It’s been a little over 3 months since I worked as Dean of Nursing at Fortis College. My employer,staff, and students have been supportive, understanding, kind, and patient. But 3 months is a long time to go without a dean, so the time has come for the college to move forward without me. I thank all of them for all they have sacrificed on my behalf and I am so sorry for the inconvenience. I will miss everyone.
My plan now is to continue to heal and then when I can read again I will look for other employment. I would love to retire, but I am only 61 years old and it’s a bit early for retirement. I am hoping that not having the responsibility to return to work at a certain date will take some pressure off and speed my healing. We will see. I am living in a mystery right now regarding healing. On Tuesday I go see a neuro ophthalmologist and have high hopes for what she can do for me. We will see.
Thanks to all for your support and encouragement.

8 thoughts on “Unemployment

  1. Dearest Glenda, I am so with you in spirit and heart as I read you latest blog post. What a journey you are on. Since I am so close by, I would love to come and see you soon. I am in Chicago for a week and then around the 19th I return to Park City. Would love to come and take you out for a cup of tea etc. I am not familiar with SLC yet but I am sure that I could fine you. Stay brave and talk to you soon. Much love, Pauline

  2. Glenda

    I am so sorry to hear this. Your commitment and dedication to nursing education has always been unwavering. I know that another exciting opportunity will come your way very soon because you are incredibly awesome and have so much richness to share with the world. I know that you will continue to heal and become even stronger and more inspirational than ever. Big hug coming your way. Love you. Go Glenda!

  3. Glenda…..there is another opportunity waiting for you….this is your time to heal…to heal fully from all that you have been through…..keeping you in prayers. Many blessings to you


  4. I was so incredibly sad to hear this news, Glenda! We will all miss you so much at Fortis, but I’m hoping that you are right and this is what your body needs to heal right now. I will continue following your blog. Your positivity and endless optimism have been such a blessing in my life. I love you so much!

  5. I am happy for you that the returning to work pressure is gone; you need to rest and heal. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Listen to God; he is sending you a message. Love, jeanne

  6. Glenda, You could probably retire now on disability. It would not be the same as working but with your income history you would probably do quite well. And they can calculate for you what your retirement dollar amount would be which might be equivalent to what your full retirement would be if you waited until full age. It is based on some formula they have over your lifetime of working. It takes 6 months from the time you apply but they will get you retroactive payment to the time of the application so it would be worth considering and the sooner you apply the better. You can do it on line. Then if down the road you are getting better and want to go back to work you probably could do that also. But it might help reduce the stress in the meantime. You don’t need an attorney to do it, but you will want to have dates of the medical events available and you can go to their office in downtown SLC if you have questions. They close at 3:00 pm and noon on Wednesdays. This might be a way for you to retire and, as you are able, to be involved in the Holistic Nurse Association intermittently if you are up to it and feel it would not be stressful for you. Plus I think it may also qualify you for Medicare early which would be helpful for your medical followups. I am not sure quite how that all works, I think there may be a waiting period for that and effective dates on your birthday after the waiting period. Maybe your kids could help you do some checking on it online. but I’m pretty sure you would qualify with the medical issues that have presented you some significant challenges, especially the vision and nerve impacts and the changes they have had on your lifestyle and ability to work. Your safety and health and healing has to come first and part of your success with that will be finding a way to reduce stress and worry and having as much time as your body needs to heal. Don’t put off applying if you want to do this because the retroactive income you get goes back to the date of application. The office is the same one where you apply for Social Security Retirement, new Social Security cards, and a host of other things. So it is one of those situations where you log in when you get there then you are given a number and wait your turn which can take a while since that office handles multiple different things. Then they post and call your number and you go to a window and a worker answers your questions. It is best to do some research on-line first so you know what your questions are. Call me if you want help to find a correct on-line link and address.

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