Is This A Good Fit?


While I appreciate the many benefits of hospitals, medicine, and doctors, I have never been one to like them. I had a follow up appointment today. In fact, I dread going. I hate taking medicine. And I do not like talking to doctors (some of them speak Greek and don’t really listen). As I look back over the past ten years, this visit reminded me of what transpired to help shift me to the point of choosing to work in human resources.

This may sound strange to some reading this post or some may agree. You see, I tried working at the hospital back in 2004 when my mom recommend that my twin sister and I sign up to be information associates (secretaries) at the hospital where she worked. The hope was to get a better feel for what nurses do prior to taking the plunge to enroll in nursing school. I had just lost my job working at the corporate offices of a telecommunications company. After several conversations about job security with these two (my inner circle) as well a few close friends, it was suggested that we try the medical field. Besides at the time the hospitals were offering huge bonuses for nursing positions. Nonetheless, my assignment at the the hospital was ephemeral primarily because I didn’t mesh well in the environment. In short, it was not a good fit.

Almost every day was different working for the pool (the hospital’s staffing agency). One day, I’m was assigned to the neonatal unit the next, the intensive care unit any and everywhere in between. There was absolutely no consistency, which made getting acclimated even more challenging. Although I aced my exam with flying colors, the transition from classroom to working in the actual hospital wasn’t a breeze. For example, reading the charts or let’s say the doctors handwriting was a bit of a challenge. That’s not even the worst part. The specimens that were routinely left up front at the desk were nauseating. Every time someone would eat something off the desk without cleaning the area, made me want to puke 😷. Perhaps, if I had worked in the office area rather than at multiple nurses stations, I would of liked it. Eventually, I left after I secured a full time position (not in the medical field) elsewhere.

This was a pivotal moment in my career. I learned firsthand the drastic impact that the environment has on job satisfaction (rude awakening). I believe I could have learned how to deal with the illegible handwriting. However, being exposed to critical factors such as the terminally ill, I’m not so sure. I was occasionally asked to go inside a patient’s room. I found these situations rather uncomfortable. I’m no hypochondriac. It just seemed to me at the time that the risks far exceeded the benefits. The media constantly reminds us of the risks even when just visiting the hospital or doctor’s office. It exposes one to a plethora of germs and contagious diseases. Honestly, I don’t think nurses get paid enough.

During orientation, the stories that were shared about other workers’ personal experiences at the hospital was enough to make me a little paranoid. Still, I gave it my best shot. Although my time there was only about four months, I will never forget it. I learned more about my likes and dislikes as well as my strengths and weaknesses, which helped shift me in a different direction back to working for the most part in office environments. I decided that I would not be a good candidate for the nursing school program. I also learned that I do not like being that physical with strangers (in their personal space). What is more, I can’t imagine putting a catheter on some man that I don’t know, for example. I would probably pass out😟 on the spot.

I had the opportunity to work with a lot of nice people at different locations throughout the hospital. This is one of the many benefits of working in HR. Everyday is different. I get to meet a lot of wonderful people. Sometimes we have to find out what we don’t like in order to learn what we do like. Knowing what it is like to work at the hospital, helped me find my next position as well as shift me towards a more suitable career path. There is more to having a rewarding career than just getting the job or staying employed. It has to be a good fit.

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