Friday, October 28
Posted by Tanya at 10/28/2011 03:47:00 PM
Tuesday, October 25
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Friday, October 21
Posted by Tanya at 10/21/2011 11:11:00 AM
Friday, October 7
Posted by Tanya at 10/07/2011 11:51:00 AM
After my "ups and down" week I had an okay week...I really don't remember it much. Then I had another CAH-RAZY week! I worked 6 12 hour shifts in a row, so 72 hours (2 weeks worth) in those 6 days. I had 1 day off (and I spent it sleeping and grocery shopping...hadn't been in almost 2 weeks) then worked the next 4 days and logged 38 more hours this week. I would like to say that my paycheck will be *AWESOME* but I think 'uncle sam' will end up taking more than his fair share. Work is still crazy busy BUT I have hired a few people. The first 3 people I hired are ones I worked with at my last job. I love getting to see them again. I've hired one other person and have a couple more interviews to go. Hopefully, once I get enough staff I'll be able to spend my time getting caught up on the management side of my job...it has been shoved to the side lately.
On a good note...the kids are doing well in school. However, I think I need to have another talk with Tristan's teacher because I think she is being a bit too easy on him...because now he is not doing his homework (which he loved last year) and his behavior all around is just not good...last year's teacher made him toe the proverbial line and he did so well because of her high expectations.
I have this weekend off and I'm looking forward to resting up and hopefully getting stuff done around the house and spending time with my family...I've missed them.
Next week should be interesting...Jason's grandmother passed away on Wednesday night and he will be taking some time next week to drive his parents to Pensacola for the funeral. So, my work schedule will be crazy next week again but it should actually end up with me having shorter days at work...YAY!!!!
Posted by Tanya at 10/07/2011 09:56:00 AM
Thursday, September 22
I know, I know...I have not been a good blogger lately. Life has just been a bit too much lately. Today is my first day off in the past 7 days, and in that past week I worked 70 hours. My brain is a little fried. I'm getting a bit frustrated and grouchy, and I don't feel like I've seen my family much in the past week.
On the "up" side...work is getting busy and last week was CRAZY, which is why I worked so much. On the "down" side...I really don't have enough staff for that crazy of a week. On the "up" side, most of my staff pulled together and helped out as much as they could, also on the "up" side, I'm finally starting to hire more staff.
On the "down" side, my boss is having some health issues and I'm worried about her. On the "up" side, I'm hoping that due to this she will actually start letting me take some of the burden off of her.
On the "down" side...why did it take almost 4 months for some of my staff to start showing their "true" colors...now I look like an idiot for not dealing with it in the first couple of months. Stressful!!! On the "up" side, I'm dealing with it now!
On the "up" side...I actually managed to get some (very little, but it makes me happy) "decoration" added to my office this week...I got a bulletin board hung and covered it with some pretty fabric...just one more to do and hang. On the "up" side, my office is actually fairly organized and finally makes sense, AND, it smells pretty! I've got a candle warmer and one of my favorite apple candles on it and I'm loving it!!!!
On the "up" side...It is so nice that it isn't so blazing HOT here in Texas anymore...day after day of over 100 degree temps just kills all joy! It's nice to be able to walk outside and actually breathe!!!
Another "up", I have the day off today, I get to go to lunch at my favorite place, with some of my favorite people...my husband, my baby sister, and a great friend. Oh, and I have a 1 hour massage scheduled at 4:30 pm...can't wait!!! (especially since I had to cancel the last time I had one scheduled)
Another "up"..at least I think my boss would think that it's an "up". I've stopped asking my staff to "please" do something and have just been telling them what I expect. And telling them when they have ticked me off. This is so not my personality...but I really kinda like it!!!!!
So, that's what's going on lately...more "up's" than "down's"...I'll take it!!!!
