My interview went well...I start next monday (march 7) with my first Private duty nursing case. The same nurse has been on this case for the last several years but she is retiring, so that is why this position opened. It is in a private home with a little girl with multiple medical problems. I have not been to the home yet, but the agency told me they live in a beautiful home in a nice area. They told me they are a very easy-going family, and I won't have to worry about the family being "difficult".
During the school year, I will be with her from 2pm till 8pm Monday to Friday. In the summer (no school) I'll be with her from 7:30 am till 5 pm, also Monday to Friday. LONG hours in the summer!!! But since it is temporary I can handle it! The 2pm to 8pm is PERFECT FOR ME! I hate mornings, am a natural night owl, and have worked either evenings or night shift for years now.
I feel very positive and excited about this... In fact, the whole situation seems almost too good to be true! I feel like a "gift" has been dropped in my lap. I was VERY BURNED OUT (stressed out to the max!) of hospital nursing, and am so looking forward to this change of pace.
Meanwhile, the last few nights I worked at the hospital I have told various nurses of the new position I am taking...some have wished me well and are happy for me, but others have been sordof critical...saying I'll be bored and unchallenged. Such as,
"You'll only have one patient?? That sounds boring."
"I wouldn't know what to do without 6 or 8 patients. I like to be busy. I wouldn't want a job like that...I wouldn't feel challenged."
These comments, to be honest, really surprised me. It wasn't what I was expecting.... DO ANY OF YOU OTHERS WHO DO PRIVATE DUTY NURSING ENCOUNTER REMARKS LIKE THIS?? Do they act like you are a "lesser" nurse because you only care for one??
As stated above, I feel really excited and positive about this and the change of pace. After 14 years of hospital staff nursing (running around with my head cut off, overloaded with work, never being able to leave feeling like my patients truly got PROPER care, etc) - I am ready for a job that is a different pace. I am excited that I will have the time to actually give a patient PROPER care!!!!!!!! I am excited about getting to know ONE patient and their family, instead of caring for hundreds of patients over the course of time. And if there are moments of boredom...after 14 years of INSANITY at the hospital, I welcome it! :hatparty:
Well, this is a LONG post!! So sorry! Laura (Arwen Evenstar)
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Good luck! let us know how it goes! Mary