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I Was Interviewed for Moneyish.com

I just did an interviewed for an article titled You've Peaked at Your Job. Now What?

In my last blog post, I wrote that I felt like I didn’t want to be a Health Unit Coordinator anymore, but I didn’t know why. And I had asked myself a bunch of questions, and even then my answers still didn't give me a conclusive answer.

But now I know what the issue is.

I've peaked at my job. I'm so good and know so much, that I need a new challenge.

Read the article and share your thoughts with me.

I Don't Want To Be a Health Unit Coordinator Anymore

I've been feeling this way for some time now. There were times where I thought
that I'm working way too hard at work and that I'm the only one working.

So I had to ask and answer a few questions. Should I leave? No. Do I want to be here? Yes/No. Am I burnt out? No. Is my personal life interfering with my work life? No. Am I frustrated? Yes. Do I see the light at the end of the tunnel? Yes.

I decided to reread the booklet I wrote titled I Hate My Job, But I'm Scared to Leave, and I had to apply some of the techniques.

Appreciate that you are gainfully employed. I had to remind myself that I am
gainfully employed and have been at this company for over six years.
Update your resume. I updated my resume, and my former coworker called me
about a job opening that her new employer had.  
Change your schedule. I changed my work schedule that I had been working
for three years. Some people weren't happy and even questioned me as to who
was going to work that day. "Not me," is all I said.  
Use your proper chain of command. There is a coworker who is annoying,
and most of the other employees can't stand her, but they tolerate her. I don't
tolerate annoying people. I ignore them. And she doesn't like that, so every now
and then I have to defend myself against her lies. And that's when I do my chain
of command.  
Take some time off. I've started scheduling my vacation every 12 weeks. Extra
long stretches of being inside of a hospital isn't healthy for me.  

I love where I work, and I believe there are some great things in store even
though the company is merging with another company.

And after taking some time to myself, I realized that I want to learn more. I feel stagnant.I'm too comfortable, and that's not me. I don't want to look up 20 years
from now and have regrets. So, I decided to enroll in a class to enhance my
medical secretary skills. I'm going to take advantage of evening classes.

A coworker even told me that they could see me running an office and not just
a unit.

So, I realized that learning more doesn’t require for me to leave. All I have to do is freshen up on skills that I already have and get out there and just do it.

All Health Unit Coordinators Do Is Answer The Telephone

Within the last few months, a fellow Health Unit Coordinator, who works the night shift, has been repeating the following statement, "If they think that all that we do is answer the telephone than that's all I'm going to do. "

It was bothering her that the nurses only wanted her there to answer the telephone. If they needed something from another department, they called. They called in their own consults. They called the answering service to get a call back from the doctor. They were showing her that they didn't need her, but if there were no HUC scheduled to work, they would have a fit.   

Every time she made that comment, I would shake my head until I realized that I had heard the Manager and the Director saying the same thing!

But I bust my ass at work, and I've been told multiple times that they love when I work, and they get a little territorial and jealous when I have to float to another floor. 

Hospitals are trying to improve their budget by eliminating the HUC position but then back down from the outcry from the nurses on the unit.

Or they will try to cross-train the PCAs/CNAs to do the HUC's job because they think that all we do is "answer the telephone."

The experience that we bring to the table for these organizations are immeasurable, and it made me a little upset when I realized what the Manager and Director had said. 

I feel that my coworker should address the issue with management because I don't think that they don't want a HUC. 

I think that they don't want her. 

I Was Interviewed for Reader's Digest

I was recently interviewed for an article titled 7 Miraculous Stories About the Power of Healing Prayers by Gina Ryder for Reader's Digest. 

I speak all of the time about my diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation and how with prayer, diet, and a lifestyle change, my heart was healed. 

So click the link above and read about how God healed me. 

Community Involvement and Teenagers

In the news, we're seeing teenagers getting involved in their communities and are trying to make right things that they see as wrong. 

Joliet Wright and her friends also get involved in issues that affect them and their community. 

In Just Say No, the drug epidemic has crept unto their school campus. By working together, they catch the drug dealer and create a Public Service Announcement.

And in Divided, they investigate claims of racial discrimination, and though it almost rips them apart, they ban together to bring the issue to light. 

So, it's good to see life imitating art, and young people getting involved in the community no matter their political affiliation. 

A Night Out as a Health Unit Coordinator

This year I had the opportunity to attend my job's Dinner & Employee Awards Ceremony. We get honored for every five years of service. This was my first time going as a Health Unit Coordinator

The dress code was formal. I spent an hour and a half at the store trying on dresses before I finally settled on a wine colored lace one. 

I should have spent an hour and a half trying on shoes because the shoes that I bought hurt my feet. 

I arrived at the venue (which was at a hotel right across from the beach). The line to valet park was long, but I must admit that the hotel was ready for us. My date for the evening was a good male friend of mine. By the time he arrived, there were no valet parking spots available, and he had to park his car along the street. While he was parking his car, I was getting my picture taken by a professional photographer. 

The Ballroom was decked out and pretty much filled, so I had to find two empty seats quickly. 

As they started calling the names of those who were there, we nibbled on our salads and drank water.

Finally, my name was called, and I hobbled to the front of the ballroom and received my pin and had my picture taken. I was asked if I planned on being there for my 10th year and I answered, "Yes." 

The main meal was served as they continued to call names. 

Finally, it was time to dance and when I tell you that the dance floor was packed that is an understatement. Songs from Robin Thicke to Michael Jackson to the Cupid Shuffle to reggae, it didn't matter. I sat there watching old and young, black and white dancing the night away. It was something amazing. 

My date and I slipped out early was took a walk along the beach. 

My co-workers and I all needed that night.