Well, I have a new job! No, it’s not at DPSST – which I wrote about in a previous post.
It’s with the Oregon State Hospital.
I’ll let that marinate a moment.
Yes, the Oregon State Hospital. Oh come on … you know the one. It’s on Center Street in Salem.
It’s where they filmed “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Yup … my new job is at the state’s MENTAL hospital. My actual title is “Public Service Representative 3” – kind of a cross between a receptionist, a security guard, and a dispatcher. I will be at the front desk, checking in visitors, checking credentials and ID, monitoring the video feed from the sally ports, common areas, treatment areas, etc.
I am actually looking forward to this job! My mom is a little nervous … and most people I tell about my new job say something to the effect of:
“Oh … that sounds … interesting.”
I think it’s the stigma of working at a MENTAL hospital.
But honestly, I am just glad to be working again. And this is a good job, good pay, good benefits. And, I am hoping, good co-workers. I think that you need to have a good sense of humor to work here … just like you need a good sense of humor to be a 911 call taker and dispatcher. So that’s a plus right there!
I start training on May 11th. Then, after a couple weeks, I go to my regular shift. And that’s when the fun REALLY starts. Let me introduce you to my shift schedule:
Friday: 6:45 a.m. to 8:35 p.m.
Saturday: 6:45 a.m. to 8:35 p.m.
Sunday: 6:45 a.m. to 8:35 p.m.
Monday through Thursday: days off
I know you read that right – yes, those are 13 hour and 20 minute shifts for 3 days straight. I get a 40 hour work week crammed into 3 days. Yippee! (Can you tell I am being sarcastic? Does that come through in my typing?)
I am not complaining. I am really not. There is a certain amount of adjustment to any new job. I might actually enjoy this schedule. It gives me 4 days to spend with my daughter this summer, while she is off from school. The only drawback is not having my weekends to do stuff. But I am used to working crazy hours from when I was a call taker, so that will be nothing new. And my daughter has been great about dealing with my job schedules – she will be OK with this one, and we will make it work for us. Plus, they told me that as soon as a new shift becomes available, I can lateral into that shift. So that’s comforting. Except I don’t know how long it will be before another shift becomes available. But it’s all good anyway. 🙂
So … I will keep this blog updated … hopefully … as things move along. And I can share more information about my new job. 🙂