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"Very Good, Friendly place to work"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends

Pros

Nice environment. Friendly people. Growing hospital, large campus. Wellness center on campus.

Cons

Currently a smaller hospital in a small town.

Advice to Management

Work to maintain the positives, friendliness, good technology, good staff. Stay connected to the community.

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    Former Employee - Imaging in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Imaging in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at South Lake Hospital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of experience hospitals

    Cons

    I do not have any cons

    Advice to Management

    Opportunities


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    "RN - ICC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at South Lake Hospital full-time

    Pros

    You will probably find many friendly, funny people to work with who you can vent to on a daily basis about work.

    You will get exposed to intermediate/progressive level care at an extremely rapid pace and build a foundation for your future career.

    The patient population is almost entirely geriatric (age 50+); so if you are looking to focus on that demographic, this is the place for you.

    The cafeteria isn't as horrible as an institutional cafeteria could be, even though the prices are a bit steep (even with your 25% discount).

    You can get involved in a lot of projects if you're into that sort of thing.

    Cons

    Put simply, this isn't a place where you can hope to spend the rest of your career as a bedside nurse. You can get your start here; but then you need to move on. Otherwise you will really start to dislike your life. You don't think it will get to you; but, trust me, it will.

    The wages aren't high enough to live in the area without resorting to living in the more "sketchy" parts of town. But, that seems to be a Florida problem for the most part. Like most hospitals, they pay night shift considerably more than day shift (via differential) even though day shift has to work with many more interruptions and additional tasks than night shift does on a routine basis. This leaves day shift feeling unappreciated and burned out.

    Your RN license will constantly be at risk because the staffing ratios are not safe. At most, you should be caring for no more than 3 to 4 patients at this level of care; yet you will frequently find yourself caring for 5 patients due to inadequate staffing. There's no union to negotiate for better staffing ratios and no safe staffing laws in Florida, so whatever the employer says goes.

    There isn't as much support from other departments as you would really like; and, furthermore, there aren't enough resource nurses to assist. If anything needs to be done and there isn't anyone to do it, expect it to be added to your job responsibilities. This includes administrative tasks, transporting patients, comprehensive education, etc. If you expect your boss to really help you out without complaining or looking down on you for asking for help, look elsewhere.

    There's no room to advance in this hospital unless you know someone and are really friendly with them. You can try to climb up the "Clinical Ladder" or participate in the "Clinical Advancement Program"; but you'll likely never be able to get into a niche position or management position until someone quits, retires, or expires.

    Management can be very unprofessional and cliquish. Good managers (the ones who challenge administration and fight for their people) don't last long at this hospital. Bad and otherwise ineffective managers tend to stay forever because they give administration exactly what it wants. The hospital claims to support "shared governance" while it practices "top-down" control of everything. Managers aren't held accountable for their errors, even when they hire people who are unqualified for their jobs or when turnover is in the high double digits.

    Advice to Management

    To administration: if you really want to start recruiting and retaining the best of the best RNs, you need to start by getting rid of every manager and assistant manager you have. You need new blood in those positions. You also need to give up the amount of control you have over things and let the departments decide what is best for them. Also, minimum nurse pay should be $30/hour (not including differential).

    To management: you all need to realize that your subordinates are almost always upset about what you're saying and doing. Then, you need to stop saying and doing those things. You need to compliment people 20 times more often than you criticize or correct them. Your people need to feel like you are being genuine with your praise and not just sticking on a plastic/fake "manager face" when you praise them.

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