One year ago I was plucked out of the ER by administration to start a new documentaion project. It focuses on physician documentation for Medicare/Medicaid cases. It's considered a hand-selected Administrative position--Mon-Fri.; no weekends, holidays or call time. I was flattered and had a hard time telling the #2 man "no" even though I have been an ER nurse for 17 years and love it.
Now it's one year later and I STILL miss patient care. I feel I'm wasting my gift and making more $$$ for the hospital, while they give out 3% raises and recently laid off nearly 100 people. (Yes, some nurses) Everyone says "give it time" "I used to feel that way too". Everyone can't wait to find a Mon-Fri. job, but hear me when I say I hate that too. As a mom of 3, I'm not missing sports events but feel like I have soooooo much less time for my kids, husband, housework or myself. I miss my three 12 hour shifts. Then your weekends are spent running your butt off to get ready for the next work week. I feel like the little mouse on the wheel! heehee
How long do I give this? Are the tradeoffs worth it? The job I do is important, but I'm not sure it's what God had in mind for me.