Summer of Werk

I know this blog has taken a back seat to the rest of my life lately and for those of you who have been with me since the beginning, I apologize. To those of you who have just now come across the site, I promise I’m a better, more consistent writer than I have been lately. I think night shift has killed a few too many brain cells! Hopefully I’ll have more interesting content to share when school picks back up in a couple weeks and I continue my journey. I think the lack of content here can partly be blamed on a sense of stagnation and restlessness. Shocker, I know.

The past month at the hospital has been anything but slow and steady. Patient acuity feels like it is at an all-time high and we are in the midst of budget cuts (and consequent program cuts) that have made everyone a little jittery. Needless to say, it’s been a tough summer. We repeatedly tell each other on the floor that we keep coming back for each other. No matter our passion for the profession of nursing, our energy levels and morale wax and wane with the times. If I didn’t have such an incredible team to work with, I’d be singing the blues much more loudly!

In the meantime, I’ve been looking for ways to build my skill set (and boost my income). My year-end evaluation was a few weeks ago, and I was happy with the feedback I got. They also asked me if I was interested in precepting and training for charge nurse. Here was my thought process: 1) These people are crazy – I’ve been here less than a year!; 2) That’s actually sort of flattering – I guess they have confidence in me. Sure I can do it!; 3) I have a lot to learn still. I hope my co-workers have confidence in me too; 4) These people are crazy – I’ve been here less than a year!

But nevertheless, the process will begin this week. I’m orienting to charge over the weekend and precepting TWO nurses this fall: one experienced nurse in our health system who is just moving over to our hospital and needs to basically be oriented to our workflow and one new grad. I’m way more excited about precepting than being charge.

With school starting I’ll also be working less overtime, so I decided to go for the next step in Clinical Ladder this summer. I submitted my application a few days ago and should hear next week. If I get the promotion, it’s a 5% raise in my base pay. Yes please!

In between all this hubbub, I’ve had a couple of bright spots: my sister came for a weeklong visit and I actually got a few days off that didn’t involve catching up on sleep AND my mom is getting married! She has found a wonderful new partner who is a total sweetheart and loves her like crazy. Lucky lady!

S and I are counting down from our summer of werk to a fall full of studies. I’m taking 12 credits and he will be in class M-Th evenings and several Saturdays (two PA school prereqs plus EMT class). We’ve basically resigned ourselves to seeing each other in December and try to sneak in a few minutes together whenever we can.

As excited I am about both of us moving forward, I can’t help but dread the lack of time we’ll have for each other in the coming months (years). I miss him when he’s not around! I guess that’s a sign that we like each other. 😉

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