They always say, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade...but that is going to be some seriously crappy lemonade without a little sugar!!
This month has been filled with quite a few set backs. To be able to work as a Graduate Nurse (GN, someone that has graduated but hasn't passed the NCLEX) you have to be approved by the Dept. of Health(DOH) and Pearson (the testing company). Since I was receiving assistance from the Military Career Advancement Account, which is managed by JobsPlus, they were going to send a $200 check to Pearson & the $204 check to DOH. I started working on the 1st of June thinking that it would only be a few short days until I received my letters and would be bumped up to GN status along with the bump in pay since I had to work as a Patient Care Tech until that time (it's like a step up from a CNA). So, June 5th I get a letter from the DOH with a returned check that is made out to Pearson...and I blew up! JobsPlus switched the envelopes and my checks went to the wrong places....and the DOH endorsed the check so another one would have to be made out, which takes an average of 10 days. I immediately went online and paid Pearson myself, and then the following day got a money order and sent it overnight-express delivery to the DOH with signature verification because I wasn't taking any chances!
So the past few weeks have been a waiting game. Waiting for letters that weren't coming, waiting for verification, waiting to start making better money...
I wouldn't have been so mad at JobsPlus but I wasn't the only person they messed up. One girl in my class had her check sent to the Radiography program in another state, and another one they decided to wait 2 1/2 weeks to even send the check, so because it had been so long since she registered, all her information had to be re-reviewed. I was also told that there were even more incidences this year...so my question is...who is getting fired?
But, there is hope, and keep your fingers crossed, because today my status was updated to "approved" on the DOH website, so I should be receiving my letters within a week or so. The hospital has been so patient and allowed me to do orientation as a PCT so I can at least get a paycheck, and be that much closer to my tuition for fall semester.
I have been quite sparse lately because of all of the drama & working...but I am thankful for the few of you that have stuck with me!! Also, my birthday is coming up and I want to do something really fun, but with limited funds & spare time, I just don't for see it happening. That being said, I am thankful that my husband will be home in a few days (after spending some much needed time with his family in Seattle) and I hope things will finally get back to some shade of "normal."
So, sorry about the crappy lemonade, but I finally found some sugar!
Italian Cream Cake
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