I used to work at a family practice clinic that also ran a walk-in. I was the only nurse there and frequently worked with 3 or 4 doctors together along with helping with the walk-in. I enjoyed the work but the pace was killing me. If I was 21 years old, it would have been easier, but I'm not, I'm 41. The nurse they hired to replace me is 22...she'll do okay.
I'm now off to another clinic with 7 family practice docs, 1 gyne, 1 dietitian and a pharmacist on staff. I'll be one of 6 nurses. Better pay, better working conditions...I know I'll be happy.
My last day was today and after working there for 13 months I came to realize just how much I've come to care for some of the patients and how much a lot of those (especially elderly) patients came to rely on me. Several cried when I told them I was leaving. I said goodbye to one of them today and nearly broke down and cried when I hugged him goodbye. I held it together until I got into my car and then cried all the way home. I won't miss the job, the staff, the docs or the pace...but I will miss my patients.
So onward on to bigger and better things.
Jun 24, '04
I empathize with you, at times some of the pts are almost like family.
the new girl will have the energy and I hope she has the patience.. wow your old job sounds like one busy crazy pace..
..but they willl miss you I am sure
I will be interested in hearing aboutyour new job.
It sounds like a good move for you. You will get to know more patients and these too will be grateful you came into thier lives.
Let us know how it is going
Joy and Smiles * Darla
Last edit by darla80 on Jun 24, '04