After Nursing: Is There Life Out There? - page 3

I knew it was too good to last forever. Today, in a meeting with my company's regional director of operations and the corporate nurse consultant, my Executive Director and I learned that we will... Read More

  1. Visit  Genista} profile page
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    Sorry for the situation you are in, Viva. I hope it all works out for you. If not, I wanted to suggest Telephone Triage. You have to have solid clinical experience to do it well, and you have that. It's easy on the body , but still stressful mentally. Can work part part time to full time and decent pay. Also, you mentioned Hospice. One of the Hospices in my area has dayshift 8a-5p, rotating weekend position with no on-call. So, you never know...maybe this would work for you if you found the right position? Sending well wishes to you.
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  3. Visit  Biffbradford} profile page
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    You have developed other skills other than those labeled 'nursing'. Time management, prioritization, people skills, the list goes on and on. These skills you have are not just applicable to the sick and the insane (permanently or temporary). I'm in a similar boat to you ... after 15 years of working 12 hour nights ... that's it. I'm done. The patients will go on eating their bandaids whether I'm there or not, I'm outta here! Time for chapter 2. Open your eyes, broaden your scope, keep your head on a swivel. Believe it or not ... people DO make a living out there who are NOT nurses!
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  4. Visit  Liddle Noodnik} profile page
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    (Friendly reminder: they do need to be in reasonably good taste, of course.) Thanks!
    Well then, I'm all out of ideas lol...

    I didn't know about this meeting, I know you aren't entirely surprised but it is scary nonetheless...

    praying for you Viva!!! and yes there is life after nursing. It has been a long grieving process but there is freedom in letting go of it.

    BUT - the ship ain't sunk yet...
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  5. Visit  GrnTea} profile page
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    Hey, at least with what I do a little grey hair is an advantage. I couldn't have done this as an apple-cheeked 26-year-old...or at 36, either. (And keep going.) And it's simply mahvelous what nice suits they're making for fat old broads these days.
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  6. Visit  VivaLasViejas} profile page
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    Quote from GrnTea
    Hey, at least with what I do a little grey hair is an advantage. I couldn't have done this as an apple-cheeked 26-year-old...or at 36, either. (And keep going.) And it's simply mahvelous what nice suits they're making for fat old broads these days.
    HAHAHA!!! Good one, GrnTea

    Well, today everything came to a head at work......everything I've dreaded to confront for the four months since my evaluation was due.

    It was the single worst evaluation I've ever gotten in 30+ years of working. I deserved every crappy mark too. But remember what I've said about my boss being arguably the most decent man on the plane? Yep, he really is, and now I have a yardstick against which to measure my future performance, a clear-cut set of goals, and best of all.....ALL of it is fixable. And even though the overall picture looks bad to the casual observer, he and I both know I'm better than this.

    I even got a 3% raise. Even though I wouldn't have given myself anything. "You just need some incentive," said my boss. The only caveat was, he wasn't going to make it retroactive to October. I think I can handle that.

    Then he wanted me to lay on the table the problems I've had, both personally and in the workplace, and that's what was hardest. I told him I didn't want to burden him with all that. He said, "Get the (profanity) over it." IOW, he can deal with anything as long as he KNOWS about it and doesn't get blindsided. I understand that too.

    THEN he asked if I thought working 4 10-hour days would be more helpful for my mental and emotional health. That means 3 days off, every week. Yeah, I think I can handle that......I never have done well with with 5-day weeks; four are better even if the days are longer. He said he will work with me in any way possible to help me stay in the game---any schedule, any time. What he didn't say was that Corporate knows I have an ADA case if accommodations aren't made for my condition and I lose my job. I know that too. But he made it clear that he WANTS me to succeed, because he knows "when you're at your best, you are the best."

    This will be the first time in my life that I haven't walked away from a job when the going got tough. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks; and maybe even people who have challenges can be respected and successful.

    I'm about to find out, anyway. Moving forward..........
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  7. Visit  Liddle Noodnik} profile page
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    HAHAHA!!! Good one, GrnTea

    Well, today everything came to a head at work......everything I've dreaded to confront for the four months since my evaluation was due.

