My Altered State of Existence

My manager came around this morning to the Resus Room just as I was leaving and said to me all sorts of complimentary things (and you all know how how I deal with compliments, ie. not well) and then asked me if I would consider becoming a permanent charge nurse, straight days, and working only two weekends in six, and I looked her straight in the eye, and said, Yes, and she said, Okay, and we had semi warm-fuzzy, together, and now I start sometime in April.

I came home and thought about it.

Permanent charge. Screaming docs. Screaming nurses. Screaming paramedics with screaming patients and their screaming families. Dr. Weanus, all the time. Triage meltdowns in the Fishbowl. Missing housekeepers surfacing from their break room in the closet behind the family quiet room to go on break in the real break room. Medication errors. Incident reports. Paperwork in endless amounts. Huge responsibility. No authority.

I am such an idiot.


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  1. #1 by Maha on Monday 18 January 2010 - 1629

    Oh boy – My boss wants to train me as a charge nurse by next year and I’m not looking forward to it. At least you won’t have to work nights and too many weekends.

  2. #2 by AnonymousRN on Tuesday 19 January 2010 - 2219

    She caught you in a weak moment and buttered you up. Permanent doesn’t have to stay that way…. Altho no nights…. sounds interesting….

    • #3 by torontoemerg on Wednesday 20 January 2010 - 2044

      Yeah, coming off nights, defences down, yeah, that’s it! The schemer! Mutter, mumble, mumble…

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