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    05-13-2012, 10:11 PM
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New job starting May 21st!

As the title stats, I have a new job starting Monday May 21st. I am super excited, and quite nervous as well.

I'm 23. I worked in a pet store for 4-1/2 years until I got a new job in January 2011. I worked through a temp agency and was promised to get hired in within 90 days. 11 months went by and I was "no longer needed" back in December. I panicked because I have bills to pay.

Well, my parents stepped in and helped me over the past 6 months. I was able to attend college to finish the last class I needed before being fully ready for the Nursing program at my local college.

I interviewed a few weeks ago with Fresenius Medical Care, a dialysis unit about 20 minutes from me. My mom used to manage this particular unit until 2009 when she went back to a floor nurse from management. A few months ago, she transferred from this unit, to one north of us. (Same company) The manager of this unit knew I had been trying to get in to FMC for years, but nothing ever took off. So she called my mom up and had me interview.

Long story short, I got the job. Thanks to the help of my mom and a great manager that is willing to take on a "young girl without experience". I couldn't even get in at a local hospital because they want at least 1 year experience or a certification which costs $10,000 for a CNA. When I can spend that and get a RN.

I don't see how to get experience when noone will hire you. Needless to say, it's been frustrating.

Oh well. Everything has worked out for a reason.

I will be a Patient Care Technician. I'll be in charge of putting patients on/taking patients off of dialysis machines. Cleaning machines, and all the other fascinating stuff that goes along with being a tech. It seems like a really great company to work for. I just hope I can live up to the standards that my mom has set (which are extremely high) and make her proud to have me working where she works.

I can't work in the same unit as her because of the family relations, but my mom is very well known in our area and everyone hears everything so if I do something good or bad, she'll hear about it...

We have 5 weeks of class. Monday-Thursday 8am-430pm is classes, and then Friday, we are in our unit for on the job training.

I'll have the best pay that I've ever had (a $3.50 raise from my previous job) and 401K, insurance (full medical, dental and vision) as well as paid time off, holiday pay and vacation pay. I've never had anything like this before so I'm super excited.

Also...After I work there a year, they will pay for your schooling. Yeah!
     
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    05-13-2012, 10:15 PM
  #2
Banned
Congratulations. It will be a little tedious at first, but if you stay with it, get the schoo andling and experience, it should open a lot of doors...
     
    05-13-2012, 10:22 PM
  #3
Trained
Fabulous! I'm happy for you! Agreed with Face, my Mom preaches this all the time, anything to do with the medical field starts people off with tedious but decent jobs and if they stay with it they get SO many new opportunities. Not that I have any personal experience, but I can't wait to see how well you do. :)
     
    05-13-2012, 11:15 PM
  #4
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Congrats! You are lucky to have such an opportunity.

On side note, in my state I know number of people who go into EMT training -> paramedic training, because it's paid by the state (if you volunteer in fire department), and in the end you'll get a good profession. I'm quite impressed that state is helping out those who don't have money for the college but still serious about getting an education (and I have to say it's not all that easy to get a certification).
     
    05-13-2012, 11:29 PM
  #5
Green Broke
In today's world-a steady job (w/benefits) is nothing to sneeze at. Work hard, get as much schooling as you can & you may have the ticket to a good life if you spend & save wisely.
     
    05-13-2012, 11:34 PM
  #6
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Thank you guys. This is what I have been waiting the past couple of years for. This will at least get my foot in the door. Even if I'm not cut out for dialysis, I will have some medical experience to where other places will at least give me a chance at an interview.

I am a super organized (nearly OCD) person, and I catch on quickly. Ontop of that, I have common sense which my mom always complains is lacking at some units, LoL. I'm a quick learner. This past semester I took Human Physiology and learned a lot, and did well so I think with some of that information fresh in my mind, I should do okay.

The 5 weeks of class will be really helpful and I've been told that if more schooling is needed, they will take the time to teach you, which is nice.

Kitten_Val, that's nice that your state is doing that. I have no idea if our state offers such a thing. To get a CNA here, it's approximately $8500 for 6 weeks of classes. And it is somewhat difficult to get into certain places. I've looked at the Red Cross because they offer certification classes but I just don't see what I'm looking for.

I have been given a great opportunity and plan to take full advantage of it.
     
    05-14-2012, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
...Mom preaches this all the time, anything to do with the medical field starts people off with tedious but decent jobs and if they stay with it they get SO many new opportunities. Not that I have any personal experience, but I can't wait to see how well you do. :)
And that is very true. Mrs. Face was a Geophysicist in her first career, but when we left the oil business she started work as a Pharmacy Tech, which is really at the bottom and pretty menial, but after getting a couple of years of experience she went to work for the VA and within 10 years she had moved to the Cancer Registry, then Cancer Registry Manager, then into Quality Management, and finally to the Regional Office to manage the regional cancer program and then to manage the rural telehealth program, which by the way is exploding and is where the future of healthcare is going. There are so many opportunities in the medical field for a high energy go-getter it is unreal...
     
    05-17-2012, 06:12 PM
  #8
Super Moderator
Congrats on the job!

It can be hard to find a job when you're still young and without experience. I'm glad that you found that one. Sounds like a good deal.
     

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