Hi I used to come to allnurses all the time (I lived here actually), but then fell off the wagon.
I've been a geriatric nurse in personal care homes since I graduated from nursing school
in 1998. I am very bitter and very burnt out about work right now. I've been on stress leave a few times and I'm thinking maybe it's time to make a significant change while I still have my marbles.
My future mother in law likes me a lot and is trying to get me to apply to work on her NICU unit. Apparently they're really good at giving the people the training they need and she's even offered to let me to a "drive-along" during one of her shifts. I like to think that I can do it, and I can make this change that scares the heck out of me, but geeze people with alzheimer's and preemies are kinda different you know.
I remember being scared as heck during my peds rotation in school (which is probably very much related to my choice of such a lo-tech area of nursing.
Also the idea of lifting people who are only 500grams looks so good when I hobbly home after a shift of taking care of heavy people.
I've been praised quite a few times about my cool head in emergencies and I am and have been very dedicated to learning new things and keeping my practice up to date.
Anyone ever made a humungous change like this?