Make it big
If you are going to make a change, I say make it a big one. That’s what I am doing. I am having problems at work right now, I am not at liberty to say, but I will as soon as I know what is happening to me. So this week I have been interviewing for new jobs.
Originally, when I started my job search I thought I would look for another manager job, and if I couldn’t find anything out there, I would go back to staffing or a charge nurse in the emergency department. Things I knew how and what to do and could just jump in without a lot of orientation. Then, as I was looking around and seeing that there were very few jobs out there right now, I made a decision to try something completely new.
Yesterday I interviewed for a position in a clinic. I had never even thought about clinic work before. It’s not that it didn’t appeal to me or that I thought I was too good for it; it just never even crossed my mind. As I was interviewing, talking to the manager, the nurses in the clinic and the physicians, I got really excited about the opportunities that this could be for me.
Being able to really learn about my patients and really focus on their wellness and not just their emergent or acute problems. The opportunity to really educate my patients and ensure that they understand that education is exciting.
This is a specialty clinic too, so the opportunity to really focus on one thing, and learn all the things that I don’t know, or only think I know is great.
I am really excited about this opportunity and am waiting by the phone waiting for their call. Usually in my life when I want to make a change, I make a big change and just go for it, all out and really work to ensure I am successful in that change…..I think this is one of those times.
Rob Cameron is currently a staff nurse in a level II trauma center. He has primarily been an ED nurse for most of his career, but he has also been a nurse manager for Surgical Trauma and Telemetry unit. He has worked in Med/Surg, Critical Care, Hospice, Rehab, an extremely busy cardiology clinic and pretty much anywhere he's been needed.
Prior to his career in nursing, Rob worked in healthcare finance and management. Rob feels this experience has given him a perspective on nursing that many never see. He loves nursing because of all the options he has within the field. He is currently a grad student working on an MSN in nursing leadership, and teaches clinicals at a local university.
Away from work, Rob spends all of his time with his wife and daughter. He enjoys cycling and Crossfit. He is a die hard NASCAR fan. Sundays you can find Rob watching the race with his daughter.
By Rob Cameron