My first week of work has come and gone. Turns out I am not used to actually doing something every day. Or waking up at 5:45 AM. I've been pooped this week. But at the same time, it feels so good to be doing something! My week was filled with orientation, reading stacks of policy and procedure manuals, and trying to navigate the labyrinth halls of the hospital. I can now successfully find my way from the bus stop to my office. And from my office to the bathroom. That's about it. I've got a lot of orienteering to do. I feel like a freshman in high school all over again. Give me a few weeks (or months?) and I'm sure I'll be used to it, but right now, that place is BIG.
Speaking of the bus stop, the hospital is so large and has such limited parking, that pretty much all employees have to park at a park & ride and take the city bus to the hospital. It sounded like a huge hassle and sucker-of-time at first (especially since I have a 30 minute commute just to get to the park and ride), but it's not that bad. It's about an hour total (my drive + bus ride), but riding the bus at least saves me from having to drive through the awful campus traffic myself. Did I mention it's a university hospital I'm working at? It is. University traffic + hospital traffic = incredible congestion.
Since I've been doing boring orientation stuff all week, it's hard to tell just yet what the job is going to be like. But I'm pretty sure I'll like it. I'll be working primarily on the adolescent psych unit and the eating disorders unit. I'm excited to learn to practice recreation therapy in a hospital setting.
Hooray for jobs!!!!!!!