So, as of June of this year, I have been an RN for fourteen years.
Fourteen tumultuous years.
I started out in Med Surge, working on the same unit that I worked
as an aide for 4 year prior. Did that for 3 years. To say that those
were 3 tough years, would be an understatement. I don't think I
ever really got my "footing", you know?
After that, I worked for one year at a state psychiatric facility.
Actually LOVED that job most nights, and got praise for my nursing
skills, but had to leave the job because it was just too far from
Went back to Med Surge at another facility. Worked that unit
for a year and a half. Most nights weren't HORRIBLE, and I
had some small successes... but it just wasn't where I wanted to
be. Wanted to go back to psych nursing.
Then came the child psych job. Did that for a year and a
half. Horrible. Failure.
And to make long story short; for six years after that I had
various jobs with varying degrees of success, many highs and
lows. Long roller coaster ride.
In July of 2016, I finally found what I truly hope is my
"forever home" in nursing. I landed a job at a very small
critical access hospital. I have had NOTHING but success
here for the past year, and today I was awarded Employee
Of The Month, for the whole hospital!!!
I have never won ANYTHING like that, and I'm so happy
and proud!!! Finally I feel like a real nurse who truly
makes a difference. I didn't win the award because I'm
popular, I won the award because of what my patients
say about me.
finally I can say, I love being a nurse!