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