I've been a LPN for about 6 years now, I have worked in psych, med surg, ortho, long term acute care, vent units, oncology, neuro etc. I never lasted in one field more then a year. I would always seem to burn out due to the administration/patients/work enviorment etc.
This last year it had gotten so bad I stopped studying for my RN (excelsior) because I really wanted nothing to do with nursing. My last stop was basically just working for agencies. I figured if I was going to be unhappy with my job I might as well get payed top dollar for it.
One day out of the blue I decided to pop in to a local home health care provider. I filled out an application, interviewed took a few tests etc. They do a lot of pediatric home care stuff and since I had limited pediatric experience they decided to put me with an older gentleman on a vent. The time for my orientation came about and the guy who I was supposed to take ended up in the hospital.
The scheduler asked me If I wanted to orientate on a peds case. I said sure. Well I just got home from the most enjoyable nursing shift I have worked in five years. The boy I was orientating was a 13 year old with Cerebral Palsy and various other complications relating to that, he had a trach and very little muscle coordination in his arms/neck. He didn't communicate verbally but a big smile was all that was needed :chuckle.
I got there about 7:30 and the nurse orientating me was a old battle axe (affectionate term :P ) we did some treatments on him (updraft, some sort of vibrating vest thing I don't know what its called, fed him via his g button, got him dressed etc.) about 9:00 the van was there to pick him up for school. We sat with him in school (wasn't really school was basically just socilization with other DD kids) he got to ride around on a special trike (looked like loads of fun !) and other types of physical therapy.
I really enjoyed myself, and found myself feeling something I haven't felt in a long time about a patient .... CARING. I know it sounds awful that but I have just been so burnt out on acute care, and even though I feigned caring before I really didn't feel it in my heart.
Anyways just thought I would share my great day with you all. I am sort of not looking forward to taking the older guy when he gets home from the hospital, especially after having a great peds experience, but I will play it by ear and see how it goes