Breaking news! I was offered a new position in the hospital today. Quite a surprise! I was offered a half time position as a psychiatric evaluation nurse. The hospital has decided to create a new position for a nurse (me!) to wander about the hospital consulting on the psychiatric needs of patients. This means I will roam from the ICU, to the medical floors, to the substance abuse floor, to the ER--consulting with patients regarding their psychiatric, pharmacological and emotional needs.
I won't have a patient load. When I am not busy doing consults, I will be free to do groups on the psychiatric unit and just help out as needed. Give lunch breaks. Help with admissions. I also won't have to get up so early, as my shift will be from 1 pm to 9 pm.
The downside is that I might have to make a couple more trips a month to the Napa Valley. But at least they will be shorter stays. And since I will be able to drive down in the morning, I will actually spend fewer nights away from the Homestead, Joni, the girls, the dogs, the cat, the bunnies and (soon possibly) the goat.
I used to be on a psychiatric evaluation team in Colorado. I loved that job and only left it because that hospital was shutting down their psychiatric program. Turns out I am going to get to do that again.