Well my goals for 2018 are
1. Finish TPAPN in August (yay!) and then
2. work as little as possible. I will work PRN for several different facilities owned by my current employer. I like PRN, more freedom over my schedule, and I can jump from one facility to another, easier to avoid the drama that comes with working full time. Morale tends to rise and fall in cycles, I've found, and when I work PRN I have always been able to avoid the drama that seems to affect the full time staff due to personnel issues, management policies, etc.
3. travel! I have several trips I want to take, big and small ones. Camping in the US, road trips all over exploring different parts of the country, camping along the way. And Ireland, Scotland, Italy, lots of places I want to go. Maybe one big trip a year, and several other smaller things in between. These are trips I can't take while in TPAPN, and couldn't take while I was married with kids. No time, no money and my husband had no interest. Now that I'm divorced and the kids are grown, I have a lot more freedom...at least I will when I'm done with TPAPN.
4. Try cruise ship nursing. Yeah I know, I've heard bad things about these jobs, pay is low, no time off, on call all the time etc. But I recently spoke with a woman who did it and she loved it. Yeah the pay is low, but I'm planning on working PRN so my pay will be decreased anyway, it can't be lower than that. And it's something new to try, maybe it'll be just once (4-6 month contracts), but it's something I've wanted to do but couldn't because I was married. Now that I'm divorced I feel the need to go out and do all those things I couldn't do before!
5. Increase my hours volunteering at my local animal shelter. I'm there once a week right now, just for 3 hours, if I cut down my work hours when I'm PRN I'll have time to give more to the shelter.
Everything I want to do hinges on my completing TPAPN. I can't work PRN for multiple facilities while in monitoring. I can't travel (I could but the hassle is not worth it), can't apply for cruise ship nurse jobs. I really don't want to just put my life on hold because of monitoring, I know I should try to live and enjoy my life all the time, right now, not waiting until after I'm done with TPAPN. I just can't though. I just need to feel the freedom of not checking in every single day, and everything else that monitoring entails. 232 days. I can do this.