I was working as a nurse for a assisted living facility for 4 years, and well...I got very very attached to the patients and all the wonderful people I worked with! It is a small community to begin with...even smaller in a facility and well..they were like family!
The facility itself wasn't pleasant to work in, but I stayed because of WHO I worked with! But alas...due to medicare/medicaid cut backs and new rules...the facility could only afford me for two days a week! Ummmm, can't pay the bills on that! I knew I HAD to leave, but still was pondering how I could stay based on not ever wanting to leave my work collegues, patients..and well...the comfort of knowing my job day after day!
I had to take a chance...but nursing positions were hard to come by...so I had to take a even larger risk! I had to go agency nursing! Agency is going to different facilities (either contracted to stay for a while, or just daily) and different roles! EEEEEKKKKKKK I had been working in the LTC areana for 4 years..how can I switch gears to hospital fast and whatever else thrown at me...in new facilties all the time!!!!!! I was down right excited yet terrified!!!!!
Let me tell you...best thing I have ever done! Yeah it was a period of adjustment, and I went into it thinking "the only thing you can do is do your best!". I now work for a hospital full time, and best thing...I had a bidding war going on for my services so I got top dollar and awesome benifits once I chose to stick with one place after a year! I have never felt so valuable and respected! Also..nice thing..especially with nursing...if things don't go well...I can go back to agency or move on to other specialties or areas of care!
Also..for those a little scared by the negativity you see on here...take it with a grain of salt, and definately log it in your memories as a potential! All jobs have their good and bad points..and well, since we do work with one of the most dynamic factors a job could ever have (people!), and there is a heavy demand for each second of your time as a nurse...well...you are going to need to vent once in a while!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!! I am sure if you went to a site for Lawyers or even Resturaunt...you will see complaints that would scare you out of working there too! LOL! Take it with a grain of salt, but I didn't know about all the downers about the job..and wished I had before hitting them blind all on my own! It was helpful to me!
And the whole "life in my hand" deal...well it isn't just you, it is a team of medical professionals too...you aren't alone. There are protocols in place and rules to help bypass mistakes, and it is worth taking the time to learn them and follow them ALL the time (I have only made two mistakes in my 8 years...both when I didn't follow the protocol because I was too busy! No one was hurt at all except for me being very upset at myself...all could have been avoided if I had spoken up and said...I need to have more time to do things correctly or I will make a mistake, and take that time for safey!). The other thing...don't do ANYTHING unless you know how...if you don't ask for help, and never let anyone bulldog you into doing it without help! I don't...and I can always get help when I ask
. Respecting your responsiblity is one thing...fear or intimidation of it is not respecting it...so just a mindset change and some experience and that fear/intimidation actually fuels the respect of your responsiblities
Okay I have rambled long enough...good luck and try to think of this as your new adventure!