What a difference a month (or so) makes! I just finished up on my last shift as a PCU nurse this morning. I start on Tuesday in a brand new unit in my hospital...Clinical Decision Unit aka 23 hr observation. I've always wanted to try this & by luck of the draw...I am now in a position to do that. Luckily the person putting the unit together was the manager that hired me at this hospital 5 years ago. Yep, been 5 years there already. And best of all...I won't be starting alone on the new unit...cause 6 of my coworkers are starting also. Needless to say, our current manager isn't happy we are all transferring. We all need it though. The hardest part about leaving my unit is saying goodbye to my coworkers who are staying there. I feel for them because that unit has gotten so unbelievably difficult. The workload is tremendous & it doesn't look like there is any end (or help) in sight. I just worked 3 nights in a row & I am exhausted (and woke up with a sore throat...grrr....go away!).
I cannot wait to try something new. I know this will be totally different...much more fast paced as the patients cannot stay in this unit longer than 23 hours. And the fact that they can get up & walk to the bathroom all by themself.......ahhhhhhh...makes me happy. That's all it takes to make me happy these days...lol. Oh & bonus points if they aren't diabetic because my hospital has gone bananas trying to master keeping blood sugars under 170 at all times (even when a patient is getting Solumedrol). When they first started, they were making everyone hypo...not good. I think it is impossible...especially when a person who has a good control on their blood sugar via medication & we take them off all that & throw them onto an insulin sliding scale = disaster.
On a different note...the puppy is getting much bigger. She's 5 months old now & has gained about 20 lbs in the last 2 months. She gets along wonderfully with my dog Shay. They are really cute together. I didn't think Shay had it in her to be buddies with another dog, but I have been proven wrong. :)