Today I am starting a new job. I resigned from my previous job, took a two-week mental health break, and today starts something new. It was a tough decision to leave acute care because I truly love everything acute care entails and I love being around people all day long, but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.
I'm not going to get too in depth with my reasons for leaving my previous job, but I will say there were negative aspects of my job and how I was managed that ultimately outweighed my love for acute care. This decision was not a hasty one; I'd been looking and interviewing for new jobs since January. I was presented with some great opportunities, but none of them felt right (and sometimes I was overcome with fear of leaving a job I was so comfortable doing) until this most recent one became available. Everything works out!
So while this decision is bittersweet, I feel as if the sweet part slightly outweighs the bitter part. I'm so excited to try something new. I think that's one of the beauties of the career path I chose. Speech therapy allows me to try out different settings that address different aspects of the field. I will most certainly do acute care again in my future, but, at this point in my life, I think it's great for me to try something new.