I know. "Abby, it's called work for a reason. You're not going to be springing out of bed every single morning singing and dancing in a fit of joy over your job." (I repeat this mantra to myself at least weekly)
Since I've graduated from college, I've tried quite a lot in my career for a nurse my age. I did a short stint in rehabilitation nursing (just to tide me over until the contract with my hospital was official), telemetry nursing, charge nurse, administrative house supervisor, emergency room nurse, travel nurse, and finally case manager. I'm coming up on my "4 year anniversary" as a RN. That's a lot.
Don't worry, my resume isn't that scary. The charge nurse & house sup were done while I was working for telemetry.....I don't jump around that much. I just hop on every single opportunity that presents itself!
When I took this job in case management, my husband made me promise I'd give this position 2 years before I move on. And I'm staying true to that. But over the past month, I've felt myself getting super antsy.
I have no reason to complain. I have an amazing job. Here's why:
- My hours are pretty dang awesome. Four 10 hours? Piece of cake!
- One weekend/month?
- I have flexibility in what time I come in (just have to be there between 8:30-4:30, or I'd have some angry nurses & Dr's)
- I work for an amazing boss, and the greatest group of nurses and doctors/PA's,/NP's ever!
- My interaction with the patient is perfect for me. I have met some inspiring, amazing patients who have so much wisdom and life experience to offer. I'm constantly asking my patient's "so what's your secret?" (especially my 100 year olds who are still swimming and living on their own!!!)
- Case management is one of the few careers in nursing where you truly get "control" in your day.
- Case management is one of the few careers in nursing where you don't have to wipe butt. (blunt, but true).
Have you ever had to add something new to your career to keep your excited? Do you have "career ADD"? Or do you like to stay comfortable. I wish I was easier satiated....but it's not who I am.