Well, the title of this post says it all, doesn’t it?
Finally, a piece of good news!
After struggling with finding a job and all of the other things that have been happening over the last few months, a big piece of the puzzle has fallen into place.
I got a job at a company that does long-term homecare. I will be a staffing coordinator and client liaison, managing patient complaints.
I am really excited about the prospect of being able to help patients, and about being the main person in charge of handling patient complaints. I also get to create the client satisfaction survey and manage that process, as well.
While I enjoyed my hospital job, a change of scenery was definitely in order, so I am excited to apply my skills in a new environment, especially an environment that prides itself on being “patient centered”.
For me, since my boyfriend and I broke up and I moved back to Michigan, I’ve realized there’s a lot of myself that I have to work on – getting a job, getting a driver’s license, buying a car, and getting an apartment. That’s a lot. And there’s only so much of myself that I can work on at one time. So thankfully a big piece of my puzzle has been filled.
I didn’t tell anyone about the interview. I have found that in the past, when I talk about a job before I get it, I don’t end up getting it. Call me superstitious, but I didn’t let anyone know until I had been offered the job. And I’m beginning to think that this is what I am going to do with relationships, too. Maybe I won’t make it Facebook official until I’m engaged. Things just seem to work out better that way – and by that, I mean jobs, since I haven’t been engaged before.
While I’m so excited about my new job and the freedom I’m going to have in taking a position that no one has ever been explicitly hired to do before, I’m also feeling a bit worried about my non-work life.
In a way, I feel like I’m cheating on my blogging side. I want and need a full-time job. But I also have this other side of me, as well. Balancing being a personal and professional patient advocate is hard.
This doesn’t mean I won’t be able to attend things anymore. Because I definitely plan to do that as much as possible. But it means that I am balancing an 8:30-5 job, am pretty tired after work and on the weekends, so it’s an adjustment, but an adjustment that in many ways, I am happy to be making.
I have felt like my life has been pretty out of control, and that there are so many moving pieces. It’s hard to experience so much change and remain adaptable. The more things change, the more they stay the same? I’m not so sure about that.
But I am sure that this is a great move for me and a very exciting time, and I just hope that I can be amazing at my job and remain relevant in the chronic illness online community.