- Contracted into a hospital that is short staffed to fill in the gaps.
- They are not an employee of the hospital, but an outside agency.
- Therefore, they are an outsider.
- There are a few nurses who welcome you, and say, "Let me show you where things are..." T
- he rest of the staff says "You're not permanently here, and I'll never see you again, you're on your own."
- The Agency nurse get's 8 hours of orientation, and is then expected to be completely on his/her own. My badge gets me no where in the hospital, I've had to learn a completely new charting system, and figure out the policies/procedures/doctors/protocols in 8 hours.
I come from a hospital that is located in an area of high socioeconomic class. I hate to say that, but it's the truth. It's placed 2 miles from a high-end retirement community. It's 45 minutes from downtown, so gang members/shot victims/homeless people don't tend to make it that far. My average patient is 75 years old, usually retired from a well-paying job, and is highly educated (especially on any health condition they may have). They have extremely high expectations for the care they receive -- and demand you to be at their service.
There is nothing wrong with that. But it's a truth.
This hospital is different.......
But I must say, I like the change.
It is rewarding to take care of people who are grateful for the blanket you give them. Who say, "Thank you ma'am, do what you need to do." Many of the people I see don't have a pillow to lay their head on at night. A lot of my patients I saw this week do not have the luxury to bathe regularly. It is incredibly humbling -- and reminds me why I became a nurse in the first place!
Now I will say I dearly miss my coworkers at the hospital in AZ -- as we truly are like a family. That tends to happen in a small hospital. Everyone knows everyone, and at times that got annoying. It's like living in a small town -- anonymity is kind of nice some times. But it was nice to know we all had each other's backs.
But I love this change of pace. There are moments where I feel like I'm treading water, but I know by the end of this week I will have adjusted! I'm feeling incredibly blessed that I have a career that allows me to live in a different state for 3 months, and then go back to my old place.
It's nice to recharge your mindset -- and be reminded why you do what you do every once in a while. I am a lover of change, so I am feeling very energized and balanced right now!