I am finally back at work! Started with a weekend full of evenings. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To work weekends comes with the job description when you work as an ICU nurse. Sometimes it really sucks to work when everybody else is off, especially when you are invited to parties or other fun things people do on weekends (what do people do really?). But most of the times it feels ok, and I can after 10 years plus, not see my self doing any other kind of job. I would miss the acute care, the team spirit that is there among collegues and the patients we take care of.
I tried to not be a nurse. Studied something else, took the whole two years in Zambia off but it didn´t give the ease I thought it would. I longed back to the acute care nursing. It is the very best job on earth. Every day you go to work and you get to help people feel better. When they are in pain, we relief it, when they are anxious, we comfort, we make sure lungs, heart, brain and body is at it´s best under the circumstances that brought them to the hospital.
So, on Friday I was finally well enough to be back for an evening shift at post operative (we work at both ICU and postoperative) and it started with a tour of our new hospital building. They are building a completely new structure for the acute care of the hospital. It will hold the ER, the OR, the ICU, the heart intensive care and much more supportive services like the x-ray unit. The new ICU is bigger and planned completely different from the one we are currently in. We move in in September/October and I am sure it will be both challenging and fun. Down is the new building from the outside, the view from our current ward, and the car when you knock of late in winter (so much fun!).
The rest of the weekend was pretty calm with a good flow. We didnt have to run around like crazy to manage (sometimes we absolutely need to). I managed all three evenings and the pain is so much better.
So what do you like, dislike with your jobs? Dreaming about doing something else or perfectly happy where you are?