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TOP 8 THINGS I HATE ABOUT BEING A NURSE


Wondering why I chose eight? Each entry represents the standard eight hours nurses like me spend in one shift. Standard, eh? I frankly used the number because I need one; otherwise if I add up all the extended hours, this list could go on forever.

So I hate being a nurse because…

EIGHT – Nurses wear all white and we have to wear our hair up in a bun. You know how inconvenient plus hard to maintain that is? Okay, I came to duty on a heavy rain and mud starts making its way up my white uniform and there it is, a stain to last my entire shift. Also, putting my hair up prevents my it from being gorgeous! Really. That means no straightening, rebonding nor perming because I have to pull my hair back every single day. Oh God, I always envy those girls in high fashion corporate wears and all-set hairstyles. Maybe nurses should be allowed to look the same. Umm, just maybe.

SEVEN – We don’t get a professional fee (PF). We also have a license, and that makes us professionals too. But we don’t have a professional fee and we live on meager salary regardless of how many patients we’ve handled or cases we’ve assisted.

SIX – We do not have a holiday. Everyone in the industry can relate to this, I wouldn’t dare watch out for holidays because I just feel hopeless. The entire country rests lazily on their couches while I pin high my dear cap.

FIVE – We can’t leave unfinished work. I mean office girls do that, do they? They can leave unfinished works and get to it the next morning. But nurses have to stay for as long as needed because we just can’t leave things undone. Life is at stake and life can’t wait.

FOUR – We are the complaints center, if there is such a thing. When patients have a complaint on just about anything, they complain to the nurse. Not to the housekeeping staff, guard, doctor, or anyone else. Directly to the nurse; blame that for being too available.

THREE – Refer this and that. Even if I know what drug to give, and I have it right here in my very hands; I can’t give it, I always need to refer and ask for a prescription. I say nurses carry immense responsibility but very little authority, now how more frustrating can that get?

TWO – We are not treated as professionals. Leaking faucet? Faulty telly? We are always asked to do things we are not supposed to do. I mean, we’ve studied four dreaded years and earn ourselves a license for what? Fixing your telly signal? Hell no. Nurses are professionals like engineers, accountants, lawyers, and your beloved doctors whom you do not dare raise one eyebrow while you mindlessly shout at your nurse like your entire hospital bill goes straight to her salary.

ONE – Nursing is more than a sacrifice, it’s suicide. From nursing school to nurse’s station, enough sleep, enough food, nor enough rest is next to impossible. Here’s one idea that I’ve thought of just now: nurses religiously monitor patients’ urine output but at the end of the shift we realize we haven’t once gone to the bathroom: and that makes ours zero. So,if there’s one profession that wholly uses up one’s existence: be it mentally, physically, and emotionally, you got it: it’s Nursing.

Gosh, making a hate list is tiring; but then of course, I also have a list of the things I love in this field…

8. There are always doctors and nurses who look handsome in white and you get to trifle with them; and suddenly, the world is a better place ?
7. I love it when I get in regular clothes and everyone stares in shock; as if I’ve got no right to wear nothing but white.
6. More seriously, as a nurse, I get to see life in all its forms: from womb to tomb.
5. I get to work with all the goodness of my heart, no PF needed. I’m quite about sure you wouldn’t find nurses in hell.
4. I love being able to discharge patients in their improved condition. Nothing beats seeing them go home thanking you for their recovery. I guess that just transpires the very essence of this job.
3. My heart leaps when patients and/or relatives appreciate the work I have done; when they actually call me by name and boast that I am their nurse.
2. No other profession is as heroic as ours: giving up our own lives in order to save others.
1. Last of all, nurses may not be angels, but we’re the next best thing.

Oh you get it, I’m proud of this job: I just never admit it because it’s just too much fun to complain.

Kudos nurses!

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  • nina

    not all professional nurses wears white,only in the philippines perhaps……..and yes you are treated professionally but sad to say not in the philippines. You have your professional responsibility to follow if its beyond your professional responsibility then discretion is suggested or otherwise. And yes majority of countries have good compensation for nurses such as holidays and annual leaves. And of course annual leaves :-)

    • kat

      AGREE! Nurses are respected here in the U.S. and their uniform isn’t white. =)

      • Noor

        We get to wear cute scrubs in any color here in the US and it’s a respectable job. Nursing assistant, on the other hand, are the ones who face the brunt of it here.

        • Monica

          i hope it will that case here in the Philippines…

        • cyian

          Yeah, I agree. My aunt who is a nurse working in the U.S. told me that working there isn’t that hard unlike here in the Philippines where you get to do EVERYTHING. And she told me that they don’t wear their hair in a bun & you can have it permed, straightened or fashionably styled if you want to. and they don’t wear white all the time. They have cute scrub uniforms. I really want to work there rather than here in the PH.

          • anita

            Cyian,nursing has moved on a lot since wearing a white uniform and a cap,where I work its an infection control hazard we dont need to wear white uniform and a cap to be good at our job nursing is a lot professional and diverse now.Gone are the days that we had the time to sit at patients bedside and give them cups of tea or coffee. CAP used to hurt my scalp anyway :D and im glad we dont have to wear white uniform either..

