Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I have officially retired---at least from one job! I have been working in a hospital for over 40 years---often while I worked somewhere else. These last couple of years have really taken their toll. When I decided I was going to return to academia, I thought it was important that I hone my clinical skills so I went to work in the hospital first. I worked first on a med/surg. floor and then later transferred to my speciality----labor and delivery. Once I started teaching again full time, I went to PRN status (I worked two week-end days a week). That doesn't seem like a lot, but since I have students in the clinical area two days a week, on some weeks, I essentially worked three days per week (I am one of those "hands on" clinical faculty---in other words I wear scrubs like the employee nurses and work beside my students teaching them hands on). Anyway, when I would get home I would be truly worn out---then when I had to work on the week-ends---a 12 hour shift no less---I was simply "too tired". I was essentially working to support my habit--quilting--but even then, I was having a hard time not feeling yuk! and sometimes resentful. Anyway---I listened to my DH and resigned!!!!! I do feel better---I can use the week-ends to do what I want and although I may not have as much spare money, I know I will still figure out how to support my "habit". Oh well, one down and two more jobs left to retire from! Hugs!