So I'm currently a member of two committees, in addition to working full-time on my unit. Scheduling is a floor-based committee, the other is a hospital-wide initiative (albeit small, there's about 20 people on it). I'm thinking about leaving the hospital-wide committee, however, and I'm not sure what to do and I'm looking for advice!
I don't mind working on scheduling, as my manager asked me specifically to assist on the committee, and it's not too difficult. But the managers on our units are now forming a nursing committee that specifically address issues on all of the units in our specialty (patient transfer, policy, etc.), and how we can work together to fix them. My manager is looking for members to join and seemed interested in having me on board; however, three committees is too much for me! I don't want to feel like my work life is my only life.
I feel much more invested (and interested, even) in this new committee than I do in this other hospital-wide committee. Many of the research issues discussed at in the hospital-wide committee don't pertain directly to my line of work. I also feel slightly obligated towards it because I joined it first. I think it's important to note that I wouldn't be abandoning any projects in the hospital-wide committee if I left my position in it now. I held no formal "office" so to speak, and had no projects that I was involved in. The only potential "issue" is that one of the leaders of the committee was faculty at my nursing school, and holds me in high regard. I'm a little concerned that she might be upset that I'm choosing to leave.
Any advice would be helpful.