I'm a working woman again -well, I will be in the morning!
I was offered the job I wanted here in Appleton! I had interviewed at all three hospitals, and knew that I could work at any of the three, but preferred one in particular. It had the right "feel" about the place. I'll be working on the pediatric/gyn unit which is also on the same floor as Labor and Delivery, Post-partum, and NICU. It looks like I'll have the chance to float to NICU and post-partum which is something I'll enjoy.
Tomorrow I start the hospital orientation and then I'll be working every day for the next two weeks, either classroom or on the unit. It'll be good to get back to work! After orientation, I'll be working three night shifts a week, and get this.... NO WEEKENDS! Well, to clarify, I guess I'll work every other Friday night, so I'll need to sleep some on those Saturdays, but that's it! Then, I'll have every 8th weekend on call. That's UNHEARD of in hospital nursing! It's hard to get much better than that! I'll be on 8-hour shifts, so working 11pm-7:30am which means that Brent and I will still have our evenings together, and then on nights I have to work, I'll go to work when he goes home.
I'm really glad that I won't be working full-time, and I'll be able to pick up shifts when I want/need. I always figure that work is there to support the rest of my life, not the other way around! So, it's been good to have saved up so much this last year and a half to make this work.
I guess this means that I'm officially done with travel nursing. If you spend any time in the hospital, ask around to see if they have travelers! You'll be able to say you knew one and that she absolutely loved it. I really did. I learned so much about myself, about people, about nursing, about being flexible, and of course I was able to see so many wonderful things all over the country!
Now, however, I'm really excited to have a home base, a stable life, and to make new friends in a new community.
If you ever know of someone who is thinking about becoming a travel nurse, send them my way! I'd love to tell them all about it and answer any questions they have.
Thanks for praying with me about this next job. I'll be excited to tell you how it's going!