I was asked recently to volunteer as a nurse for a church function. You may remember that I volunteered over the summer to be a camp nurse. What all of this has reminded me of is that I miss nursing. I miss the interaction with my patients and the feeling of accomplishment when I take care of a problem. I miss knowing that I am helping other people. There are a lot of things I don’t miss though.
- I don’t miss the crazy hours. I like being able to eat and sleep when I want to instead of when my boss tells me.
- I don’t miss the abundance of medical supplies necessary to complete my job. There were times that I had more supplies to carry around than I did patients to treat.
- I don’t miss the wound care, burn care, or oral care. I don’t actually mind doing the care itself, but it certainly isn’t on the top of my “favorite nursing procedures” list.
- I don’t miss the constant changes in policy and procedure. I like research and using the research in my care but my last job was horrible about changing policy and procedure every week. It was hard to keep up with the changes.
- I don’t miss the uncaring family members. There were times I felt that I cared more for a patient than their family did.
- I don’t miss being away from my kids. They are my life and I am blessed to be with them everyday.
It may seem like I don’t miss more than I do miss. That isn’t the case though. I love being a nurse. There are just parts of nursing that I would like to change. Having a wound nurse helped that one issue because they are specifically trained in how to care for them. Learning from others is a huge benefit to me and I do miss that part of nursing. I would like for research to become a regular part of the nursing process instead of being thrown in when there is a problem. I would like for people to show the same love and concern for their loved ones as I do as their nurse.
Nursing is a wonderful profession and I can’t wait to get back into it. The beauty of nursing is that there are so many things to do within the profession. I will still run into the same type of problems from time to time. The difference with my new job, though, is that I truly want to be doing it. I want to work with women and babies. Working in a job you really want to do makes all the difference in the world and that difference has me both excited and nervous. A whole new world is opening up to me and I am thrilled more than words can say.
I haven’t shared anything about the birth center lately so here is a quick update. I will start working… hopefully by the end of the year. The open date is up in the air right now because of doctor issues. It will happen though!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.