Thanks guys! I haven't experienced this before. I stayed at one place for 13 years, but moved around to diff positions and units, but always the same family of faces. It was such a good place to work, few people did leave. I only did b/c I had a chance to start up a new cardiac surg unit in a hosp 7 miles from home. But, it just wasn't the same, and I needed a real change. Since then, 1998, I have moved once or twice a year to a new position, found HH, moved to an insur co, back to HH, then a sup position in another agency, then back for a weekend program in present HH co for the thrid round, and frankly, I am tired of having to prove myself over and over, and this job, while the paperwork and other politics at work are very frustrating, it works so well with my family life. I got to get my charts for today last night, did my visits before 1p and still got to my dtr's dance competition at 2:15. So, I can't beat the flexibility.
Many of my friends echoed some sentiments here, telling me they thought I was so brave for leaving and doing new things. I never ever thought of myself that way, I just liked learning new things. I am always amazed at nurses who stay in places for a long time despite not being happy. B/c to me, I have to be happy, or I can't stay. In the last 3 months, 3 RN's quit out of frustration, one retired and one is moving out of state. The 3 RN's who left out of frustration are all such wonderful nurses, and taught me so much about HH. I honestly thought they would never leave, but they did.
And you are right also when you say the remaining nurses look at that nurses drawer of cases and think, OMG, who's gonna pick up all these pt's?? As it turns out, they moved a nurse from the other team to our team, and she is taking those cases, I didn't even get one. But having taken over the cases of 2 of the other nurses who left, it's not easy to slip into their shoes. Patients become attached to their nurses, and it takes time to build rapport and trust.
I just know I will miss them, esp the latest nurse to retire, I really learned a lot from her, and she will really be missed.
I guess bonding with the remaining nurses is a good thing. I'm just afraid everyone will get discouraged and also resign. I want to stick around until at least November and make 1 1/2 years at one place in a row!!!
Thanks for all your words of encouragement. :kiss