From the chair I was occupying, the interview seemed to go very well. It was unlike any interview I have ever been on.
I met with the COO, the director of HR and the Environmental Risk Manager. I had filled out an on line application – the only jobs posted I was qualified for were medical billing and business office. So anyway, I go into the interview and they are all asking me what kind of job I want. I tell them I’m not sure, that I had applied for those I was qualified for. All 3 have my application and resume in front of them. The resume is quite extensive and very detailed in the 9-1-1 and emergency management fields.
They told me how concerned they are about the safety of their facilities (there are a lot of them!) and they are not confident that should they have to evacuate or lock-down, they would be ready and able to do so efficiently. The Risk Manager made it clear to the COO that he doesn’t have any positions available. She shut him up quickly and said she is not going to put me in a clerical job when I can provide them with what they need. So basically what it seems is going to happen is that the COO is going to create a position for me. She mentioned doing a “draft”. I will be doing safety audits & assessments, coordinating drills (fire, lock-down, evacuation, and shelter-in-place), I will be training the staff on how to do these drills. I will also be creating safety plans for the facilities and an overall company plan.
The company is the largest physician owned company in the country. I can’t remember all of it for sure they are huge! There is a standard hospital, cancer center, womens’ center, imaging center, behavior facility, substance abuse facility, doctors’ offices, etc. If it all goes as the COO explained, this will be a huge job for me. She asked if I could give her two weeks to get it all put together… the job & description, etc. She also asked if I could come in and start meeting with other stakeholders so they can meet me and start getting comfortable with me. I said “Of Course”. I’m actually pretty excited about the job. I will be able to use lots of things I’ve learned over the years – management, nursing, emergency preparedness, etc. It seems to be the sort of job that all the other jobs have been leading to, if that makes sense.
So we are basically broke and living in poverty for about another month or so but then things will turn around. I know I’m going to beat up and tired beyond belief by the end of each day. But I think I would rather be that tired and sleeping well than living with no food and fear of repossession. One more month… we can make it work… eek it out.
Today we travel. Today we hit the road for a long drive home. I’m so excited to see the grandgirls! And the rest of the family of course… it’s been 6 months since I’ve seen any of them. We’re spending a few nights at my daughter’s home then a few with at my dad’s. There will be some time spent with Coach’s family too.
It’s time for me to start getting some things packed up.
p.s. There are some women who should never, ever under any circumstances, for no reason at all, ever wear velour jogging suits… most especially those that are meant to be worn in a tight fit way. Oh my.