Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Our CNO Rides a Harley

This weekend, I had the chance to see the Broadway series show, Wicked (thank you Larry and Suzanne). It was a great show. Without ruining it for those of you who have not seen it, the show provides a different side of the classic story of The Wizard of Oz - through the eyes of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. It shared a perspective that certainly made you understand, appreciate and actually like Elphaba, the Wicked Witch.

As I get around the hospital, I hear so many interesting stories about those we serve including our patients, families, physicians, volunteers, auxiliary and, of course, the SJMC associates.

We all shoot for a balance in our lives. It's not easy to do and some definitely execute a better balance than others. There is certainly a line we keep between our work and personal lives. That being said (a line taken from the last episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm), we still spend a lot of hours together and it is natural that we learn more about each other. It also helps us appreciate each other for our gifts, talents and interests outside work. On some occasions, we could also tap into these same contributions and integrate them into our workplace.

I have heard people say that they are not defined by their work. Would it surprise you to know that people who work at St. Joseph Medical Center have the following interests outside of work?

- Role as mom, dad, grandparent, aunt and uncle
- Photographer
- Blogger (no, not me)
- Singer
- Teacher
- Musician (yes, we have had banjo playing in the hospital-thank you, Shirley)
- Hunter (no, we do not allow hunting in the hospital)
- Chef
- Athlete: Triathletes, Cyclocross riders, bull rider, ultimate fighter, golfer, ski instructor, etc. and...
- Our Chief Nursing Officer rides a Harley.

Obviously, there is a list a mile long. It is good to learn more about each other. People may not be so "Wicked" after all (sorry, but I could not resist). I look forward to hearing about some of the outside interests from you and your co-workers.

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