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Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Psychiatric Technician

February 2018 - September 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

The residents.

What I wish was different

Management.

Advice

It’s over worked and underpaid and under appreciated
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Psychiatric Technician

January 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Great experience

What I wish was different

Many improvements needed

Advice

This is not for everyone. Know your strengths and weaknesses before starting.
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Psychiatric Technician

May 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Great group of employees

What I wish was different

Communication within programs needs a lot of improvement

Advice

It can be very stressful at times, but you learn a lot from working with clients. Gives you new perspectives on life and on mental health stigmas.
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support staff

May 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

The opportunity to advance in other areas of the hospital, being apart of the new psychiatric urgent care

What I wish was different

Better pay

Advice

It is a good job if you’re looking to advance in other areas of psychology
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Pscyhiatry Technician

May 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

- Great pay and flexibility in scheduling - Fantastic experience for clinical psychology - Meaningful and challenging work

What I wish was different

- Can be traumatic - Some physically and demanding tasks

Advice

- Have an open mind and heart towards the people you meet
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Psychiatric technician

May 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I like the other staff members

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Be prepared to have a different day each day
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Med tech

June 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I love working with people

What I wish was different

Wish I got paid more

Advice

I would recommend this job if going into nursing school
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Psychiatric Technician

June 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

The application of the position and responsibilities to my degree and future career intentions

What I wish was different

I wish I had started earlier and applied earlier

Advice

Definitely go to the career fairs and internship fairs. They allow you to get convenient hand outs and talk to someone who actually is involved in the hiring/recommendation process.
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Psychiatric Technician

May 2019 • Cutlerville, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed the environment and the residents. It was also great to gain experience in the field that I want to go in to

What I wish was different

Advice

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Nurse Technician

May 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I felt supported by management, had adequate training across all units, gained excellent experience in therapeutic communication and destigmatizing populations, and mental care treatment strategies.

What I wish was different

As a per diem staff member, I was always paired with a high acuity patient as a 1:1, which led to high burnout.

Advice

This job is valuable for any health care field. I learned so much about how to care for those with mental illness.
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Human Resources Generalist

August 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

working and learning about new human resource areas

What I wish was different

nothing

Advice

having an internship is vitally important
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Psychiatric Technician

June - September 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I worked with at-risk residential youth, and I liked getting to know the residents the most. I made it my duty to try to help them the best I could.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had more control over certain things, but I understand that in my position, that was hard to do.

Advice

Don't take things too personally. You never know what someone has gone through or is going through. Don't let what people say get to you.
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Psychiatric Technician

May 2018 - September 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

The unparalleled teamwork and communication between all nursing disciplines was like nothing I've ever experienced before. Everyone worked toward to the single goal of high quality patient centered care and the results were evident among the patients.

What I wish was different

Advice

If I could share one of the greatest pieces of advice I received within my first few shifts it was this: Remember that no matter how stressed and scared you are, the patient is experiencing the situation 10x worse, and they need you to be calm, encouraging, patient, loving, and meet them where they are in that moment and then move forward with treatment.
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Psychiatric Technician

June - September 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I liked being around patients who were struggling with mental health issues because that’s what I had dedicated my entire college education to.

What I wish was different

My paychecks didn’t cover my cost of living, even though I was working very hard every day at my job, taking care of patients.

Advice

Make sure you’re mentally health enough to be able to handle this environment.
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Psychiatric Technician

July 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Pine Rest is an amazing organization. They are well-established and rooted deeply in Christ's love. They have very good staff and supervisors that are willing to always have teamwork and help you out. I like how many different populations Pine Rest serves, truly covering a spectrum of mental health.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Psychological Consultation Center Intern

March - July 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I was/still kind of am trying to figure out what I want to do with a Psychology degree. After doing this internship I have a way clearer picture of what I want to do. Leaning heavily towards School Psychology.

What I wish was different

I mean, obviously I would have liked to have been paid. But it was not a big deal. Hardly ever thought about it because I enjoyed my experience so much.

Advice

Keep an open mind. Even though there are some days that are very slow, the people that work at Pine Rest, that you will interact with, are very knowledgeable in their respective fields. ASK QUESTIONS!!
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Psych Tech

March 2018 • Rockford, MI

What I liked

The residents

What I wish was different

The supervisor

Advice

Keep work separate from home
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Psychiatric Technician

June 2017 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I love working in healthcare and with a healthcare team. In this job you get to provide direct patient care and gain incredible experience. This job, though, I loved for more than the paycheck and experience. I get to help people in their darkest moments, learn their stories and be a part of their treatment and recovery team.

What I wish was different

Some programs within Pine Rest need updating.

Advice

Even though you are in this job to help other people you cannot neglect your own health and emotions. This job is extremely taxing on your emotions. Make sure you seek help and assistance if you need it, talk about your experience, debrief hard days and be thankful for the good ones.
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