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.