I realize it's been quite awhile since I last posted on my blog. Life has changed quite dramatically since I started my new job in the ER at OHSU. I have been working 3 twelve hour shifts on average per week. I'm still in "orientation" which means that I have a nurse who is dedicated to me that will teach me everything there is to know about being an ER nurse. My preceptors basically show me the ropes around the department and are a great resource when I have questions, etc. I have been working 3pm-3:30am shifts for the last 4 weeks. I will switch to my permanent 7pm-7:30am shift next week (eek!).
The biggest change has been switching my time clock and getting used to being awake at weird hours and eating at even stranger hours. My body definitely get confused when I have "dinner" at 2:30am. I don't know if I can even call it "dinner" since it feels just plain weird eating at that time. I know I will get used to it once I get used to working in that time frame. I've done okay with switching my "sleep" clock to sleeping in the day and staying awake all night. I am fortunate that I can switch back to day time on the days I'm not working. It can be tricky to see Brandon some days since our schedules are completely opposite of each other. All things we will learn and adjust to eventually :)
Even with the crazy schedules, being awake through the night and sleeping from 8:30am-4pm, I am loving this new job. It's definitely a steep learning curve and each day I work I feel like I'm a dry sponge trying to soak up everything around me. Sometimes it is quite overwhelming but I work with an amazing team who supports each other at the drop of a hat so that makes it so much better. God is watching over me and I know that this is the place where He wants me. I am excited to be His hands and care with His heart to all that He brings seeking help in a very stressful, scary time.
I am excited to continue to learn and grow. Emergency Medicine is fascinating. To see the complexities in God's design and how everything is so connected and meaningful - it just continues to blow my mind of how big and great God is!
More to come later....here is a picture Brandon took of me as I was on the way to my first day in the ER.