Some ward areas who have good leadership are brilliant. Surgical wards on whole are very good Some wards have a toxic environment due to bad managers and this continues when you leave there area ignoring you and refusing your onward training in there area, honestly through no fault other than they feel this is justified as you are lower ranked and they can! Mixed shifts are difficult but get on the right ward and this job is rewarding
Staff Nurse Band 5 in JVG STAMFORD
Well supporting senior colleagues and excellent team work
I was newly qualified when I started. Received great support from most members of team. Continuous training and supernumerary until feeling confident. preceptorship program for all new staffs to the trust as standard to ensure easy transition.
Administrator in Huntingdon
Not enough hours in the day to do what is expected
A typical day would start off with a number of tasks that need to be done. It would end with exactly the same number of tasks outstanding due to managers wanting other things to tight deadlines, changing the goalposts, crises in clinical areas which require immediate action, mandatory meetings or training set up on your behalf by managers etc. Next day or so managers will ask why your tasks have not been done! Managers have little understanding or interest in what your role entails or what demands are being placed on you by others only in what they want you to do for them.
Consequently there is a widening gap between staff and managers. This is a shame as there used to be a more collaborative culture but it's almost like they don't care if people leave now. Most enjoyable thing is going home!
Ups and Downs
Trained here, unfortunately, on many occasions, staffing levels prevent decent support for many pre-ceptee midwives and student midwives and all workforce alike.
There used to be (and still are) staff members that I learned so much from. Their experience and expertise were second to none.
Unimpressed with some policies and procedures.
Not always consulted by management regarding issues that affect all the people on the "shop floor".
Need more mental health first aiders and dedicated areas for mindfulness and escapism at work to ensure staff can really shut off on their breaks when required or possible.
If staff are looked after, the staff will ensure that everything else is all well and good, but at times, staff feel undervalued, not listened to and have low morale.
At other times - everyone pulls together and morale increases despite surrounding circumstances.
Secretarial Assistant in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Broad shoulders required, strong character and determination
Lots of audio typing with additional admin duties.
A difficult working environment with poor management/team leadership. Most would rather not be there. Quite clicky. Patients usually OK though.Interesting subject matter. Parking and exit from site difficult.