After over a year of negotiations, the company I have worked for for nearly nineteen years has been bought by a large corporation. We got the official announcement yesterday. And it looks like I still have a job. I am a nurse, and for the first time in at least two decades (probably much longer) we do NOT currently have a nursing shortage. In fact, there are new graduates coming out of college without job prospects. When I graduated from college every single one of my classmates had several appealing job prospects to choose from. Now there are experienced nurses who are unemployed or underemployed – lots of them. Changes in reimbursement, increased enrollment in nursing programs, the economy in general – whatever the reason, it has had me and many of my fellow nursing professionals worried about job security. So today I’m not going to complain about getting up at 3:15, or about being so busy I don’t get a bathroom break, let alone a lunch break. The patients may curse and the doctors may whine, but today I’m just going to be glad I’m gainfully employed in at a job I do well so that I can provide for my family. And you can feel free to remind me of this if you see me looking grumpy in the elevator – really. Happy Friday!