Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Journey

Tomorrow is my last day at the hospital I've worked at for the past 5 years. As I reflect this evening over my cup of tea...it feels rather bitter sweet.

I've had quite the journey at my hospital in a fast 5 years. From a new grad nurse on a cardiac unit, to the ER, to taking the huge responsibility (aka, was in over my head) as house supervisor of the entire hospital, to finally landing my "sweet spot" in Case Management.

I really thought I'd stay in my position for a longer time, but there are a variety of reasons that lead me to seeking a new path. And fortunately, that path kind of found me. (Thank you, "LinkedIn".) I interviewed with 5 different companies in a short period of 2 weeks, and I just couldn't turn this one down!

It's time to spread my wings, and move on to a bigger hospital where there is more room for me to grow.

My new job is still in the case management world. I will be working in a Pulmonary Clinic as a "Nurse Navigator". Sounds kind of silly and nautical. But basically, my job is to be a "navigator" for the patients through educating them and helping manage their disease process. I also will get a little taste of research, since I'll be working in a teaching hospital.

Oh, and by the way, I don't have to work weekends or holidays any more. *hop, skip, jump, skip* (That was in my 5-year-plan that I made 6 months ago....)

I am so insanely excited for so many reasons! More autonomy, learning new things, and a regular schedule!!!

What is going to be hard for me tomorrow:

  • Saying goodbye to my 10 minute commute. (However the new commute is only 25 minutes, so not bad)
  • Saying goodbye to my brand new, beautiful hospital with unbelievable mountain views.
  • I have spent many holidays, weekends, and long nights with some of my colleagues. They are my "work family". Saying goodbye to some of those people will be tough. But we will keep in touch :)
  • Being we live in a retirement community, there are lots of volunteers. I have a few that I get my "daily hug" from. I'm going to miss that.
  • My coffee guy. We have a guy who opened his own coffee shop in the hospital, and he roasts his own beans, and his coffee is so uniquely phenomenal. I treat myself to his coffee 2 times/week. And we always talk about our latest and greatest adventures. He knows my drink. And he knows what kind of day I'm having based off what time I "hit the juice".
I've had a lot of good days and some bad days at my hospital. But I am so looking forward to my new journey!


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I'm excited for this new journey you'll be taking! I think it will be great to see how another hospital operates and not working holidays/weekends will be AMAZING!!

That said, I understand how goodbyes are bittersweet. I hope you will be able to keep in touch with the people you want to keep in touch with. I can relate to how you feel as while I was so so so excited to leave Charlotte and move home, it was sad to leave Wells Fargo. I keep in touch with my old friends there through things like instant messenger but it's not the same as grabbing coffee with them or working on projects together.

Now that you have a bit longer commute, you should check out some podcasts! There are lots of great ones out there and they might make your commute go fast. Plus since you have a newer car, I'm guessing you can probably play them over your radio versus having to listen to them on your phone like I do!

Marlys said...

Leaving the old behind and starting a new experience is exciting but brings sadness, too, as you mentioned. I am excited for you and what you will learn in your new job. That is a great idea of Lisa's to listen to podcasts. I think someday I will get into that, also, but my commute is like 2 minutes? And zero traffic. There are advantages to living in a "small" town, although few! :)
Keep us posted!