Sunday, June 20, 2010
Tomorrow is my first day of orientation. It's been nice to have a month off- I highly recommend it to everyone! I received my orientation schedule for the next two weeks and it's pretty overwhelming. Lots and lots of meetings, some at the hospital and some off-site. I just hope I don't get lost too often! There are the usual nerves associated with starting anything new. I hope to feel a little better about things once I'm actually there and start meeting some of my coworkers. I will certainly keep you all posted as I get a handle on the specifics of what my role will be. I've talked to or emailed with a few friends or online acquaintances that have experienced pediatric cancer or some other disease to find out if they utilized the social worker and get a sense of what things were helpful or what things were not. One thing I didn't think to ask anyone that occurred to me yesterday is how to address my previous experience, if it comes up. If a parent asks me what I was doing before I started working there, I can only imagine how they would respond to the word "hospice." Especially as pediatric hospice may be an outcome for their child someday. Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't want to gloss over my background but I also don't want to unintentionally send out adverse messages either. Thanks!