This week has been crazy busy. Lots of normal and abnormal stuff. Lots of thoughts of the intense kind.
It's public knowledge at the place where I work and the community that the program I love and have been with from the beginning is in a very unsure place right now. My job as a Navigator is in jeopardy. We are grant funded and that time has run out. We have monies left to get us through September. Our hospital announced budget issues months ago. Since we are not already under their budget umbrella, it will be shocking if we get added in when others are being cut.
This breaks my heart. I let it consume me for a few weeks, then I stopped. I started browsing for jobs. Since this is a pilot program, for lack of a better term, there are no jobs like it anywhere near here. I started looking back at case management, which I'm good at, but not my passion. I put in one app at a company late Saturday night two weeks ago. The next Monday, I was called for an interview. I thought, "sweet..someone thinks I look good on paper." Even though this is not a job I want, I decided to go because if Baptist falls through, I don't want to be on the unemployment line.
I went to my job interview Wednesday. I had a great Thelma to my Louise for an unexpected mini-road trip. Thanks, Amanda! I was slightly unprepared. It was more like a second round interview, but there I was. My filter failed me once. I'm hoping it wasn't horrendous. Here's the scene:
I'm at a table with 4 supervisors. They've told me I'd have a home office, agency vehicle, smart phone, and laptop a few minutes prior. Then, one of their prepared questions was
Blond supervisor: How would you keep in contact with your manager, since you'd be off-site?
Me: Well, you just told me I'd have a smart phone and laptop. I'm really good at text and email, but if I need to work on smoke signals, I will.
Group: Eyeballs roving, silence, then
Blond Supervisor: Well, I guess we could work on smoke signals.
I'm hoping that wasn't an epic fail. Fail, maybe, but not epic since she smiled and responded.
We'll see what happens with this job situation. For right now, I'm starting two weeks of off-hospital time. I leave tomorrow for my conference with my manager where we will present on the Navigator program. I'm thrilled at the opportunities I'll have. I'm thrilled to share about this program I feel so strongly about. I just hate it may be for naught.
Next Saturday, we head out for the Outer Banks, NC. Here's what I plan on doing for most of the time. I have secured the first two E.L. James books about Grey.
Happy Summer, everyone!
*This blog is my personal view. I am not an official Medical Center Spokesperson*