Since I worked today, I thought I would share a view of my “office” as my something green. In fact, most of my office is green! I also thought I would share how I got into the medical field. As well as why I’m administrative now.
My earliest interest in an occupation was as a dental assistant. This was quickly changed when I developed a pretty extreme phobia of dentists. Thank you to a horrible set of experiences. It is still a very real phobia. So, I gave that idea up long ago.
For most of my teenage years, I didn’t have a plan. I wasn’t even sure if I was even going to be around. Then I was a mom and wife so I was put on the “back burner” to my (then) husband’s military career. Which was honestly fine until I was done having children. Once we were in Denver, I began looking into schools. I quickly decided to go to school to become a veterinary technician (essentially an animal nurse). I began to overcome my city driving anxiety to get to and from a highly ranked vet tech college. I even had childcare arranged. I loved going to school and learning. Until my husband wouldn’t allow me to pay the babysitter. Effectively forcing me to drop all my classes.
It was a few more years before I attempted school again. I was a single working parent when I began looking into classes. I started going to an online college. I earned my Associates Degree in Business with a focus on Healthcare Administration. What I didn’t know, I wasn’t able to use the degree (even advanced to a Master’s Degree) without a nursing degree as well. So, I now have a toe in the medical field but I can’t jump into nursing school. Illinois has passed a rule about nursing pre-reqs including the holding of the certificate of nurse assistant (you must pass the class and the state test, I believe). The nurse assistant classes couldn’t be done online. I had to try to figure that out!
About six months after graduating, I was able to sign up to take my nurse assistant class while also taking another pre-req. I was also working retail. It was a challenge but I really thrived!! I was a perfectionist in class. I was determined to do and be great. I also applied to a nursing school with 19.75 points out of 20 points. It would be months before anyone would know if they were accepted. (I would like to take a moment to explain that the school I applied to accepted based on the number of points earned… through your grades on pre-reqs and GPA. If I had not forgotten my cards the last day of class after studying I would have had a 20/20. But they were late so I got counted down in a class which lowered my GPA. Talk about kicking yourself in the butt!! They accepted one group every year so everyone filled out the application and submitted it to the school and waited.)
While I was waiting, I was searching for jobs working as a nurse assistant in hospitals. I was hired pretty quickly at a small local hospital working nights. This is a decision that I’m very glad I made. It gave me a chance to work with patient care as well as observe nursing as an occupation. It wasn’t long before I discovered that there was too much paperwork (or computer work these days) as a nurse. I preferred being more hands-on. I knew that I wasn’t going to go into nursing school (as a side note… I was accepted into both the licensed nurse practitioner and the registered nurse programs). I worked several years as a nurse assistant in hospitals (three hospitals… two at the same time). It all worked out until a shoulder injury (and surgery) that ended my jobs as an assistant. My shoulder just couldn’t handle the lifting.
In the end, I now have a job in an administrative role. I really don’t have any patient care involvement. I’m almost completely clerical. I really do miss being clinical though. There are times I wish I could help the clinical staff. I also wish I could help some patients but that isn’t my role. I haven’t been able to find a clinical position that doesn’t involve a lot of lifting (I can do some… just not 12+ hours). I’m helping people but not as much as I feel lead to do.
I’m really hoping I find my calling. Where I feel I’m supposed to be. But for now, I’m sticking with office work.
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