Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Finding My Way

Tonight I finally worked in peds... vs PICU. PICU is a 10 bed unit max maybe... peds much bigger... nurse to patient ratio is much different as well. PICU 1-3 per nurse... Peds 4-8/nurse. HUGE difference for this critical care nurse.

I had a great preceptor... I had a bunch of babies... and by babies I mean my youngest was a week old and my oldest was 22 months. Seriously... and I LOVED it. I snuggled with the week old baby and the 2 weeker and just wow... I still want to be a mom. I was still happy to hand them to their moms. It was good...

There's nothing better than feeling maybe you accomplished what you hoped. My change from the adult world to the pediatric world is a huge one. I HAVE to get my POTTY mouth under control... I can curse like a sailor. Rather than using my "words" I need to come up with alternatives...

Fudge? instead of well you know...
Shoot instead of well...
Gosh Darn it instead of well...
Heck...
Oh good lord this is going to be hard. I already told my one preceptor... I may need a shock collar - do you have any of those? Seriously I was doing great for a while.. then I met my husband. D curses like a sailor. I do as well... my mouth has gone from being relatively "acceptable" to "GUTTER" in only 3 years.

He has some explaining to do... I told him... we have to clean up our gutter trash talking ways... he agreed... then proceeded to yell at Ernie with explitives...

Boy - we're going to have to pray on this... and work on this... and well... maybe get someone to man the shock collar button. Wish me luck, but ya know what... either way I am happier than I ever dreamed I would be. In spite of the sad cases that I've seen, I feel like I finally found "home" or where I need to be "right" now. And that is always a good thing...

8 comments:

Jill said...

Sami, I am so glad that you like your new job so much. You certainly deserve some sunshine in your life right now, and I'm happy for you.

Lorem ipsum said...

I found 'rats' and 'good grief' to be helpful in more... er, professional environments. So what if we sound like Charlie Brown?

(wuh wuh wuh wuh wuh)

Marz said...

I'm so glad you're loving your new job.
As to the potty mouth, uh huh, I hear ya. I'm getting better. The other night my 2 year old son was following me saying "Shoot shoot shoot" lol

Vivien said...

So good to hear you so positive, Sami. Long may it continue - you deserve some good times!

Maribeth said...

I'm so glad you made the move. Sometimes a new outlook and new surroundings can lead to a better over all feeling. And now that your Hubby is with you and the fur kids all the itme, well, how can you go wrong?

Julie said...

So glad you love the new job! Isn't change refreshing, especially when it actually works out well? :-)
Much continued enjoyment.
(And I agree on the potty mouth, I have been *trying* to work on mine, as well. Hard as crackers, I'm telling you.)

KrisAndRod said...

Well, though I can thankfully say we haven't gotten a chance to utilize our peds/picu facilities, it's always reassuring to know that nurses there truly love what they do. I'm so glad your move is proving to be the right thing for you. Maybe with that, D's new job, the new washer & dryer, things are headed in the right direction for you all!

Mandy said...

So glad to hear that you're enjoying the job so much. Sometimes a change in scenery proves to be incredibly refreshing/revitalizing. Goodluck w/ cleaning up the vocabulary. I notice now that I'm out of Provo I'm resorting back to my "farmgirl" habits. Oops.