Now that we are starting to feel a little bit at home in our new temporary environment, work has become less stressful, our daily schedule is almost falling into place, and we’ve made friends with the bugs outside, the next step is to start socializing.
It helps a lot that the staff are friendly and warm as I mentioned in my previous post. They offer to help and ask if you are doing okay. They talk to you and tell you that they are glad you’re here to help them out. They include you in their Chinese food trip nights. And to a travel nurse, that is music to her ears. Makes the thirteen weeks so much more bearable (not that this is unbearable to me right now) and go by fast.
Due to the nature of the job, we are expected to hit the floor running on day one or two. We are expected to know a lot of things, do a lot of things and in some cases, are given the worst patients and worst schedules! We are supposed to be super flexible and tough. We are supposed to just grin it and bear it. You get paid more money anyway than the regular staff nurse. Huh?
Super nurse anyone?
But the truth is, travel nursing is so much more than that. I am not a seasoned travel nurse yet. This is only my second assignment. I have yet to learn so many things and have to undergo I’m sure a lot of trials and mistakes. My first travel experience had such a huge impact in my life that I am forever changed!
But I digress here. I was talking about my 4th week and socializing.
So, yes my husband had two invitations already from his ICU peeps to hang out and I had one. Might I keep score? Maybe. This is getting to be fun. I’ve encouraged my husband to go (without me) because he needs somebody else to talk to aside from just me. You know, guy stuff. I know he misses his old friends in Florida so he can always give this a shot, literally and figuratively. What has he got to lose?
Besides, there is always beer. In Asheville, you never run out of beer.