Thursday, September 22, 2011

Castles and Crafts

Yes... I know this is a strange title, but it makes sense if you read on. :)

This week has been full of fun activities and get-togethers so I thought I would share about all the blessings and evidences of God's grace in my life this week ---

Monday -- We usually have a dinner get together every Monday night with some new friends (med students and significant others) we met at OHSU. It's quite fun as the 2 other spouses that come are in the nursing world, one being a nurse and the other finishing up nursing school. We all can relate really well with each other and can support each other knowing what we are all going through at this time in life. It's been really encouraging!

Tuesday -- Brandon and I were able to connect with some SPU friends. We even got to see Daniel Meyer, who was Brandon's roommate Senior year, who has been living in Japan for the last year and a half or so. It was great catching up with him, meeting his girlfriend, and visiting with other SPU friends.

Wednesday -- That morning I went to the new MH PDX campus (i.e. the "castle") to check out the place and help with setting up the place. I met up with Hannah and Liz. We had a time of prayer over the church and then proceeded to do random tasks that needed to be done. It was really cool seeing the place and seeing what an amazing blessing and gift God has entrusted MH with. That afternoon, I had to go up the hill (yes, I rode the tram!! I'm getting better each time) to HR to sign some paperwork for my new job. I got my orientation schedule and went through all the "need to knows" before next Monday. I still don't know what shift I will be working or anything pertaining to my job. I will find out soon I'm sure though. I'm excited to start work and start learning lots.

This morning (Thursday), Jenna (one of my new friends -- her husband, Andrew, goes to med school with Brandon) and I had a nice long walk along the waterfront. The views were amazing and we had a great time talking about life, our nursing world, and the new adventure we are on with our hubbies. It was so refreshing and to finish the walk off, we enjoyed a delicious iced coffee from Starbucks. We then headed back to my apartment to work on some craft projects. We both love to craft and we had a blast making cards and working on some fall projects together. I look forward to many more walks, good conversation, coffee runs, and craft days.

Brandon continues to enjoy his Anatomy class and preceptorship in the Pediatric ER. He has made a lot of new friends and is enjoying learning about medicine. He is also helping out with MH PDX as it prepares to open its doors with weekly meetings next month. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store and all the ways He will be glorified through it. 

The Lord continues to encourage and grow us as we continue to make friends, learn about our new community, Portland, and seek out His will for our lives. He is faithful....always. 


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

He is Faithful

For all of you who have been following me recently, you know that I have had quite the past 2 months going through ups and downs in trying to find a nursing job in Portland. God has used these past 2 months to teach me things about Him and about myself. He has showed me time and time again how He will always provide. He is faithful and His timing is perfect. I have definitely had times where I've felt very discouraged in this process, but have also had times where God has used my situation and circumstance to teach me something new about Himself. God continues to open my eyes to His greatness and how He is totally in control over the what seems "impossible" in life. My mind continues to be blown at His greatness and faithfulness and grace poured out for me. In Christ alone, my hope is found.

God totally worked a miracle this week. Just wait til you hear this -- it will blow your mind.

To preface the story -- I have always wanted to become an ER nurse. I really like the environment and the fast-paced running around from one "fire" to the next, being able to give the best care possible and see the best outcomes for the patients that come through the doors. I have never worked in a setting like an ER...let alone a Level 1 Trauma ER. All this to say...

I was put in contact with the ER manager at OHSU through an ER doctor that Brandon had met in one of his sessions. I emailed the ER manager hoping to get the chance to talk with her about ways to improve my resume and make it more competitive to eventually get into an ER. She gave me helpful pointers and suggestions which I was very grateful for. She told me that they are looking for minimum 3-5 years of ER experience (which I don't have). At the end of our conversation, she mentioned that she would soon be posting a full time position for the ER and that if I wanted to apply I could. So of course I jumped all over that and applied immediately. This was on Monday (last Monday).

On Wednesday morning, I received a call from the ER manager saying (to my complete shock) that she wanted me to come in for an interview for the ER position I had applied for. I was floored. I couldn't believe that is what I was hearing. Even the opportunity to interview for an ER position would be well worth it and rewarding to gain experience interviewing! I was pumped and God really encouraged me with this. I knew that the only way I got this interview was because God orchestrated it.

I went in for the interview yesterday (Monday) at noon. I went in feeling confident in the Lord and had a peace about it - no matter what the outcome. I knew I was up against very competent, well-trained ER nurses. I had nothing to lose though. I met with the manager and unit educator. My interview lasted about 25 minutes (including a tour of the ER). This was by far one of the shortest interviews I have had! :)

The interview came to an end and I thanked them for giving me this opportunity to come meet with them. They told me that they would be contacting me mid-week with the decision. I left unsure of how it went, but again I was resting in the Lord knowing that this was His doing and He had a perfect plan.

3 hours phone rings and to my complete surprise it's the ER manager calling me. I had no idea what to expect. First things I hear "we really liked you and would like to offer you the position". I immediately blurted out "Are you serious?" and the ER manager chuckled a little and said yes. I couldn't even believe it. God 100% carried me through as He has always done. He knew my heart's desire and gave me that. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity ahead of me. I will have a lot to learn in the 10 weeks of orientation, but am confident that God will carry me through and give me the brains and energy that I need to succeed in this position. I'm so excited to start working again as a nurse. I know God has called me to this profession for a special reason -- to be a light to all that I have the privilege of caring for and to all that I will work with.

I start the 26th of this month. I am trying to figure out what I am going to do with the last 12 days of freedom :) Study study study would probably be the wisest choice.

Thanks for all your encouragement, support, love, and prayers. I will keep you updated on this new season of nursing.

1 Thess. 5:24 --  "He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it."