My interview

  1. Well, I got asked to come back tomorrow for the peer interview, so that's gotta be good (I hope). The unit is a therapy unit to prepare pt's for going back home.The shift is hr nights and the supervisor seems awesome!!! She has already made it very clear that she will be as accommodating as she can with my school schedule and she genuinely seems like a good person to be around. I am a little afraid of how I'm going to juggle kids, school and a FT job, but I'm hoping I can make it. Anybody got any tips for me? I have excellent family support, so I'm hoping things won't be too bad.
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  3. by   dianah
    I'm so glad for you!! I have no words of advice, really; I never had family in the area, nor did I ever attend school and work F/T. Just work and call, is the worst I've done . I'm sure you'll work out a schedule. You'll feel guilt, as do we all, but in the end it'll be SO worth it!! Your family will be proud of you (I'm sure they already are!)! Good luck! Keep us posted on progress! ---------- D
  4. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    Thanks Dianah!! I have to keep my eye on the prize, but my 8yo dd is already crying because I'll be working ft and going to school. WE WILL ALL SURVIVE, LOL!
  5. by   Jessy_RN
    Good luck to youand lots of blessing your way!
  6. by   Tweety
    Good luck! The family support is going to be the key to your success. That and caffeine.

  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Hey there, good luck.

    No special words, juggling family and work are never easy. You will have to find what works and a schedule everyone can live with. Ihae a few ideas that may help you a bit:

    I just have to say, what helps here, is to assign age-appropriate tasks for your kids to help out at home. Kids need to be helping out, anyhow. It builds self-esteem and teamwork. Even the smallest ones can "help" by putting away toys, gathering laundry, feeding your pets, setting the table, etc. REALLY it saves MUCHO TIME to have them do their share----and when they are little, they LOVE TO HELP. I have my 6 year old who is eager to set the table, dust the furniture, and help in the kitchen. My 13 year old, on the other hand, is very resistant and very stubborn (surprise!)---so I have to write out his tasks and tell him if they are not done, no skate park or hanging with buds, til they are.

    A family that is a team and works together-----thrives together. Figure out what it is each member can do to contribute and have them do it. There is no reason, say, teenagers and pre-teens CANNOT do their own laundry and clean up their own rooms, etc. There is no reason not to pay your kids a small fee to do extra things, if you are exhausted and run out of time.

    For example, I pay my son to do lawnwork and wash the car. We negotiate a price and he does the work "on contract" for that price. If it's not done right, the "salary" is not paid, until he delivers. He is always looking to make "a buck" so I help him find opportunity. It helps me so much and makes him happy to be paid to do things.

    Also, let "little things" go. You have to let go of the fantasy (if you have it like I did) of the super-clean house, everything done, etc.) if you are working fulltime. You will have to learn more efficient ways of getting things done. One place I learned how to organize and clean faster is www.flylady.net I will warn you; do NOT subscribe, just read their ideas and employ them. I have cleaned my entire house in an hour or less, learning the methods.

    One method I devised on my OWN: I have a travelling "basket". I start, say, in the kitchen; anything in there that does NOT belong in the kitchen, like toys, etc, goes into the basket. (how often do you gather clutter in each room? this will solve that problem as you clean). Next, and this is important for ADD types like me: I DO NOT leave the kitchen til the KITCHEN IS CLEANED UP.

    Then, I move on to the downstairs bathroom....again w/the basket. Same thing, what does not go in there, goes in the basket. I do not leave that room til it's done either. I dont' waste time, flitting from room to room this way. Then, onto the next room. Anything belonging in that room, comes out of the basket an is put away there. Then, I clean the room.

    I have also learned to have cleaning supplies that apply in each room----I have 3 bathrooms, and each has its own cleaning supplies. No running around to gather those; they are there. The linen closet has dusting supplies and papertowels for the bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs---the laundry room, downstairs, has cleaning supplies for downstairs. Just doing these few things makes cleaning up faster. No running around from room to room, interrupting the cycle of getting ONE room clean before moving on. By the time my rooms are all done, guess what, the basket is again empty. I am then DONE. This really works!


    Find what works. Enlist your family and s/o as team players and watch how much easier it can become! GOOD LUCK TO YOU---keep us updated on how you are doing.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Nov 2, '05
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Also, learn to cook and freeze meals ahead, if you can. Make double or triple batches of casseroles, spaghetti sauce, chili, soups, large pot roasts, stews, etc. and freeze the extra batches for later use, or for when you can't be home to cook dinner---your spouse and kids will have good food to eat, whether you are home or not, that way. If you have not yet discovered the convenience and joy of crock-pot cooking, this is a good time to do it. You can have a delicious meal waiting for whomever gets home first, this way.

    One caution: Do NOT develop the habit of driving thru McDonalds' or Taco Bell to save time. It will drain your bank account and it's not healthy, anyhow. I know many a working family that does this, and it's not a good thing, to me.
  9. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    Thanks for the replies y'all, and Deb, I really appreciate all those ideas!! I must admit, I'm already a flylady subscriber, I've just never actually implemented the program, lol!
    I think the peer interview went well today, and as I was leaving, the ward sec. asked me if I was the new night nurse. I just said that I sure hope I am, but maybe she knows something I don't just yet.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    GOOD LUCK, let us know.
  11. by   Thunderwolf
    Good luck!
  12. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    Thanks for the support y'all! Just have to wait on my references to come back before a job offer is made.

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