Hi. Where have I been? I am around. Just working a full time job as a clinic nurse and mommy. Lack of free time means no time for myself to blog... that is ok. Life is more important than the internet.
So since my last update I have been working in Ophthalmology as an advise nurse. Working in the clinic is different from hospital. I miss the patient care, crazy patients, my bond with my cancer patients, the RRT/codes. I don't miss the stress. Working in the clinic is a different kind of stress. Call volume is high. Sometimes it seems like there are no appointments. It can be stressful trying to figure out what eye problem a patient may have and which provider it should go to: Optometry or Ophthalmology. Eye anatomy is complex and most people who have an eye/vision problem don't take it lightly and want to be seen ASAP.
There are 3 RNs that work in Ophthalmology. We book appointments for 3 clinics and sometimes book for neighbor islands. Couple months after I started, my nurse supervisor retired, one of the RN left, then the former charge nurse got promoted to supervisor. It got so busy and hectic I felt like it was just me working because the new supervisor was busy doing other department tasks.
I don't know how I made it work, but I did. I became a
stronger, better nurse because I had to learn fast to keep up with calls. If I was slow, we would get complaints. If I was not on it and did not follow up with patients, we would get complaints. I did not want any complaints. It's a good thing I am a fast typer. I had to learn to listen and type at the same time and move on to the next call. Sometimes I could take 50-90 calls in a day!
After my former charge nurse got promoted, she started training me to become charge nurse. We hired 3 other RN and since I am the senior of the department by default I became charge. It is a new role for me. I feel like a crazy women juggling with knives and fire. I am still learning. My biggest headache about this job is reassigning staff assignment. We are short handed by 2 Ophthalmologist, 1 LPN and 1 ophthalmic assistant. It is nice to have 3 new RN, I can use them doing procedures or in clinic, but that would mean they are not on the phones. They are trying their best to keep up. I am just grateful they are flexible.
This job is stressful but it works for me now. I have a normal day shift life and I can spend more time with my family. Is this the job I will stay till I retire? I am not sure. I still think about going back to school and finishing my Master's to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist. I started before I got pregnant, but I had a hard time juggling night shift work and the online class. I guess I was not too motivated. Now with a baby not sure if I could do it... I guess this is not the right time for school. I would rather focus on my family. I have a little girl to raise and she is my reason I decided to get a day shift job.