Friday, December 6, 2013

New Beginnings

It's been quite a week for me, as many changes have taken place in my life! I have kept very quiet about this, due to nerves and a little skepticism. But I made a huge career change this week!

I've been applying, interviewing, re-interviewing, and shadowing since, well, July. I started it when I was in San Antonio, when one evening my husband finally got square with me and said, "I think it's time you look into a career change....."

He was right. Every evening, I would spend about 30 minutes venting about my day. I wanted to like being an ER nurse so much, but it just wasn't for me. In the bloody, traumatic codes that rolled through the door, I would scurry into the corner, "I'll do the documentation!! No really! This is my favorite part!" That's not normal for your standard "ER Nurse". A true ER person, loves chaos and thrives off of it.

After doing lots of research about where I could go with my career, (which I'm very blessed to have so many options!) and I realized that I've always had interest in what the case managers did. Then I realized that I've filled out a "case management" application online about monthly for the past year. But due to my lack of experience, had heard nothing. Not surprising.

Well, long story 1st day back in Arizona (after our San Antonio experience) I got a phone call!

This week I started my career as a Nurse Case Manager. I have learned so much this week that I feel my head may explode! ;) Learning all the rules, regulations, (ridiculousites) regarding insurance companies has been the biggest learning curve. There is a lot of stress that will come with this job. But I'm excited about the change!

One of the most exciting bonuses this week? I got home at 5:30-6 pm....instead of 7:30-8 pm. One wouldn't think that makes much of a difference...but it does. It's so nice to be able to cook dinner, get things done around the house, and have a life! 12 + hour shifts wiped me out. Oh, and did I mention I didn't have to clean up any vomit or blood this week? That tops the charts on why I'm loving this job!

I have a lot of learning and change ahead of me these next few months, and I'm excited to see where it takes me!