Sunday, December 31, 2006
"Wait, let me get this straight: you told people that our baby was a tumor?"
"Well, technically, yes. But it was a dream!"
I am fairly certain that my subconscious mind directed me to designate the baby in my womb a tumor just so that later in my dream I could say, in my best Arnold imitation, "It's not a tumor."
And just so we can avoid confusion and potentially livid posts, the pregnancy was a dream. I don't have a baby in my tummy... or a tumor.
*This post intentionally titled to be reminiscent of a great Governator flick.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
"I have chocolate milk, or eggnog, or... Choconog...?" I half said, half asked. (Although, here, since questions are asked with the same intonation of a statement, he probably didn't know that I was questioning the possibility of such a mixture.)
"I was just thinking the same thing!"
So we mixed the two, and like in Genesis, it was good.
Mainly because in Central PA, the more saturated fat something has, the better!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
"Because I'm smart!"
I turned to Doctor John and started giggling.
"No!" she hollered from the back seat. "I'm not seeded!"
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I am without a job.
Or rather, I have a job if I want one, but not the job that I currently have.
Don't panic, I'll still be a nurse and still be able to pay the bills, but once again I find that things are not as I expected them to be.
I found out today, 10 days off orientation, that my job is going to be changed. They are kicking me out of the float pool. Why? Because I am incompetent? No. Because they are over-staffed and don't need me? No. Because I pissed off the wrong person? No.
Because they realized that they made a big mistake in hiring new grads into the float pool and trying to pay them the new grad rate and not the regular float pool rate and thinking that we would not be throwing a big fuss about the breech of contract and the pathetic pay rate. That's why.
The thing is, management thought they could get float people without having to pay float rate, and if we didn't have a union representing each and every full-time nurse, they probably could. They could have hired us and said "without any experience, you make this." But our contract states that all float pool nurses make a certain rate (almost double what other new grads are making) regardless of how many years of experience they have. So by contract, management is obligated to pay us the float pool rate. And since they don't want to do that, they are kicking us (the new grads) out of float pool.
This sucks, not only on the obvious level (I thought I would be making significantly more money than I will be making!!!) but also because I am going to miss out on some really good stuff! I am going to miss out on the variety of clinical experiences that you get by going to many different areas in the hospital. I am going to miss out on the exposure to various kinds of nursing and management that you see in the float pool. And I am going to miss out on being "outside" or "above" all the nursing "cattiness" that happens on units where many women have to work together day in and day out.
The other thing that sucks is that they are telling me that I have to pick a unit to stay on. I have to choose one of the places where I have oriented to be a permanent member of the unit. 2 of the places are automatically out because I don't care for the nursing that is done in those places. The remaining three are basically surgical (2 units) and medicine. And here's the thing- while I love the residents/doctors in medicine, I HATE that it is basically like working in a nursing home. And while I LOVE the nursing on the surgical units, I despise the residents/attendings because they are so unresponsive and they act so superior.
At this point, I am just mad. I don't think the hospital can legally do what they are trying to do... I don't know if the state of PA or the union is who I should go to, but I think I will go to both. If it turns out that they will kick me out of the float pool, and they can legally do so without any recourse on my part, I will have to make some decisions. And what I might do is try to get into the IMC or ICU, and skip floor nursing altogether. I have until August, 2007, to decide, and anytime after February I can request to move to the ICU, so I might just bide my time and wait for a position.
At any rate, I guess it's not all bad. The one good thing that comes out of this is that I may end up with a day shift position sooner than I expected!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
I'm not sure exactly how it happened. We've been seeing each other for a few weeks, and it's mostly all goodness and niceity, but not quite loveliness and romance yet. As he walked me out to my car, darkness and fog all around, the glow from my living room behind me, and my tummy full of the dinner he had made me, I smiled. I just felt good... right. He hugged me, knowing that I hated leaving Abigail.... and him... to go to work. We talked a few minutes longer, about work and weekend plans, and then as I was getting ready to leave, it happened.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
And I have a cold.
I hope this works. But until then, I am going to go take a nap so that I can stay awake all night tonight.