“Don’t Give Excuses Or Accept Excuses”

Rachel Wettekin, registered nurse, tells military spouses to


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Rachel Wettekin, registered nurse, tells military spouses to "keep at it even if you're frustrated."

Name: Rachel Wettekin

Years as a military spouse:


Tell us your job title/profession:

Registered nurse

Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?

Full time

How long have you been working in this career field?

4 years

Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?

I work in a hospital.

Tell us one thing you love about your job.

Helping others!

How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.

A resume and very diligent interviews

What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?

Keep at it even if you’re frustrated

How do you feel about failure?

A stepping stone for better things

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?

Scheduling especially on watch days

What is the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?

The best is don’t give excuses or accept excuses

Who is in your support squad and what role do they play in supporting your career?

friends and coworkers

Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?

We enlist our 12 year old and 2 year old to help but every day we do dishes and laundry and sweep the floors

Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without that isn’t your phone.

My laptop because I’m also going back to school for my master’s

Favorite app for making the most of your day?

My calendar

Must-have song on your productivity playlist?

Currently it’s anything from “The Trolls” movie soundtrack

If you had an extra hour in your day, what would you do with it?

Sleep, but I probably would end up spending it with my kids

If you were a superhero, what would be your super power?

Making time slow down

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