After working in an outpatient dialysis clinic for 5 years I took a break for family reasons. I just took a per diem position in a hospital inpatient/acute dialysis unit; it seems to be the ideal job for me.
Although I'm returning to the same nursing specialty, I have been away from it - and nursing! - for nearly two years now. And I haven't worked in a hospital in 7 years (I worked there during my first year as a nurse, in med/tele and cardiac PCU). I'm glad to be returning to hospital nursing, but I'm sure that much has changed in 7 years. And I wonder if the established nurses in my unit will look at me with suspicion - or am I being paranoid?!
It seems to be a great unit (and manager), they have few openings and I'm really glad to have gotten this position. But I want to make a good impression and not alienate the other nurses. It's weird to be the newbie, when you don't know who is who (OK, who is the backstabber - yes, I'm really getting paranoid now! :uhoh21: Well, we had some in my last job...
) I guess I'm wondering if I will be a pest if I ask too many questions or what else could be the wrong thing to do. I do know dialysis, of course, but I will need to learn new machines and procedures.
Have any of you
- returned to nursing after a break of a 1-2 years
- returned to hospital nursing after a break of several years
and what do you wish you had known? How did it go? Any advice?