Some months back, Rob and I decided, complements of the current recession, it would be a good plan for me to go back to work for a while to boost our capital.
The decision was made just about the same time as Cec Murphey's invitation for me to attend the Florida Writers' Conference. (See below) Panic! Did I now have time to work and write?
The Lord was ahead of us. Isn't He always? I have a full-time night-duty post at a frail care. My work will be mainly supervisory, and of course the RN responsibilities. The final deciding factor? I have permission to write when the 60+ residents / patients are sleeping, which will hopefully be a good amount of the time.
So we'll give it a go. It's a long time since I nursed adults. Heck, it's a long time since I nursed. But it all comes back and this is truly "real nursing".
I spent a couple of hours there yesterday afternoon. The matron showed me the work I'd need to cover, and introduced me to the patients and staff. For the first half hour my thoughts were I can't do this! There's too much to remember. How do I tell her?
Then she took me on a tour of the building and my thoughts changed to I need a map. I'm going to get lost. Worse, I'll lose a patient.
The two floors have rooms on either side, plus of course a kitchen, bathrooms, sluice rooms, lounges and a beautiful chapel. There are a few rooms tucked away in strange places, and those are the ones that caused me to panic.
After I left, I went and sat in a coffee shop and drank a strong cappuccino. I came to a number of conclusions:
- The first week or so will be tough, and I'll have to keep writing notes and drawing diagrams so that I don't get lost or lose anyone.
- The first month or so will be tiring as I train my body to keep irregular hours. (Two nights on, two nights off. Alternate weekends of 3 nights.)
- Writing on duty may be difficult in the beginning until I gain confidence. But once I have established a routine, I may well get more writing done than I do now. No Internet!
- The work is straight-forward and the hours should work well, once I get used to them. I just have to persevere.
- The Lord found me the job, so He seems to think I can cope. Why has He placed me here?How can I best be a blessing to these folk? I look forward to learning the answers.
So Shirley Corder, freelance writer, is once again Sister Corder, or Sister Shirley as they'll call me at Nazareth House. I'm looking forward (I think!) to the change of identity, but the writer title stays with me too. I'm sure to get plenty of writing fuel from the lovely old folk that will be my charges.