        • kat

          I am taking CNA and I like it. =) You’re right, Noor. It is not easy being a nurse assistant, however, once you see the smile in the patient’s faces, that’s all worth it. =) Gonna pursue PT in the future, though. =D

    • Caca

      I prefer wearing scrubs rather than the white uniform. Dumihin kasi. Nakakalungkot nga kasi kung sino pa ibang lahi, yun pa nakakakita ng mga potentials natin nurses. Dito kasi, hindi nabibigyan ng importansya ang mga nurse. Example, mas maraming nurse sa mga call center industry. Bakit? Kasi dun may sweldo. Eh sa hospitals, swerte na lang kung makahanap ka ng hospital which will give you the training and at the same time, may allowance ka.

    • http://janeblazeproject.webs.com/ janeblaze

      TOTALLY AGREE :)! I have no idea why they don’t let the nurses there wear scrubs . Always the plain white thingy . So Lame! I’ll have a bad hair day if i have to wear my hair in a bun all the time …

  • kristinRN

    I super agree with you

    • http://www.airinaapril.blogspot.com peng

      thanks kristinRN! its good to hear from fellow nurses :D

    • grettie

      I really agree with these 8 things because i can relate with them. Do you happen to be a staff here in St. Luke’s? Great blog by the
      way!

      • http://airinaapril.blogspot.com peng

        thank you grettie! No, I’m from Manila Doctors Hospital :D

        • JmCee

          nice article! I like how you twisted it towards the end (or was the twist at the start when I thought you really hated nursing? hehe…) well, anyways like I said you did a good job with this one. I so can relate. :) I too complain a lot about my being a nurse but at the end of the day, I still love it too much to really hate it. Kudos to you and God bless! :)

      • chix

        i used to be a nurse in st luke’s. most of the patients i nursed there were diva-ish even the maids of the patients. we are not allowed to say NO nor say “i don’t know”. we have to make things available for the patient or make miracles instead. on the good side, the feeling of seeing ur pt improved can’t be repaid. it felt great when they appreciate ur effort and when u call it a day because u know in ur heart u’ve done great things for ur pt to make their hospital stay less “painful”.

    • rjames

      i’m starting to fall out of love with nursing..

      • anita

        If you are starting to fall out of love with nursing you better start looking for another job,you never know you might find a job that you will enjoy and love and earn better…good luck!

      • cyian

        Same here. I’m now working as a customer service representative at a call center instead. Less work & more salary rather than being a Nurse. You work twice as much but get meager salary. :-(

        • anita

          Happy for you cyian,stick with it:D

    • Alicia Kaeding

      We all know that people are the same way whereever we go there is good and bad. That is all there is to it. Try mingling with all kinds of nationality and you will see the difference especially the white people that you always seem to backstabbed by using your own native language, I know it for sure because I am also a nurse by profession and I used to work in all aspects of Nursing. Acute care,Geriatric Nursing you name it and it seems like all of you Filipino nurses all flocked together. BIRDS WITH THE SAME FEATHER ALL FLOCKED TOGETHER… We all need to change and excuse me because you guys seem to have a bad attitude about nursing nowadays. No more lies because election is coming and we want a better future. Be aware that we, me as a Filipino also knows what is going on with nursing profession now. Stop talking Ilocanos right in front of the patient and stop backstabbing the co-workers especially the white people. Why don’t you all try mingling with white people for once and you will see the difference. Don’t say that americans stink because you came here with a dollar sign in your eyes and you came here to work AS A NURSE SO BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING. A lot of you are not even legal here in the united states of America. STINKINESS is out it is like eating your bagoong and dead dried fish which is the stinkiest things of all. This stinkiness is right in your house and you are making America polluted by cooking all those stinky rotten food that you are cooking and taking it home yourself. Take time to think and take time to make friends with people from all folks of life especially the white people. Are you all ashamed to talk with white people? Do you have an INFERIORITY COMPLEX? cAN YOU CARRY A LONG CONVERSATION WITH WHITE AMERICANS? Do you Vote on ELECTION DAY? IF NOT GO FOR IT AND YOU WILL SEE THE DIFFERENCES. Are you having difficulties with charting the right word to say that is why you are charting in tagalog sometimes. Where are you at right now? Do not treat patients by using your own culture and comparing them with your own culture. It is way too far beyond imagination. Your culture is shocking. And by the way I am shocked with all of YOU because most of us are ILLEGALS here in America.

      • grettie

        Ma’am,
        I’m glad that you, a Filipino (nurse), have gone a long way towards success in US. You are absolutely right about not “backstabbing” American co-workers with our native language and comparing our culture with theirs. It is very unprofessional and unethical. No matter where we go, we must always respect one culture to another.
        What I am sad about is the furious racism in your comment about Filipinos and the stinky rotten bagoong and dried fish. You are a Filipino too and I guess It’s not right to tell bad things about your native land and your countrymen. You may not be an Ilocano (I’m not an Ilocano but I know how to speak the dialect)but have some respect on their culture, as symbolized by bagoong and dried fish. After all, your comment was all about giving RESPECT, remember? Please check your self ma’am. Leave the poor bagoong and dried fish alone!

