I got it!!

October 22, 2009

Ok, so it’s not such a huge surprise to me. I went to the working interview Tuesday and that went fine. Typical watch what’s going on, induce and intubate a dog, place an IV and draw blood kinda few hours. Not too exciting, but I think almost every person there made a point of telling me that they were excited about me and had heard nothing but good things. 🙂 It’s a good feeling. That people are saying good things about me and that other people are excited about having me….kinda among their midst.

Because while I am not actually working WITH any of these people, it is a very close-knit group, a hospital where many of the employees have been there long-term, for years. Which is not so common in this field. It’s the mark of a good hospital. And I am a newcomer, they don’t know me or my capabilities or how I work. And I am taking on this shift where I will be working alone. And they are handing off THEIR patients to me, blindly putting their faith and their patients into my hands, trusting that I am going to do a good job and take care of them just as good as they do. It’s really quite the large expectation to live up to. And I am excited that they are excited to do so.

Anyways. So they basically told me that I had the job, but that they did have a couple more working interviews lined up that they needed to go through with. Said that they’d call and let me know Thursday or Friday. Then this afternoon they called! And offered me the job! YAYAY!

I have a training day on Tuesday and then if that goes well either another day to train on Wednesday or just starting my overnights on Wednesday night. 😀 I am looking forward to it. So looks like by November I’ll be well on my way to settling into my new job.

Called a couple people about Troy, hopefully setting up some meets for this weekend or early next week. My hope is that he’ll be ready to go by the end of the month and I’ll have a home lined up waiting. So far so good! That way once my job really starts in November I can jump right into staying at my new room.

It’s so nice to know what’s going on and to know where I am going to be in November! I’m so excited!!

~Lissa

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Life really is good

October 20, 2009

So its 3am, I’m just sitting on my couch, hanging with the cats and dogs, reading the newest JD Robb book and snacking on food. Gonna have myself a glass of wine and eat some cheese & crackers. In a few hours I’ll make some baked fish, wild rice, and steamed veggies for “dinner” before I take a shower and go into my working interview for that job I was telling you about last time. And even though I don’t have a firm offer there and have turned down the offer at the new ER and don’t really know what I’ll be doing or where in November, it just struck me that my life really is good. I have lousy things happen, and opportunities not work out, and bad days, but my life is really quite nice. And I love it when those times come around that I remember that. And feel it. Even when things aren’t perfect and I don’t have everything I could wish for or am planning for, I still have those days or hours or moments where I just kinda step outside of myself and realize that I am happy.

It’s a nice feeling.

So to update on the work stuff, I did end up with an interview at the overnight-alone job on Thursday. It went well and I got a sense of the place and I think I would really like it. They said they were still interviewing people that week and would get back to me about setting up a working interview. Though she did acknowledge that a working interview would be just a formality in my case. Which I took to mean that if they gave me a working interview that they have basically decided to offer me the job. I figured I’d hear Friday possibly or maybe not til Monday.  And then before I went to work that night I checked my email and there was one from them to set up a working interview this week. YAY! So I’m feeling pretty confident about the job. My interview is On Tues, in about 7 hours. 🙂 Hopefully they’ll let me know today if they are going to offer me the job, or in the next couple days. I am about 95% sure they will give me an offer and I’m 100% sure that I will accept it unless they change any of the minimum terms that were outlined in their ad. So hopefully I’ll be reporting the details of my new job soon!

As for the other position, I did write them a counteroffer. And they countered with a higher pay rate, but not quite what I asked for. And given what is happening with this job, I turned it down. I hated to turn it down before I knew for sure about this job, but I just wasn’t quite excited enough about the offer. I think that a 4-day week is just going to be too difficult for me with the lifestyle changes I have to make. They did offer me relief work so that’s nice.

Ok, otherwise not too much different. Oh! The rescue group that is helping to place my foster dog is sending applications to me so that I can do meet & greets and hopefully find him a home. He should be good to go by the end of the month I’m estimating. So he will have a good chance of having a home waiting for him as soon as he is ready. Which is awesome since starting in November I want to be ready to really start staying in my new place.

Alright, I’ll let you know about the job as soon as I do. But in the meantime, it’s nice to remember and to feel that life really is good around here!

~Lissa

So I have been very excited about this new job opportunity. I did the in-person interview last Tuesday. And the pre-employment drug screening (ha!) on Saturday. And this Tuesday I drove 2.5 hours to do a working interview (that lasted 3 hours) and drove 2.5 hours back home.  I had the impression that they would get back to me re: an offer late this week or early next. And today! they called with an offer: a 4-day/wk overnight position (my choice of Su-W or Th-Su) for $18/hr. I know, you’re thinking ‘SWEET I wish I could get paid that much and only have a 4-day week!’ I know I’m spoiled in my chosen line of work. I realize this. 4 day workweeks are the norm and 3 day workweeks are certainly common, esp. in the overnight/emergency world. and $18/hr for an experience ER/CC tech is a pretty average-to-good wage. I realize this too. But the facts of my life and my needs are this: In order to work at this clinic, I need to stay in “the city” for my workweek, which requires me to pay rent, an additional expense to my budget. So, I need to either have a higher than “normal” wage to accomodate this additional expense, or I need to have a less-days-per-week workweek to enable me to more easily do extra relief shifts to pay for the rent. Unfortunately, the offer does not allow for either of these two needs. Which sucks.

