Wow! Your timing is so funny....our school is out tomorrow for President's day and I had already decided to check in with you and see how the new job was going. I just know you LOVE it!
Life got very busy around here with grades due, parent conferences till late and family stuff too. Can't complain though, it's all good. Except my sweetie is sick this weekend.
So I've been practicing my "nursing" skills...I'm most excellent at dosage calculations according to the Nyquil directions. Current careplan: Lots o rest, fluids, footrubs (doesn't help his headcold, he just likes it
) and keep him laughing so he forgets how bad he feels. So far, so good.
As to other news, I finally found an online med. term. course that starts Feb. 23rd. Oh and I called about the test and they said it just meant you needed to have passed the final exam for the course. This one is supposed to include some Spanish which I thought was very cool. It's one of those Ed2go courses offered through many schools around here. Have you ever done this? Kinda confused, since I found out that Southern Piedmont offers it for $60 and CPCC for $80. I mean, am I paying $20 for the school name? They both send you to the exact same website. Only thing I can see is that CPCC is older and more stable. Maybe less conflicts with obtaining grades, etc. but who knows? Plan to register tomorrow so I'll check into both. Which reminds me. You've been so kind to answer my questions and share your exp. that honestly, I have SO many more it just seems rude to ask them. But, here it goes...just quit reading when you get tired...
The current plan is the med. term., already studying for entrance exams, and want to do CNA, CPR, and possibly phlebotemy ASAP (figure the phleb. can't hurt and might pay for school, also great skill for a nurse, right?). Hopefully CNA & CPR over the summer (wish it were earlier), but next phleb. course seems to be in Aug. All of this depends on waiting lists, etc. of course.
This is the dilemma---Do I have or can I gain enough skills to secure a job making "close" to what I am now, so that I can change jobs? (BTW, totally retorical question, not expecting you to solve that one!) The way all the courses are scheduled, it seems like I'll end up teaching another year just to be safe. I mean I don't want to take a chance on causing a financial strain just as we are getting OUT of debt (Whoo-Hoo!)
Sorry, have to do a cartwheel everytime I say that. It's ugly and things get broke, but it happens.
This is the upside: I could stop commuting an hour each way (I actually teach in SC) and most importantly would be working IN healthcare. The exp. alone seems worth it. If I have to sign another contract I'll have the security of the same paycheck, but I also can't make any real commitment to moving forward for a year. I can see working FT in the summer and maybe PT during school (tough w/the commute and the extra hrs. teaching requires), but man I hate that drive! The deal is that I have to sort this all out and have a job lined up by late March/early April (when contracts come out) that I can't even start FT until the end of May. Just seems very unlikely someone will go for that.
So way too much thinking outloud....my current questions are:
Why did you choose Presbyterian?
Where did you take your prereqs?
Did you have to take any entrance exams for CNA, nursing school? How were they?
Do you know if the UC or the CNA job offer any benefits (esp. educational reinbursement) if your FT?
Ok, way too much babble, but I guess I don't post much, so when I do, it's a doosie! To anyone who took the time to read the whole thing----Thanks for listening!
Sandy, like I said, I feel guilty for abusing your kindness, but you're the only local person that responded and I just don't think the HR/recruiters would give me the time of day at this point. I like hearing about stuff from the folks livin' on the mtn., but where did all the local folks go? Feel free to ignore all this, but I insist on hearing how the new job is going and how you and your family are doing as well. Are the kids praying for snow tonight? How's school for you? Best wishes in ICU!
Not so confused....more perplexed...