I feel VALUED at my job!

  1. To refresh memories and bring newbies up to speed:

    I was asked to leave my management job in January, I didn't fit the new directors idea of what a Clinical Coord. should be (an advocate for both nurses and clients). I enjoyed my unemployment, I was able to spend a lot of time with my Mom before she died on 2/28 and almost as much time enjoying my new grandbaby Dylan.
    I openly admit I barely looked for a job, I intentionally *just* met my States job search requirements to collect unemployment (the State decided in my favor that the firing was wrongfull). After the stress of my last job I was NOT going to apply for or accept a position just for the sake of having a job, I ONLY applied for jobs I wanted.
    I applied for a Peds clinic position in Febuary, they called me the end of March and I started on 4/14. This job is perfect for me...I am disabled and it meets all of my limitations, pays more than the last job, is Peds (which I love) and is M-F, days (except for 4 hours on Saturday Q 3 months).

    During my lunch break on day 1 of week 3 of orientation (4/28) I received word that my MIL in rural OK was dying (advanced ovarian ca). I spoke to my boss and left work. My husband & I were on a flight that night.

    I was supposed to be back to work on May 6. I left voice mail on the 5th that I was detained until May 9 and would be at work on the 10th.
    And I was there, more importantly, I was still on the schedule.
    I am totally blown away that they held my job for me.
    I was surprised that they I still had a job after the 1st week and even more so the 2nd. Clinic jobs are few & far between in my area, those that get hired stay *forever*. I fully believed when I left that I would not have a job to come back to but couldn't send my husband home to face it alone, not after the incredible support he gave me during my Moms illness & death.

    Monday morning during report EVERY SINGLE PERSON welcomed me back, including my Supervisor, the Director and the Docs. This is not a cozy little Peds practice, it is one department in a HUGE multi-location, general/internal med, multi-specialty clinic (something like 400 providers and 30,000 patients).

    I have NEVER in 12+ years of nursing felt so valued as an employee. I have never had an employer make it so apparent that they wanted ME to work for them. This is just such an incredibly COOL feeling!

    BTW, yes, the MIL is still alive, if you want to call it that. Worse yet, she is A&O x4.
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  3. by   Chiaramonte
    Positive affirmation is the best at anytime....especially in the nursing profession!!

    Hope all goes in the direction you think it should with your MIL.
  4. by   Agnus
    Sounds like you need to write some notes of appreciation to these folks. How wonderful for you.
  5. by   sjoe
    "I am totally blown away that they held my job for me."

    Family medical leave--they have to keep your job open. Congrats for finding one of the minority of facilities that has the good sense to treat its nurses well. My guess is that it will not experience the "nursing shortage."
  6. by   jevans
    Agnus ........

    Sounds like you need to write some notes of appreciation to these folks. How wonderful for you.

    I agree with Angus, I also feel simular to you I have just spent the last 8weeks off with a PID. My new boss even came to my home with flowers and a card from all the staff. The only way that I could show how I felt was to write them a thank you card
  7. by   sunnybrook83
    Sounds like a great place!! Thank them with a card and some home-made goodies!!!
    Also- do they have any openings???!!!
  8. by   Rapheal
    I am happy for you. Thanks for reminding us nurses that we should chose our positions wisely and that there is hope in finding a job in which we will be appreciated.
  9. by   zudy
    kids-r-fun, I am so happy for you that your employer is supportive, and that you have had a good experience in your new job. You have had a rough year, you certainly don't need any more problems.
    What I hate is that we are all so totally amazed when we are treated like the valuable people that we are.
    When I accepted the position that I am presently in, my new NM said,"Well, we really need to push your paperwork thru HR,we have a paid holiday coming up next week, and if we get the paperwork done, your first day will be a paid holiday." My jaw literally dropped.
  10. by   Used and abused
    Hi, Just curious... where can I get a job there? lol..mez
  11. by   oramar
    You know, the treatment you describe were it afforded to all nurses, would have averted the nurse shortage. Usually nurses treat others as if they have a right to basic human dignity. Very few of my employers ever made me feel that way, that is not to say there were none.
  12. by   kids
    Originally posted by sjoe
    Family medical leave--they have to keep your job open.
    Actually, they didn't...FMLA requires a certain number of hours worked within the previous 12 months.

    They have certainly earned this nurses loyalty.
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  14. by   Love-A-Nurse
    ah, great news to share!