A Nurse with a Gun

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Midlife Career Change

Last night I made a decision. I am tired of dealing with female hormones raging in the workplace and emotional histrionics influencing events. I am sick of noncompliant patients who want to wallow in their illness to collect welfare. I want to work with a competent team sharing a common goal and patients who want to get better. I have the mentality necessary for a surgical nurse.

I will leave community health and wound care. I will rebuild my career as a surgical nurse. Expect sporadic blogging. Now I just have to get hired on............



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you found out what you really wanted - life is too short to deal with some of the lowlifes you've described in this blog (though it does make for interesting reading ;) ). Good luck, Xavier!

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Kurt said...

Worked as an OR Nurse for 20+ years. Good choice.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand your feelings exactly.

Be advised, though, that every new job has a downside. You might find your new role too much of an impersonal assembly line for your liking, or too driven by the ego and personality quirks of the surgeons.

Talk to people who are in the field and like it, but also talk to people who have left it. Then you'll have a better idea of what to expect.

8:57 AM  
Blogger bjbarron said...

Yeah, I've heard that a few surgeons now and then might have an ego or two.

But, bottom line, you've got to give stuff a shot until you find what you want to do...where work becomes fun instead of work.

Lotsa blood, tho, eh? Yikes!

9:59 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Good thinking on the career move! I'm sure it will satisfy a great need for some "change" in life! I know I'm ready for it!

12:47 PM  
Blogger Pawpaw said...

Milady is an RN, and she claims that with the nursing shortage locally, you should have no trouble getting hired.

My sister is an RN in Knoxville who is considering a move home. She went to both local hospitals the last time she was home and had job offers from both before she walked out the doors.

You'll do fine.

5:16 PM  
Blogger alpineman said...

Good on 'ya. It's career-change time for me, too. My last day working for a Medicare contractor will be Fri. May 5.

I'm tired of dealing with whining DME suppliers who think Medicare is a cash cow ... and beneficiaries who think Medicare is a cash cow. I'm tired of the entitlement program mindset.

What will I be doing Mon. May 8?

It'll be my first day in the RN program at the local community college.

I take it I should stay away from specializing in complex wound care...

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Hyunchback said...

Good luck with the mid-career change. Hopefully you'll find a hospital/surgical clinic to take you on relatively fast.

8:44 PM  

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