Travel Nurse Contract # 5

Saturday morning I clocked out of my last shift for travel contract #5! It’s hard to believe I have been at this hospital on the Space Coast for almost a year. I started this contract in January, and never really intended to stay this long (summer in Florida in an RV sounded rough.) But Bradley and I fell in love with the area, it was so nice being close to my parents and one of my best friends, and I really was enjoying my time at the hospital. So, we bought a second AC ;), and I ended up signing two 13 week extensions for a total of 3 contracts in the sunshine state!

Working the Covid Unit

The last few months have been especially hard. When I returned in August after taking a few weeks off to go home, I came back to the highest Covid numbers the hospital had seen. They had stopped elective procedures, turned the surgical floor into a Covid floor, and were creating even more rooms on the PCU to be airborne isolation rooms/covid rooms. It was just pure panic and chaos. My patients were all very sick, we were short staffed, it was awful. When I left there were just a couple covid patients in the hospital, upon my return there was over 50. The shifts were emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausting.

The sweetest going away cake one of the nurses made me 🙂

I am very thankful to say I worked with great people at this hospital. The Respiratory Therapist were AMAZING. The nurses, CNAs, monitor techs, and HUCs were amazing. Their help and support made a really bad time a little bit better. They gave me the sweetest going away party which I was so thankful for. I can honestly say that the people and the views made it hard to leave this hospital.

View from the hospital

Even tho times were tough, I’m very thankful for the past 3 contracts. I am taking the next two months off to focus on my mental health. Nursing and the hospital have become not healthy for me, so I need to take some time to heal before taking another contract.

Love being so close to the beach

Looking forward to rest, relaxation, time with family and friends, and hopefully some more blog post.