        Kudos to all Filipinos working abroad, legal man o illegal ang pagpasok niyo, dahil pagmamahal sa pamilya at pangarap para sa magandang kinabukasan nito ang pangunahing dahilan ng inyong pagsasakrisyo!
        Isaalang-alang po natin na kahit saan man tayo magpunta, respeto at mabuting pakikisama sa ibang lahi ang dapat mamayani.
        Huwag po tayong humalintulad sa isang talangka, na pilit hinahatak pababa ang kapwa (Filipino) para umangat ang estado sa buhay!
        Salamat po!

        • Alicia Kaeding

          Grettie;

          Do you realized how damaging it is to the community I was talking about the stinkiness of the dead dried fish and the dead little shrimp loaded with salt and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). Stop all that small little shits because it is a pollutant here in the United States. Where does all the little crabs went? You eat them all poor little creature dipped in vinegar with hot chili. Poor thing did not survive in this world because you kill them slowly while they are jumping out from the frying pan and you yell”Putragis na Talangka ito” still alive and kicking. Just like how Filipinos manslaughter a dog as you hear the dog screaming AAAIIIKKK! And skinned the dog little by little and put the skin soaked with vinegar and eat it raw. Where all the dogs go? ASUSENA. Just like the little crabs yelling for HELP and you just ignore the baby CRABS. There they all are trying to survive and be alive. What more if it is a patient? Would you be willing to help the ones that want to survive? Would you be willing to give attention to all Americans that needs help and that needs a change of diaper and not saying huh that patient stink and I do not want to touch him or her. I was once confined in a hospital in California where 90% of nurses are Filipinos and I observed these nurses the whole shift not a single one bother to asked me how am I feeling and nobody even bother to say we need to render Activities of Daily Living (ADL) you know what it means YES did you bother asking the person if he or she wants to take a shower or brush her or his teeth and even offering them a wash clothed to freshen up and we are getting ready to have breakfast. If you did “GOOD FOR YOU”. I am so ashamed when one patient is sitting there patiently asking for some pain medicine and after two to three hours he has not gotten his medication still and that Filipino nurse still sitting on the chair pretending she is charting. And oh! ” what a hectic day”. I am just asking for a cup so I could drink on the fountain because look how grimy your fountain is which is grossed really grossed which is run by ASIAN people their pictures on the wall. Yeah right their heroism on the wall but look at the inside, who knows.
          One of the doctor there was a Mercy Killer that kills how many patients that day, I am counting ten wherein he puts poison in every food that the patient eat and the same day die the same day that I was discharged at the same hospital I will mention the name it is GSH its up to you to guess. I was there for two weeks because of my depression and I carefully examined and observed what these Filipino nurses is trying to do. I was shocked to find out how brutal Filipinos are and they managed to eat and laughed after all these. While one of the patient there who is a caucasian is struggling to survived and I even asked him “How are you feeling, Robert?. He is trembling and on the floor and started to turn blue. He hit the glass door and become so confused and violent, and you know why? It is the efffect of the poison that they put on the food that they have eaten. I did eat a little of my food, tho’ my mind is saying do not eat the food today it has a poison. It is my own intuition that saves me from DYING. WHAT IS GOING ON WITH ALL THIS FILIPINO NURSES WHICH I CALL KILLER NURSES.

          • Alicia Kaeding

            TO ALL…PEOPLE THAT ARE INVOLVED IN MERCY KILLINGS…

            I WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU ALL THAT I AM A SURVIVOR OF THE MERCY KILLING THAT WAS DONE BY KEVORKIAN AND IT DAMAGED MY FAMILY ALSO. ME AND MY FAMILY ARE SURVIVORS OF THE MERCY KILLING UNDER PRIVATE ACT. AGAIN BY KEVORKIAN.

            ALICIA

          • anita

            What you mentioned about the attitude of fil nurses is true,these are the nurses who are in nursing profession/vocation/career because they want to work abroad but we have a lot of deserving nurses too..

          • Bamboo

            Do you realize that you need to review your English? And see a psychiatrist one of these days. I believe you have ADHD.

          • http://www.facebook.com/nildjian neil

            Ms.Alicia I respect your opinion. but I can see that you are not a nurse and the way you refer to filipino nurses are of profane and unprofessional in nature like a youtube comment. I see you are a hater now. and I cant blame you. Nurses are bound to their ethics and not all nurses are what you think they are. you may just have perceived the wrong way or maybe you were just delusional, projected and displaced your problems. during your confinement in california(im sure its not kyzer). as you have said you suffered from a form of depression or mental problem. and mercy killing is not given through food it is usually through IV. as a psych nurse in Houston. filipino nurses are well respected here among all foreign educated nurses. they have high regards and trust.

          • iteagra

            you sound likr you are really a lunatic..and schizophrenic. in my hospital.the fili[ino nurses are the most hardworking group,very caring and smart nurses..you are definitely crazy!!

        • Alicia Kaeding

          TALANGKA?….Mas mabuti pa ang talangkang binanggit mo hinahatak pababa ang gustong mamatay pero ang talangkang tulad ng iba hinahatak pataas ang taong gustong mabuhay!!!

          • Aleksey

            and hey ms. alicia i don’t know if you study history very well i don’t know what school you came from that you talk shit like that, im not rizalian fan or whatsoever nor im not “makabayan” yes JOSE RIZAL was shot by the low rank filipino soldiers but they shot him not because its their own will but as ordered by the high rank spaniards because if they didn’t shot rizal they will be shot instead. what would you do if a powerful race was ruling your country at that time? do you have a choice to fight if they are under command? the filipino soldiers have no choice at that time so you cannot blame them. blame the spaniards cruelty to Filipinos during that time. at least when the filipino soldiers shot rizal its against their will not unlike you its your will to shot your own race with your harsh comments!

