I have only been an RN for a few short months. During that time its been quite a roller coaster of experiences. I've struggled with the difficulties of finding the dream job I envisioned right out of nursing school with zero experience. I took a job at the one place I never thought I would, a nursing home. Then, as it turned out, I quickly discovered how much I loved my job. Since I've been on maternity leave I've missed my coworkers and the residents there. But, a few weeks into maternity leave I received a phone call from work asking me to come in. They had a question to ask me.
Good Lord.... What kind of question would they want to ask me several weeks into my maternity leave?
I wondered if I had done something wrong. Forgotten to do paperwork, maybe? Or made some sort of error I had no idea about. That's how my mind works. I get paranoid about things like that for some reason. But, irregardless of my paranoia I headed into work the next day, leaving Shawn to watch Emily.
When I walked into work I had to first make it through the barrage of "Congratulations" and "You look Great!" and "How's Emily?". It took a good half hour. Then my boss finally found me and ushered me into the office. She closed the door firmly and motioned for me to have a seat. I felt my paranoia creep back in. When she sat down she drew in her breath deep and looked at me for a second before asking me her question.
"I have an opening for the Assistant Director of Nursing position. We are making some changes and we were wanting to offer you this position."
What? My jaw about fell to the floor. They wanted to offer me an administrative position? After only working there for a few months? Holy cow... I must have made some sort of good impression in that little bit of time. I sat there a few moments, happy, stunned, and not sure how to reply. Finally I collected myself enough to form an intelligent answer, which of course consisted of accepting the position.
I was thrilled at their confidence in me for this new job, but also scared about the responsibilities it held. Suddenly I was going to go from nurse to nurse manager. My schedule was to change from weekends and eight hour shifts to 'banker hours'. No weekends, no holidays, just Monday through Friday every single week. What a change it will be! ..especially since I have never worked such a schedule, ever.
My job is going to be not just about taking care of patients, but also about taking care of the staff, too. I'll be attending meetings, setting up trainings, and helping make sure that the facility is the best home it can be for the people that live there. That's a lot of responsibility!
And for some reason they picked me. They picked me to be management! Oh boy, Wish me luck!