Friday, February 18, 2011
The ability to wake-up, stretch and just breathe. I then plan out my day however I see fit for the most part. If I wanna run, run, if I wanna watch TV I can do it, drink coffee and hang out on FB for half the morining, well go right ahead. I even get to bed between 10pm and 11pm most nights and rise between 7am and 8:30am most days. Never had a regular sleep schedule before, wasn't even sure if I could do it. This nearly stress free zone I have been living in is fantastic and I know completely and whole heartedly that I earned it!
It's only been a little over a week and I find myself excited for the next adventure! Work starts on the 7th of March, and I have been going over new hire paperwork and scheduling appointments for exams and check-ups. I have also started reading books again -- for fun! No more text books addressing lab values and abnormalities of the human body.
I even started a private group on facebook for me and my classmates to share our knowledge about new nursing information, such as SB5 and collective bargaining (and to plan reunions, of course). I have also reached out to a former professor of mine at school and have been mapping out some professional meetings and lunchs with some "superstars" in my profession. I don't want to say too much yet, until it's set in stone, but there are about 3 million nurses in the US, however only about 20% of them belong to a professional organization and are proponents of active nurse advocacy. It is my hope to help that number increase in my own small and special way. My last semester I made a promise to myself. I wouldn't be that nurse that punched a clock and went home. I would be professionally vested in my career, supportive of my colleagues and job, taking initiative to improve nursing care and patient outcomes.
This is a really "BIG" step for me and I worry a bit I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but hey I wanna die trying..so I say "bring it on!!!"