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I want to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Bullitt County for allowing me to serve you for the past 20 years. I was the perinatal visiting nurse for that period of time as well as the TAPP nurse for the past 6 years. The function of these programs was to reduce infant mortality and to assist the mothers by offering perinatal education and infant care instruction. On April 14, I was told my program which I had successfully administered for 20 years, have been eliminated. Since no valid reason was given and considering the current toxic environment of the health department, I chose to retire.
The machinations present at the health department would make good fodder for a suspense thriller. Suspicion, uncertainty and fear are pervasive. The only problem is that we are talking about real people in real life setting who struggle each day to do their jobs to serve the people of this community in an environment fraught with tension. I know it affects morale as well as the effectiveness of their performance because it certainly affected mine. I was not ready to retire, but felt compelled to do so.
I made many friends during my time in Bullitt County, both patients as well as co-workers. I will miss them. It is my hope that the Bullitt County Health Department will once again become an agency whose priority is to serve the people of that county.
Mary Orders, RN