When Eden Mina began her nursing career 27 years ago, she had no clue it would become a family affair at Medical City Healthcare. Today four family members have followed in her footsteps and share the noble profession of nursing: husband, Danilo; son, Keith; sister, Evangeline Quilantang; and sister-in-law, Russiele Mina.
Growing up in the Philippines, Eden remembers tagging along with her father to the hospital where he worked as a surgeon.
“I think I knew even then I’d devote myself to caring for others,” she says. “Obviously, my four siblings had the same idea since they are all nurses today too—two in the United Kingdom, one in the Philippines and two of us in Texas!”
Following One’s Heart. In 2004, after serving as a nurse for 14 years in the Philippines, Eden and her family migrated to Texas where she began working in surgery/OR at Medical City Dallas Hospital.
“Several years later, I transferred to Medical City McKinney since it is a shorter commute,” she says. “It’s been so enjoyable! I look forward to work every single day. That’s because nursing is my passion and I couldn’t ask for more.”
“I’d been working as a civil engineer in Manila since 1985, but after watching my wife, I began to realize how humbling and rewarding a nursing career could be,” Danilo says. “Following nursing school, I worked at Medical City Dallas in neurology before moving to Medical City McKinney’s progressive care unit (PCU). As much as I’d enjoyed building bridges and other structures, I have been amazed at how fulfilling it is to be a nurse and to have the opportunity to provide comfort to patients.”
The Minas’ son, Keith, also “got it” and followed the career path set forth by his parents. As a nurse in the PCU at Medical City Dallas Hospital, he too marvels at the fulfillment he receives on the job. “Like my parents, I am happy in what I do. To me, there is nothing as fulfilling as being able to help patients and relieve them of any pain and discomfort they may be experiencing,” he says.
The Joy of Helping Others. The sheer joy of helping others is also a driving force with Eden’s sister, Evangeline, and sister-in-law, Russiele, who are also nurses at Medical City McKinney. For all five of these family members, words often repeated when describing their careers include “joy” and “passion.”
“We are all so grateful to be working for this wonderful healthcare system,” Eden says. “Quite simply, we are blessed to be a happy family who share the joy and passion of helping others.”
For more information about a nursing career with Medical City McKinney, please visit www.medicalcitymckinney.com.