I just want to run this by someone.

  1. When I left hospital work early in 2000 I was making $17.30 an hour. I have done very little in the way of patient care except for a few days here and there on LTC since then. I have just been offered $19.60 by a small community hospital to return to the business. There is no other profession in the world where you could take nearly two years off and come back with a big raise. Plus I will be getting very good shift diffl and weekend diff. I am going to take a shot at it. Honestly, it is not the money in my case. I am bored and lonely(my youngest child has just left home). I admit I was a mental wreck when I quit but I have healed. The overwork will be much easier to take for me because I can pull out at anytime if I find myself under excessive stress. When I left nursing last year I thought I was a failure and a loser. The truth that I see now is that I was a pretty tough sister who knew when to act to save her own life. I have some chronic health problems but they are under control and I can pass a physical. I will only be in for two shifts a week and if I get mandated here and there I will be able to handle it. The nurse manager talked pretty straight with me and she tells me she only mandated two times in the past year. She told me exactly what it is like out there now. I just smiled cause I know exactly what goes on out there.
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Zee_RN
    Congratulations on your new job Oramar. You will be fine! You know the problems that are out there so you're not going to have to deal with "I never I knew it would be like this!!" that many new nurses have to deal with. You know how to protect yourself now. You also know that you don't have to take any bull**** that comes along...you can always go elsewhere or just blow it off.

    Have fun with it! Keep us posted.
  4. by   oramar
    Always nice to hear from you Zee, I think you are the neatest person.
  5. by   misti_z
    You sound very secure.....that's great!
    Good luck
  6. by   Jay Levan
    Just wanted to thank you again for responding to my Post(Weapons in the E.R.) and encourage you to go for it on your own terms. Nursing has not been kind to my wife, it literally near-disabled her in less than two years. Hope your experience is of a "Positive" nature and I feel that you will be a positive force for any "Staff" you will be working with "Jayrborn"
  7. by   oramar
    Why thanks for all these supportive comments. I intend to take very good care of myself. I have no idea how this will go. Sorry to hear about your wife Jay hope she is in a position that suits her now.
  8. by   Jenny P
    Congratulations, Oramar! I think you will do just fine, and that 2 days per week is enough to start with when you are returning to work after time off. I believe you are a person who can call a spade a spade and I don't envision you taking s#*@ from anyone; you appear to be someone who has the ability and courage to say NO when you have to these days.
    The problem with being a nurse who loves her profession is that if you leave it- even for health reasons- you miss it. And I've seen that in many of your postings here. Welcome back to the bedside; and good luck.
  9. by   fiestynurse
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  10. by   watergirl
    Congrats on your new job offer. I hope it will be all you wish for. Best of Luck!
  11. by   cargal
    I'm happy for you Oramar. I hope to be following in your footsteps soon. I, too , live in the Pgh area, as you may remember. Let us know how you like it. They are lucky to have you! Best wishes!
    Carrie
  12. by   NRSKarenRN
    Ormar, glad you found a position to your liking. You are stronger and wiser now, know what your body can handle and what stands to take for YOU and your patients. Continue to visit us for support, advice and encouragement. We value YOUR advice and perspective on the profession. Best wishes!
  13. by   mustangsheba
    Oramar: Congratulations!! You will do great. I read your posts all the time and you sound very together to me. Before I go to work, I do a little ritual to center myself. It helps me immensely when I'm greeted with chaos. Have fun!
  14. by   Mijourney
    Hi oramar. I think there's a point to be made with your experience of stepping out of nursing for awhile and stepping back in after introspection, and I hope relaxation. Would like to hear how things are going with you and your job in 3-6 months. Best wishes.

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