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Just 5 Years Old Today! January 3, 2010

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Today marks my 5th year of serving the people of McAllen, TX at MMC. Wow, time sure flies when you’re having fun.

It’s been 5 years since the first day of orientation at MMC. I remember the first time I entered into that orientation classroom. I thought “this is going to be great”, at first. The people here seem to be friendly enough, and they seem to have great attitudes. Well, I was wrong once my classroom orientation days were over and I had to step onto the Telemetry floor for the first day of clinical orientation. Boy was that an eye opener. People had cr*ppy attitudes and the SERVICE EXCELLENCE scam was just it… a scam. I’ve never seen anything like this before. They told us that MMC was the Ritz-Carlton of healthcare… not so… one patient even said “the service is better at Motel 6”. SERVICE EXCELLENCE? What SERVICE EXCELLENCE? Is there such a thing? Well, that was 5 years ago. It’s different now because I’m here!

In the last 5 years, I would say that this place, McAllen and MMC, is a lot better because I’M HERE! Pharmacy services is better because I’M HERE! Patients appreciate the nursing care they receive because I’M HERE! My co-workers have better attitudes because I’M HERE! Well, it also helped when those that had cr*ppy attitudes left, all because, you’ve guessed it, I’M HERE! Heck, even OPUS, the Rolls Royce of EMR (they said) is better because, (everyone together now), I’M HERE!… I’M HERE, I’M HERE, I’M HERE, and that’s why, in the last 5 years, this place is better because I’M HERE!

Now, before you start saying, “Humbug!”, let me ask you this… Is the place you’ve worked for the last 5, 10 or 15 years better becuase YOU’RE THERE?, or did it take a turn for the worse because YOU’RE THERE? Did your co-workers find the workplace better because YOU’RE THERE? Or do they dread coming to work because YOU’RE THERE? Do your patients prefer your hospital because YOU’RE THERE? Or would they rather jump off a bridge because YOU’RE THERE? If you can answer yes to the first set of questions then I guess you need to take a look at yourself and do some deep down soul searching. As for me, I know the place I’m at is better because I’M HERE!

Egos aside, I’m sure if you’re like me, you’re proud to be where you are. Nevertheless, nothing lasts forever, and nothing is more permanent in this world than change. So I guess after 5 years of serving the people of McAllen at MMC, it’s time to move on. Unfortunately, job searching is not as easy as it sounds. With the projected 800,000 nursing jobs available, I’m surprised to find that even jobs in the Rio Grande Valley for nurses are in short supply. I don’t know if hospitals don’t hire people because they don’t know them, or that they are not really desperate for nurses at this time. All I know is, I’ve applied at several area hospitals and I would still have to hear from them. As far as I know, I guess this is God’s ways of telling me, “Your work at MMC is not done yet, I’ve got greater plans for you”. Or, His way of saying, “I’m not done working on you at MMC yet, so stay put until you learn your lesson”. Either way, I’m thankful I have my job at MMC. What lesson He is trying to teach me, I still have to figure out. One thing’s for sure, He is teaching me patience… and that my friend is the hardest lesson of all in my opinion. 🙂


Happy New Year! January 3, 2010

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Happy New Year!

Yes, this is two days late. It’s been a while since I’ve picked up the proverbial pen and made an entry on this so called blog. Some people would say, “better late than never”, however, I would say that we’ve only just begun. 2009 is behind us, 2010 is here, and although we’ve had more downs than ups since Nov 5 of ’08, I’m optimistic that 2010 will be a great year… not because the stimulus package has worked, or that we are living in Obamanation, but because for the second time, America, the sleeping giant has awaken from its slumber. Hopefully it will stay awake long enough to get back on track… then we can sleep again until some Chicago politician decides he is the annointed one and stir some cr*p. Yup, pocket change we can believe in.

Kidding aside, we did something diffferent this year. My Sweetie decided that we would be out this year instead of staying home and waiting for the clock to strike 12. Yup, we missed the ball drop in Times Square, however, we did catch the fireworks display at South Padre Island, TX. It was cold, a chilling 54 degrees F in deep south Texas, at the shore of the Gulf of Mexico with a cold breeze coming from the north. Thankfully we were prepared with our thick jackets in layers, scraves, beanies, lawn chairs, cameras, and snacks.

As we counted down to zero, it began, fireworks galore. We were fortunate to have “front row seats” (being there 2 hours early is an advantage). You can feel it in your chest as the rockets shoot up and explode in a dazzling array of lights in splendid colors. My 6 year old who was asleep earlier is now wide awake. You can hear the crowd’s silence amid the bang and crackle from the fireworks dispay. The ahs, oohs, and wows as each rocket shot up and exploded in balls of light attest to the crowd’s delight. Then, it was over. After 15 minutes of welcoming 2010 with a bang, it was time to pack up and go home. Overall, it was awesome.

As we face the new year and reflect on the one that just passed, I hope we take time to thank God for the blessings He has given us like family, friends, a job, a home, our car, food, clothing, and shelter. And although we probably want more than we have (who doesn’t), being grateful for what we do have is better than complaining.

On this note, I just want to take this time to thank God for the blessings and wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year. May God bless you and your family this 2010. And if you’re an atheist, tough luck, sucks to be you! 🙂