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January 18th, 2007

Procrastination? I would never! @ 04:53 pm

So. Like many people, I decided to make a New Year's resolution. I actually made a few, but that is a discussion for another day. But since I was starting the actual nursing program and figured things would be hectic enough with that without the added stress and anxiety brought on by my chronic procrastination, my resolution was simple enough: don't put thing off and instead do them as soon as possible.

Simple enough, right? I thought so.

And to be fair, this resolution had to be implimented about mid-way through December. There were at least 79 million things that I had to have done and prepared before our orientation which was on January 8th. That coupled with the fact that I was going to be in Ft. Lauderdale for most of my winter break, meant I had to get everything accomplished before I left.

And I succeeded in getting everything done. Or so I thought.

One of the big things that our program needed from us was a background check so that we were able to do our clinicals in the hospital. The hospital wants everyone that has anything to do with patients... err... clients sorry (I have to be P.C. and all)... must have a background check to ensure that they are not a sexual predator, drug addict, etc. Thinking that a background check would take a while it was one of the first things that I paid for and got out of the way so that I didn't have to worry about it.

So I go on with getting everything else under control so that I can go on vacation. Day before I leave I think everything is taken care of and wonderful.

First day of classes was this past Tuesday. After class my clinical supervisor pulls me aside and tells me that I am not going to be able to participate in our first clinical next week because the hospital has no received my background check yet. This struck me a little odd because I had paid for it on December 19th and here it was January 16th and I didn't know what to say. I quickly called the company to inquire.

They didn't have me in their system. By name or social security number. I pleaded with the lady that she had to help me. If I don't have my background check turned in by Monday I cannot participate in clinicals on Tuesday and I am as good as out of the program. Well she had me fax my receipt and then her supervisor called me back.

Apparently somehow all of my information had gotten deleted from the form that I submited and so all they had was an email address. The lady told me they were going to refund my money and that I would have to resubmit to have another background done on myself. I said that that would work as long as I could have it sent to the hospital by Monday. She then promised me that they would be on the lookout for it so that they could expidite the process.

I call today to check on it after the Clinical Coordinator called me into her office to fuss at me about not having this in. They woman I talked to today told me that it had begun but there was no way for them to expedite anything so it would hopefully be tomorrow when it was done and if not then it would be Monday or Tuesday. I tried to explain to her that if it was Tuesday they might as well just not bother but I am not sure that she understood through the threats of violence that I might or might not have been muttering under my breath.

So now I am faced with levels of anxiety so high that not even a large dose of Valium would help due to being forced to wait and see if my last minute background check will show up in time for me to be able to fufill the requirements of my program. And as I sit here with my blood pressure at the upper limits of human tolerence I am forced to ask myself, "If things seem to wind up being done at the last minute anyway, why do I even bother trying to get them done ahead of time? Is the universe just so used to me panicing and rushing around to complete important tasks at the last minute that it just cannot handle me trying to stay ahead of the game? And if that's the case, if I continue to try to keep up with everything, does that mean the inevitable colapse of world as we know it?"

Hopefully all of these questions are just a result of blood being sprayed through my veins with the force that firefighters wish they could achieve with thier hoses and that after this fiasco, I will manage to continue with my resolution and be a better person for it. Slim chance of that, right?
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