Posted by Tanya at 9/22/2011 09:58:00 AM
Friday, September 2
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Saturday, August 27
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Friday, August 19
Posted by Tanya at 8/19/2011 12:15:00 AM
Friday, August 12
So, I mentioned in a previous post that I'm only working 4 days a week now...well, that isn't quite true. I'm still on call 24/7 as usual but lately I've been getting called in for random things...or allowed to stay home but then called in for something else. I've had more late nights at work lately than I had when I was just working 5 days a week. Understandably, Jason is a bit frustrated...as am I. Hopefully, our census will pick up and we can get this figured out. At least I'm not the only one staying at work late...so's my boss (later than me most nights). This too shall pass...right?....right?????
Posted by Tanya at 8/12/2011 09:43:00 AM
Thursday, August 4
This week I worked 12 hours on Monday, our 14 year wedding anniversary was on Tuesday....mom watched the kids overnight so Jason and I could have a date, and I had today off too. Tomorrow I work an "office" day and then I work Friday night shift. This week is kinda crazy! Anyway, looking forward to the rest of this week. Hopefully we can get the kids pool back up so they can enjoy it this weekend. Jason and may be enjoying it too...temps have been around 110 degrees this past week and have been over 100 for more than 30 days in a row. It's really hot here. Even 90 degree temps would be nice!
Posted by Tanya at 8/04/2011 12:04:00 AM
Thursday, July 21
Well, my new boss started 3 weeks ago (plus a few days I think). Come to find out apparently her boss (and ultimately my boss) had been waiting for her to get here to bring up several issues. Most were issues that I could have been working on if I had been told about them. So, that is a bit frustrating for me because lately it's seemed like my boss's boss is upset with me. My boss says it's not true but I don't like it! Anyway, I've now got LOTS more work to do each day...which doesn't bother me at all. However, the problem is that my boss's boss has decided that since our census has been lower that I have to do 2 twelve hour shifts (patient care) per week and only 2 eight hour management shifts per week. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to accomplish more paperwork and responsibility in drastically less time each week. Luckily my boss would prefer me in management more instead of patient care so hopefully we can get it figured out and I can get back to doing the job I was hired for. Plus, me going into staffing means that some of my full-time staff don't get to work if I'm on that shift so they are getting a bit frustrated too.
Anyway...that's why I'm frustrated and stressed. The only good thing about this 2 twelves, and 2 eights is that I should get more days at home :-)
Posted by Tanya at 7/21/2011 08:29:00 PM
Friday, July 15
Okay...it's only been a month since I've posted. Work has been keeping me busy...it's a bit stressful right now but I'm working through it. I'll try to get back to posting regularly...we'll see.
Posted by Tanya at 7/15/2011 10:09:00 AM
Friday, June 17
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Friday, June 10
Posted by Tanya at 6/10/2011 09:58:00 AM
Monday, June 6
Adreyn graduates from 5th grade on Thursday so tonight we went dress shopping.
Here were our picks...which one do you think we took home?????
Posted by Tanya at 6/06/2011 09:55:00 PM
Posted by Tanya at 6/06/2011 09:51:00 PM
This first picture is of me, on my way to my "peer interview" with the staff. I like the picture but wish I didn't cut the top of my head off :-) I was offered the job a week later!
This is the view from the doorway to my office. This was probably the first week I was there. It's nice to be able to have my diplomas displayed.
This is a vinyl saying that I put on the wall...It is directly across from my desk so I look at it a lot!!!
This is another vinyl statement that is on the wall next to my desk. I love it!
This was so funny! We were having a baby shower event at work and the Similac rep was going to be at the event and asked if I could store the items that he was donating. I had no problem with that...then when the materials management people showed up this is what they delivered. Besides the give-away items I also had 2 kinds of formula, bottles, bottle nipples, etc! This was pretty funny...the rep was shocked! He was sweet though and emptied my office after the event.
See the big stack of papers on my desk? That would be about half of the policies I'm working on...it's very time consuming!
