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Friday, October 14, 2011

So, I'm Management Material Now?

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!

18 comments:

MarieElizabeth said...

Congratulations! It sounds like a great opportunity to learn more aspects of the nursing job, and gain things to transfer down the road. Certainly you've shown you can multi-task and balance better than avaerage!

AmyBean said...

That's awesome! What a great opportunity. :)

DebbieB said...

Congratuations! I think that is such a great opportunity for you. And to have those regular hours, with the new baby at home, is going to be wonderful. This will look on your resume too. You can't predict the path life will take you and even though it wasn't exactly what you thought, it may be just what you are really good at. Best to you!

newmexicomtngirl said...

right on

Courtney B. said...

Congrats Jen! That is amazing. It will be a wonderful challenge for you. I am still waiting for my challenge since getting my RN last year. I feel like I got this new degree and want to expand, but options are sooo limited here. Congrats again!

Jaclyn Hicks said...

Congratulations! This is wonderful news, I'm sure you will do just great!

Solomon's Porch said...

Your up to the challenge....Congratutlations....

El said...

Congrats!

Firefighter/Paramedic said...

Congratulations! Good luck.

kittyhere said...

Excellent news. The regular hours should be helpful for life as a mom. Think of being able to plan weekend activities with friends even if Shawn has odd work hours.

I hope you enjoy 'management'. No doubt you will bring a lot of insight to the position. Any job will have some frustrations but you may be able to make real improvements for both patients & staff in your new role.

R. Roushey said...

I'm so excited for you. This sounds like a great opportunity and will be so nice to have a "regular" schedule with your little one!

msam said...

That's awesome news Jen! Congratulations!

Erin in Kona said...

That's fantastic! Congrats!

Glyndalyn said...

Congratulations. You can do this. Great schedule for the baby.

Smile Steady said...

Congratulations! You're going to love those hours- I'm so excited for you!

ain't for city gals said...

congrats...good people are hard to find and they must have recognized one when they saw you! Give it a try and see...hope you get to keep the daily contact with the patients though...

Misty Dawn said...

Oh Jen! That is absolutely awesome! Congratulations! So happy for you.

Fire Wife Katie said...

That's awesome, congratulations!! :D

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