You can't imagine how grateful I am for this post!
I was in a management position which I was enjoying despite all the things you mentioned. I guess enjoying isn't really the right word, but I was able to make some positive changes at our facility and I am proud of that.
I had to work the floor many times and each time I found myself thinking what a great idea take care of patients and go home at the end of the shift. Much easier than the 12 hour days I was putting in as a manager. Weekends it was the oncall phone ring ring ringing off the hook. Can you believe people call on Saturday to ask you if they have to work on Monday? And at 11:30 at night!
Well due to budget cuts my postition as ADON was eliminated last week and I will now be returning to the floor.
I must say it was a big shot to my ego and I was feeling rather odd and embarrassed about returning to the floor. Now after reading this I think I will be able to march in there with my held held high, my intergrity intact (man did I learn some things!) and my mind at peace.
Thank-you all for your posts. You never know when what you write is just the thing someone else needs to hear.