Thanks for your response!
I've been in the PACU now for 2 months, and it was the best decision I ever made. I love it. The other nurses are very supportive and helpful - and much nicer. Probably because they don't work in a crazy, fast-food paced environment like on the floor.
I think PACU is one of the best nursing jobs
out there. I feel guilty when I call report up to the floors - the nurses always sound so stressed and exhausted. I remember those days. Now I always get lunch, and breaks now and then. I like using my mind more to critically think and trouble-shoot potential complications. I felt like on the floor, I didn't get the chance to properly think issues through, because I was too busy running around trying to put out fires and get apple juice for angry patients. If I hadn't found the PACU, I probably would have left nursing. Hope you continue to like your PACU position - I think I'll stay here for a while.