I love love my new job! I really do.
Flip side of that coin is that I really don't care for my hospital job. I've dreaded work nights for over a year now.
So, what's the difference?
There are a lot of little differences, like being home and talking on the phone vs being at the hospital and cleaning up poop. But I really don't mind being at the hospital or cleaning up poop. There's the whole "work in your pajamas" thing....but honestly; I wear SCRUBS and tennis shoes to work so how much difference is there??
I realized one night last week that the real difference in the jobs is simple gratitude.
When I am doing phone triage the vast majority of callers (like 98%) are honestly grateful for my time and advice. And they TELL ME SO.
The simple thing of hearing "okay. Thank you, I appreciate your call." makes a huge difference!
Especially when it is contrasted with the "When can I have more medicine and what took you so long?" that is repeated 98% of the time at the hospital. Sometimes a family member or a patient does show gratitude, but it's rare. Every once in awhile someone will send food, but honestly, I've known several nurses who won't eat food given by family members, we live in a scary world.
It's amazing to me to experience the real difference that being appreciated on a regular basis can make.
So, I hope you'll join me in making a point to say thank you more often. Even when someone tells you something you don't want to hear.
Thank you for your comments, I really DO appreciate them!