Pamela Dirr
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Sometimes You Have to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

And That's OK

Almost six months ago. That is when I left my full time nursing position in a doctor’s office. I left because it had turned into a hostile work environment. It was making my life miserable and had me second guessing myself as a nurse. A lot has happened since then. I have been struggling financially. Most of the time I do not know if I will be able to eat three meals a day (I have pretty much been eating only one meal about halfway through the day and I have been trying to drink as much water as possible to curb the hunger feeling). Now, don't get me wrong, I have still been working two part time jobs; they just have not been generating enough income to get all of my bills paid every month. I no longer have cable TV. I had to extend my auto loan by two months and I am currently trying to figure out how I am going to make this month's payment. It took me the entire month of September to pay my rent (and I have not paid it yet this month). I have had to wait until they threaten to cancel my car insurance before I pay it (I have had to do the same with my cell phone as well).

It has been extremely difficult to find a new full time nursing position somewhere. A lot of places want to hire registered nurses who have their BSN. I am an LPN without a degree. I would love to go back to school for RN/BSN; it cannot be done when you have literally no money. I have lost count of how many jobs I have applied for over the past six months. I have been on a few interviews. They have all told me how much they love my resume and the amount of experience I have. They all told me I would be a good fit for their company and that they would love to see me on board with them. None of them have hired me, though. It is extremely frustrating. So, although I'm going to continue looking for a nursing position, I have also decided to venture out of my comfort zone and try something new. I will tell you exactly what it is in my next writing. For now, I'm just going to write about my thought process behind it.

There is something that I have been thinking of venturing out into for the past couple of months. True, it will require me to take classes for a few weeks, but I believe that it will be totally worth it. It will also give me something to do during the day. I like to keep busy as much as possible. I absolutely love being a nurse; I really do. But it has been six months and I haven’t found anything yet. This new opportunity that I am looking to pursue has incredible potential. I am actually super excited about it. I have told only two of my friends about this potential new career, and they are excited for me as well.

If you think about it, technically I have been in the medical field for over half my life already. Although I am not yet ready to disclose what this new venture is, I can tell you that it is not in the medical field. It is not even in the emergency services field. So by pursuing this, I really will be stepping out of my comfort zone. It might be just what I need, though; have a new career. I still have my two part time jobs. I would still love to find work in the nursing field, but like I said earlier, I am having an extremely difficult time with that. So although I will still be applying for nursing positions, I am also going to pursue something new. I am hoping that this will be the step in the direction that I need to get back on track.

I know that there are some people who will probably disagree with me; however, this is something that I feel with be good for me. It is not always a bad thing to step out of your comfort zone. It takes a lot of courage to do it. No one knows what the future holds. If you stay stagnant, then you might miss some great opportunities that could be out there for you.

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