My latest job adventure is in juvenile corrections, and I think I'll really like it. It's like ER plus psych all rolled up in one. However, it takes a bit of getting used to. I've quickly gotten the hang of what not to wear if I want to get IN to my job quickly, because security leaves the TSA to shame. My cool pink watch? Has too much metal. Plastic monkey watch it is.
Taking a cell phone into a correctional facility is a felony (who knew?), so I feel BEREFT. Crippled. Cut off. I have a paper planner now. Can you imagine?
But more to the point, I can't figure out what to take for lunch. Fruit I've got covered. But no metal, no plastic bags, and no foil-like substances or metal of any kind. So I can't take my yogurt because it's got foil stuff on the back of the label, I can't take a sandwich because I can neither put it in a plastic bag nor wrap it in Saran wrap, and I can't take anything requiring silverware to eat (I may buy a bunch of plastic silverware over the weekend). Hrm.
I still haven't figured out how I'm going to transport my nursing toys IN to my job, because I'm guessing things like hemostats will not make it through security. I'll add that to my list of questions. After a week of sit-down orientation I finally get to shadow today, so I'm stoked.