My heart is just not in it...

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    I'm on a roll with these threads lately

    I started a job in a wound healing/hyperbaric clinic back in November as a Wound/Hyperbaric Nurse because I thought I needed a break from 20 years of LTC. I am a Christian and knew more than 20 years ago that my calling was to work in geriatrics so I did, and found great reward in it.

    Fast forward to the Fall of 2012. I began feeling like I wanted to make a change, so I pursued a totally different direction and landed my current job. Now I know that a lot of LPNs and RNs would give anything to work in a clinic, Mon-Fri. with all holidays and weekends off, but when your heart is not in it, it's miserable. I go to work everyday and do my job, but I am only going through the motions, never enjoying one minute of it.
    There is enough work for two people and I never hear anything positive about my job performance, even though I have been thrown to the wolves. No wonder they have been through three Hyperbaric Nurse Techs in less than three years.

    I had an interview after work this afternoon as a nurse supervisor in a home for Alzheimer's patients, and when a couple of those little residents came up to me and enthusiastically hugged me like a long lost family member I just about lost it. My heart said "this is where you belong" and I know it. I have gone off on my own, thinking there was something better out there, but the truth is, my heart is with the elderly and I cannot run away from it any longer.

    If God blesses me with this job I will not run away from my calling again. I will strive to provide the best care I can, and will enjoy every moment I am given to work with some of the most precious members of our society. My heart belongs in geriatrics and just wants to find it's way back.
    NurseCard, not.done.yet, Patchouli, and 18 others like this.
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    Aw. I Pray God opens this door for you. All you need to do at this point is have faith and claim your new job!!! Congrats in advance
    LTCNS, LaurieEllen1973, and jrock17 like this.
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    Quote from crazy&cuteRN
    Aw. I Pray God opens this door for you. All you need to do at this point is have faith and claim your new job!!! Congrats in advance
    Thank you. I feel pretty good about it although the manager said she is going to interview a couple more people "out of courtesy," but really wants to offer me the job as I am exactly what she is looking for as far as my experience with Alzheimer's patients and LTC. God has always been so good to me. It's in His hands now.
    BeesMama, chevyv, and VivaLasViejas like this.
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    You know, every job I ever had just fell into my lap. Some might call it coincidence, I call it God's will. When it's right, it's right and everything falls into place effortlessly. So glad you found your calling. I hope you get this new job.
    SleeepyRN and LTCNS like this.
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    I know that feeling, it is how I feel about becoming a psych NP. Sometimes you don't want to believe what your heart is telling you, but eventually you end up where you are supposed to be and finally feel at peace. Hope everything goes well, and good luck!
    LTCNS likes this.
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    I've wandered away from geriatrics plenty of times myself but have ALWAYS come back to it, and it's here I'll stay until the end of my career. I love my Moms and Dads!
    itsmejuli, cienurse, LTCNS, and 2 others like this.
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    Thanks all. I had a message on my home phone when I got home from the interview regarding a position in another AL facility lol! I think somebody's trying to tell me something
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    Hopefully this job will be for you!
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    When it comes time to put in my notice at my current job I am going to choke. I've only been there for 3 months and they have been good to me. I was thinking of just saying "I have enjoyed working with the staff here and appreciate the opportunity and experience, but feel this job is just not for me. Thank you for giving me the chance to be part of a great company and a good group of people."
    That sound okay?
    NutmeggeRN, Marshall1, and cienurse like this.
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    We need more nurses like you in LTC. Some of the newer ones I've hired recently told me how much they loved working with the elderly while in school and have always enjoyed being around their grandparents, etc. After 1 years comes, they high-tail out to the hospital job where, if it hadn't been for them getting the experience at my SNF, they never would have gotten! Some of them don't even say "Thank you for the opportunity," they can't get out fast enough. And some of them I am not sorry to see go! God Bless you and I wish you all the best!
    LTCNS likes this.


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