IV’s, Infusions, Injections, Oh My!

Like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, I’m not in Kansas anymore, and it can be a little scary at times! I came home from work yesterday needing a shoulder to cry on. When your a traveler sometimes your organization and the hospital have some disconnect, which can be challenging. Not to mention I had a run-in with security. “I am who I say I am, I’m authorized to be here, just let me in already!” As they reply with a long list of policies and procedures. “Head nods. Yes. I still need to get in here.” I guess security in the LA area is a bit uptight, but probably for good reason. I thought as I rolled my eyes, “What did I get myself into?”

It’s not that I don’t like the Infusion Center, it’s just that the work there is so different. And I really don’t enjoy orientation, ever. I love independance, and it’s exhuasting and stress inducing to have someone scrutinizing your every move. But since I’m a traveler my orientation is quite short, two days to be exact. So tommorow is my first day on my own. And although there is always more to learn, there are always people to ask. So I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.

I think I need a yellow brick road to follow in and out of each of my patients rooms. One thing I have learned in the inpatient work is completely different than outpatient work, and while I may not plan to be outpatient long term I am grateful for the experience. I am looking forward to becoming an expert at IV placement and learning some new drugs.

But I had a much better today today and am looking forward to tommorow and managing my own routine and schedule. Before going into work today I was studying a few scripture verses to keep me grounded and to give me hope.

James 1:2-4, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all ciumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

In the end, Dorthoy finds her way home through the many obstacles and adventures she experiences. May I find my way as well, all along rejoicing no matter the circumstance, trusting in the good things ahead. What circumstances are you facing? Are you rejoicing?

With a grateful heart,




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