Monday, Monday! I had a crazy day at work today but something about only having 6 shifts left kind of keeps me grounded. I never even got stressed out. I got annoyed a bit, but not overwhelmed or anything. I had a patient for 4 hours and saw her one time and did I stress? Nope. Not in the last.
I did find out that my ER apparently upped their lowest PRN requirements, so every month I should work 8 weekend hours, 8 on call hours and 8 other hours. Clearly this won’t work. I can’t come home and work two weekends at a time and I also can’t fly home all the time. I talked to the girl who does our scheduling and she basically said if I miss two months in a row, the hospital will terminate me. I then went and spoke with my boss (not about this in depth- but just to let her know my status was dropping down and she’d see me less- she has known for awhile that I was looking to start traveling around this time) and she basically said that they should be able to work with me. I plan on coming home every 3 months or so and working a larger chunk of time- up to 30 days between most assignments. Right now, I’m in a bit of a hurry to get some assignments done so Jon and I can enjoy some of his Christmas break together and with working 8 hour shifts for my first assignment (which my boss knows), I have no idea how I’ll make it home to work that many hours each month. We’ll see what happens though.
My mom and I were talking about it on my way home and she was talking about how I might lose money (definitely on this first assignment), but I think she’s missing that I’ve wanted to do travel nursing since I was in nursing school three years ago! I put it off until I had a bachelor’s and quite frankly, when I stop traveling for good, I’m going to have to go back to work full time so that I can get enough benefits to accrue PTO for maternity leave. So this is it. This is my time. And I may lose some money or I may break even on some assignments which I was not expecting at all, but I’m reminding myself that it’s not all about money and that traveling the US is my dream. My house is still going to be paid for, Jon’s tuition will be paid, and it’ll all work out. And I do still have money in the bank if need be (although not as much as I like in the bank- but enough to be set if I was to be unemployed).
Jessica (my travel buddy who will be living in MA with me) sent me pictures of the house we’ll be living in today. Just the outside- she creeped on the house while the owners are out of town- but it looks awesome. There’s an awesome pond in the backyard and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us! I also can’t wait to be in this whole travel thing with another person. We’re getting so close!
Alrighty, I’m going to go cut my nails, eat something, and then head to bed. Another shift tomorrow and tomorrow night, I have to study for ENPC (Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course) that I’m taking on Wednesday and Thursday! Have a good night!