Five years ago, when I was halfway through my undergraduate education in dietetics, I never would have guessed that I’d be working in long-term care.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like the idea. I just intended to go a different direction. Should I not end up married before the time came to get a first professional job, I’d try to find something in community nutrition, education in the community.
And that is what I tried for–but jobs in the community are few and far between (and not always that greatly funded.)
So instead of a community position, I found myself in Columbus, Nebraska as a long-term care dietitian. And I love it.
Today I’m thankful…
…for a good first day at the two facilities I’m now consulting for (even if the previous dietitian couldn’t be there to orient me to the facilities)
…for a just the right length to-do list. Now that I’m caught up from my conference and am full-time, I have enough work to keep me busy but not so much that I’m scrambling to keep afloat.
…for affirmation from a coworker who thinks I’m doing a good job (Thanks, Jen!)
…for a visit from my consultant RD who was able to catch something I was doing inadequately so I could correct it (before it became an issue)
…for conversations with coworkers before weights meetings
…for dark chocolate from my Secret Santa in our post-Christmas exchange
Above all, I’m thankful that God, in His infinite wisdom, has chosen to place me as the in-house dietitian in one long term care facility and as consultant dietitian to two others. It isn’t what I would have chosen for myself, but apparently God’s better at choosing than I am!