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I Did Something New

Friday, December 17, 2010

Well, Monday was a snow day so I filled out an application on line for a job as an RN at a Mental Health Facility for teens and adults. They also have a substance abuse unit. 5 minutes after I hit submit, the phone rang and they wanted to schedule an interview. I almost fainted. This my first interview in 22 years!

I went to the interview on Wednesday. I felt so good after the interview. They offered me more money than I expected, 3 weeks vacation, good benefits, and a choice of hours and positions. They called on Thursday and I have an appointment on Monday to go in and sign papers and schedule a doctors appointment and training/orientation.

I am thrilled.

I haven't worked outside my home for 21 years. I just thought I might have to take a refresher course at the college . I was convinced I was not really going to get a job. I am 53 years old and competing with all the young nurses! My references are friends I have worked with at the home school association and they are my friends, too. How silly! That is a little less than professional but all my supervisors are dead except the one who has Alzheimer's. The two hospitals I worked at before are closed or merged.

So, where did all this confidence come from? Well, thanks Spark People and all my Sparkie Friends! I feel so much more confident and walk with my head held high. I am sure the cute clothes help, too! I look like I have energy! In fact, I feel younger every day. The exercise and healthy food, the spark teams and friends, the daily goals, all have helped to change my life. Thanks a million.

I start after the first of the year so I have all the holidays free! Merry Christmas!
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    Right on for us 53 year olds! They know we still got it! Congrats. emoticon
    3833 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    FANTASTIC news!!! I'm thrilled for you! YOU ROCK! emoticon emoticon
    3833 days ago
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    This is incredible! Love hearing good news!!!! emoticon
    3865 days ago
    THAT IS AMAZINGLY COOL!!! I read your blog to DD. We loved it! I'm so excited for you! Enjoy, enjoy! I think you are going to do great! I'm just SO happy for you! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    3865 days ago
    That is awesome!!!! emoticon
    3869 days ago
  • FITAT50
    That is SO awesome!! How exciting, sometimes things are just meant to be...congrats!!
    3873 days ago
    How wonderful
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    emoticon Sherry that is emoticon What a fantastic way to start a New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon Diana
    3874 days ago
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    Wow, that is so awesome. I am really thrilled for you. Congrats!

    3874 days ago
    Don't let all those young nurses intimidate you. If they're young, they can't have too much experience. You may not have worked as a nurse for awhile but your life experience will outweigh theirs by far, especially on a mental health unit. I've worked mental health in the past, both in kids and adult units and also in substance abuse units. Common sense goes a long way there - or in any job for that matter. You're going to do just fine. Congratulations! I'm excited for you. Can't wait to hear about it all.
    3874 days ago
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    Your excitement shows and makes me happy too!!! YAY for you!!

    3874 days ago
    Wow, awesome news , with so many perks and strokes, instant interview, choice of hours and positions, more money than you expected, wow, wow wow !!! That is good to see they value your experience. And to be working in unit that is so helpful to very needy people will be stressful, but also very rewarding to be using your skills to make a difference in people's quality of life beyond helping heal physical illness.

    Good for you !!
    3874 days ago
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