After Nursing: Is There Life Out There? - page 6

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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 both probably be let go if our... Read More


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    In the same situation, in my 50's, in a high level administration job and can't continue these hours for health reasons. Before I took this position I wasn't considered for the hospital or even in any other area, too long out, to high up in administration and would not be considered for a position I had years ago even if wanted too, had excelled in my previous position, and would take a pay cut. Not sure what to do. Very frustrating. Do I go back to get my BSN? I already have a BA but that is keeping from being able to apply for some positions. However that doesn't guarantee I will be considered anyway. If I was younger I would go back to school to be a NP, that's where the jobs are BUT I still have children to put through college and after 3 now it would be over 4 years since a doctorate would be required and most programs are moving to the doctorate level I would be closer to retirement, if we had the money to retire.
    Last edit by wincha on Mar 30, '13 : Reason: Typo
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    Well, I got my arse handed to me again yesterday........emergency staff meeting, then a private discussion with my boss. He spent over an hour and a half on the phone with Corporate before the staff meeting, and it's boiled down to this---we will both be fired if we fail the next re-survey.

    From a business standpoint, I understand perfectly well what TPTB are thinking, and I don't blame them. This is part of what being in top management is about, somebody's got to fall on his/her sword, and life goes on. OTOH.......I don't have a Plan B, and I'm scared to death.

    I've NEVER not had a Plan B for what to do in case a job didn't work out. This was the one I'd planned to stay with until I was ready to leave nursing, period; I know what the economy is like, and I know what the job prospects are for a 50+ nurse with an associates degree, to say nothing of years of experience that make me expensive to hire, and medical problems that make me expensive to insure. And I'm sick of starting over again........I finally figured out why I used to job-hop, have stuck with this one through some pretty tough times, and have absolutely NO desire to leave. I am too old and too tired to keep starting over, and over, and over.

    To say the least, I am afraid........I am very afraid.
    If it is any solace...you are not alone. You are amongst friends....((HUGS)). I have no words of wisdom.....I was, in the end, unable to save myself, now it's a moot point.

    This too shall pass.
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    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..........
    "People are strange, when you're a stranger..." -The Doors. (Just found out the meaning of your avatar+ DIG it).
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