Over the past 4 months, I've been acclimating to a new PTA job -- as I've described at length in some of my previous blogs. The work itself is similar to my previous PTA position in a skilled nursing setting but the environment is completely different. Initially, the slower-paced, smaller rehab department of a long-term care center was a huge adjustment from my previous facility's large rehab-staffed SNF. Most days, my former facility felt like a frantic stressed-out, corporate-run pressure cooker, which was a difficult environment to thrive in as a therapist -- not to mention give quality treatments to patients.
However, that previous job was a stable one, where I had accrued benefits and paid vacation over the years. The decision to leave and move on to another, smaller, independent facility was a difficult one -- especially leaving fantastic colleagues who I've worked and collaborated with for almost 3 years. Unfortunately, my job choice "gamble" has not worked out as I hoped. Although my new facility has a long history of good service, as (un)luck and incredibly horrible timing would have it, a closure at this location is imminent.
As I begrudgingly throw my hat into the next job search, I question if my decision to leave my initial stressful SNF was the right one. Maybe or maybe not, but change and adapting to that change is only making me a more savvy PTA. During the next interview process, I'll have questions for the rehab management that I've never thought to ask before. Including but not limited to: How will this rehabilitation department be growing and improving over the next year?
Have you accepted a "promising" job opportunity only to have it fail miserably? Are you inclined to work in a stable job and not take a risk? I would love to hear reader opinions and experiences.