Sunday, September 19, 2010

And it Begins

Tomorrow I finally go back to work.

I've been unemployed now since July 1. I use that word loosely, because I took a job with a start date of September 20, so while I wasn't getting a paycheck I did know that there was a job waiting for me.

Well, September 20 is nearly here. I'm a little nervous to learn a new system, meet the new nurses and staff, and start seeing my own patient panel. There will be a steep learning curve, I know, but I hope the other parts of the transition are easy. Like, remembering people's names and knowing where the bathroom is. The little things that can make or break a day.

Next week is all orientation, which is a nice way to ease into things. Then, on September 27, I start seeing my own patients. Weird. I am sure I'll miss the nice shelter of fellowship - having people to run ideas by and talk difficult cases through. But, it'll also be nice to make the decision I want to make, rather than the decision the attending thinks is best. There will be good and bad about it, I'm sure. Hopefully things aren't so busy that I can't reflect on some of those instances here.

So, tomorrow I take my floaties off and jump in the deep end all by myself. I hope the lessons I've had for the last 6 years pay off.