Anyway, at the time, I finished my BSN and went on to get a job far away from home (TX, as I lived in IL) and I went to work on a Med Surg floor so I could experience life before surgery so I could be a better OR nurse in the future. I did that for a year and honestly hated it because of the 20 patients I was assigned on the 3-11 pm shift, as I felt it was unsafe. I then decided to move to a Children's Hospital in Dallas and worked there for a short time as ai looed for a way to get back into the OR. I found a program that was 6 months where they took experienced nurses and taught them how to become OR nurses and then gave you a job afterward, so I signed up and here I am 25 years later!!
Along the way, I ended up moving back to the midwest (WI) and stayed at a hospital for 14 years where I was able to scrub, circulate, and eventually became the Perioperative Educator and then the Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for them. I have since moved to CO and found a less stressful part of health care by writing policies and procedures for a global publishing company form home and I love it.
I have always just followed my gut and what was best for me and I think that I have always made sure I was happy. If I was not happy somewhere, I moved on without guilt or sorrow. I have learned that you cannot please everyone, but in the end your happiness is priceless.