      • anita

        I dont know if you are being serious or being funny!but, I do agree with most of what you say.We do tend to congregate i saw this a lot when I used to work in the Middle East and we do tend to revert to our own language when we’re together and I suppose this can seem like bad manners but having work with different nationalities most do when they are together.I have actually been working in the UK for a number of years now when I arrived I was the first fil nurse to be recruited to work in ER,and where I am at present Im the only fil nurse working in a busy ER dept I do have fil friends outwith work and yes, I have to admit that when we are together we do tend to speak tagalog even if there maybe western people present but hey I guess this goes for most nationality,its always nice to speak in your own language.but “hey” love the comment very true ;-0

        • Alicia Kaeding

          gee…thanks for siding me.

          ark

          • russel

            napaka-harsh naman ng first statement mo ms.alicia..

            kung buhay pa si Jose Rizal, baka tinapunan ka na nun ng bagoong, dried fish, and worst MALANSANG isda.. di ka kasi marunong lumingon sa sarili mong bansa at wika in general..

            should i say “shame on you”?? XD

          • Alicia Kaeding

            KUNG AKO NAMAN SI JOSE RIZAL BINARIL NA AKO DAHIL SI JOSE PINAGBABARIL NATIN SA LUNETA DI BA. ISA SIYANG HERO PERO ANONG GINAWA NATIN PINAGBABARIL NATIN SIYA NG WALANG KALABAN LABAN WALA NA SIYANG PANAHON MAGTAPON PA NG TUYO, DAING AT MALANSANG ISDA NA KATULAD NATING MGA PILIPINO. MAS SHAME ON YOU SA IYO….

      • rose

        ilocano ako at ikaw na ang pinakawalang mudong nurse sa buong mundo!!!at sana mawalan ka ng trabaho!! walang hiya ka!! i wonder why u became a nurse!!

      • Aleksey

        ms. alicia. excuse me but your words are so harsh and it is not right. all of us are professional here but it seems like that you are not a professional. look how you speak. maybe you encountered a lot of filipino nurses who are like that in your workplace and i agree with you in some way. You are right about not backstabbing co-workers with different nationality with our native language and comparing our culture with theirs. No matter where we go, we must always respect one culture to another and i agree in some way that there are some filipino nurses who talks how the other nationalities stink so much and talk in our native language in front of the patient/co-workers and don’t give care to patients and sometimes your own race will pull you down because i also experienced that, my life here as a nurse working with different nationalities and even with my own race was hard. i am a nurse and my friends too and most nationalities we’ve worked with stink more than the americans and their attitude and culture is so much different unlike the open countries but for us it doesn’t matter what’s matters most is the care we give to them and we always think that every sacrifice gives much more good outcomes not only for us but for the patients as well its not important if patients appreciate it or not what’s matters most is deep in our heart we’ve helped them and we’ve given them care. the people here and other nationalities love filipino nurses because they are more caring and they do good in job rather than other nationalities like the egyptians, indians, turkish and syrian nurses. my aunts too are nurses in america and they sympathize with me regarding your comment, not all filipino nurses in america are like that and not all filipino nurses around the world are like that. every nurse came from a different family and they grew up in a different way of life. not all eat the same food that you mention and not all do that kind of stuffs and not all have the same attitude, of course some are bad and some are not. please be open minded and with regards to speaking english, yes not all nurses are fluent and can have a long conversation with americans but there are some who came from a good family and good school who can speak english fluently and can acquire the english accent of the americans. with regards to the food i don’t ate all the things you said but hey what’s the problem with that even if they pollute america or the food stinks? that’s what they want to eat so why do u care? its not a big problem. respect the food they eat. why? do all people there in america eat american food? im sure there are poor people in america and other nationalities who don’t eat american food and ate other kinds of food which are more weird or much stinkier. stop minding small things which are non sense. stop relating food or animal with people/patients because its way too different. if some nurses don’t care with animals it doesn’t mean that they don’t care with patients too and cannot give care with patients too. C’mon! You are so pathetic! mingle with white people or other nationalities? yes you are right with that but you yourself by mingling to other nationalities you become to hate your own kind, let’s just say that you hate yourself too because YOU ARE ALSO A FILIPINO! stop generalizing and stop thinking that all filipino nurses are like that, because every filipino nurses are different. stop hating your own kind because let’s face it no matter where you go and even if you change your name, change your skin color, your hair color and even if you are an american citizen, in short you change everything, YOU ARE STILL A FILIPINO!!! YOUR WORDS ARE SO SHAMEFUL AND YOU ARE SO SHAMEFUL. YOUR WORDS ARE SO DOWNGRADING! YOU ARE BEING A RACIST! AS IF YOU ARE NOT FILIPINO and THE WAY YOU SPEAK YOU ARE NOT A PROFESSIONAL NURSE! YOU ARE NOT ONLY DOWNGRADING THE FILIPINO NURSES BUT ALL FILIPINOS IN GENERAL.

