It’s taken me a long time to get where I am now. I have been in healthcare for over 25 years; I started as an licensed practical nurse (LPN). I became an LPN for the wrong reasons, it wasn’t my real calling but I stuck by it for 18 months. I worked with orthopedic and paraplegic patients.
As time went by, I realized it wasn’t for me; I wanted to do more for my patient besides charting, drawing blood, giving medications, and bathing them.
I resigned from my nursing post and moved on. I already had a degree in marketing and public relations and so I decided to combine my medical, marketing and public relations background to a new and exciting career. I moved back to that states from Puerto Rico, after being born and raised in New York. I decided to move to Florida, it was the mainland although I kept close to Puerto Rico just in case I had to travel back. I worked in hospitality for years while trying to get back into the medical field; by this time I did not renew my nursing license but my dream of being in medicine never faltered.
I started looking for another opportunity and found a position in Air Ambulance. I coordinated air evac flights, then grew into an International marketing director position. I got to travel the world bringing specialty care patients to South Florida.
Time went by and I got the chance to work in hospitals and opened a new International patient service center. I was known in South Florida as the International man.
Looking for greener pastures I moved to another hospital chain doing the same on a broader scale. The hospital was bought by a bigger hospital chain; I stayed for a few years and moved back to my original hospital and re-established the International center again.
The story of my life, my hospital was bought by an education teaching organization. I stayed for 12 years until I was laid off. I have been out of “the place”, just shy a year in a few months without a real job, which is okay. I went through many changes, one being depression, being bitter, being lonely, among other things. My health is optimal now; it wasn’t before due to all the STRESS, TENSIONS and uncertainties.
Now I am free as a bird to do what I want; I am working as a consultant with several companies.
I get to wake up at a decent hour and work long hours without the stress and bullshit one puts up within a corporate setting. I will never go back to corporate America.
I like being my own man, employee or whatever you want to call it.
I love that I have a choice, I get to decide what I want to do, who to work with and how much I want to make. It’s taken me this long to be where I want to be, to see that I am an asset, and that my experience counts.
I like that I am a man of the world, not a number, or a degree or an income bracket or an age group or part of a minority.
I have a mind of my own, I have a voice, and I have the experience to back up everything I speak about, market or sell.