    It was the single worst evaluation I've ever gotten in 30+ years of working. I deserved every crappy mark too. But remember what I've said about my boss being arguably the most decent man on the plane? Yep, he really is, and now I have a yardstick against which to measure my future performance, a clear-cut set of goals, and best of all.....ALL of it is fixable. And even though the overall picture looks bad to the casual observer, he and I both know I'm better than this.

    I even got a 3% raise. Even though I wouldn't have given myself anything. "You just need some incentive," said my boss. The only caveat was, he wasn't going to make it retroactive to October. I think I can handle that.

    Then he wanted me to lay on the table the problems I've had, both personally and in the workplace, and that's what was hardest. I told him I didn't want to burden him with all that. He said, "Get the (profanity) over it." IOW, he can deal with anything as long as he KNOWS about it and doesn't get blindsided. I understand that too.

    THEN he asked if I thought working 4 10-hour days would be more helpful for my mental and emotional health. That means 3 days off, every week. Yeah, I think I can handle that......I never have done well with with 5-day weeks; four are better even if the days are longer. He said he will work with me in any way possible to help me stay in the game---any schedule, any time. What he didn't say was that Corporate knows I have an ADA case if accommodations aren't made for my condition and I lose my job. I know that too. But he made it clear that he WANTS me to succeed, because he knows "when you're at your best, you are the best."

    This will be the first time in my life that I haven't walked away from a job when the going got tough. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks; and maybe even people who have challenges can be respected and successful.

    I'm about to find out, anyway. Moving forward..........
    Isn't it funny to rejoice over a bad eval Viva but I am sounds like things are looking up! (after all where else could they go?) love ya!
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  8. Visit  imintrouble} profile page
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    I just saw this thead and read first to last in one sitting. I didn't have to wait days to know the outcome. Yay!!
    You have been spared the pain, anxiety, depression and hopelessness of a nursing job hunt.
    Now you get to go to work four days a week and experience the pain, anxiety, and sometimes hopelessness of a nursing job.
    Life can be so silly sometimes.
    Good for you. It gives me hope when I'm in your shoes someday.
    Last edit by imintrouble on Feb 12, '13
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  9. Visit  VivaLasViejas} profile page
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    Quote from imintrouble
    I just saw this thead and read first to last in one sitting. I didn't have to wait days to know the outcome. Yay!!
    You have been spared the pain, anxiety, depression and hopelessness of a nursing job hunt.
    Now you get to go to work four days a week and experience the pain, anxiety, and sometimes hopelessness of a nursing job.
    Life can be so silly sometimes.
    Good for you. It gives me hope when I'm in your shoes someday.
    Love it!! ^^

    Yes, the world is a strange place.......but then again, I'm kind of a strange person, so I guess I fit in pretty well after all.
  10. Visit  LadyFree28} profile page
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas

    Love it!! ^^

    Yes, the world is a strange place.......but then again, I'm kind of a strange person, so I guess I fit in pretty well after all.
    ^^I think the world if nursing finds a way to fit around US...

    Any whoo...congrats on the outcome!!!! Sending positive vibes on your success forward!
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  11. Visit  leslie :-D} profile page
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    wow viva, that is almost unheard of in nursing...mgmt being supportive of an employee.
    that says much about your boss AND you personally and professionally.

    the universal law of attraction pretty much states that you get what you give.
    no doubt in my mind you will certainly give it your all, and will be rewarded accordingly.

    keep it going, girl.
    you always come out on top. <3

    leslie xo
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  12. Visit  WildflowerRN} profile page
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    Where ever your career leads you Viva, you need to write! You're a great writer.

    Write about your patients, your stories, the doctors and nurses you worked with in your career. Blog, essay, novel, whatever. Get it out. I'll buy the first copy...
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  13. Visit  Songbird,RN} profile page
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    You are very sarcastically funny!!!!!! Why don't you try school nursing? I am closing in on 60 and know I cannot run around and do floor nursing anymore. I was in nursing management in residential care many years and also Hospice. I love these junior high kids and look forward to going to work every single day. One catch. In my district, it is a lot of work for really terrible pay, as far as nursing pay goes. BUT, I will have teachers type retirement after 5 years. I have good health insurance and I only work 9 months. I spread my pay over 12 months. It is a wonderful job and I hope you give it some thought!
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  14. Visit  ktwlpn} profile page
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    It looks like you won't have to open that medical marijuana clinic/bakery I was going to suggest.Good Luck
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