JulieW~ Thank you for your positive response. I too, am a LPN and just switched from being an Orthopedic physician's clinical/surgical nurse (for the past 2 yrs), to a VA hospital Med/Surg nurse. I find my new role very challenging. I left a very close network of skilled nurses and friends. Starting over is hard, I miss the comradery I shared at the clinic. But the new environment I am in, is just that...new.
They have very high emphasis on CME's et furthering education. The staff I am among now are very skilled and knowledgable. I just feel overwhelmed coming from such a specialized field, to the grand pot-luck of medical variety! :P I am eager to learn and relish the opportunities ahead.
I am proud of my job, but am not quite satisfied in my current role as of yet...still have a ways to go until I feel confident and compitent. Every day has it's rewards...from patients to staff.
Again, it is good to have your replies ya'll!
Take care. Health and Blessings~ Jodie