Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Job!

I'm a working woman again -well, I will be in the morning!

I was offered the job I wanted here in Appleton! I had interviewed at all three hospitals, and knew that I could work at any of the three, but preferred one in particular. It had the right "feel" about the place. I'll be working on the pediatric/gyn unit which is also on the same floor as Labor and Delivery, Post-partum, and NICU. It looks like I'll have the chance to float to NICU and post-partum which is something I'll enjoy.

Tomorrow I start the hospital orientation and then I'll be working every day for the next two weeks, either classroom or on the unit. It'll be good to get back to work! After orientation, I'll be working three night shifts a week, and get this.... NO WEEKENDS! Well, to clarify, I guess I'll work every other Friday night, so I'll need to sleep some on those Saturdays, but that's it! Then, I'll have every 8th weekend on call. That's UNHEARD of in hospital nursing! It's hard to get much better than that! I'll be on 8-hour shifts, so working 11pm-7:30am which means that Brent and I will still have our evenings together, and then on nights I have to work, I'll go to work when he goes home.

I'm really glad that I won't be working full-time, and I'll be able to pick up shifts when I want/need. I always figure that work is there to support the rest of my life, not the other way around! So, it's been good to have saved up so much this last year and a half to make this work.

I guess this means that I'm officially done with travel nursing. If you spend any time in the hospital, ask around to see if they have travelers! You'll be able to say you knew one and that she absolutely loved it. I really did. I learned so much about myself, about people, about nursing, about being flexible, and of course I was able to see so many wonderful things all over the country!

Now, however, I'm really excited to have a home base, a stable life, and to make new friends in a new community.

If you ever know of someone who is thinking about becoming a travel nurse, send them my way! I'd love to tell them all about it and answer any questions they have.

Thanks for praying with me about this next job. I'll be excited to tell you how it's going!

13 comments:

our2boys said...

YAY!! I am so happy for you Kari! I knew you would find something, good for you!! Jane G. wanted wanted me to tell you "HI" and that she got ENGAGED too!! Hope everything is going great for you. Miss you
Heather

Candis Berge said...

Great! I have been checking your blog for job updates. Congratulations that you were offered the job at the hospital that you preferred. Wonderful.

Kevin, Brooke, Harrison and Emmett said...

WOW! What a great job you have! So nice for being a newlywed, and still have a little time to enjoy together! It will be fun to see what your life in Appleton is like!

The Erickson Family said...

Sounds like a great fit for you Kari! That's wonderful!

Krista K. said...

Cousin Kari, congrats on your new job. How did your first day go?

Stacy said...

Awesome news Kari!! We do need to talk someday, still, about lots of things, including being a traveling nurse. I would love to do that one day. I look forward to talking to you all about it!

ps--this is Stacy Nilsen, by the way, since I know you must have other Stacy friends!

Leingang Family said...

I am so happy for you and your new job! Isn't God good? I am sure that you will love it there!

Tim and Krista Bailey said...

Sounds like a wonderful fit for you. Congratulations! So glad to hear about your new life there in WI!

tanelson said...

Oh yeah! So excited for this new job for you Kari! God is so good, I'm glad it was at the place you wanted too. If I was a nurse that floor/dept. sounds like it'd be the best! Good Luck with everything and Congrats!
-Tony & Alissa

CJ Olson said...

whooo I'm so glad that you have a job and what a nice fit it is! Hoping that your job orientation goes well and that you enjoy your job. Miss you!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Kari!!
We'll miss seeing the traveling pics, so you'll have to show us Appleton and Wisconsin now. Have never been to Appleton. June

Anonymous said...

You fall in love and your blog falls apart! No pics since Dec. 12th....that is almost unheard of for our Kari!

Candis Berge said...

Hey, how's that job going?