurse do more than care plans
or will you be repsonsible for EVERYTHING (don't use my exact words though!
). When you're working understaffed teamwork & organization can make a big difference.
Unfortunately, many facilities are
understaffed - administators/owners don't regard the importance of enough staff to take care of the needs of the residents & then there's the whole insurance/$$$ issue (don't get me started on that!) :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
My facility is clean & reputable BUT disorganzied, short staffed a lot (at least 3 times a week I'm asked if I could stay the next shift & I learned a long time ago to turn my phone ringer off at night if I'm off from work the next day), nurses are not backed by management & we're always made to feel that we never do enough. But I love my residents & I know I make a difference in their lives, which is why I went into this profession to begin with. Good luck!