I have returned to the bedside from which I came. I am enjoying it!!! Am I losing it. I keep hearing about how awful it is out there and that all the good nurses are leaving the bedside. I left for 7 years and yes, the floor is more acute, there is less staff, and the pay difference from when I left in 1995 to when I returned in 2002 is so miniscule as not to even mention--but I am able to have patient contact. As an instructor, I only had patient care through my students. Now I am able to give the kind of care I want to. How long will this euphoria last???? (kind of like new grad with honeymoonitis)I cannot say--but I am enjoying it for the moment. Of course I have my teaching to fall back on--but for now I am among the "nurses" and doing the nursing that I went into the field for in the first place so many years ago.