Wow. A lot more time than I wanted has passed since my last post. There have been many changes in my life that have prevented me from paying attention to things on the site.
Last September my home care company was bought out by a larger competitor and the office that I had spent eight years with ceased to be. I decided that I didn't want to undergo another cooperate bloodletting, I have survived a few over the years, so I changed jobs. In November I began working for Davita dialysis. This has been a major change in my life and nursing practice. I'm out of pediatrics, on to an adult specialty that has taken up a lot of my time and energy getting up to speed on. I have moved from working night shift to days as well. Change is scary, and the jury is still out on whether this is a positive change for me, but so far so good.
One of the things that have changed the most for me is that I will not be able to work at a camp this year, for the first time in six years. It's sad but necessary, and a transition that most camp nurses will have to make. Our camp time is fleeting, and at the six-year mark, I am well past the average lifespan of a camp nurse. Of course, I hope to return to professional camp nursing at some point in the future, but who can really plan any distance ahead in their life with any certainty. A year ago I would not have believed that I would leave home care, now here I am six months into a completely new direction.
I will still be visiting and helping out my family at Indian Head Camp. They just opened a new health center, and I want to be part of setting it up and get a bit of a camp fix for the year. Reading last years posts brought up a slew of memories from the 2016 season. It was a tough year for me. Being a parent continues to be a challenge that I often feel I'm not fully succeeding at. Although moving specialties has forced me to become more forgiving of myself, and to relax my perfectionism a bit, it still remains a challenge for me. I found out a lot about myself last year, and I feel like, from a personal standpoint, I'm moving in the right direction. I hope that this year I can mend some fences, see some old friends, and make some new.
Also when reflecting on last year and the changes that I have made in my life, I began to think of how beneficial camp has been to me over the years. I have had many difficulties personal and professional at camp, and have grown by both succeeding and failing. Much like the campers that have passed through the doors of the health center over the years, I have matured and improved. I owe camp a lot, and I want to continue to give back and to steer others into this amazing field of camp nursing.
I will attempt to get more posts up, as my schedule allows. I would also welcome anyone who would like to collaborate by suggesting topics, or by writing guest posts. Please get in touch by emailing me here.
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