Posted by Tanya at 6/06/2011 09:41:00 PM
Friday, June 3
So, I've been kind of busy and haven't blogged lately...and yes, I'm taking the easy way out by just doing 5 question Friday again. Oh, well, I'll try to get some blogging done this weekend...plus I need to post the pics from our mini vacation in April still (I'm pretty sure, I think).
Posted by Tanya at 6/03/2011 08:00:00 AM
Friday, May 20
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Friday, May 13
Posted by Tanya at 5/13/2011 01:49:00 PM
Tuesday, May 10
Today was busy...a staff meeting at 7:30am, and another one at 5pm...lunch with my honey, and then, dinner out at Kobe Steaks (a hibachi Japanese grill) with 8 of my great friends from my old job. I really miss them but I loved my time out with them tonight!!!!
Posted by Tanya at 5/10/2011 10:35:00 PM
Friday, May 6
1. Have you ever had roommates? Yes, a "real" roommate in college...we did NOT get along most of the time. And I have a roommate now...my husband :-)
2. How many names do you/your children have? (i.e. Prince Charming William Phillip Arthur Louis John Jacob Jingleheimer-Schmidt) My kids each have a first name, middle name, and last name: Adreyn Mikailah, Tristan Kreig, and Rehanyn Noelle
3. Did you watch the Royal Wedding? I watched the sped up replay of the Royal Wedding...does that count????
4. What is the messiest room in your house? My bedroom...it becomes the "catch-all" for everything when we are cleaning the house in a hurry :-)
5. What is your ideal mothers day? To be able to sleep in and just rest and relax all day. Probably not going to happen though!
Posted by Tanya at 5/06/2011 07:30:00 AM
Sunday, May 1
working dayshift is sooooo different from working nights! I don't feel like I have as much "me" time now as I did when i worked nights...probably because I was up so late every night because I couldn't sleep. Anyway, I'm enjoying my new job...just trying to figure everything out.
these past 2 weeks have been interesting. The garage door opener decided to detach itself from the ceiling and fall (with the drywall) on Jason's head so we haven't been able to put cars in the garage for 2 weeks (supposed to get that fixed this week). The kitchen sink drain got plugged and dumped water all over our laminate floor (and under it). Luckily we got it dried out and didn't have to do anything "major" and one of our friends came and helped Jason clear out the plug. The lower element in the oven burned itself in half and had to be replaced (so we couldn't use the oven for a week). 2 of the kids got sick and had to go to see Dr. Dhoot...Rehanyn just had allergies...Tristan was trying to get pneumonia (got antibiotics and is better now). I got sick on Wednesday and now have a nice case of bronchitis (got antibiotics yesterday and starting to feel better). Wednesday something caught (Jason thinks it was the hook on one of my bras) the front rubber seal on the front loader washing machine and unsealed it so currently my washing machine is unusable (not a good thing with 5 people in the house). The washing machine should get fixed tomorrow though. So yesterday and today we are doing laundry at mom and dad's house (since they are in MN right now LOL) Thanks Mom and Dad!!!!! Hopefully this is enough for this year and stuff can start to calm down now.
Back to work tomorrow with antibiotics on board...lots of meetings this week. Looking forward to my girls night out with my MCL friends next week!!!!!
Posted by Tanya at 5/01/2011 12:11:00 PM
Friday, April 22
Posted by Tanya at 4/22/2011 07:00:00 AM
Monday, April 18
Today was my first day of my new job...it was SOOO exciting...NOT! I got to sit in a classroom and review HIPAA information, benefit info, where to park my car...etc. Hmmm, 8 hours of that type of stuff made me pretty sleepy.
