Hi friends! Happy Tuesday.
I hope everyone is off to a terrific start in 2017.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that the New Year brought a big decision over here. I have accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin Oncology and Chemotherapy Clinic.
This decision did not come easily. It is HARD to leave a job that you love + a job you’ve grown to be more comfortable in. In fact, I spent the last two weeks of 2016 interviewing, shadowing, + trying to come to the right decision. That is why it was hard to get blog posts up the past 2 weeks, because every off day it seemed like I had an interview or shadowing experience.
The good news? I’m excited + confident that I arrived the decision that makes the most sense for myself + my family.
The funny part? I wasn’t even looking for a new job. I was on the UW job board to see if the positions on my current unit (Oncology, Hematology, Bone Marrow Transplant, + Palliative Care Unit) had been posted externally yet. I’ve been trying to help a friend of a friend get a job.
While on the job board I saw a position that peaked my interest. This started the ball rolling. I pursued that position, received a job offer, + shadowed in that clinic. Throughout the process, I just had this nagging feeling that it wasn’t the right fit for me. The biggest issue was that there wasn’t much patient interaction involved + I know that interacting with patients is my favorite part of being a nurse. When I arrived at my shadow experience I saw the nurses wearing business clothes + talking on the phone/inboxing with patients way more than actually seeing them. Positions like this are very important, but not for me. I decided that I would stay on my unit + just keep my eyes open for future positions that might be a better fit.
Well, my friend pointed out that there was CURRENTLY another position that was just posted that WOULD be a better fit. Since my resume + interviewing skills were fresh, I decided to go ahead + apply to this job. I DID get the excited/good feeling during the interview + when touring this clinic that I was hoping for previously. I also know loads of wonderful people that work in this clinic that vouched the job would be a really good fit for me.
From not looking to a job to interviewing for two in two weeks, it has been a bit of a whirlwind. Part of me is very sad to leave my current role. I know this because I cried when I got off the phone with my manager as we discussed my departure form the unit. I told her that I was incredibly thankful to have started my career on B6/6 + have thoroughly enjoyed my time there. When she said, “Amy, that is absolutely evident. And I do think this will be great change for your family and work/life balance.” The tears came, don’t worry…we hung up first 🙂
This decision was made very thoughtfully + I wanted to take you through what that process looked like, in case you are thinking of a job change yourself. I always caution people to be careful of the grass is greener mindset, so I had to take my own advice in this situation + really sort through my options.
Here are a few questions that I asked myself or questions that Drew asked me before I decided this was the right move. I’ll share some of my answers, but also just share all the questions we went through.
- Is this the right decision for my family? This was #1 for me. Bringing Max into the world (+ hoping to have more children someday), shifted how I thought about my nursing schedule. Of course when I went into nursing I knew that weekends + holidays were part of the job description. And for 3 years, that has been just fine! Now that we are a family of 3, I started to feel like I was missing too much of the FAMILY of 3 time + missing several years of holidays started to make me sad. I also know that when Max is older it would make even more sad to miss those special times with him. We are excited to get more time together now that I’ll be working 3 eight hour weekday shifts a week.
- Is this a good move career wise? Drew + I have known for a while now that I would eventually move on from inpatient nursing. Moving into a clinic + gaining experience in that setting fosters my career in the outpatient setting, which is where I see myself for the rest of my career.
- Does the decision make sense in the short-term? In the long-term?
- What do you like most about your current role? What do you think you’ll like most about the next role?
- Is the job a good fit?
- Does it make sense financially? This job pays less than I make now. Because in the world of nursing, you tend to get paid by acuity of the patient. Of course this came into consideration for Drew + I. I’d love to tell people “it’s not about money”, but I don’t think that is sound advice. You need to know your personal financial picture + how your job change impacts that. Drew + I just finished our last monthly financial meeting of 2016 (yes, we meet every month about finances) + we know that we can afford the decrease in pay without jeopardizing our financial health, goals, or lifestyle.
- Am I making a rash decision? There have been times after 4 long 12 hour nightshifts in a row, I’ve told Drew, “I NEED A NEW JOB!” or a time when I missed a holiday gathering + said “I cannot do this forever”. This isn’t one of those situations + I’m glad that I never followed through on those dramatic moments of dissatisfaction. I would say my job satisfaction is actually at an all time high because I have 3 years of experience (the more experience, the less stress…in my opinion) + I’m working mostly dayshifts. I would highly recommend making your own career decisions at a time when you aren’t feeling extra stressed or dissatisfied. One of the deciding points for me was telling Drew, “I don’t ever want to get to a point in time when I feel like I need to leave this job right NOW.” I certainly don’t feel like I need to leave my job at B6/6 right now, but I’m choosing to leave it for the right opportunity.
A few of my best friends have just gone through big job changes too. I had been the listener, supporter, + encourager throughout their processes. As I reflected on my feelings: getting nervous about leaving my current job, wondering if I was making the right decision, feeling sad about the change…I continue to remind myself of the advice I had just offered to them: these are all NORMAL feelings.
Special thanks to my close friends + family that babysat Max last minute (dad, my sister Esther, + Carrie) so that I could interview, or listened as I tried to sort out the best choice.
On Thursday I’m going to share the fitness + food rules that I live by, in case you are looking for some inspiration to start out the year!