Returning to Acute Care

  1. I have decided that when the current semester is over, I am leaving my teaching position and returning to acute care. I have had my resignation letter written for some time, and turned it in on Friday. I have several reasons, both personal and professional for making this decision. Although I do love teaching, I have found that education, at least in the institution where I teach, is even more political that acute care. And my old hospital has asked me to return to my position as Unit Manager in ICU. So I have made my decision to go back. I love acute care, and love ICU. I think I will be happier there.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   renerian
    Good luck. How long have you been away from the bedside?

    renerian
  4. by   Teacher Sue
    Quote from renerian
    Good luck. How long have you been away from the bedside?

    renerian
    I have never been "away" from the bedside. I have been teaching for only one year, but I continued to work per diem in my old unit as staff in order to keep my skills sharp.
  5. by   renerian
    I am sure it should be easy for you then. Do you think teaching helped you grow though as a professional?

    renerian
  6. by   Teacher Sue
    Quote from renerian
    I am sure it should be easy for you then. Do you think teaching helped you grow though as a professional?

    renerian
    Everything I have done has been part of my professional growth. I started as a staff nurse in med-surg, went to the ED, then ICU, then shift supervisor, staff development, and Unit Director in ICU before I moved into teaching a year ago. I was a preceptor when I was a staff nurse, and loved staff development, but teaching in a college is not the same. I think I had a positive impact when I was in staff development, and I made a difference when I was a unit director. During the time I was director in ICU, patient satisfaction increased, and staff turnover decreased. I'm very excited about returning.
  7. by   renerian
    Being happy in your nursing career is paramount!

    renerian

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