Who is Mama Martha?
Mama Martha is my Mom...my work Mom. I was first introduced to her by MarinaT (the current 4000 manager at the time) as a naive-no experience-eager to learn-scared to make a mistake-newbie nurse.
Little did I know that she would have a HUGE impact on me not just a nurse but also as an adult woman.
She has taught me many things in nursing like how to introduce myself to my patients'-to shake their hands (as long as they are not on contact isolation) - to how to handle disgruntled Mds (for what ever reason). She is one of the big reasons I've survived 4000 for the past 13 years and encouraged me through example to get through the shifts.
When she told me that she has decided to retire I was sad because I always looked forward to seeing her at work. She is a simple person with a HUGE heart. As one of her many daughters I knew I had to let her know how much she means to us in our 4000 family. A surprise party it had to be - because she would not let me do it if she knew...that's her style. With my work sister Millie's tons of help and ideas - we planned out Mama Martha's Retirement. With Teamwork from all of our 4000 family - the party planning went on...inspite of some unexpected health issues on my part. The support I received from everyone made it so worth it....and this Photo Book is a perfect example of what teamwork and family truly means...we all work hard and we all party hard...what an awesome 4000 Reunion it turned out to be.
THANK YOU TO THE ANGELS for your support financially, physically,emotionally...it wouldn't have been as successful as it turned out to be.