I found out also, that my boss (who I met with last week) resigned last friday, effective immediately. So, the surgical services director is now the interim director of women's and children's and my new temporary boss. This should be fun :-)
Posted by Tanya at 4/18/2011 07:58:00 PM
Friday, April 15
Posted by Tanya at 4/15/2011 12:33:00 PM
Tuesday, April 12
today I went to drop off all my paperwork to Human Resources...asked the volunteer at the front desk to point me to HR and he refused to let me go back there...I had to turn in my paperwork to him...very odd! Anyway, after that encounter, I got to go talk to my new boss and find out the plan for next week. I'll have hospital orientation on Monday and then shadow her for the next few days. I also got the keys to my new office!!!! Then I went shopping at Hobby Lobby and got a cute black and white photo board for the office. Then I stopped at the Dollar Tree and got a couple of organizational supplies for my office too. After that I went and picked up some Navy blue scrubs...kinda wish I hadn't bought the Royal ones just 6 weeks ago. :-) Then I had the joy of getting to have a drug screen done...just FYI...the peeps at QuestCare Lab are pretty unprofessional...and they made me feel kinda like a drug addict. ("empty your pockets...put everything in your purse...put your purse in the box...lock the box...take the key...rinse and dry your hands, no soap...grab a cup and dump out the contents on the counter...ok, go pee, don't flush, and bring it back out...ok, wash your hands...sign this...initial this...initial this...get your stuff out of the box...you can go"). It was odd. I've never had to lock up my purse before.
Later, I made dinner (tenderloin...it was yummy!) and then we went to Rehanyn's 1st grade music program. It was the last 1st grade program we will attend anytime soon....awwww. Actually we are pretty happy abut that :-)
Tomorrow we are gonna run by mom's so that she can hem my new scrub pants and then we are gonna hopefully go buy some fishes for the fish tank Jason decided we needed. Then I've got to go back to work for the first of my last 2 night shifts...
Posted by Tanya at 4/12/2011 08:46:00 PM
Friday, April 8
Posted by Tanya at 4/08/2011 09:43:00 AM
Wednesday, April 6
I have a NEW JOB!!!! NEW JOB!!!!
Well, I haven't been posting lately because certain "stuff" has been going on here and since my blog address is on Facebook I didn't want to accidentally "jump the gun" until I was sure.
So, anyway, just under a month ago a friend that used to work with me messaged me on Facebook and told me about a position that had opened up at her new job. The position was for the NICU/Nursery manager. I have appplied for manager positions 4 times in the last 6 year (all for the hospital system that I currently work for) and essentially got ignored each time. I was getting pretty frustrated.
I decided to talk to Jason about this opportunity and took a couple of days to think about it and then decided to apply. Of course, after I made my decision I went to apply online the and the job was no longer posted as available. My heart dropped. I decided to go ahead and call the Director of Women's Services and find out if the position had been filled. Happily it hadn't been filled and I set an interview for Monday (this was Friday). I worked all weekend and hurried home from work Monday morning, fixed my makeup and went off to my interview. I wasn't sure how well the interview went because I was pretty sleepy and didn't feel like I was able to answer some the questions the way I wanted to. I didn't hear anything for a week, then emailed the director and quickly set up an interview with the staff nurses for Thursday. The staff interview went really well and I also got to meet the primary neonatologist. (I actually enjoyed these interviews which is unusual for me...I'm shy usually). I was offered the job on the next Thursday but I asked them to review the pay they were offering because it was only $0.02 more per hour than I am currently making. They called back the next day and offered $2.00 more per hour and I happily took the job! My first day there will be April 18th!
I'm very proud of myself for getting this job because I ended up doing several things that I usually don't ever do
1. Call someone I don't know personally (I prefer email or texting)
2. Stay on top of stuff and make sure I get a response
3. Ask for more money
4. Resigned my job without making lots of apologies :-)
This job is gonna be a lot of work. The unit is planning to expand and it will be my job to make it happen. I'm looking forward to the work though. Plus I'll get to work days now instead of nights. It will be a big change for me...I've worked nights for most of the last 16 years. I'm looking forward to having more time with the family.
Posted by Tanya at 4/06/2011 12:45:00 PM