Tuesday, March 20, 2012
It is Tuesday of a long week, but I am not having bad after-effects from going to the gym 3 days in a row last weekend, so that is good. I work 5 days at my regular job, and then the per-diem on Thursday (my day off). Even though I have to work the per-diem job at least 1 time every 4 months (they pretty much will take whatever days I offer) I have been working more often to get a little extra money. The nice thing is that I can say if I do not want to work a full day, such as when I was having the extra arm pain. When I first started there, I would have to buy fast food for lunch because I did not have prepared food in the freezer. Now, with making food on some of my days off, I can grab a container and go to work. Since it is frozen, I let it thaw in my bag until lunch, and then thaw the rest in the microwave when the time comes. I know that the food is going to be good for me also.
I am halfway through the semester of my basic networking class. I believe I have a 92%, which I feel good about considering everything is pretty much new to me. Even though I may not go into networking itself, I definitely have learned a lot so far, that is helping me understand certain things at work. My mom is encouraging me to take the Network+ test (this book is pretty much preparation for that), because that certification could help me get my foot in the door some place.
My husband and I were talking the other day about what kind of job I would like to get. I have been thinking that I like the medical aspect, I am pretty much picky about details at work, and somehow want to combine with computers. Something that is part of the electronic medical records is what I am thinking, but no idea where to start with that, or what it is called. So my husband brought up System Analyst, which he explained further. As he was explaining what somebody we know does at his work, I said "that is what I have been thinking of but did not know what it is called." Getting clarification on the term made me realize it is a different than the picture I had in mind. So now I have somewhere to go with what I feel I want to do. He said that people still contact an analyst when there are problems/ideas that need to be addressed. I said but it is not 'put on a happy face and be on your feet for 8 hours every day.' Since I have been in the pharmacy part for 18 years (I never thought it would be that long), I understand that end of a patient's records. It is funny that the electronic drug databases that doctor's offices use are sometimes incomplete (such as not putting a strength for the medication) or just completely wrong (no such drug exists). Even the simple things such as the pill form can make a difference in what happens to a prescription: tablets versus capsules of the same ingredient can be two different generics, not interchangeable, thus requiring a fax to the doctor to if the patient has been on the opposite item. This may not make sense to a lot of you, but they are things that can take valuable time, delaying the ability to give a patient their medication.
So I have to get ready for work now. Hope all have a wonderful day!