Friday, May 15, 2009
She Works Hard for the Money
I have a new job. It pays me money and I get benefits, like health, dental, disability, etc. This is exciting because for the past year as I have been on my leave of absence from nursing, I have been Kevin's "office babe" i.e. accountant, and I never received a paycheck. I did have other benefits such as new plants and trees and an endless supply of toilet paper, but that doesn't help when the children need a check up or stitches, and since Kevin's company does not offer benefits, I decided to check out what was available for me to do from the comfort of my own home as a nurse. I know what you are thinking, isn't one of the key factors in nursing having physical contact with the patient population which would require one to leave their home because who wants a clinic in their front room. Oh no, there are jobs that are nursing jobs that allow one to be at home. I was looking around the Internet one evening, just seeing what was out there, when I came across a job posting for a home infusion company for an after hours triage nurse. Now, I have done this in the last home infusion company that I worked for where if a patient/ family member had issues, questions, problems, or concerns, there is a 24 hour phone number they can call to receive assistance. I was paid very little for this service when I first started 10 years ago, and I had to answer phone calls while driving around the valley doing patient care and teaching patients and family members how to do their own IV infusion. Not fun. So when I saw this job only involved the phone aspect of it, I was intrigued, plus it said that there were benefits with it. So I applied that night, got the phone call the next day to come in for an interview, and the two nurse managers were so impressed with my skills that they hired me on the spot! Crazy. But truly, it was a perfect fit. I mean, after all, the reason I work is for benefits until the "office babe" job has a health plan. I am on call 5:30 pm to 8 am four evenings a week, with an alternating Saturday day shift every other weekend. Now, I'm not necessarily working the whole time, it's just when patients, family members, or nurses for the company call in, which could be all evening, but most likely only until 11 or 12 at night then the phones may start ringing again at 6ish, with the occasional middle of the night call, but hey, if I can do it in my jammies, fine by me. I am really excited for this job and how it will allow me to home with the little ones during the day. Now if I could only find a replacement for my "office babe" job...Anyone willing to work for no pay, but you do get plants, flowers, and trees (this year I got three almond,one apricot, and one peach tree).