        • Mr. Bravo

          I totally agree. As i was reading Alicia’s comments, i was just laughing myself. Her grammar, points, claims, and everything she said were signs of ”pagmamarunong” alone.. Mali mali. Nakakatawa talaga. This made my day to laugh

          Kudos For you Aleksey

          • Alicia Kaeding

            Kudos for you too MR. BRAVO,
            What is funny about it? Reality really really hurts not to be laugh about. Isn’t it harsh enough that we FILIPINO are the stinky person in the whole world according to THE SURVEY OF THE WORLD GEOGRAPHICAL ARTS. DIDN’T YOU READ IT? if not read it on the newspaper tomorrow that I am the smartest and the most intelligent person in the world… take note of my name. WHO AM I?

            KUDOS AGAIN TO ALL WHO LAUGH AT THIS.

          • Alicia Kaeding

            WHAT IS FUNNY ABOUT IT? MR. BRAVO? wHAT IS WRONG WITH THE GRAMMAR? Did I offend you because I am too smart in my Grammar? This is the real me and take note of my name… AM I FAMILIAR TO YOU? Where did you read my name? I think you are really down go to the E. R. and hurry there is a cure for that. it is me ALICIA

        • Alicia R. Kaeding

          YOU HATE ME BECAUSE I AM TELLIONG THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. THAT IS TRUE EVEN IF YOU DYE YOUR HAIR BLONDE YOU ARE STILL A BRUNETTE I MEAN ASIAN. I AM DOWNGRADING YOU OR DOWNGRADING MYSELF? BOTH RIGHT? WE FILIPINO NURSES ARE LAZY. GIVE PERICARE TO THE AMERICAN PATIENTS. IT IS MANDATORY.

          ARK

          • nothingpersonal

            you got me at pericare! ahaha and it proves that you are just an attention seeker btch LOL sorry for the harsh words i’m just telling the truth, anyway kudos to your pathetic life! may you find true happiness!

            xoxo,
            nothingpersonal

          • alicia

            do not make fun of this sister, it is mandatory here in the United States of America the perineal care is again MANDATORY. DONT YOU DO PERICARE ON YOURSELF?

      • Mr. Bravo

        you are not impressive. you are funny. Look at yourself. You’re like a roller coaster. I advise you to study psychiatric Nursing for you to find out the the kind behavior-personality you have as shown in all your comments.. It’s not too late, there’s still a cure for that, so hurry..

        • Mr. Bravo

          That message is for ALicia..

          • Alicia Kaeding

            YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. SHAME ON THE STINKY DEAD FISH THAT IS NOT APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND ADMINISTRATION, WE ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT IS SO PERSISTENT ABOUT RAISING SARDINES AND KILL THEM THAT TURNED OUT TO BE DEAD. That is why it is called stinky dead fish or stinky dead and dried fish, pinatay na, pinatuyo pa at dini hydrate pa that is DOUBLE MURDER.

          • anita

            Im finding this chain of opinion becoming nasty and personal.Everyone is entitled to their opinion “bato bato sa langit tamaan huwag magagalit”I hope my fellow nurses abroad know what this mean.I love tuyo/daing and bagoong I was brought up with it and im sure we all agree that they “stink”so everytime i cook tuyo windows are open and airfreshner is working what im trying to say is this part of culture/cuisine!Back to Nursing,kahit saan tayo magpunta kahit anong kultura there is good and bad,I worked with diff nationalities kaya ko nasabi ito however i have noticed that majority of filipino nurses i worked in the past are good of talking behind the back of foreign nurses but would appear to be very nice in front of them and very few fil nurses are assertive enough to stand for themselves.(by the way Im the only fil nurse in a big er)I would like to say to my fellow fil nurses to be more assertive and be professional in standing for their rights I would like to give my thumbs up to those who are assertive.I think A Kaiding is a bit harsh in giving her opinion but its true.

          • Kenneth

            To Anita,
            Isa ka sa sinasabi ni Mirriam S. “Ketsup ka”!!!

      • piggyRN

        Ms. Alicia,

        You were talking about RESPECT and yet you don’t know how to respect others..where is your loyalty for Filipino people…maybe you have stayed long in US & I think you absorbed their negative traits already…shame on you, admitting you’re a Filipino too but doesn’t know how to be a Filipino…

      • lloyd

        I moved in NY when I was 24 and started to work as a Nurse in one of the Acute Care Hospitals of the area. I wouldn’t consider my self really old to start my career as a health care professional. Yes it is true that some people in my workplace speaks their own tongue and its not actually an issue as long as you take good care of your patients. I was raised in the Philippines but when I came here I made sure that I speak English most of the time especially when there are other races around. We as a Professional, should have the understanding of Proper communication in conjunction with work etiquettes. I’m just trying to point out here that no matter what country you are from, please try to realize that there are other people.around you that would think its impolite to converse in your own language if t

        • myrna

          I read all the comments from top to bottom and I respect evrybody’s individual personal opinion about talangka, bagoong, backstabbing, respect ect. actually ng second though akong magreply kasi ang gagaling nyo s English. My english is not as good as yours ( pacensya n kau s englishko), all of you might have good looks too :), But…let me share you this: I am new to this from this profession in US but I gained a lot of respect from my colleagues, my manager, supervisor, director, human resource, coo, ceo and most especially to my patients. My patients recgnized all my hardwork, they sent a lot of note without my knowledge to the HR and because of this I was given a special award. They called it PRIDE award. a very distinctive award given to person who provide excellent patient care. Some are working there for more that 30 years and never got that award. I got his award cuz my family believed in me and I learned to established a very good nurse/patient relationship. My family is very proud of me and I am proud of what I did or achieved and MOST OF ALL I AM PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO…Yun lang po at mabuhay tayong lahat.

