Thursday, October 31, 2013
Well, I did it. I decided to increase my part time job which I like to almost full time. My PRN jobs were giving me the runaround and not giving me days. So I took my part-time job's offer to go almost full time which is 7 days every 2 weeks. Remembering that my days are not 8 hours day but more like 9-10. Doing the 7 days allows me to not have days back to back. And they are being so nice and working that out for me. They were so happy on the phone.
Last night I did a 12hour shift at one of my PRN jobs (7p-7a) and dealing with the nurse aids running the show was making me nuts. Everytime I turned around the nurses were going outside smoking. And they were just not very pleasant. I think that I am spoiled at my part time job because everyone is serious and on task. No fooling around. When I come home from my part time job I feel good about the job that I have done. Where as at my PRN job the nurse said to me, "hey Keith, don't sweat it, it's easy money". That made me realize that a lot of people go into nursing for the money. And someone like me where money has nothing to do with my career as a nurse makes money nurses very uncomfortable. I never realized that before. I am not sure that I am making a lot of sense. But my part time job soon to be full time is a place where people are there to really take great care of people. And so far, nurses that have started there the same time as me, quit or just didn't show up because they thought the work was too hard and were only there for the money. Truthfully, I really get a kick out of caring and making a difference in my resident's lives. I know it sound sappy but it's true. I used to be made fun of in nursing school because I gave some much of myself. And that was by the teachers. They used to call me the "kodiak moment" because I actually listened to my patients and held their hand. I have been this way all of my career and I am proud of the difference I have made. Only now am I realizing that this might have made money nurses uncomfortable because they just wanted "easy money". Sometimes when you are doing something right other people will tell you you are doing it wrong because of their own lack of compassion. Cheers, Keith