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Monday, August 18, 2008

The End of an Era

Since June 1997, I have been an ICU nurse. I have always worked at the bedside caring for the patients and their families.

Four years ago, the Pulmonologists approached me about working for them on the weekends. I would presee the hospital patients for them, write the physicians progress note, write orders for medicines and tests, and be a liason between the patient and the physicians. I still worked full time at the bedside.

Two years ago, these same physicians approached me about working part time for them doing the same job but during the week. I accepted and went to part time at the bedside.

A year ago, I was offered full time with the practice and went to casual perdiem at the bedside, working one weekend a month.

Today, the hospital called to inform me that the perdiem requirements would be changing and they would be requiring dayshifts during the week as well as weekends. That is a committment I am unable to make.

Today, I resigned from the hospital and will no longer be considered a bedside nurse. I am not sure how I feel about this but it is a done deal...


suz said...

wow. That is something to digest. Perhaps it is for the better?
What are you going to do now?
Can't wait to hear where this leads you.

Mary Beth said...

whoa! The good news is we get you more on the weekends.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

I have a very good friend that was a NICU nurse (actually she took care of my son J during the 5 1/2 months he was in the NICU. As you can imagine, she and I became quite close, as she was his primary nurse!) About a year ago she left the bedside (or "isolette side", as it were) to become more of a teaching and compliance specialist within the hospital. There are things she likes about it but a lot she misses about the nurse-patient interaction.

You never know - you might find something you absolutely LOVE that you wouldn't have found otherwise.

Life is all about change, as we all know....
Keep us posted!

(How does Piglet feel about all this???) :-)

painted maypole said...

it;s hard to leave behind something you're good at and enjoyed doing

karengberger said...

"Wow" from me, too. You know yourself, and your gifts, loves and skills. I send encouragement and belief in your "inner knowing." If you change your mind, you can always take a different path. God bless you.