Suzanne Winzenburg: Hired!

  • Updated: January 30, 2009 - 12:00 PM

The layoffs just don't seem to have an end. There are and will continue to be a lot of hurting people in need of support. Losing a job is hard enough, but having an economy that can't support finding another one is devastating.

The layoffs just don't seem to have an end. There are and will continue to be a lot of hurting people in need of support. Losing a job is hard enough, but having an economy that can't support finding another one is devastating.

I almost hate to tell you that I have good news in the midst of all this misfortune. I feel relief that I have found something, but my joy is dampened by the grief of what others are facing.

Since the article came out on Sunday, I have received additional rejection letters, a few phone screenings with recruiters for specific positions, and two offers to interview. Most recruiters that I have spoken with have confirmed that the market is very competitive due to additional job cuts and hiring freezes. In the real estate industry it is a buyer's market, in health care it is a recruiter's market.

Allina recruiters have been working to place laid off United Hospital nurses elsewhere within the system. I wasn't expecting to hear from them so soon and I wasn't convinced that there would be any positions left, as I was the least senior nurse on the list.

But they called this week and said that they had a position available in the critical care unit at Abbott Northwestern. Although I did not have recent critical care experience they would be willing to train me as long as I could pass a critical care aptitude exam. I took the exam, interviewed with the manager, toured the unit and was offered the position.

I am grateful for this opportunity and truly feel that this was orchestrated by God. He has shown me time and time again that He is faithful. I pray for the best for all those who are still searching.

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