Good Morning -
Tweety - Hope they find you extra help for today. One never knows how busy it gets until the work-day presents itself.
Joe - It can be really frustrating and boring going to a mandatory work meeting only to be given information I already know! (Ugh!) Well, at least the week-end is almost here. Seems like you have a busy day planned for yourself tomorrow. Enjoy dinner with J.
Well. . . I was On Call, last night!! Yes!! I did go to work yesterday afternoon to be a part of the interview process for one applicant. This applicant is well-known to us (for good or for bad). She's been an "on again, off again" employee, working on the Med/Surg floor initially, leaving our hospital to work elsewhere, then came back and worked on the ER, then left our hospital (again) to work elsewhere. Apparently, she really hates her current place of employment. She's a well-seasoned nurse, and she's smart, for sure! BUT, her attendance-record is leaving a sour taste in our mouths, especially for our nurse manager. Also, she does have that record of being employed "on again, off again", which is causing concern. Concern about dependability is what might keep her from being hired as our next full-time night-shift ICU Staff Nurse. In the meanwhile, there are other applicants (one applicant for sure, possibly two). It is nice having choices. What is both nice and interesting is that we, the staff nurses, have a significant say-so in the hiring process. Ultimately, our Nurse Manager has the final word. But our in-put to whom we hire is taken seriously by her, which is nice to see. After yesterday's interview, it was obvious that two ICU staff-nurses were not needed. There were no patients in the ICU, there were only two patients on the med/surg floor, and the ER was not busy at all. Being that it was my turn to be On Call, I happily took it! I'm already working extra this week.
Yep. . . I picked up an "extra" shift as Shift Director tomorrow night, 7PM - 7AM. I'm normally off this week-end. But the full-time Shift Director who would normally work Saturday night is taking a mini-vacation. Hopefully our teeny-tiny hospital will be "Q". The wildcard is always the ER department, of course. It's a holiday week-end with a lot of "weekenders" coming up to "weekend homes" to enjoy the holiday. Also, holiday vacationers will be coming to the area simply to enjoy the fall foliage. (The Northeast is beautiful during this time of year!!) It's a pretty good bet that our teeny-tiny hospital's ER will be seeing lots of sprained ankles, tick bites, exhaustion, and "chest pain" patients. Of course, I'll be an extra set of hands, tomorrow evening, as Shift Director if/when our humble ER gets crazy-busy. I actually like being that extra set of hands. I do all of the task-y stuff (draw blood, start IVs, hang meds, etc.), often without doing all of the extra charting.
In a little while, Amy and I will be meeting my step-mother (my father's 2nd wife) for a brunch. She was my step-mother during my high-school & early adult years, when she and Dad were married. We've remained close despite "The Divorce" (which took place a couple of decades ago). After our brunch, Amy and I will either do some easy hiking (my back is still tender), or walk our usual 3-mile route. Got to keep in shape!
Nothing much else going on. Hope all have a pleasant day today!