it's off to work I go!
Well I think and sort-of.
So now that I will have all my kids in school come August, I have started thinking about getting a job. I always periodically check the hospital and its job openings. Although I swore I would never go back to the hospital! It's nothing against our hospital in town, it's just that hospitals in general are not fun places to work at. But the cancer center posts its jobs there and I did think if I had to work in the hospital, I could do the JRC - Joint Replacement Center (people recovering from hip, knee, etc. surgery).
Well, I saw 2 PRN openings in the JRC (PRN - "as needed"). I know the head manager lady - I don't even know how?! Perhaps from when I worked at the hospital last - which is about 6 1/2 years ago. Anyways, we randomly run in to each a couple of times a year - at our local 5K turkey trot, at the soccer field, etc. For some unknown reason, she really likes me.
Anyways, when I saw the listed jobs listed I thought I would just call and talk to Jackie (her, the nurse manager, name) and get some more info. She was excited to hear from me and just told me to put in my application. When I told her I don't even have some of the information they wanted (I'm not super organized and perhaps lazy), like last dates of work, how much I was paid, etc., Jackie didn't care. So I put literal "?" on my application. How classy is that?!
So I sent in my application (online, of course) and Jackie got it and so now I am going in tomorrow for a little intro on how the JRC works - it's all a "formality" as Jackie put it and I basically have the job. So crazy. I just feel like I never even have to interview for nursing positions!
But here are a few other things about this job. It looks like I would be able to get a 6pm-6am shift, on Tuesdays and Wednesday nights - EVERY OTHER WEEK. Cool, huh?! So one week I'll have to work two night shifts, but the other week I don't work at all. Sounds pretty great. Also, a 6-6 shift is a little unusual. Most shifts are 7-7. Of course there is a reporting at the end of your shift to the next on-coming nurse, and so you don't get off really until 7:30. Well that would have been a little too difficult as Ben leaves for work at 6:20 and the kids need to be ready and out the door by 7:45. So having this 6-6 shift will get me home by 6:30 (Jackie told me I could be the first nurse to report off), 7 even at the latest, which would give me enough time to get the kids ready and off to school. Then sleep-time for me!
I figure I would take a little nap on Tuesday afternoon, before the kids come home. Then after I send the kids off on Wednesday morning, I could hopefully sleep from 8-2 (it's short-day, dang it!). Then Thursday I would again get the kids off for school and then take a little nap and then be up for the rest of the day. Seems doable - especially as it would only be every other week.
So we'll see what happens! I still have to figure out how to get some orientation time in - I can't just orient once a week because that would take forever. So hopefully we can figure it all out.
I'm hoping it's a really good fit and that it will work for me and my family. It sounds like a pretty good set-up and so we'll see what happens.
And, yes, I'm pretty scared about going back to nursing after 6 1/2 years. It sort of makes me want to barf. But better get back after 6 1/2 years than 20 years, right? I sometimes just wish I choose a job in which I didn't have people's lives in my hands! :)