Sticking up for yourself

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It’s been awhile since I last posted back in August so here it goes.

I graduated, took boards and passed in August. I took a trip to China for my fiancé’s grandpa’s 90th birthday. On the same trip, we went to visit Xian (the terra-cotta warriors!), Taiwan, Osaka, and Tokyo. It was such a great trip to be with my fiancé and visit all these places.

At the end of September, I was getting ready to start working at a hospital. I made the mistake of not asking for a contract before deciding to work there.

Unfortunately, unless a contract is signed, verbal agreements don’t count. I didn’t trust the “man in charge”, especially since he changed the terms only a week before starting work.

At this point, I could’ve started working for him, or leave and stick up for myself.

Fortunately, I was in a position where my family supported my decision and me financially. At this point, I left for California as my fiancé began his schooling at UCSD.

For the next couple of months, it consisted of several interviews and difficult decisions. It also consisted of me actually cooking some food to eat (it had been while!). I finally decided to pull the trigger and move to Northern California.

I started working a couple weeks ago and I’m enjoying it so far. Of course I asked myself, do I still remember everything that I learned? It takes a little time but a lot comes flooding back, even after months of not working.

If it was not for all the support of my family and friends, all the CRNAs and anesthesiologists, all the nurses and support staff, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Anyways, the biggest takeaway is to stick up for yourself.

Also, happy belated CRNA week. And happy anesthesiologists week. Go team go 🙂

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