I scheduled my first vacation as a new nurse.
Granted, it’s a week trip back to my hometown in Michigan (nothing too glamorous, just time with the family), but I’m getting paid for it. Sweet!
Timeline from starting at the hospital:
Mid January 2013: Date of Hire
Beginning of July: Accrued 2 weeks of vacation time (6 days). By end of this year, it’ll be a total of 4 weeks (12 days).
End of July: Requested for 2 days off
3 Days later: Approved request (only 2 people can take vacation on a shift at a time)
It’s like what my critical care professor said. After you start work, you’ll put in 6 months where you’re a little nervous about going to work. Then around 8 months in, you go on vacation. 1 year later, you’ll look back and see how far you’ve come since the beginning. So far, she’s pretty accurate. 🙂
One of the great things about working here is a work-life balance and the 4 weeks of vacation time that I get after coming off probation. 🙂