Rolling hills, broad blue skies, green trees and grasses, friendly faces, comfortable routines, South Carolina has definitely a breath of fresh air after responding to the crisis in New York. Everything moves a little slower, it’s a little hotter, and sweet iced tea is the beverage of choice to cool off on a muggy summer afternoon. I’m grateful I had the opportunity to work in and serve the community of Mineola, challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone certainly helped me grow both as a nurse and as a person. While the pandemic is not yet over, I am glad that the situation in New York resolved to a point that they no longer needed travel nurses to assist the regular staff.
I have been home for a few weeks now resting and recovering after the marathon run of four randomly dispersed 12-hour shifts a week for 8 weeks. I didn’t realize how thoroughly exhausted I was until I had more than two days off to rest and recover. To my readers, I apologize for the unannounced absence, I promise I am a much happier and healthier human now that I’ve had time to rest and dig in to some of the projects and to-do’s waiting for me at home. Andrew and I have been keeping ourselves busy expanding our patio area, repainting and decorating the powder room, hanging artwork, and rearranging furniture. We have certainly enjoyed making our house our home.
My recruiter called me during my last week in New York excited to tell me about a position that met what I really wanted in my next assignment. That is one of the perks of travel nursing, having someone in your corner looking for positions that fit what you want most from your travel experience. I started virtual orientation for that assignment this week, an interesting experience since nurses don’t often get to work from home. I’m excited to be closer to home in Winston-Salem, NC, under a three hour drive. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family this summer.
I hope you all are staying safe out there. Much love, until next time.