          • anita

            Myrna isa kang huwaran at ambassador ng ating bansa at propesyon.Thumbs up!

        • anita

          You are absolutely right lloyd, its rudeness to speak with your native tongue if not everybody can understand you.

        • Lina

          I too am a nurse who has worked with different nationalities and I make a concious effort to respond in English when a co filipino speaks in our dialect in the presence of non tagalog RN’s.
          The remark the non tagalog RN stuck in my mind for the longest time, “thanks Lina for an exemplary example of respecting your co workers by responding in a language everybody understood”. It did not seem much to me but it seemed a lot for the others.

      • Cristine RN

        Hi Ms. Alicia,
        Sorry to hear that you have a very bad experience with Pilipino nurses. I don’t know where you work or where you been hospitalized that Pilipino nurses act so horrible. I can’t say you’re wrong because you’re entitle to your own opinion and if that what you had experienced. But if Filipino nurses are so horrible why does other countries like United states, England, Saudi Arabia, hired so many of them? hmmm…You said that people every where are the same there is bad and good but then you contradict your self for making it sound that all Pilipino nurses are bad. I didn’t know you can work here in the hospital as an illegal alien in the United States. As far as I can remember human resources ask if you are a citizen or legal residence of United States and if you are alien citizen they require you to have proof of your legal papers. By any chance, did you mean we all are immigrants here? Did you know that it’s not only Pilipino ate Salted fish and shrimp? You just insulted my other Asians friends for saying those not so nice thing. I wonder if you are vegitarian. Cuz if you are not then that is so hypocritical of you. Pilipino nurses do congregate by themselves especially during lunch. Do you think it’s because they don’t want to disgust other like yourself with what they are eating or maybe they just like to share their food with one another? Or is it because they wanted to be themselves so they can express themselves freely and not constantly think of what the next word to say? But I do agree that speaking on your native tongue in front of another that doesn’t speak the language is not only wrong but very rode. I am Pilipino and do not have problem conversating with white, black, brown or yellow folks. I have friends from different backgrounds. Some whom don’t care about our bagoong but have respected me as bagoong eater filipino nurse because I do care and provide good service to my patient.

      • Kenneth

        Alicia???Shame on you! Will you stop being an smart ass please…..look at your ways of telling as that you’re shocked by our culture when you are also a Filipino by blood. You’re right, Birds of the same feather flocks together so nurses like us unite for people like you who’s a rabbish by nature and belongs to the garbage.

        • ALICIA R. KAEDING

          Yeah right! What I mean birds of the same feather all flocked together, is that all Asian People are flocking all together that we do not want to mingle with different nationalities anymore. I do not have problems mingling with other people because I have worked in all types of people and also I am married to a person with different nationality, who is a caucasian american. It means that my kids are not pure Filipinos and I did not teach them how to eat those nasty stinky fish loaded with Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and tons of SALT IN IT. You eat this stinky food and it will come out from yoour body system especially your mouth and armpits. That one alone that STINKY DEAD FISH IS A GARBAGE ALREADY. And do not tell me I belong to the garbage because you know the answer on these. I am by nature is a down to earth person and I am so honest with all the words that I said here that FILIPINOS are STINKY. NOW STAY CALM BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHY? I AM STATING BYE FOR NOW AND KUDOS TO ALL OF YOU ASIAN NURSES OUT THERE. TAKE IT EASY ON THOSE BAGOONGS AND STINKY DEAD FISHES THAT CAME FROM THE OCEAN WHICH IS LOADED WITH MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (msg)and SALT. I STATED MY CASE. ARK

  • http://www.facebook.com Emely Manaligod

    To my fellow Nurses, Congratulations! You are holding a job next to angels….God appreciates you if nobody recognizes you yet…. Keep the good work…

  • http://schindelfam6.blogspot.com Tammy

    Hope you can find 8 things you love about nursing otherwise you may need to find another life calling…there are too many difficult things in nursing that will burn you out quickly if you don’t!
    A Fellow Nurse!

    • http://www.airinaapril.blogspot.com peng

      hi tammy! yes do have 8 things I love as a nurse.. its at the bottom of the article. Enjoy reading!

  • anita

    Everything you mentioned love and hate about nursing is true..I love everything in nursing.Ive been nursing for over 30 yrs and I would not trade it with other profession,in fact I dont think I will enjoy other jobs.To all my fellow loving nurses you know what I mean..Satisfaction at the end of the day and remember we are not suppose to make mistakes or errors in our job..thats impossible because we are humans..We Nurses are Superhuman!!!!

    • http://airinaapril.blogspot.com peng

      Im proud of you anita! :D 30 years in the business, good job!

      • anita

        I am proud of myself to,I am still in this profession because I love it and if other nurses are being too negative about it then there is no reason why they carry on doing the vocation.This is a profession who either you love it or hate it nothing inbetween you did not train as a nurse because you want to go abroad and travel no point moaning because you will just create negativity.And my message to all nurses.BE PROUD OF BEING ONE CONTINUE DOING A GREAT JOB!!!

