Thursday, June 4, 2009
Good Bye Arkansas Children's Hospital
Well, after 4 years of being a pediatric nurse at Arkansas Children's Hospital, I am saying good bye. As most of you know I started a new job at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock at the first of the year. I still kept my job at Children's but only worked about 16 hours a month in the ER. I am VERY tired of the ER, just burned out. So I decided to transfer to the PACU (recovery room). I thought this environment would be less stressful and would be an easy transition from the ER, because much of the work is very similar to what I do in the ER. So, I interviewed and excepted the position. The position was for ZB which means you work 16 hours a month, whenever you want, you can work more if you want to. It is meant to be very flexible. When I interviewed I told them that I already had another full time job and that I had to have something that was very flexible and would work around my other job. They said no problem. I knew I would have to work more in the beginning because I would have to do training so I could learn the job and get oriented to the unit. But in the interview they said it is a very easy transition from the ER and made it sound like my orientation time would be relatively short. I emailed them my schedule at Baptist, and they emailed me back an orientation schedule. Well, it was not what I had expected. They wanted me to work 2-3 12 hour shifts for the next 6 weeks. That was on top of my 2 12 hour shifts I already work at Baptist. I just wasn't willing to do that. The whole point of this second job was just to make a little extra money, not to work so much that I would never see Makenna. So, I called my boss at Baptist to see if it would be possible to work one extra shift a week there. Long story short she said she couldn't guarantee it but for the most part I should be able to get one extra shift a week at Baptist. So, after some thought and counsel from my husband I decided to quit Children's all together and just work some extra at Baptist. It was a hard decision because Children's is where I learned to be a nurse and where I grew up as a nurse. It is an amazing place and I was very proud to be a part of what they do. But it is time to move on. I gained invaluable experience when I was there and learned an amazing amount. I have one shift let next week and then that's it. I guess that is life. One chapter ends and another one starts. I really enjoy my job at Baptist and am learning to be a good post partum nurse. I still have a lot to learn there but I really enjoy the work. So, in a bitterweet moment I say good bye Arkansas Children's Hopsital.