Today was the end of an era for me...
32.5 years ago I started my career off as an RN in the Cardiac Surgical ICU.
Fresh out of college with my whole career ahead of me.
All but 4 or those 32 years were spent at St. Marys,
(I had a brief stent in the recovery room at Methodist hospital in the late 90's).
Other jobs included the Neuro Surgical ICU, Emergency room (16 years)
and my job up until today in Intervention Radiology as a sedation nurse for the last 7 years.
Yep that's me in my "get-up".
to administer moderate sedation....to make people sleepy and comfy for
procedures that are sometimes not too fun. I will add that there is way more to this job than the drugs...
I'd say 99% of my patients are afraid, vulnerable and feeling helpless.
I have learned that a "good morning" and a smile can make a big difference
when I greet them pre-procedure.
Probably the most common thing I hear from these folks is... "I'm scared", my response is always a confident, "no need to be scared, I'm gonna will take good care of you, it's gonna be alright".
I'd have to say the last 7 years has instilled in me another level of compassion!
By far this job has made me realize every single day that life is fragile,
people all around me are suffering and they are getting younger....or am I just getting older?
Many of my co-workers go wayyyyy back with me. Eight of us worked in the ER together. In the picture above I was able to round up five of us. Susie (2nd from the right) trained me in my very first job in the Cardiac ICU, so yes we really go wayyyyyyyyy back. I will miss these girls but something tells me it wont be the last time some of us work together again.
I will not miss my very heavy lead apron that we wear all day in the procedure rooms.
Today was a good last day, it was busy so I felt like I went out with a bang!
Tomorrow I will start the next chapter in my nursing career.
I will be at the Mayo Clinic downtown in Neurology, my role will be to preform
Lumbar punctures (spinal taps) and all that goes with that. I'm very excited to learn a new skill, to meet my new co-workers and to be at "Mother Mayo" This has always been my long term plan,
to finish my career with an 8 to 5 job, no weekend, no holidays, no Call shifts!
So tomorrow it begins... a new beginning to the end.
...and sometimes you just know it's time to start
something NEW and trust the magic of beginnings!