My husband asks me every day how my shift was. After 2.5yrs my response remains the same: "It was great!" As I go on to relive the happenings of each shift, it is only then that I begin to think: "Maybe I didn't have such a good shift. It sounds pretty crazy when I say it out loud." My only response as to why this holds true? My team. If it weren't for the wonderful group of people I work with every day (including: RN, NA, PA, MD, NP, dietary, housekeeping, pastoral care, PT/OT) I would be one of the many unhappy nurses I know who feel taken advantage of and simply defeated. I love the challenge this career I have chosen offers. I love learning new things and meeting new people. I believe in practicing a holistic approach to patient care.
You never quite know what to expect working on a med-surg floor (although we specialize in cardiology: CHF, heart transplants, and LVADs); which is great for me because too much of a routine and I bored easily. Also, it helps keep my non-cardiac skills close to the surface. It's easy for one to submerge themselves into a chosen specialty and forget nearly everything else they know about caring for the rest of the human body.