The last few days I have been babbling about my new nursing job, but not revealing much more about it. I suppose its time to spill the beans since all the paper work is in order I a start date is set a couple weeks from now.
While this new job is not my ideal, critical care, hospital oriented, flight nurse job it is a job. After applying to over eight positions at various hospitals and hearing back from nearly all of them that I didn't have enough experience (the few that didn't say that I didn't hear from at all) I decided to change the type of job I was looking for. The stress of a growing belly didn't help either. While I know its illegal to discriminate against a woman for being pregnant I am no idiot and knew that waltzing into a job for an interview seven or eight months pregnant wouldn't get me hired no matter how qualified I was. So, while my belly was still medium-sized and not absolutely daunting to potential employers or my orientation time I stopped being so picky about where I worked.
I then did what I told myself and many others I wouldn't do when I began nursing school two years ago.
I applied at a nursing home.
Two days later I was hired as a day shift charge nurse.
Regular daytime hours. Nursing pay. Just a mile from my house. Add in the fact that it is not easy for a brand new nurse to jump into a career.
I'll take it.. Yep, and so I did.
So in these next few weeks I will go from nursing student to charge nurse. What a leap. Holy cow am I nervous and excited. I'm also going to approach this new job with an open mind. Honestly I've always loved the elderly. Their stories, history, and humor always make me smile. I hope to form the type of bonds I hear other nurses talk of where they actually miss their patients when they aren't at work. Plus, with an impending babe on the way all I can think of is making sure I have a solid job, no matter what it is. A solid job with good hours conducive to daycare. Its amazing how your brain starts thinking differently. Not to mention with gas at $4 a gallon the extremely short, actually walkable, drive is ultra appealing.
There is an upside to everything.