ok so I was on the other side of the stretcher for a few days. that was weird. got sick at work, had some sort of syncope episode. disturbing to say the least. I have a cardiac arrhythmia of unknown origin, that is worse the more stress I am under. not good. they put me on metoprolol, which seems to be helping. so, I got out Thurs. night, was off on Friday, and have been working ever since. we had a community disaster with a chlorine gas leak at a local plant that caused much chaos, I went in on my day off Monday to help and stayed until late. I have my regular shifts for the next 3 days, and no time to finish my ACLS! I am trying to do that when I get home from work, but it is slow going. I am tired and doubt myself on the case scenarios, and it takes me forever. im getting better, but it is still time consuming. once I finish that, then I have to do either an in person practical thing or over the phone. I found out the over the phone thing will cost more money too. and all of this has to be done by thursday night, plus I need to get my cards. ugh
I am also waiting to find out what I am doing next. I thought I would be extending 3 weeks until the end of the schedule, but they want 8. I don’t want to do 8 weeks, I am TIRED. I miss my family. I miss my home. but my goals are not achieved yet either. so I don’t know. I am also looking at options closer to home to see what to do there. Dallas is cheap to fly home from, and could work. Houston is also not bad, and I know people I can stay with which is better. my roomate is not extending here, so that makes it also more challenging and expensive to stay. I think if I can’t do the 3 weeks, then I will just go somewhere else completely. but lets see what happens. its a definite adventure thats for sure!
ok, so I found through my agency certification online for PALS. ACLS, BLS etc. the website address is http://mobiletrainingsolution.com/gallery1.htm they are running a special this month 40 dollars off. its pricey but can be completed online, no class to attend, no wasted time etc. I wouldn’t recommend it for initial certification, but for recert I think its very doable.
Ok, so I finished my first 2 weeks of my new assignment. its very different here. much harder work. I am working about 5 days a week. last week had 69 hours in total. I seem to do ok with 2 on 1 off for dayshift schedule. some days I don’t get home until late, its a very very busy unit. I manage to get rides about half the time, and cabs the other half, so I am saving money. I got cancelled today, my first day with that (I am finishing up week 3). I am considering extending 2 weeks until the end of July. my contract is up July 9th, but if I can get the overtime I might stay 2 more weeks. financially I need to do at least 4 days a week, would prefer 5. we will see how it goes. I am starting to get into the groove, that first week kicked my butt and I was asking myself what the hell I got myself into LOL,
I did come up with a good analogy though for people as to what a travel nurse is- I am the Mary Poppins of nursing. I go somewhere I am needed for a short time, then move on to another hospital that needs my help 🙂 I live out of my big carpet bag and I have some tricks, but really its about teaching people what they already knew and getting them through a bad patch. I am missing home a lot, missing my family terribly. I really need them to come and see me. I have discovered it sucks when I am off work, because I do not have a car, and I have nothing to do. anything more than 1 day off is miserable. I am bored and need stuff to do. well, we will see. its all good though.