Monday, April 29, 2013

The New Job



Well, after leaving you all in suspense for a week, (ha!) I am back to tell y'all about my new job!

A lot of you know that I haven't been happy in my current job for awhile now... I had been looking for a new job here and there and had been on interviews, but nothing really seemed to fit.

And just to give you a little background of what I did before for people that don't know... I worked in a large school district in Houston with the pregnancy program. I was THE nurse that pretty much coordinated the entire program that is state funded. State funded = lots and lots of paperwork and documentation. I was pretty much behind a computer doing paperwork all the time and after awhile it got old. Every month when I'd pay my student loan bill, I'd get reminded of all the hard work I put in to get through nursing school and I pretty much wasn't using any of it.

So, last school year I met with one of the nurses from Nurse Family Partnership (google it if you want more info) to get some of my girls enrolled in their program. I was just floored with all the information and education they give the mom's. From that day on, I was on their website at least weekly looking for jobs in Houston. So for over a year, I'd been hoping for something to open up with this program.

A few weeks ago, I looked and saw 2 positions in Houston open. Nurse Family Partnership is a national program that uses different agencies in cities to implement the program. Houston has 3 different implementing agencies, including Texas Children's Hospital.

Once I saw the 2 positions open, I immediately contacted the nurse managers and emailed my resume (this was on a Tuesday). One of the positions had been filled but the other nurse manager said they were doing second round interviews this week so I HAD to interview that Thursday to be considered. She said she would do my interviews backwards and I could do the panel interview first and then she would interview me second since I was coming in late. She said there were going to be 2 positions open, one now and one later in the summer. I told her I would have to take the summer one (if I were offered it) due to finishing out the school year and a large sum of money I owe the district... don't get me started on that...!

I had the panel interview late Thursday afternoon and after meeting with them I KNEW this was for me. Then I met with the nurse manager and I told her that if I were offered the position I would start right away. I didn't want to take the chance of waiting until the summer and something happen and the position not open up or whatever. John and I talked about it and he said if it's really what I wanted to do, we could make the $ thing work. I felt both interviews went exceptionally well!

The next day I got a call from HR, missed the call, and then we played phone tag all day. Finally, late Friday afternoon, I got in touch with HR and I was offered the position!


I am just so excited about it because I'll get to be doing what my passion is in nursing... Education.

Nurse Family Partnership basically does education with first time moms that are living in poverty level. Every implementing agency has their own smaller requirements, but all of my clients will be first time poverty level moms. We go in to their homes and do education with them... how to take care of the baby, pregnancy, goal setting, making sure they have their resources set up, etc. We follow them from the time they are identified which is generally early in pregnancy, and meet with them weekly until the baby is 2 years old.

And not only will I being doing my passion, there are some other perks. The implementing agency I am technically employed by is Texas Children's Hospital...A big hospital in Houston's medical center that has a reputation for being amazing. I am so exited about starting a career with them.

Oh, and I get a phone, iPad, laptop, and GPS since most of my time will be in my car. And a trip to Denver for a week for training!

And did I mention it's more money and better benefits? :)

I am so excited for this next chapter. I really think that this is where I am supposed to be. It's going to be a big adjustment not working for the school system. I've been there since 2009 so it will take getting used to, but I am thrilled for this next adventure.

Nursing is all about helping people and making a difference in peoples lives and in this job career, I KNOW I will doing just that.



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34 comments:

Kalyn Randolph said...

Congrats, friend! So happy and excited for you!

Meredith said...

Congratulations!!

Melissa {Persnickety Plates} said...

Congratulations! That sounds like an awesome move for you =)

Lauren said...

I am so excited for this new chapter! I know you are so excited, I can tell by the way you are writing. :)

Hopefully this will be exactly where GOD wants you!

Chels said...

Congrats girl! Sounds like a great job that was meant for you. You will be playing a big part in those little babies lives by educating their parents. Kudos!

Christelle said...

Congrats, this sounds like such an interesting job!! Good luck on this new beginning in your career!

Jodi said...

This sounds like a great job. We have something just like it here in MA and social workers even do the role. I love the education part of my job too so I can understand why you wanted to be doing that. Good for you for finding something that better fits. I hope it is a smooth transition!

Allison said...

A job you love + More Money + Better Benefits? Lucky you! That's amazing :) CONGRATS girlie!!!

Kristine said...

Congrats lady! I'm so happy for you! Sounds like you are gonna be a rock star in this new position! :)

Heidi said...

That is so awesome and it sounds like it was truly meant to be! So happy for you! :)

Breanna said...

This sounds like an amazing opportunity!! So happy you found something you love :)

Veronica Lee Burns said...

congrats!!

Ashley Barnhill said...

Reading this just gave me chills... I'm SO happy for you! You deserve it! :)

Kathryn said...

Congrats that' so awesome! Glad you found something you like better!

Miss Lace said...

Congratulations Savanah! So happy you found a career you are excited about! Best wishes!

jessica said...

This sounds like an amazing job and totally like your calling!! I am so excited for you, girl! Congratulations!

Whitney Smith said...

I love this post so veryyyy much!
It is hard to find people who have a PASSION for what they do.
I have never heard of such a program but it sounds SO amazing and beneficial.
You will be great,I just know it.

Kenzie Smith said...

Congratulations! That is so wonderful you found such an amazing job :D

Krista said...

This sounds amazing! Congratulations :)

Nichole said...

Sounds like you hit the jackpot! Sounds ah-mazing, chickie.

Casey said...

That sounds like a great job! I would love to work for my school district's teen parent program, but I would still be teaching, not coordinating stuff. I think all those girls need as much help and support that they can get!

hi. Im Faith. said...

Wow! What an amazing opportunity! Congrats!!!

Molly S. said...

Awesome!! Sounds perfect for you! Without the loads of awful paperwork. Funny how things seem to work out. You are going to make a BIG difference in many girls' lives. So happy for you.

Kristen said...

Oh my goodness I am SO happy for you!!! I am a firm believer in doing something you absolutely love doing & I'm so glad you found that!! & all the extra money, benefits & perks don't hurt either! ;)

Meg Cady said...

GIRL! Congrats!!! The job sounds AMAZING!!!!

ashleigh said...

i am so excited and happy for you!! you will do great!

Perfectly Jenn said...

So excited for you and this amazing opportunity!

Erin said...

Congratulations Savanah! You deserve this amazing opportunity!

Jenna said...

This sounds amazing!!! I am super excited for you!! Can't wait to hear more about it when you start.. Sounds very interesting. Have a fabulous day girl!!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

that is so exciting!! congrats!! It's such a great thing when you are doing something you actually love!

Cole said...

I'm so happy for you! That's awesome!

Alex said...

Congratulations! This sounds like an awesome opportunity!

Heather said...

Congratulations on your new job opportunity!

Katie said...

This sounds like a WONDERFUL opportunity! Congratulations!

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