New and Exciting Adventures Ahead!
When I first completed my Master's Degree I decided to just see what was out there, so I sent out a few resumes and had a couple of interviews but the overall consensus was that I would be better off to get some more floor experience under my belt. I totally agreed! Even after all of my schooling, there is much more about nursing that I do NOT know than what I DO know!
So, I worked, both as a Labor and Delivery nurse and also as a clinical instructor. My tasks as a clinical instructor included supervising students as they work with nurses in the clinical settings such as long-term care facilities and hospitals. I rounded on the students, was available to help with any new tasks or questions, ensured that they had a good hands-on learning experience, and conducted a post clinical conference each day reviewing the day, putting their experiences into practical situations, and even some debriefing of traumatic experiences. I assumed that I would be working both of these jobs for quite some time.
Imagine my surprise when I got a call from a nursing school asking if I would be interested in a full time position classroom teaching with occasional clinicals. How exciting! To actually be recruited for a position! I interviewed and felt very good about the position, but I told her that I needed to think and also pray before giving my answer.
I knew that my boss at the hospital would be making up the next month’s schedule very soon, and I wanted to let her know if I would not able to work as soon as possible, so I had a good talk with my Heavenly Father while I was driving home. Then, when I got to the rest stop outside of town I pulled off the road and said a real prayer asking for confirmation that it was right to take the job and give my notice at the hospital. I had an overwhelming confirmation that I should take the job!
So now, needless to say, I am shaking in my shoes I am so nervous! But it will be alright. I will study hard and do the very best job that I am able. I’m sure that I will have the Lord’s help with me! I don’t start until the end of March so that I can finish out the hospital schedule, and then I am going to stay on at the hospital for a couple of shifts a month.
Who would have thought my life would turn out like this? Not me! Since I started my nursing training I always wanted to teach – and now here I am. WOW! Isn’t life amazing!