Although I technically started my new role last week, I was on vacation for half of it.
As a result, I was only actually working on my shift for two shifts.
This week is the first full week of the new hours.
Already I have learned a lot.
I have learned and will be monitoring to be stricter with my sleeping patterns.
I am neither a nightingale or a lark.
That means that I am not a night person or a morning person.
I am more an adaptable person.
I guess, technically I am now a night person by function of my new working hours.
But I digress.
What I really wanted to talk about is the obligations that I have to the hospital outside of my hours.
These, of course, are my shared governance obligations and duties.
I will be continuing them.
I know that this is under the salary umbrella.
Sometimes you have to make time for what is important.
And shared governance is very important.
It is one of the only ways that the bedside nurse can speak and it can be heard and acknowledged at the executive level.
I use my time on shared governance as a big part of my clinical ladder.
And clinical ladder can still be awarded to salaried employees.
You can bet I asked.
Let’s see how it goes.