....I landed a job outside of the hospital.
I'm a newer nurse, only at it for five years, but I've been in the hospital setting that entire five years.
Many days, I feel so trapped inside those walls, staring longingly out the window (if I'm lucky enough to get a break so I can go find a window), yearning to get Out There.
So, I found a nice little on-call position outside of the hospital setting and start in another month. A big part of me is excited and looking forward to the change.
But then, I start to freak out a little....what if I lose all my skills? What if I forget everything I worked so hard to learn? What if I'm making a big mistake?????
I've read on this site comments from nurses who have said that getting out of the hospital was the best thing they ever did.
How do you feel about your skill and knowledge level?
What kind of inspirational words of wisdom can you grace me with?
Quote from OCNRN63
I learned so much working in those two fields; it really helped me to gain confidence in my assessments; after all, it was just me out there with no one around for a second opinion.
Yes, this is the part (or one of them) that I think will capture my interest and inspire me to continue to develop professionally. I feel my assessment skills are really sharp after working in the ED, and because I'll be out there kind of on my own (I'll have resources I can call, won't be left twisting in the wind), I'll have to rely on those assessment skills to make a lot of decisions. In the ED, I have doctors and more experienced nurses to consult all around me. If I'm not sure of something, I can run it by someone else. Out in the field, I won't necessarily have that resource available.
Also, my new role will be more one of teaching and tech support rather than actual bedside care. I've always enjoyed patient teaching, and working with motivated patients is really nice. This will be an opportunity to develop my interpersonal and teaching skills.
Who knows, maybe it'll inspire me to go back to school.
Oh, and I plan on keeping all my certifications up to date, even if I have to pay for them myself. I'm also planning on sitting for the CEN to keep myself current, should I decide to take a per diem position in the ED.
Last edit by Anna Flaxis on Mar 19, '12