Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Oh baby I'm tired. I have a new boss and she is awesome, really she is. After two years of less than inspiring leadership it's refreshing and rejuvenating to remember again why I love my job. Why I'm proud of being a nurse. I work in a psychiatric hospital that is under the Henry Ford Medical Group which is the physician's network in the Henry Ford Health System. It's a great company and probably the most stable in Southeastern Michigan at the moment. The Behavioral Health department is expanding and regionalizing and new opportunities are coming along to create and imagine what mental health care could be. In case you weren't aware, psychiatric care is the pits. Not the care we give specifically, but the care and resources available to the mentally ill are something that we should be ashamed of as a nation. But we're working on that as a health care organization and that's exciting for me.
My former boss was a nice enough guy. But he had his eye on a job out of state and basically spent two years making his resume shiny enough to move one and that resulted in, well, a less than inspiring and often exhausting work environment.
Remember when I said I was tired? Well I am, but I'm not exhausted. There is a difference. Exhausted is when you are so worn out your brain is fried and your muscles hurt and there isn't enough rest in the world and stuff just isn't fun. I've always liked work and it's always been fun. Well, other than 2009-2011.
I'm tired because we've had marathon meetings confronting the things that need attention immediately and making goals for next week, next month, next quarter, next year. And meetings about figuring out individually what we want to do with our careers and what we have to do to get there. And more than a few "back to the drawing board" moments. And just when you think good grief, I'm tired!; the third manager in our trio resigned yesterday. That's ok, she has found another position and I'm happy for her if she's happy. BUT that means more meetings and back to the drawing board moment.
I'm starting work around 8 a.m and today I got home at 6:45. Eating at my desk, lunch meetings. Looking up and realize shift change happened at some point and I never noticed.
But it's ok. I'm re energized on the inside even if my outsides are tired. So I hope you haven't abandoned me because I do visit you daily and miss you.
If you need me, get yourself admitted into a psych hospital. I promise, we're making great changes. :)


Odie Langley said...

I personally know the importance of a good behavioral health department as I needed one back in 2008 and got excellent care that saved me. Thanks for a great service.

Debra said...

Heh! With the way my life has been going this year, I just may take you up on your offer of admitting myself to your facility. :) I do read here all the time, just don't pause to make comments all the time because, well, I'm quite lazy. But you are one of my favorites! Glad you're liking your new boss and are feeling rejuvinated.... Debra

Elizabeth said...

I've been praying for you as I look for you daily and don't find you...glad things are okay and going well. Rest is in sight, right?! Have a wonderful've been missed!
Love you ~ xoxo

Margie said...

I'll be right over!

Margie said...

no green jello though... it makes me crazy ;)