I'm on a roll with these threads lately
I started a job in a wound healing/hyperbaric clinic back in November as a Wound/Hyperbaric Nurse because I thought I needed a break from 20 years of LTC. I am a Christian and knew more than 20 years ago that my calling was to work in geriatrics so I did, and found great reward in it.
Fast forward to the Fall of 2012. I began feeling like I wanted to make a change, so I pursued a totally different direction and landed my current job. Now I know that a lot of LPNs and RNs would give anything to work in a clinic, Mon-Fri. with all holidays and weekends off, but when your heart is not in it, it's miserable. I go to work everyday and do my job, but I am only going through the motions, never enjoying one minute of it.
There is enough work for two people and I never hear anything positive about my job performance, even though I have been thrown to the wolves. No wonder they have been through three Hyperbaric Nurse Techs in less than three years.
I had an interview after work this afternoon as a nurse supervisor in a home for Alzheimer's patients, and when a couple of those little residents came up to me and enthusiastically hugged me like a long lost family member I just about lost it. My heart said "this is where you belong" and I know it. I have gone off on my own, thinking there was something better out there, but the truth is, my heart is with the elderly and I cannot run away from it any longer.
If God blesses me with this job I will not run away from my calling again. I will strive to provide the best care I can, and will enjoy every moment I am given to work with some of the most precious members of our society. My heart belongs in geriatrics and just wants to find it's way back.