Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Job

For the past couple of months I have been getting burned out at my job. I have been feeling the itch to try something different. When I started in the ER 3 1/2 years ago I knew I wouldn't be a lifetime ER nurse. However, I really enjoyed it at the time and thought it would be a great place to get experience. I thought I could really hone my skills and become a good all around nurse. My thought was if I could work successfully in the ER then surely I could work anywhere. So, last week I took the plunge and applied for some jobs. My first love has always been OB. I loved studying pregnancy and childbirth in nursing school and of course I love taking care of babies. So, I decided to apply for some jobs for mother/baby (also called post partum) at UAMS and Baptist. I thought I would much prefer to work at Baptist because I don't really like UAMS but Baptist only had one part time position open, so I applied at both places. I was really surprised when both places called me a few days later to schedule an interview. So, I went yesterday (Tuesday) to both interviews. First was the Baptist interview at 9:00. I was a little disappointed when I got there because I found out the lady that was interviewing me was someone who screens the applicants first. Then if she feels they are qualified she send the application onto the nurse manager and that person calls you back for a second interview. So, I was thinking this process was going to span at least a week and I was anxious to know if I was going to get the job or not. Well, craziest thing happened. I got home from my interview at 10:00 and at 11:00 I got a call from the nurse manager of mother/baby. She wanted to interview me!! So, I went for an interview at 12:00. It was a great interview and I really loved the unit. Then I went to my UAMS interview at 2:00. They seemed very unorganized and I didn't like the interview at all. I was willing to work there but it was definitely not my first choice. Well, today Baptist called me back and offered me the job!!! I start orientation January 5. It is only part time so I'm only guaranteed two 12 hour shifts a week. But the manager told me that they are always so busy and are constantly needing more staff. She said that I would have no problem signing up for a third shift each week. So, even though I'm only hired for part time I should be easily be able to work full time which is what I need to do. I self schedule so that means I just sign up to work whatever days of the week I want to. I will have to find child care for Makenna since I won't be working just weekends anymore but hopefully I will be able to get that worked out. Hopefully I won't have to put her in day care. I guess we will see. I trust God will work it out. I'm very excited! I'm ready for something different and I think I'm going to love this job. I can't wait to start. I'm a little nervous because I have a lot to learn and it is very different from my current job but at the same time that's what makes it exciting. Also, DJ made me a fire on Monday for the first time. It was wonderful!! He turned off all the lights and we snuggled in front of the fireplace! I love it!! Then when I came home tonight he made a fire! I have such a great husband. Needless to say it has been a great week!


sdhorton said...

That sounds cool. Good Luck!

Jaq said...

Good for you! I am so happy for you! I remember how nervous/excited you were about working at Children's- just think of how much you have learned/seen! I am happy that you got a position that you wanted and I know you will be great! Will you only be at "Big Baptist"- I am going to deliver at NLR Baptist is why I am asking.

Cristi Walker said...

I will be working at Big Baptist but I have heard good things about NLR baptist. Makenna's doctor is in that building.