Pros: very convenient for my needs and i loved it.
Cons: dysfunctional leadership of department.
Typical day. Get assignment, take immediate calls, do line changes and dressings that had not been done on days. Check all new central lines, declot any central lines that may have stopped functioning. Start and restart peripheral lines as needed. Visit all nursing units in my assignment to assess their needs. Call colleagues and assist with their assignments as needed.
I learned that a group of professional nurses can indeed manage themselves when they work together and have an open dialog about the needs and responsibilities of the group. I worked 3-11 and our group in particular had an excellent work ethic and a sense of community that led to a very mutually supportive, efficient, and caring work environment.
IV therapy department was independent of other groups and managed itself very well despite dysfunctional leadership.
The most difficult part of the job was a very, very busy hospital. Sometimes it was a challenge to get all the needs of the nursing units met within the 8 hour shift, but we worked together to get it all done.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the satisfaction of doing well and the interaction with my patients.