Nurse + life ramblings

AHHHH!!!!! I am official, official, people!!! :) :) :)

There are not enough exclamation points that will properly display my excitement!

I am still in such awe that I am even starting this job. A job that I thought I could get "one day" but never thought it was actually a possibility.

But, man... that day is upon me. That day is Monday.

For the last couple of years, I felt a little lost as a nurse. I mean, I guess if you've been following me here you know I've been a little lost in general, I suppose. :) So, that makes sense.

But, when I left the hospital to go to Honduras, I left all I knew in the world of nursing. I left my mentor nurses. I left an amazing organization. I left an incredible boss. I left technologies and procedures and taking care of kids that would only ever be at this one place.

And I knew deep down that I would be back there again one day, but wasn't sure how or when, so I just went where I felt I needed to be at the time.

As we all know by now, Florida was that place. It was where I grew and learned so much about who I was and who I was meant to be... all the while in a job that I really didn't like. That I didn't really feel I was making a difference. That I didn't even feel like a nurse most of the time.

And maybe that's why I was in that job... so I could focus on myself and not on my job. Because when I was working at the hospital before I was all in. I was involved in many different aspects of hospital life- and I loved it. It became so much a part of me. I was busy all the time doing different things. My identity was so closely wrapped up in being a nurse.

And the last couple of years forced me to realize that I am more than a nurse.

Just as I have also realized, I am more than where I work.
I am more than my vocation.
I am more than the things that I do on this Earth.

I needed these last few years to remind myself of those truths.
I needed to believe in who I was and who I was created to be.
I needed to heal.
I needed to grow.

And then this amazing job opportunity practically fell in my lap. The timing. The interview. The people I saw again. The feeling of being back in the hospital.

It all just feels... right. And good. And awesome.

And it starts on Monday.
I can't wait to see what challenges come my way. How I will grow. What I will learn. The people I meet. The stories I can share. The love that I can give.

Please pray for me as I transition into this new role. This new job.
And thank you, of course, for the prayers you have said for me along this journey. They were felt.

Blessings and love,
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  1. YAY, Jen!! So excited for you to start this next adventure! It definitely sounds like the timing is wonderful, and I'm praying for your transition {both in life and in the job}. Hugs!

  2. So excited for you, Jen! How humbling and awesome to see God at work through it all, and to see the purpose of your experiences. Meat to be! Can't wait to hear about it.

  3. So so so excited for you!!! Many prayers for a smooth transition! You're gonna knock their socks off...if that's allowed. I mean hygenically and all. :)

  4. My heart is smiling for you and your awesome future!

  5. Happy first day of the new job!!!! Excited for you as you start this new chapter. Many, many prayers as you settle in and move forward.

  6. This is so great!
    I felt the same way, only in a different field, but yeah--when you're in the right place, you know. And you understand why you went through what you did before, and all the experiences and people who taught you and opened those doors. God bless you in your new job.


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