So, we were just floating along living life as usual. Nothing crazy happening, mostly just status quo. It was good. We were happy with it. Except for one little monkey wrench. We had a new baby coming and after a year of searching my husband still didn’t have guaranteed full-time hours as a nurse. If you live in Utah you’ll see a lot of advertisements for nursing schools. They all tout that with a nursing degree you will automatically have a recession proof job helping people. Many of them talk about a nursing shortage. Unfortunately, many of these claims are either exaggerated or downright false. Yes, we will always need nurses, regardless of the economy, but that doesn’t mean that companies won’t try to limit there numbers when times are tough. And there isn’t a nursing shortage yet, the baby boomers haven’t retired. And while jobs CAN be found, most of those jobs are PRN or as necessary (without benefits).
This whole situation has affected our family a lot. Don’t get me wrong, we were some of the blessed ones. My husband was working a lot of hours – he just didn’t have the benefits to back up the work. It was getting disheartening. Then, around Christmas time hubby ran into an old friend from high school who was back in UT visiting family. His friend had moved to Arizona for school and work in the medical field and he mentioned that A) nurses get paid better in Arizona and B) there really IS a need for more nurses there. The bug was planted. My hubby, a man who loves his home town more than anyone I know was considering applying for work in Arizona.
He came home, we discussed it, we did some research about what the job prospects are, we learned about several accredited graduate programs, we prayed, and we decided that hubby needed to start filling out applications in Arizona. We knew that if things went quickly, we could get Arizona residency just in time to start applying for grad school.
Two weeks later, hubby had four job interviews lined up, two days after that he had two offers. Both offering full-time, benefited work, on the floor of his choice.
We were overwhelmed with how quickly everything was falling into place. We felt that the Lord was setting everything up for us, but it was a lot to process in such a short time.
We prayerfully accepted one of the offers and a month later, here we are, living in Arizona. The timing was both perfect and imperfect, convenient and inconvenient. We’re hours away from family and preparing for the arrival of our second child. We’re here just in time to get residency before hubby finishes his BSN. It’s daunting and exhilarating and exciting all at once. And it’s also really frightening and unknown.
It’s times like this that I wish I could see the big picture. It seems like the Lord just illuminates a tiny bit at a time. Here’s your next step – no, you don’t need to know what the step after that is – just trust me and take this step. So we’re stepping with faith that the Lord is in charge, and everything will work together for our good.
The following message by Elder Bednar describes it perfectly