OK, OK, I told the ADON that I wanted off the floors. I told her that I wanted to use my brain and not my feet for a living. I said that I felt stagnated in my present job. I said that I wanted something in either risk management or utilization review that would give me some normal hours, and allow me to use my creative side as well as my interpersonal and communication skills.
There's a bit of a background as to why I am so eager to get away from my present job and why I am so anxious to leave the bedside, political manuevering in which I was basically used as a weapon, so in my opinion, they owe me something, and they know it. Also, I was hired at my present job with the idea that it was temporary until an OR training course was started, but the training course never materialized and I've been there a year.
To my utter shock the ADON told me that she knew exactly what I was saying and what I wanted. She said that she'd look around and come up with something for me. She was careful to add that she can't promise me anything but that she would do her best. She said that my supervisors speak highly of me, and that she doesn't want to lose me. Make a mental note of that people! ALWAYS get along with your supervisors if at all possible! I have actually liked the majority of mine, and don't hesitate to open my mouth and tell them the good and the bad. She asked if I'd be interested in Adult Outpatient Surgery. Hell yes!
I was so blunt with her, that it surprises even me. I told her that even fresh out of school I was in a charge nurse role, and have always been a charge nurse until I came to this job, and that it is frustrating to me to be in a position where I see what's wrong, and how to fix it yet minds were set in stone long before I got there, and right or wrong "it's the way we do it here". See, that's the way my mind works. I am always looking for a way to improve things. Rather than be stuck and complaining, I look at how it can be fixed, and that's not a welcome change to many of my older senior coworkers who don't want to change anything. I am not talking about unionization or anything radical, just ways to maximize the little staff we have. Don't get me wrong, I like my coworkers! I just know better than to try and disrupt their routines.
What's that prayer called? The serenity prayer? Lord grant me the courage to fix the things I can change, the serentiy to accept the things I can't, and the wisdom to know the diffrence. Well, I am finally coming to understand that concept. I can't change things here, and rather than stay and accept it, I'd rather leave it!
So for "enquiring minds" I may be getting a job in AOPS, or in either risk management or utilization review. While I wasn't really specific about what I did want, I was very specific about what I no longer was willing to do. We'll see what happens. In the meantime, I have lined up an interview for another charge nurse job, one in which the charge nurse doesn't take patients, and the hours are normal. It's not quite far enough away from the bedside for my liking but it beats the hell out of what I am doing now, and it allows me a small degree of control over my own working conditions. I don't think I am power hungry, but admit to being a bit of a control freak at times. Unlike many of my coworkers, I don't just take things lying down. I am not sure how they do it or why they do it, but I am 110% sure that I can't and won't. I don't know what the difference is, why they stay for this, and why I refuse to, just that there are things which I will not accept quietly and they do.
And Steven, TELL US WHERE YOU WENT! We've been dying to hear this.