I didn't know we were listing all our previous jobs, so here it is.
Starting at 5 years old (we were very poor growing up, so I was put to work early).
1. Paper route. 5 years old until I was 9.
2. Honda dealership. 9 years old and assembling motorcycles. People would never have bought them had they known, huh? But I grew up in a very mechanical family and every bolt on those bikes were assembled to spec.
3. While working at Honda, I also worked 7-11 pm on a farm shoveling shi7 and feeding the cows and bailing hay and.....
4. City Sewage Treatment Plant. 15 years old. Yeah.... it's as bad as it sounds. The stuff people flush down the toilet.... smh! Still did farm stuff at night.
5. DeFelice Bros. Pizza. 16 years old. Great pizza, but sucked to work for them and quit after 4 months.
6. Honda dealership (again). 16 years old. Got my racing license and was on their drag racing team on the weekends.Great time!
7. Marathon Gas station. 19 years old. Also was a volunteer EMT/Firefighter. Drove tanker truck for the home heating oil side as well.
8. Caught a lucky break and was my beginning in the medical field. I finished my Paramedic and during clinicals at the local ER, I caught the attention of the department director. She had a reputation of chewing out Paramedic students and I was scared stiff when her and the charge nurse called me into her office. I just kept trying to figure out what I had done wrong. To my suprise, she offered me a job as a Paramedic in the ER. I asked her several months later why me and she said she watched me hold the hand and puke bucket at the same time for a lady vomiting blood and helped clean her up. It impressed her. 20 years old.
9. In 1994, my wife got a job in Corpus Christi, Tx. So I had to find a job there. I got hired as a phlebotomist at Driscoll Children's Hospital. I had caught the eye of an anesthesiologist and medical director for the PICU and he told me he wanted me to help him form a Transport Team. He had the RN's & RT's but no Paramedics. Summer of 1995, me and 7 other EMT's came together to form the department. Started out with nothing and built it from the ground up. Didn't even have an ambulance until 1996. 23 years old.
10. Graduated nursing school in 2000 and worked PICU for a year, then I went back to the Transport Team as a Flight Nurse. 29 years old.
11. In 2005, I moved to Dallas and got hired on at Children's Medical Center on their flight team. (Helicopter we flew is my profile pic) After 6 months, I decided I had had enough of flying (76 air medical crashes that year) and took a position in Pediatric Cardiac ICU. During that time, I would come in for my shift and get IV's on kids that the IV team couldn't get. They finally recruited me and have been poking kids with needles ever since.
Oh yeah, I worked delivering milk by semi for the local dairy Occasionally. I got my chauffeur license at 16 (equivalent to today's CDL) and used my older brother's SS# because company policy was no driver under 18. I can still rattle of my brother SS# but can't tell you my wife's... Lol
Edited by docwarren, 12 February 2016 - 11:11 PM.