I’m nuts and crazy. Both, at the same time.
For those who have been reading for awhile – you know that before quitting my job and taking the leap into full self-employment with my hosting and design biz, I worked as a Registered Nurse in hospice.
When I left, I walked away from 15 years of a career dedicated to nursing. My burn-out level was pretty high. My boss, at the time, stunk. Overall, I was ready for the leap and for the move.
What I didn’t count on was missing my patients and the work that I did.
I happened to get an email from the office manager at the home hospice I used to work at. When I left, I remained with them on an ‘on-call’ basis, only. Except, I got so busy with my business that I failed to call them for work when I wanted it. Truth is, I didn’t want it – at the time.
She emailed today, out of the blue, just wanting to know how I was doing and if I was still alive because they hadn’t heard a word from me since September.
I called her. We chatted and caught up a bit – – she passed the phone around so I could chat with my old co-workers. One of those co-workers, it turns out, was promoted to the position of director and she and I chatted for a long time.
One thing lead to another, and the next thing I know – I’m back on their ‘active’ list for on-call nurses.
I agreed to take on-call for them two days a month. I can’t really committ to more than that, at the moment. But, I miss the people and miss the interaction that I used to have when I wasn’t working from home. So, I think this will be nice – – and if I can’t handle 24 hours a month doing something that I really do enjoy, then there is no hope for me.
In the grand tradition of nursing facilities abusing their nurses . . she’s put me on call tomorrow night. No time like the present, right?
The conversation went something like this:
Tina: Well, that’s great – – we really do miss you and I could really use your expertise.
Me: Thanks – I miss it quite a bit and think it’ll be nice to get out and do the ‘patient’ thing a couple times a month.
Tina: Which reminds me – – can you work tomorrow?
Me: Gee – Tina. I’m SO happy I called you today!
She roped me in.
I haven’t done it in about 5-6 months – so wish me luck!