Today was my last day of work at Kennestone. I have worked there in Neuro ICU for the past 5 years! I was definetly sad as I drove into the parking deck for the last time today, walked through the tunnel, remembered that is where my baby boy was born, etc. I am so thankful for what a great place and great people I have had the opportunity to work with.
I have learned so much about the clinical aspect of nursing critical care patients. But besides just that, I have learned alot about life and death, pain and suffering, and the joy of seeing someone recover and come back see us months later. I have learned to talk about the end of life more than I would like, to cry with families going through a difficult time, to comfort an eldery person because they have recently had a stroke and can't speak. I have had the feeling of complete sadness and joy at the same time as I realize that a patient is brain dead but will be able to save the lives of many others! I am so grateful for the opportunites and "divine appointments" that remind me why I have been called to do what I do.
As I think of what lies ahead in my new job I am both extremely nervous and excited. I will have the opporunity to learn and grow my skills working in a Cardiovascular ICU as well as Trauma ICU. You see, after working in Neuro for this long I know NOTHING about open heart/cardiac patients and my trauma experience is limited to mostly head/spine trauma. I am looking forward to learning and growing and having many more of those moments where I know God has called me for a specific purpose to this specific place!