Monday, September 24, 2012

I'm Still Here

It's been too too long since I've stopped by here. Is anyone still out there? I started a new job about three months ago and have been overwhelmed, stressed, and adjusting to all the changes that come with a new hospital and a new type of unit. My feet are hurting and I'm tired.

My patient population has changed dramatically and I find most days that 2 to 3 of 4 of my patients have cancer. I'm beginning to feel like there are more people out there who have cancer than don't.

The hospital I work at is reserved for the "sickest of the sick" and ours are the patients that are too complicated to be treated elsewhere or that need fixing from previously complicated or botched surgeries.

I miss my crazy old patients from my last job, but I'm learning a lot about new surgeries and conditions, as well as how to become the most anal retentive nurse on the planet ...because that's how you've got to be on this floor to survive.