Last Thursday (August 15) was my last official shift as a Unit Coordinator in ER. It’s pretty bittersweet. I feel like I grew up there. I’ve spent the better part of the last 11 years amongst the organized chaos that is the Emergency Department. While I’m excited at the prospect of starting my new position at the Birthing Centre and the new challenges I will encounter, I will miss ER and the wonderful colleagues I’ve had the pleasure of working with all these years. This isn’t necessarily a goodbye as I have 30 days to try out the new position to decide which I prefer. However, should I decide to stay, there’s always OT during holiday break from school.
I’ve always loved ER because I thrive in the chaos. I love not knowing what my day will be like because every shift brings its own unique challenges depending on what comes through the doors. I love the fast pace because it keeps me on my toes. I like being able to help problem solve when a new challenge presents itself that we haven’t yet encountered. I love that I’m learning new things almost every day. While I love all these things, it’s also exhausting, both mentally and physically. Whoever says you can’t burn yourself out doing something you love has no idea what they’re talking about. Basically, I just need a break, especially with my final year at Concordia beginning in September.
Change is hard but necessary for growth. I look forward to the new life lessons this change will bring.
In the end, I decided that working on a ward isn’t for me and to return to ER. Home is where the heart is ❤
What’s the last major change you made?
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