Well, I'm throwing in the towel! I have decided I am totally sick of being s supervisor, it is a thankless job, and even though I try very hard to make everyone happy, it is never enough. I am also sick of carrying 3 beepers everywhere I go on the weekend, and working every weekend!
I swallowed my pride and contacted my old HH agency, the one I left b/c they dissed me for a supervisor spot. I saw they had an ad for $30 per hour to work 3 out of 4 weekends, heck, I like working weekends in HH, none of the daily BS, and now I can take a weekend off once a month!! I will be able to supplement that, in the summer only, for $24 per hour on days, or with either of the 2 staffing agencies I work for, one I am orienting to a rehab hosp next week, and the other is where I do ICU and CT ICU/CCU work. I prefer to leave ICU behind. I am at a point in my career where it hurts me to keep 80+ year olds on a vent. Not everyone is an "old" eighty, and not all ICU pt's are old, but for God's sake, aren't we all supposed to die somtime?? I am hoping the rehab can give me enough hours, b/c I am seriously burned out from ICU nursing!!
Anyway, they tried to bamboozle me into not taking the 2 weekends in a row of my pre-scheduled vacation, the first vaca in 6 years for us! So, I simply said, well, then let's delay my start date to mid-August, in keeping with your "cycle." Quicker than you can say Jack Robinson, they decided it would be fine as a pre-employment arrangement (NO kidding!) For crying out loud I was certain to start 3 weeks before I wanted to leave, and am working 3 weeks after that! I get no bennies at all, no sick or vaca, so I have to work a lot of extra time before and after my vaca just to break even, what more do they want?? I do get one interesting bennie, full tuition reimbursement, which is only up to $2500 per year, maybe one master's course, possible 2 a year. Since they are paying, I will go for the masters...eventually. Though I wonder what is the point, since I already know I never want to be a supervisor, but may I could be an educator on the weekdays when my kids are grown.
Well, I have to tell you, making this decision has lifted my spirits immensely!! I have been cooking ancient Greek recipes all day for my daughter's school project, and I go into school tomorrow to help serve. I'm off to play (wrestle) with phyllo dough and feta cheese!