Quote from Maryspam
Thanks llg-What is your "dream job" if I may ask? How long have you been at it? Would you completely retire if you could?
I have been a nurse for 27 years and have a PhD. My current job combines staff development with a little administration. It's great in that I have a lot of autonomy, flexibility with my hours, etc. The essence of it is that I help the VP for nursing investigate and solve problems, develop new programs, teach and mentor less educated/experienced nurses, etc.
Sometimes I feel like I am actually accomplishing something (e.g. establishing a nursing student extern program, establishing an endowed fund for nursing scholarships, etc.). However, it can be frustrating to "work with the system" to try to get it to do what I want it to do. For example, today I find myself once again caught in the crossfire between our hospital attorney and the attorney from a university in another state -- trying to arrange an affiliation agreement for a hospital employee getting a degree in an online program so that she can do her clinicals here. That's not fun.
Then, there are always frustrations when so much of your success/failure depends upon working with/through other people. People just don't always do what you want them to do!
So ... yes ... by Friday, I am very ready for the weekend. 5 straight days of work is tiring, even though it is mental and emotional work as opposed to on-your-feet physical work. I often wish I could afford to work only 2 or 3 days per week so that I could have more days to "refresh my energy cells" more often.