On the plus side, the night before I went down for my working interview, I sent in a resume for a new job that had been posted on craigslist. This job is a little different, a type of job that I had not considered before since it is so rarely seen. It is the opportunity to be an overnight tech at a day practice. Which in a nutshell means that I would be working totally alone taking care of post-op, hospitalized, and boarding patients as well as some housekeeping duties overnight. No incoming patients, no typical “ER” work, no dealing with clients. Honestly, its probably the most ideal work for my personality. I love to have total control, I love to have absolute responsibility, I like to work overnights and I like to work with as few people as possible, I am highly skilled and capable to make judgement calls and be in charge of a number of patients needing a variety of levels of care. Just as important as the job itself, it is only 15-20 min from the room that I am renting in Lynnwood, it is a 3-day workweek (Tu-Th), and the pay starts at $18/hr (which means that I would probably start at a higher rate due to my number of years and type of experience). The more I think about this job the more psyched I am about it. I was excited about the ER clinic job, but in a “this could be a good thing but who knows what might happen” kind of way. This is different. This is something that I know that I could really enjoy and excel at.

So I emailed my resume on Mon. night. Heard back on Tues. night. Filled out their questionnaire and took their assessment test Tues. night. Received a phone message Wed. night about scheduling an interview. Emailed my availability Wed. night. Will hopefully hear this morning about setting an interview date/time on either Thur/Fri. I hope to get it all settled and a job offer (or not) by this weekend so that I can let the other place know. I told them I was interviewing at another clinic and bought myself a little time, but I don’t want to leave them hanging for too long.

If it doesn’t work out at this new place, I will have to let the other place know that I cannot accept their first offer. I will have to tell them that due to my situation I either need to have a 3-day workweek (to give me the time to do relief work) or at leat $20/hr (so that I do not need to do relief work). And then let them counter their offer or turn me down.

The worst that happens is that I keep doing relief. And as I have stated in previous posts, I am set for October & November with relief (which includes allowing me to take the last week off to go back home for Thanksgiving). So it’s not like its a huge issue if neither of these jobs works out. But I’m hoping the lone overnight position works out, or if not that I am able to get a better offer from the other place.

Hopefully by this weekend (or latest Monday) I’ll have an answer to all these questions! I’ll let you know!

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In related news: The dog meet & greet went ok and I confirmed renting the room in Lynnwood. My first stay is this weekend, though I’m just going to be there to sleep on Saturday so its not a big thing. I still have my foster dog at least through this month so I have to leave my own dogs at home, which means that if I stay up north I have to find pet care for them. I’m trying to keep that at a minimum so I’m staying up north at a minimum until I find a home for the foster dog. But I bought a bunch of stuff for my “dorm” room tonight and I’m really looking forward to it. I never went to college and stayed in a dorm so its kinda fun thinking about it in that way. I think this is going to be a great thing.

~Lissa

New things, moving fast

October 6, 2009

Ok so, sometimes things in life just kind of fall together. Here’s the update:

1. Job: I woke up today to an email that I am on to Phase Two with the interview process for the FT position. I have an in-person interview tomorrow morning. Yay!

2. House: Looked at that room for rent on Sat. It looks great, the bonus upstairs room in a ranch-style house. Has a great little kitchen and a big living room, deck, and back yard. I think that the dogs will really like it there and the woman (landlady/Jeanette) seems really nice and that I’ll get along well with her. I am taking the dogs up there tomorrow to meet her and her son and to pay the deposit and such. Probably won’t start staying up there until the weekend after or so. Must start looking for a vanity/dresser/desk type piece, there’s a spare bed up there already.

3. Sick still sick. The sore throat got better but hung on and today the nose started. Bleh. So annoying. Hopefully just another few days of this nonsense. Everyone’s been sick though so I guess I was bound to catch something what with all the exposure and weird sleeping and working and stress of the last month or so.

4. Cat: Ok, so one of my cats had been peeing around the house, most recently started peeing on the couch. NOT COOL. He got a clean bill of health and I put him on Prozac and confined him to the bathroom whenever I wasn’t there to watch him. It’s been about two months of that. I started leaving him out last week and so far……no peeing! And I stopped giving him his meds so even more promising. I hope that we have “fixed” him and I hope that he won’t start up again when I start staying up in Lynnwood for part of the week. *crosses fingers*

Ok well not too much else going on here. Waiting game mostly. I’ll let you know!

~Lissa