I’m set to potentially work a 16 hour shift this afternoon into the next day plus I work New Year’s Day night. Happy New Years to me, right? Nothing like spending the end of the year and the beginning of the next at work.
I was reflecting on how the year has gone as a traveler. I’ve worked at 4 hospitals (5 if I count starting back per diem at home), I’ve driven back cross country with my family, I’ve taken up a language, I’ve learned a lot about how to navigate the travel world a little better, and I’ve learned that I can be a resource. I’m becoming more well rounded I hope.
Traveling for a living isn’t easy. I’m recovering from a housing snafu just before I returned for my current contract. While frustrating, it wasn’t overwhelming like it could’ve been. I’m getting better at rolling with it. I can’t say I would’ve been so calm last year.
The biggest thing is I still love what I do. Bedside nursing isn’t fun by any stretch of the imagination and traveling doesn’t change that at all. If anything, I love traveling for the continued freedom I maintain. I can do my job and know it’ll be a fresh, new experience in 13 weeks. If these sets of docs are unbearable, I’ll wait and get a new set to try. I’m not tied to a place and the idea of change has become more comfortable than the familiar.
So, how will 2016, year 10 of my nursing career and year 3 of my traveling career, be? I can’t say I know, but I’m working to add a few important things to my life. Spiritual, physical, and emotional improvement. I guess we’ll see.
Happy New Years and travel on, road warrior.