Until I took a contract at the VA hospital, I would have echoed the sentiments above. But no more! The unit I work on doesn't fulfill the adrenalin junkie in me, but it does fill my desire to give quality patient care! I never miss lunch, and most of the time, I don't miss breaks either. I work with a good group of people, and the unit has a family feel to it. Yes, there are still stressors, when people call in, and we can't get help. And most of the people who work there are travelers also. And we just lost our unit manager, who was excellent, but went on to greener pastures. The work is difficult, as we have several total care pts.. But they don't allow OT for Travelers, so I don't have to worrry about feeling guilty about filling in on my days off. There are several travelers on the unit, who have resigned contracts for the 3rd, and 4th time.
You can get into a rut here. But when you look around, and see just what is out there, I'll take boredom, and safe staffing...at least for now!