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!