The last couple of weeks have been a bit rubbish in my life and not an awful lot of sewing went on to be honest. But I have been doing some pattern drafting as i’m doing a part time evening course in advanced pattern cutting – but I’m sure nobody wants to see endless photos of pattern variations… And I’m partway through a wearable toile for the Papercut Patterns Sylphide blouse.
Nope, the reason it’s a bit rubbish in my life is because my day job quite literally sucks the joy, energy and creativity out of my life. Word to the wise, if you know anyone that is looking for a career in nursing – seriously, do them a favour and change their mind!!
I work for the sixth largest employer in the world (I’d be more specific but I don’t want to get into trouble). This is how I would summarise my nursing career so far, in pictures.
I started nursing because I enjoy looking after people and I wanted to make a difference… (I know, I’m such a cliché right?)
Life was pretty much like this for a while…. minus the cute uniform – Mine was hideous!!!
But I got bored with the wards after a while, having watched far too much ER/Grey’s Anatomy/Casualty in my life. I got lured over by the excitement of ITU (aka Intensive care) and wearing scrubs (basically pyjamas) all day….
I really enjoyed ITU – except after a while the long shifts (12.5 hours), relentless amount of nights and constant scrubbing of my hands took a toll on my health, I developed hand eczema and constantly had a cold, so I had to change….
So I thought I would try a 9 to 5 job with a lot less hand washing like research nursing….
But coming from a very hands on clinical discipline like ITU, I was soon bored out of my skull (as well as other factors I won’t mention here)…
So I changed again, trained as a health visitor (aka Plunkett Nurse in NZ or like a family nurse in the USA) and whilst I do a fair bit of this:
There’s also an incredible amount of this…..
And all I ever get is emails about meeting targets and key performance indicator rubbish….
And because there’s no money, there’s no extra staff….
Which leaves me overworked and exhausted…
… and worried that i’m not doing a good job when I want to do the best that I can, give the best quality of care and make people happy….