I am a new nurse graduate and like many others without a nursing job, up to a week ago. I continued on working with the non-medical in home care company that I worked with all through nursing school. I think my biggest fear transitioning into floor nursing is losing my compassion and love for my patients that I have been able to give as a student and in home health. I give my patients all of me! I want to share my latest blessing.
I just need to share this.....A great testimony to God's timing. I was getting so frustrated in not being able to find a nursing job since my graduation in May. I mean, most of my classmates had jobs, many even before graduating. I have been reminded in the past few weeks, even prior to being hired at Duke University Hospital, that everything is in God's timing; Not ours.
Back in the middle of July, I began taking care of a client under hospice care. I became very close to my client and his spouse. I was with them, some weeks, every single day; when I wasn't with them, they were in my thoughts and prayers. As my client began to deteriorate, I grew closer to the spouse, creating a friendship and someone for her to lean on in this most difficult time.
I truly believe that God places us in other people's paths for a reason. My client passed away this past weekend; I was on my way to the house when he passed. I arrived just moments after he took his final breath. I believe God sent me to that particular couple in the previous weeks, not only to use me in caring for and comforting this wonderful couple, but to show me a glimpse of the path He has chosen. They became a blessing to me as much as she says I was a blessing to them.
Just two days prior to his passing, I was offered a nursing position in Oncology at Duke University Hospital . I don't know what plans God has for me, but I do know....had I been employed elsewhere, I wouldn't have been available to this couple and been able to give everything they needed at that very moment in time. I firmly believe God will eventually lead me to Hospice Nursing....which I think is absolutely perfect!
Thank You God for YOUR timing and for my unanswered prayers!!
Last edit by tnbutterfly on Aug 23, '12
Aug 24, '12
All I have to say is Amen too that!! Your gift of Compassion will not dissipate once your @ duke as I believe it will flourish.
God Bless You!
Aug 24, '12
Everything indeed does happen for a reason, a higher purpose. One thing I've found in life is that God is so mysterious! He takes us down paths that we in our wildest imaginings couldn't have thought up. This story is a testament to God's love in yet another form. Thank you for sharing!!!!!
Aug 24, '12
I love this too! I have to admit, I am not a deeply religious person but I am a firm believer in God. I do think He has a certain plan for all of us and it happens in His timing. I was told that God answers prayers with "yes", "not yet", or "I have something better for you". Sometimes the job that He wants us in to fulfill His plan hasn't opened yet. There have been things/jobs/plans that I had hoped for that didn't happen and while I was disappointed at the time, I realized that He had other plans for me or it ended up being a blessing not going a certain avenue.
Aug 24, '12
Yes, god does have a plan for everyone. For example, I used to be so jealous of my sister having a job. I learned down the road that what is for her is for her, and not for me. God has a plan for me.He wants me to go into another path , and not her life's path. Besides, Im glad I'm not working in burger king like her. I'm driven to achieve success, become a well rounded nurse..
Aug 24, '12
I've had a career in the business world, retired, and now I am doing something I have always wanted to do. God is guiding my steps and when I don't think I can go any further He keeps things moving. I want to be where He wants me to be. Thanks for the encouraging words!
Aug 25, '12
Very inspiring life story you got. I love stories like this, made me believe more that God has really plans for us as what He said in Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Thank you again for sharing. I could tell that you are a great nurse.
Aug 25, '12
My favorite Bible verse!!!! So true!!!
Aug 25, '12
I agree with faithhopelove; that is one of my favorite verses, and it has been so true in my life, too.
Last December I had just started orientation for my first new job when my mother passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly. I went back after 3 weeks at home, but it was just too soon (for many reasons) and I ended up resigning after another week and a half. Every time I have wondered what purpose was served by going back for the short time, I remember Mabel (not her real name), and it makes perfect sense; I believe that I was supposed to take care of her.
Mabel was a "difficult" patient in many ways; she had multiple chronic conditions including chronic pain, took chronic opioids at home so what we gave her wasn't helping, was on precautions, and had a very unfortunate social/living/family situation to boot. She had a rough personality and a raunchy mouth. I was "warned" about her by two different night nurses but was assigned to her nonetheless.
You know where this is going: Mabel and I got on like the proverbial house afire. We laughed and joked while I helped her to the bathroom and checked her dressings. I had time to give her a back massage (got made fun of by the other nurses for doing so, but you know, who cares--we weren't addressing her pain adequately otherwise) and taught her about the gate theory of pain control when she asked why that worked for her pain. I got her to consider rehab rather than going home after discharge when the other nurses could not get that conversation started.
I am no saint. Any ability I had to get through to Mabel, to relate to her, came from God. Yes, there are many other nurses who could have done what I did for her, but I don't think the other nurses she had were willing to try; they had been drained dry by her multiple needs. So when I ask myself if I ever should have gone back for those last few shifts, I know the answer is yes. Maybe I needed Mabel, and maybe she needed me, but God definitely put that together.
Aug 25, '12
And again I say Amen! God is faithful & His timing is perfect. What a blessing! I agree with the previous post & it's a blessing to know God has placed you on an oncology unit! God is going to continue to use you mightily to minister to all those you encounter at your new job! Blessings to you sister!
Aug 25, '12
Thank you for telling your story.I'm very glad you have told your story, because I also graduated in May and I am currently jobless. The job I was supposed to transition into on the floor I was working on as a secretary did not pan out. A series of events occurred over the past few months, and the end result is I was essentially fired. I spent the first week of August upset that I was left without a nursing job that was promised to me. It has been a month now since I was let go, and now I realize God has something better for me. It would not have worked if I still stayed at the den of vipers where I worked. I would probably be hired as a nurse and then quickly let go for any mistake that they could make up about me. That's not a good way to start my nursing career. And I think that is what God had in mind for me when my manager let me go. I don't know what's going to happen now, or when I will get my first nursing job. All I know is that I trust in the Lord, because he will provide ultimately.God bless you in your first nursing job.
Sep 1, '12
It is so frustrating. I cried after I wasn't offered the position on my first interview. Then my second interview I had scheduled, I prayed that if it was where God wanted me to please remove the obstacles; if not then, then close that door. I was on my way to the interview when I received a call cancelling my interview due to the unit manager not having permission for another new graduate position....Door closed! I turned around and sat in my garage and cried...again. My husband had to remind me that my prayer was answered; I got what I asked for. I started filling out applications here and there with no expectations. God carried me through nursing school...He wasn't going to leave me hanging now.
Keep your faith whichone'spink.....something will come along. It may involve leaving your comfort zone. As with me, I never considered Oncology; I wanted the ER/Trauma....and....we have to move for me to be closer rather than drive 1 1/2 hours one way.
Sep 1, '12
That is an amazing story. I know exactly what you mean - God has a plan for us, and everything happens in His time. You were definitely a blessing to them - it sounds like hospice nursing might be in His plan for you, too...but He obviously has something in store for you in oncology as well. I love that we can always know that we are at a place in our lives for a reason - if something seems to be taking forever to happen, like being offered a job, it means He has something far better in store for us.
I accepted a new position recently within the same company for which I am employed, and because of our current staffing situation at the office, I'm unable to transition into my new position for at least another month. Including mine and another girl's positions (we both got the same position), there will be 5 open positions at our clinic. I was really disappointed when I found out about this, but your story just reminded me that this is happening for a reason. God isn't ready for me to be finished with my current position - I must still have unfinished business there. In the meantime, He is teaching me patience, something I really need to learn. Thanks so much for sharing!