The worst thing about taking a holiday, is going back to work! Emails, post (nicely sorted of course I am not without admin support), work you have forgotten you should have done already. The best thing is people coming up to you and telling you that they have missed you, yes really it happens and not because I am quite loud and therefore people notice my absence!
The emails weren’t too bad, only about 60 or so and some of them were HSJ alerts and the like. There were only 2 messages on my ansaphone and my post folder wasn’t exactly bulging (though it comprised mainly of invoices so no change there). On the other hand it was quite nice to see everyone, to chat about the latest developments (not nearly enough I am sorry to say) and to actually do some work (yes really).
I spent the morning appraising one of my team, I quite like the quality time I can spend catching up with progress and events with people who are still doing a great job out there. Supporting students and mentors is a really important job and not enough people recognise just how vital it is to be around to pick up the problems that occur with students. It is only too easy to criticise standards, but there are people out there trying to make sure that we turn out some half way decent nurses.
Tomorrow I have a late start as teen son has his dermatology appointment, and it was too complicated to get the receptionist to find us an appointment time that was convenient to either teen son or me. i.e. one that didn’t require missing work or school. Still I’ll make up for it on Thursday when I am going in for an early meeting, which will mean leaving home at 7 or something. Bring it on!