My brain overfloweth.
The new workplace is lovely, the staff are nice, I have a lovely boss and there is a real opportunity to deal with patients and make them happier and healthier.
It's pretty much perfect.
Well, I say it's perfect – but there is but one pubic hair on the bar of soap of pure awesomeness.
All the patient notes that I make are typed straight into a computer, it is a paperless office (apart from the information leaflets that we give to the patients). I have no problem with that as, surprisingly enough, I'm quite happy around computers.
The problem is… It's all Windows systems.
So there will be some retraining while I try to get used to typing on 'cherry' keyboards and remembering that the key commands are different from everything that I use at home.
Also, due to being unable to install any software I don't think I can sync Outlook 2003's calendar with Mobile Me/Google.
Oh, and the browser is IE6.
More seriously though – I'm really looking forward to getting my teeth into working here, the boss is already trying to get me onto a week-long course for minor illnesses and I'm keeping my fingers crossed as it is apparently a really good one and gets me 35 points towards a degree (for my nursing is a lowly Dip(HE)).
I've another three weeks of being 'supernumerary' which means following people around and generally learning things. For example today I learnt more about knee assessment than I have ever dreamt possible from a brilliant physiotherapist who is seconded to the Urgent Care Centre.
My day ended with another man's testicles in my hands so I could examine them – which is a first for me as normally the only reason to have someone else's testicles in my grasp is for the purposes of 'self defence'.
While I'm only working eight hour shifts at the moment I'm finding that I'm more tired than twelve hours of ambulance work – I suspect it's because my brain is, for the first time in ages, consuming huge amounts of energy while I take in both the formal learning and the more 'soft' informal learning that is necessary when trying to integrate yourself into a new group of people.
So basically it's all brilliant (apart from having to use Windows) and I am incredibly happy to have made the switch.