I told you in No Vacancy, one of my earlier post, that I had gone to the local nursing home to pick up paperwork to take the CNA test. I received a call from the director of nursing asking if I were interested in employment and if so would I come in for an interview.
Although employment at that facility was not my motivation initially the idea was intriguing. What better place could there be than a facility like this to have a chance to have a positive impact on a segment of one of our most precious commodities as a society?
While I was waiting for the interview I had a chance to speak to some of the residents. They were completely content and happy and pleased to see a different face. I asked them if they were well cared for and every one of them answered with a smile….”Yes. They take very good care of us here.”
I have to admit that I was more than a little surprised. You would think that there would be one present that would, at the very least, be bitter about being there. That just simply wasn’t the case. I’m sure that there has to be some with complaints but they were not among the small group that I had the pleasure to speak with.
Upon meeting the Director of Nursing along with another lady who was present for the interview I knew this was a place that I would be proud to be associated with. After about an hour I was told that I had a job if I wanted it, which I most certainly did.
I told the lady interviewing me, that I would really prefer to work in a hospice situation. The way she responded to that statement sealed the deal for me. ” Hospice is where my heart is,” she said, ” and this is, for all purposes, a hospice facility. These residents are not here to be treated for an ailment and then sent back home. This is their last stop.”
I had never before seen a nursing home in that light but that is exactly what it is, a hospice facility. I feel blessed that they feel like I have the heart to be entrusted with such a valuable and fragile task.
The only step left to take is the background check. I have never sugar coated or tried to be deceitful about my past. In fact, I have been very open about it because that is a testament to the power of my Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t THINK there is anything in my past that would prevent me from this opportunity to serve but I don’t really know.
All I can do is what I did when I was saved and baptized at the age of forty-seven…look to the heavens and say,” Lord, Thy will be done.”