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I Got the Job at the Hospital!!!

post #1 of 17
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Thank you all for those great vibes!!!


I had my interview at the Hospital here in Athens yesterday morning and it went really, really well. Lot's of questions, lots of talking, lost of smiles and laughs.

I left yesterday with the Director saying she would get back to me on Friday after all the interviews were done. I believe she said there were about 10 other aplicants.

I get home and get a call from her about an hour and a half after I left saying that she would like to offer me the position of Night NA and would I accept.

I WAS THRILLED!!! She said, "I just got done with the interview that was right after you and I just feel that both of you will be such good assets to the team. I really like you and the other nurses really liked both of you!"

So instead of having to wait until Friday to hear word. I got to go give blood, pee in a cup and get a TB test yesterday afternoon! YAY!

I am so excited! This is exactly where I needed to be before I begin nursing school. Working nights will allow me to go to school during the day and get all my pre-recs done. Once I am done with school, I will have 3+ years Hospital expirience behind me. I am SO excited!

The pay, well, we must not have been sending enough good vibes out for that one. Is 6.15 an hour. I will be working nights and will get a shift differential though, and it will be raised to $7.05. I will automatically get 8 hours of over time, at time and a half, ever pay period, and can pick up other shifts as needed. There is a TON of opportunity for OJT and that would raise my pay as well, once I get certified in other areas.

The big kicker is that I will finally have health insurance AND they have tuition re-imbursment for school.

YAY!

SO thank you ALL for your wonderful well wishes and good vibes! I really appriciate it!

On a side note:

Does anyone know how many nurses we have on the board here at TCS?
post #2 of 17
Congatulations
post #3 of 17
Congratulations!!

Rub some of those job vibes over on me!

What a wonderful experience for you while you're going to school! YAY!
post #4 of 17
Well CONGRATULATIONS!

I am finishing up my AA and will be starting Nursing school in May. I am planning to make the change to a night job in the hospital in January. I really need the 12 hour shifts to make it through nursing school, which is full time days. So I am right there with ya sister!

Congrats again!
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys!!!

BabyHarley...I will rub all my good job-vibes all over you just like Polly rubs on me when it's dinner time! It'll be really annoying, but I will be sooo cute with my cheek to your foot, you won't be able to resist my cutness and good job-vibes!!
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Originally Posted by squirtle
Well CONGRATULATIONS!

I am finishing up my AA and will be starting Nursing school in May. I am planning to make the change to a night job in the hospital in January. I really need the 12 hour shifts to make it through nursing school, which is full time days. So I am right there with ya sister!

Congrats again!
GIRL! You know it!

We will have to get together and discuss...HOW THE HECK AM I GOING TO STAY UP ALL NIGHT!!!...together. lol I have NO idea how I am going to go to work at night, sleep during the day and still get stuff done on my days off! Do you just sleep when you can? Is that how it works??? aaaahh!
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yarra

We will have to get together and discuss...HOW THE HECK AM I GOING TO STAY UP ALL NIGHT!!!...together. lol I have NO idea how I am going to go to work at night, sleep during the day and still get stuff done on my days off! Do you just sleep when you can? Is that how it works??? aaaahh!

I am thinking more in terms of working a night shift, and then staying awake through classes, sleeping, studying, then getting ready to go back to work.
How's that work? There isn't really a way to work full time and avoid a lack of sleep before either work or class at least once a week.
post #7 of 17
Congrats!! That is wonderful news!! And to get on the job experience while you are going to school is a definite plus!! :claps: Now if we can get everyone else here on TCS new jobs and first jobs we will be doing great!!
post #8 of 17
Congrats!
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yarra
We will have to get together and discuss...HOW THE HECK AM I GOING TO STAY UP ALL NIGHT!!!...together. lol I have NO idea how I am going to go to work at night, sleep during the day and still get stuff done on my days off! Do you just sleep when you can? Is that how it works??? aaaahh!
First, congratulations! I think this is a great idea re getting used to hospital routines and more.

