Well today was my last days of wearing the same uniform I have been wearing for the last 10 years. I have been at SAIT for 13 years and 10 years ago started the majority of my teaching in the clinical environment. We make the students wear black scrubs as it looks very professional and allows for the students to be easily identified. We've always thought since we make the students do this, we as instructors should as well, again to easily identify us as we go to so many sites.
Two weeks ago I accepted a promotion, and my role will be at SAIT everyday rather then out in practicum. I find this very exciting, but also quite uncomfortable. It feels like my black scrubs are kind of like a metaphor. Scrubs are easy, common and comfortable. The job I have been doing for the last 13 years has become like my black scrubs, very easy and comfortable, I am very good at it. Like black scrubs I don't have to spend any time thinking or planning, they are just there to put on, my job was like that too, no need to think or plan. I could do it really easily. I knew it really well.
But now I'm going to have to get uncomfortable, make harder decisions and learn and grow. While it's a big step and feels out of my comfort zone, I think it's time. I'm hanging up my comfortable black scrubs for dresses and heels, dress pants and blouses. Something new and something different and maybe more uncomfortable.
Wish me luck!