  • http://facebook Esperanza Suratos Casimero

    emphasize the good and ergo positive things and you can call yourself a “NURSE”, after all, nursing is a CARING profession, a calling for compassionate emphatic dedicated people who put others first…it’s not all about you…your 8 hours do not stop bang on the hour…I have been a nurse for 36 yrs in UK; BSMT in RP and trained here as a nurse…take pride in any job you do, and you’ll reap your rewards…

  • toinks

    nicely put! at least you’ve got something to complain about :-) i missed my nursing career… :(

  • tinvalenciaRN

    i so can relate to this..everything is just crazy in the nursing world,but hell imma be a nurse forever and ever..:)

    • http://airinaapril.blogspot.com peng

      good for you tinvalenciaRN! good luck to your career, the world needs nurses like you :D

  • http://yahoo jenRN

    These are all true in field of nursing. You may find sometimes humiliated interms of treatment and compensation, but to be appreciated by the quality care rendered, more than enough to keep kicking for the next day of duty. But sad to say, not all nurses are working by heart. Not even see the wonders of the job. Maybe, not their choice really.

  • lei

    Being a nurse and in any other profession you may in requires passion, dedication and commitment. We moan, we groan, but at the end of the day it’s what we make it. I hear you, I have had worse experience that you may think of being a nurse, but it’s a all about experience and happiness that you can give to one’s patient, it’s called fulfillment and I hope you see it through one day more than 8 times positively. it’s not the superficial nor any financial reward, it is how you tell yourself “I have done a great job” amidst the odds :-)

  • gamila tarek

    i hate shifting…………thats all i can say.

    • rjames

      i agree..esp. night shift.

  • jAckieMedz

    So sad but true. Some times I asked my self why I choose this profession in which being a nurse is not that easy.. You have to extend your patients. Specially when you encounter an ignorant client. The worst thing that happened to me is that when I clean the mess of my client who is in suprapubic catheter. I am not the janitor I guest, But I have to clean it because it because it is part of my job to maintain the client away from any complication. However, If there is a person who will appreciate your work..everything will be okay and a fulfilment.

  • http://iamanav.weebly.com Ana Francisca

    Being a NURSE means getting tired and exhausted at the end of the shift but the SATISFACTION & fulfillment one gets from being a nurse is INCOMPARABLE. Being a nurse means being service oriented be it in any kind of field…hospital, academe..etc. <3!!!!

  • Minjee

    Thank YOU for this wonderful article.Actually, being a nurse is already a complete package. ^_^

  • http://none Yon de Lune

    All true. But look on the brighter side. You’re not just a Nurse. You’re a multidisciplinary Nurse. Nurse,Nun,Psychologist,Nanny, Mother,Teacher,Engineer,Janitor,Cleaner,Doctor,Dietitian,Chef, Entertainer,clown(lol)…all in one piece of license,and funny.. you didn’t even realized it ‘coz you are too focused with your goal,and that is to make the patient smile :), live a healthy life.
    There may be so many things you hate in Nursing..but, if you have the calling to serve, you still can say, you can’t live not being a Nurse. Cheer’s to guardians of the center of the universe! who? Nurses!

  • Potterhead

    I’m a student nurse and I love wearing all white.

    • Kenneth

      White? You probably like it right now? Lets see when you graduated and started working as a full nurse in a hospital setting. Goodluck!

  • fz

    i was wearing scrubs during my last hosp training not white =p

  • tricia

    super true!!! nurses are instruments of God’s Love and Healing power!

  • tessa

    every nurse can relate to this.a very inspiring blog…nursing is more a vocation than profession.

  • Ma. Algerica T. Cuenco

    WOW!!! U certainly recharged us with ur inspiring message here in Bukidnon State university,Malaybalay City,Bukidnon…Definitely we should live up to our vocation…

  • http://airinaapril.blogspot.com peng

    glad to help! Regards to everyone in Bukidnon :D

  • benechris

    nursing is good you can help pepole every one ryt you can care you family or your feuture family…..

  • normz

    Hi, po!;) miss peng All u’ve mentioned were true.I really like it. can I share it? Thank u..

    • http://airinaapril.blogspot.com peng

      sure normz thank you for sharing, kindly include a link to my blog.thanks

  • jo

    the age has come when nurses dont wear white anymore…i do miss it sometimes because it keeps us apart from all the rest, its color pure and trustworthy…

    • Lance Roque

      I love nurses in white. They look clean and beautiful. I remember my sister envies anyone who wore nurses uniform :)

  • http://squ.edu.om Ferdinand D. Emila

    We ,used to say live and let live but the truth is we,Nurses are worth dying for…

  • NOR’S

    Ur 100% right PING… nursing s not jas a profession H a vocation.having an experience of helping revived a patient ( no word can describe how i fell) n so im proud to tell dat im a nurse. Nurses are “jack of all trade” bcos D could do anything…tnx for posting ds.

