This past week I signed the contract for my next assignment! I'll be working at Banner Children's Hospital, which is part of Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. I'm heading back to Phoenix!
I lived in Phoenix for two years (1999-2001) and really enjoyed the area. I missed the greenery of the midwest, but I loved heading outside quick without needing to bundle up -just slip on the flip-flops and go! This contract is a shorter one than normal (they need extra help while they learn and start doing computer charting), only lasting from April 14th until May 31st. So, I'll be there for the start of the hot season, but won't need to last through the whole summer. I did that once, and survived, but it really does get pretty hot! As everyone always said "but it's a dry heat" and my reply is "well 110 degrees is still hot!" :)
I'm really excited to be at a specific Children's Hospital, as that will provide for different situations than I might get working a pediatric unit at a regular hospital. I'll be on the general peds floor, 34-beds, which has anything from respiratory to surgical to diabetes to cancer, and everything in between. I'll be working 12-hour night shifts again, so am excited to have to only be at work 3 days a week and lots of time off for fun. I've sure missed that here in La Crosse! I'm looking forward to hanging out with some great AZ family and friends, and also heading over to CA quite a bit to see family and friends there!
So, to all my southwest family and friends, here I come!!