Today marks my return to the working world, and I am extremely anxious about it. I have been out of the hospital for over 4 months, and didn’t use any of my nursing skills on my trip. I really enjoyed the break, but I feel like I have lost A LOT of nursing knowledge. Seriously, I remember like two lab values. Le sigh. Hopefully it will come back to me once I get in the swing of things. Even though its inevitable that I will be daydreaming about far off places today, it’s probably a good thing that I will be back to helping patients, having a routine, and making money. Much more productive than my recent “routine” of binge eating and binge watching Netflix. Post backpacking depression is real, yall. Today will mostly be dedicated to beginning the orientation process and learning the unit and the way this hospital operates. I know that I have to take some tests as well. Here’s hoping I pass. And that I survive this 12 hour shift. And that I don’t accidentally kill anyone.
Any backpacking nurses out there? How was the return to the hospital after your trip?