This has been probably the best week of my LIFE. I started off in the CVOR on Monday, Wednesday I took my boards with my best buddy...Thursday we both found out we passed and then went back to work Thursday as an RN!
Because of the awesome advice I got from the seasoned nurses here on AllNurses, I knew not to get overwhelmed, but I have to tell you, it was hard to do. Going into open heart surgery with no OR experience at all, was a big culture shock coming from the floor. However I have to say that the whole team is so friendly and welcoming that it made up for the fact that I was a fish out of H20! Not only am I being exposed to instruments, new nursing duties, paperwork, sterile technique (who would of thought that opening and placing an item on the sterile field would take so much THOUGHT!?) I also have to learn the nicknames too! "Bulldogs, mosquitos, warm, cold" etc. etc!!!!
All in all though, I am VERY happy my husband and I made the decision to stay in FL for now, to pursue this dream of mine. My only fear is that I will love it so much that I won't want to move to CO because I won't want to lose this awesome team of people. Of course, this could just be a "honeymoon" period that I'm feeling right now...and eventually I will be proficient at this job and it won't be a challenge anymore...but I really feel that have found where I want to be for a very long (if not retirement) time.
Sigh...for now I will just take it one day at a time, enjoy this new life of mine (try to forget that I hate this town) and dive in head first!