Friday, December 2, 2011

I'm still here

Time goes by fast when you're having fun, or when you're burnt out and the last thing you want to think about is work when you are not working.

I fully admit it, for about 8 months there I was not happy about my job. I also, however, was not willing to leave it.  It's funny how that happens- you start in a place and you're proud to be there, and make it part of your identity. Then, the job/people change and move on, but you stay on because "it will get better". Well that 'getting better" moment has started to happen- to a point. We've hired more staff, they are young and eager to learn, but they are newbies to Emerg.  Which means the people who have been working there a while now have to make sure they aren't missing anything.  My role has changed from staff nurse to preceptor, and now a lot of times one of the more senior staff in the pod if not the department. For someone with less than 5 years on the job, that can be scary.

I've offered to take a student again for the next term, and I hope it's as good as the previous experience.  I've trained over 5 people to Emerg by now, and I hope I have contributed to their success in the ED.

Although I am not actively looking for a new job, I still keep looking on job postings, and one day perhaps I'll leave the ED.  For now, however, I"ll keep my "geriatric acute medicine" ward/ED.