I wanted to update everyone on how my job interview went!
I was very honest about the jobs that I have had so far and why I left them. The nurse manager that I interviewed with respected me, and was thankful for my honesty. We then proceeded to talk about our high standards for nursing care that is safe, each expressing their dislike for shortcuts in care that are not safe. In a nutshell: I have found a nurse manager with the same value set as myself and it is awesome. The interview went so well, in fact, that she told me within 15-20 minutes that she wanted to hire me for her floor although we talked for 2 hours! Nothing intense, no grilling: just talking about various issues/concerns/thoughts within nursing.
I am excited to go back to the hospital because that is my home no matter how crazy and dysfunctional it may be.
I know that is where I belong. I start NP school next month, and will be doing that for 3 years and a semester part time. My new nurse manager said that she could see me as a good fit for a NP, and said that she wants to help me (and all of the other nurses on the floor) accomplish their long term goals. This is such a sharp contrast from my other nurse manager who never expressed an interest helping anyone with their long term goals, and blocked people from transferring from the floor.
To you all, and to myself, I will say this: Good or bad (because I am sure there will be both as always), I will remain at this job. I am going to do my very best with my patient care as I always do, and work with what I have. A job hopping RN no more will I be.
I believe I have found my work home!