Today was my last official day as an ICU nurse. It was a great day to work with only one or two kerfuffles and smooth going the rest of the way. We had a pot luck that was amazing and the one thing I'll probably miss the most. Our group could cook and gave great parties on a moment's notice. Thanks my friends. It was a memorable day.
I'm also going to miss my colleagues and my brand new shiny orientee, Heather. Her enthusiasm for her job and desire for learning was the boost my tired old nurse's heart needed. Thank you Heather, and not just for the six pack of summer ale! You were a delight to work with and I will miss you. I wish I could have been there long enough to see you through the whole orientation, but you've made my last few weeks wonderful.
As for my good friends I've made over the years, I know we'll continue to get together. It's also possible I'll still see them in a working capacity in my new role. I hope so. Still, it was a bittersweet day and I'm ever so slightly heartbroken to leave a job I loved. I hope my back appreciates this change of pace.