Today I'm thankful for the wonderful group of women I have worked with for the past 14 years!
After 23 1/2 years of working for the same company, first in the hospital and then in the surgery center, I retired!
This past year has been extremely difficult. Our center went through many changes which were heartbreaking and caused stresses beyond belief. Despite the internal stresses, our nursing staff continued to give the utmost professional care to our patients. We forged ahead, many times without proper staffing, and worked as a team to make sure every patient (and their family) received the best experience possible during their short stay at our center. I'm so proud to have worked beside these wonderful women.
My last day was bittersweet. At times I questioned my decision knowing I will miss my work family, and the close bond we had formed, but I will not miss the changing tide of nursing. The profession can not go back to " the way it used to be" so it is time for me to go forward.
Hopefully, there will be positive changes in the next few months which will ease the stress for my former coworkers. Positive changes have been few and far between but there is always hope. For me, I know it is time to enter the next chapter of my life.