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Update on the new job situation

February 20th, 2016 at 12:33 am

I thought I'd post a little update to my last entry.

I mailed on the application packet for the one job. Their process is on the complicated side because not only do I need to be hired by the urgent care center, I also need to join the medical staff of the hospital. That's kind of a pain and also cost me $525.

Now I need to copy and send pretty much all of the same information to their credentialing office because apparently one office can't manage to talk to the other even though they are all part of the same company. I'll take care of that over the weekend.

Yesterday, I interviewed at the other urgent care center than I'm considering. There are pros and cons to each of them. One pays better. One has more flexible scheduling. One requires a higher level of certification. One has an easier to use electronic records system. Etc.

I think my plan at this point is to sign up with both of them and try to work at least one shift a month at each and see which I like better after a few months (hopefully it will be the better paying one but I'm going to try and not let that be my only deciding factor).

I do need to get my advanced cardiac life support certification. I'll do that in the next month or so. The one hospital will reimburse me for that once I come onboard so that's nice. The downside is that I need to miss 2 days of work to take the course so I'll lose the income from taking those days unpaid so either way, it's going to cost me a chunk of money.

Hopefully it's all an investment in my future, though. At least that's how I need to look at it.

7 Responses to “Update on the new job situation”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Great plan! And I would agree that looking at it as an investment is smart!

  2. snafu Says:

    I wondered if you heard Dr Carson's interview on CNN, he briefly outlined some negative changes that affected physicians and surgeons that have to do with collecting numbers and reports that in no way benefit patients or medicine. It was an eye opener for we who have no understanding of how a medical practice works.

    Is it reasonable to take 2 'vacation' days to avoid losing pay while taking the certification program? Are there no 'education' days as part of your contract?

  3. livingalmostlarge Says:

    When will you start this transition?

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Taking shifts at both places to test them out sounds like a good plan!

  5. Ima saver Says:

    Sounds like you have things planned out very well. I hope things work out for you.

  6. disneysteve Says:

    Even though I just posted this 2 days ago, I've already changed my mind. I'm pretty sure I'm only going to pursue the first job option right now. There are a lot of reasons but when I really sat down to list pros and cons of each, the 2nd place had a lot of cons and not that many pros. Also, since I'm initially only looking to work one or two shifts a month, I don't think it would work to be splitting that time in different places. It would make it really hard to learn the flow of each place and see if I really liked it. The 2nd place is always going to be hiring so if I find I want to give them a chance later, that door will still be open.

    snafu - I would never waste my time listening to Ben Carson but I might just have to make an exception. If you have a link to that interview, send it to me please.

    lal - When I start at the new place is out of my hands at this point. I've submitted the paperwork and now just have to wait for them to process everything. I do need to take a CPR course and I need to go into the credentialing office in person to sign some forms but other than that, I have to wait for them.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    I think you are wise trying shifts at both places. And yes, any new certification should be an investment in your future. Never stop learning.

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