1. Work sitch. When I last wrote about working, I was told I had to go back to school for an RN refresher course, even though my license had never lapsed in the years I had been out of clinical nursing. The rules were confusing, though, so I wrote our state's Board of Nursing and received this reply:
Katherine,About a week before I was to start school (and subsequently have to agree to work full-time for a local hospital - the only way, it seemed, I could get a nursing job! ACK!), I got a call from a local pediatric home health agency. They were willing to give me an extended orientation, and would let me work as much or as little as I wanted to!
Thank you for the inquiry. You do not have to take the refresher course. The course is for those who haven't practiced in 4 years AND have not kept up their license. As long as your license is current, it doesn't matter how long it's been since you practiced. Your job may not be comfortable with that, and they may require you to take it. That is at their discretion, but it is not a requirement of the Board that you do so.
Hmm. What should I do? Go to school for 16 weeks and then work full-time? Or go the easy route?
Yup, I chose the easy route. Last week I started orientation. Beginning next week, I will be working every Monday, taking care of the cutest little eight-month-old baby. After only two days of getting back in the swing of things, it's just like they tell you: it's like riding a bike. I think I'm going to love this! My friend Kelly has offered to watch Ruthie-5 on the days Dennis is not working from home, so everything has just fallen into place.
This last year has been full of HUGE transitions for our family: a move, a new business, a cratering economy, a new job for Dennis (business on hold for now). To look from the outside, things have appeared very bleak at times, and I'm the first to admit I have not always been cheerful and full of faith. But through it all, God has been our anchor and our Provider. I suppose we just needed a reminder: He is in control, and He is SO good.
2. Marriage. Now that you know what a wild and crazy man I live with 24/7, you can understand why things are never dull around here! Ah, I love that man. I'm still thinking of a punishment to fit such a heinous crime.... =)3. Kids and dogs. As you can imagine, things were a little nuts the first day in almost nine years that I donned scrubs to do something other than paint in them. Ruthie-5 was awake ALL NIGHT LONG dreaming, kicking and talking in her sleep. Allie-15 had to be at school at 6:00 a.m. for a tennis tournament. The middle kids were whining because (How Awful of Me!) I made them RIDE THE BUS. Then somebody remembered they needed a poster board about 15 minutes before I needed to leave. That sort of thing.
So since things were already insane, when Dennis's brother called to say he'd found a (free) puppy for us, we thought, "Hey! Why not? Today would be a GREAT day to get a dog!"
So far she's done what all puppies do: eat, sleep, pee and poop (specializing in doing the latter two in the three seconds you turn your back). Don't let those innocent eyes and all that cute puppy breath fool you: I'm thinking my little eight-month-old patient is easier to take care of!
But...Cowboy is stepping up to the plate as the man of the Raising Five canine world, the kids adore her, and some day - maybe when she's potty trained - we will probably have an irrational attachment to Ginger like we did to Buster.