I might get a new job.
I am applying for another job. I would still work in the same place, same hospital, same floor, with the same people, but it would be a step away from bedside nursing and a step towards management. A pay raise is involved, which would be cool; the position would give me a set schedule, and quite possibly weekends off, although I would start work at 6am instead of 7am.
The position is a discharge coordinator, which basically means that you meet with the doctors for every patient on the unit every morning, and figure out what needs to be done for these patients to go home, then make sure that no snags come up. So you let the nurse taking care of that patient know any things they need to do, make sure tests get done, make sure the MDs fill out the paperwork they are suppoesed to on a timely schedule, etc. Lots of interacting with people, problem solving, and communicating. I am good at communicating. I don't butt heads with people, I am able to get my point across, and I can anticipate issues (at least with discharges--my patients LEAVE when they are supposed to, I look out for this kinda stuff already now, just would be doing it for the entire floor instead).
The girl who is doing this now (in a trial position that they are making permanent), totally recommended me to Jack, the manager who makes the ultimate decision. She thinks I would be perfect for the job (felt like a nice pat on the back to me!), and told him so. She wants to work just weekends (has a baby), and that would be fine for me! No more Seahawks game clashes, and I would get off early enough that there would be no Sonics/Storm issues, either.
Gotta clean up that resume' and get going!! Wish me luck!!