Well, I am happy to say I am out of professional development. I have a new job at Noarlunga GP Plus Clinic which has good and bad parts to it.
I am no longer a ‘professional development assessor’, I am back to being a ‘patient service assistant’ (PSA), although at Noarlunga, while the name is changing to PSA, they still like to be called Customer Support Staff.
The bad parts are, it is less hours, and so less money, and there is a lot of walking in it. When I was in PD I would walk on average 4500 steps a day. In the 2 days I have been at GP+ I have done over 16000 each day.
As a result of actually doing physical work again, I ache all over. But I will get used to it, I did it before (5 years in Flinders Medical Centre as a PSA), so I can do it again.
The good parts are…I get to spend more time with Rassilon. I am literally a 5 minute drive from work, I don’t have to pay for parking and I have the afternoon free to do what I want. The working hours are 6.00am to 12.30pm, but because it is so close to home, I don’t have to get up too much earlier that I did when I was at Flinders Hospital.
But, typical of a government organisation (yes, I am a state government employee, but not on anything like the pay of the politicians), it was Friday that I was told “officially” that I was starting at GP+ on Wednesday. Monday was a holiday, and I was the only PD person in on Tuesday, so I was gone when the supervisor got back.
The boss said I would have to go back and have a proper farewell…like that is going to happen!!
This morning (Saturday) I wanted to go to Aldi and get a milk frother for my coffee, so I took Rassilon and we went for a nice ling walk around the outside of the shopping centre. It kept me active, and Rassi enjoyed his walk, although he wasn’t impressed by the automatic doors as we passed them.
Next Saturday we are going to GAP for a visit. They are having an adoption day, and I feel that I would like to go and show off Rassilon. The women at GAP haven’t seen him since his Green Collar assessment, so it will be like a homecoming for Rassi, and now he is more confident, he might enjoy hanging with other dogs and I am sure he will accept all the patting that people can dish out, and I will be like the proud father, happy to talk about my boy. And it gives prospective adopters the chance to meet an ex GAP greyhound.