I worked 12 hour night shift for years prior to retiring from nursing. I was lucky in that I didn't have the same issues some nurses had with sleeping during the day. I'd go home, have breakfast and a soaking bath, and get to bed. Once up, I'd have dinner, shower and go to work. Yep..NO life on the days (er nights) that I worked. I lived for my days off I might fiddle for an hour or two before going to sleep, or have a couple of hours when I got up, but at my age of doing this (mid to late 30's), I simply needed the sleep (my shifts were incredibly busy - not floor nursing but active labor and delivery unit with many walk ins and emergencies at any hour of the day).

I would turn off the ringer on my phone (and have my answering machine in another room so I didn't hear it go off. That was it for doing anything special.

Some nurses use earplugs, dark curtains to be able to sleep during the day.
You'll adjust...but I will warn you...the witching hour (especially if it's quiet) for suddenly feeling really sleepy is (for me) 4 am Once the sun started coming up, I'd feel more alert again.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by squirtle
I am thinking more in terms of working a night shift, and then staying awake through classes, sleeping, studying, then getting ready to go back to work.
How's that work? There isn't really a way to work full time and avoid a lack of sleep before either work or class at least once a week.
You are younger than I was when doing night shift and very determined, but I have to tell you I think you will find this very difficult
If I knew I had a "night off", I could either take a short nap or stay up before going to sleep much later in the day, but going to class, sleeping then back to work? I don't think I could have done that.

HOWEVER...it depends on the unit you work on & what you are doing. If you are on a quiet floor - where the most happening is waking up for vitals midnight, 4 am, and at 6 doing the routines of totalling ins and outs, etc., and just answering the occasional bell for a bedpan etc., it may work out for you.

Not to be a downer, just not sure how I could have managed this!!
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
You are younger than I was when doing night shift and very determined, but I have to tell you I think you will find this very difficult
If I knew I had a "night off", I could either take a short nap or stay up before going to sleep much later in the day, but going to class, sleeping then back to work? I don't think I could have done that.

HOWEVER...it depends on the unit you work on & what you are doing. If you are on a quiet floor - where the most happening is waking up for vitals midnight, 4 am, and at 6 doing the routines of totalling ins and outs, etc., and just answering the occasional bell for a bedpan etc., it may work out for you.

Not to be a downer, just not sure how I could have managed this!!

I am not sure how this will work out either, Pat I am actually praying for some sort of miracle between now and then that will give me the flexibility to not work full time. Realistically, what on earth would I do when I begin clinical rotations!
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by squirtle
I am not sure how this will work out either, Pat I am actually praying for some sort of miracle between now and then that will give me the flexibility to not work full time. Realistically, what on earth would I do when I begin clinical rotations!
I did student loans and worked at a nursing home plus did home health care jobs to get through my 2 year degree and nursing school.

If they still offer...used to be you could go for working a 36 hour weekend and be paid full time with rest of the week off or with a 4 hour shift thrown in during the week (I had to work that 4 hour shift, but I requested to work 3 day weekends, so I could then have 3 day weekends off ). Also 10 hour shifts used to be offered in some places...might want to see if these options still exist...or if your class schedule would allow you to work a 3 to 11 shift - you'd still be short sleep but not as much and would not be dealing with shifting your sleeping/waking pattern as much as when doing nights.

One thing I forgot (sorry) I did also work 11 to 7 am for a while prior to shifting to 7 pm to 7 am, it would be easier to do without those 4 evening hours...that is what wiped me out.
post #13 of 17
That is so fantastic Yarra!!!
post #14 of 17
Here's someone else considering nursing school... I'm 2/3 the way done with pharmacy school, but I have a bachelor's in something else (religious studies and philosophy) so I am thinking of applying to the accelerated BSN program. It's only 18 months. I would make a lot less money, but I'd like my job more. Being a pharmacist is rarely rewarding or fun in any way... it's quite mind-numbing (if you do retail, at least-- but that's where the money is).
post #15 of 17
Congrats!!!!
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
thank you all!

I honestly, like others, have NO idea how I am going to go to school and work nights AND take care of the house all at the same time. I imagine I am going to be exauhsted.

But I figure, it is for 3 years. It might be painful, but it will NOT kill me. The end result is best for everyone involved and that is what I am shooting for.

eeek.
post #17 of 17
Congrats, I'm so happy for you!
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