Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

According to my horoscope outlook for 2012 (see below), it looks like its going to be an interesting year! As I read through my outlook for 2012, I kept thinking that it may not be too far off. It talks about how I have become a different person since 2008-in that aspect, I would have to agree! My priorities have changed since training for ironman (my first being in 2008) and having many family changes with having two awesome nephews enter my life, but having many health problems changes your everyday perspective.

During 2011, I finished school (at least for a little bit) and been looking to change jobs. Over the past six months, I have had the chance to write a good portion of the Magnet Document for the organization and continue to work on the floor for some of my hours. This split assignment gave me the chance to really explore what I want to do with my career. I had always thought that Gillette is the place that I want to be and in fact feel that a lot of my education decisions were based off the needs of the hospital. During the past six months, I have had the opportunity to interview for a couple of nurse practitioner positions, which was a completely eye opening experience! Going into the interviews, I would have done anything for this organization whether it was an interest of mine of there was boundaries place on my professional development.

I recently met with a person that is certified in career counseling and she provided some really good advice about interviewing and professional growth. There is one important message that this woman taught me-it was that an interview is not just about the company picking and choosing whether you are a good match for a position but it is more important you as the interview candidate to interview the interviewer. I had always thought that the interviewer has all the power in a interview situation. Last week realized how true her massage was. I interviewed for a NP position at Gillette by a manager of the clinic and walked away feeling bullied and not valued. I thought here is a person making a decision over my practice who doesn't understand the rigor of the advance practice programs,has a lack understanding of my experience, and an advance practice nurse's role, and doesn't value my dedication to the organization. I felt horrible! Later, in the week, I interviewed with an outside organization. I went to the interview already feeling a bit defeated from my experience earlier in the week but willing to the interview a solid try. The interview turned out to be one of the most positive interview experiences I have ever had! I learned so much about the organization and the vision of the new program and the interviewers were so interested in learning about my philosophy of being a provider. I felt valued and super excited about the position. I haven't been offered the position but definitely am crossing my fingers.

I wouldn't ever bash Gillette as an organization, since this organization has played such a special role in my professional development. I credit my co-workers, providers, and other specialty staff in playing an important role in me developing as a professional and being a better caregiver.

As you can see professionally, my horoscope is right on! In the other aspects of my life, I would have to agree to some extent. I have taken on the challenge of doing the Leadville 100 run and Leadman triathlon. As far love-who knows, maybe I will meet someone who I will be compatible with. Someone who can understand/support my training and want to be actively involved! Someone who is not intimidated by a strong, educated, and caring woman.

Capricorn Outlook for 2012
12/22 – 1/19
Year 2012 Overview

The confusion of 2011 is about to lift as clarity returns in 2012. You've no doubt been through a series of powerful metamorphoses since 2008, when Pluto took possession of your stars for the long haul. You're not even a quarter of the way through the 18-year shedding process that Pluto requires ... and yet you're not the same person you were just a few years ago by any stretch of the imagination. In some ways, you can expect this year to be a long, dramatic pause. You'll be questioning many aspects of your existence, especially your professional life. Mars, the planet of work and action, will be retrograde for the first quarter of the year in your house of higher learning and travel, putting you in a deeply introspective and philosophical mode. During this time, you'll be less inclined to hit the road than you will be to hit the books.

When the eclipse patterns stir up the winds of change for you again in spring and summer, you'll experience some major epiphanies about the new direction you need to take. The new Moon solar eclipse in your work sector brings a fresh approach to the way you go about your daily routine. And then, the full Moon lunar eclipse of June in your dream sector will bring the muse and vision to inspire you to go beyond the known. The total solar eclipse and new Moon in your goal sector in November is the final push to plant radically new seeds. There's no question that you're leaving your old life behind; it's now just a matter of faithfully emerging into the new.

Love is in the air with generous Jupiter in sister Earth sign Taurus, showering your romantic sector until June. The planet of fortune will provide ample opportunities for you to fall in love with someone new - or simply love the one you're with. Pleasure becomes a key theme for the first half of the year, providing a nice balance to your normal dutiful life.

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