  • http://kanamechidori20.blogspot.com/2011/05/nurses.html Anna Rhea Francisco

    I totally agree!!! hehe! LOve it, but I also wonder why I took nursing profession. Maybe I want suicide too! ;P

  • http://www.facebook.com Sherine

    All the profession has it own difficulties but I feel nursing is more difficult because we r dealing with the life. The main thing that we dont have anybody to support some r thinking that we are maides horrible life trying to be happy

  • truth

    I agree with almost everything you posted except number two on the hate list. That’s not true, if you’re assigned in Public Hospital, you won’t even have time to do those extra chores.

  • truth

    TWO – We are not treated as professionals. Leaking faucet? Faulty telly? We are always asked to do things we are not supposed to do. I mean, we’ve studied four dreaded years and earn ourselves a license for what? Fixing your telly signal? Hell no. Nurses are professionals like engineers, accountants, lawyers, and your beloved doctors whom you do not dare raise one eyebrow while you mindlessly shout at your nurse like your entire hospital bill goes straight to her salary.
    >> doesn’t apply to all..

  • Kaye

    so much true =)) i love being nurse,. they ussualy see me as a superwoman because we can do multi-tasking. i never end up just being nurse., i used to be a volunteer in some organization helping our unfortunate brothers and sister. This is what my life worth it.. Even though many patients and relative we have took care and we dont remember them anymore neither they are but we knew we touch each other life. NURSES AE REALLY NOBLE!!

  • Lance Roque

    I love nurses but not all. Last year ive been to 5 diff hospitals and encounter lots of nurses. And i can compare nurses in public to private hospitals. In public ,nurses shouts and mean to their patients in private they are nice and gives you anything you need except money to pay your bills. Maybe its because that’s the policy in private, you should be extra nice to your clients to keep them coming back to the establishment.But even if nurses just doin that in obeying policies. I look at it as heroic. When i underwent a major operation in a private hosp. From the time i was out in the operating room 1 week theres a nurse near me. She is nice and fix my hair for me. Since i can’t do it by myself and i loved it. I salute to every nurses who do there jobs honestly and with all their hearts.GOD is watching you from up there and knows all your sacrifices..

  • Lance Roque

    What is Kevorkian?

    • Alicia Kaeding

      all you have to do is research and read…..

  • kat

    HI, guys. Wala po akong inaayunan ha? Me tama po kaung lahat… pero sa experience ko po, mas matulungin po ang mga puti at itim sa kapwa nila health care staff. Sila po ang open magpaliwanag ng maayos. Karamihan ng pinoy nurses e sobrang taas ng tingin sa sarili. At ang mga puti/itim e sobrang alaga din sa mga pasyente.

    • anita

      Tama ka kat,di lahat parepareho,in my experience matulungin at supportive ang mga nurses na di natin kalahi.Ang di ko lang gusto sa iba nating kababayang nurses ay pagiging”assertive”then they like talking behind your back.

      • kat

        Siyang tunay, anita! Andaming nagdudunung-dunungan sa propesyong to. Saludo ako sa mga nurses at nurse’s aide tunay na nagmamalasakit sa kasamahan at sa mga pasyente. Hindi tinitignan ang sarili, bagkus pinagbubuti pa ang kaalaman!

        • Alicia R. Kaeding

          ALL I CAN SAY IS FOR YOU TO DO PERICARE ON ALL YOUR AMERICAN PATIENTS. IT IS MANDATORY BY LAW. IT IS CONSIDERED NEGLECT WHEN YOU DO NOT RENDER THE PROPER CARE ON AMERICAN PATIENTS. I CALL IT AMERICAN PATIENTS BECAUSE WE ARE IN AMERICA AND AMERICA MEANS ALL KIND OF PEOPLE.

          • nothingpersonal

            It seems to me that you really love PERICARE!!! OMG perv much?! hahaha

          • alicia

            HEY IT IS MANDATORY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN DO THE PERINEAL CARE OR PUDENDUM CARE ALRIGHT OR YOU WILL BE REPORTED.

  • kat

    Meron pa akong nakausap na pinoy Nurse aide nmn, sobrang yabang tlga! Parang sya na ang pinakamagaling sa lahat… Pero madami nmn ang maaasahang pinoy health care staff, un nga lang natatabunan cla ng me masamang asal…

  • AliciaHater

    Kapal naman ng mukha ng alicia na to. akala mo kung cnong magaling na nurse kung makapanglait sa kapwa nya filipino nurse. pinapalabas mo na mga filipino nurse eh pumapatay ng tao? halatang halata na may sayad yang utak mo. patingin ka sa psychiatrist ha?

    • Alicia Kaeding

      UNA KA.

      • http://www.facebook.com/nildjian Boy USRN

        Mga nurses, alam naman nating hindi nurse to si alicia diba? you got the wrong approach for pych patients dapat:

        “Alicia you seem upset, tell me how you feel?”

        • Alicia R. Kaeding

          HOW I FEEL? WELL I FEEL FINE SO FAR BUT SOON I WILL BE GONE. AND ALSO I KNOW HOW TO BE A NURSE BECAUSE I WENT AND GRADUATED ON A SCHOOL OF NURSING IN MANILA THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES. AND ALSO I AM ONE OF THE BEST WORKER HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. I BEEN HERE HALF OF MY LIFE AND RAISED 3 SIBLINGS. WHAT IS NURSING TO YOU? ISIT JUST BECAUSE OF THE DOLLARS THAT YOU ARE EARNING HERE IN THE USA OR ANY OTHER PLACE. HOW ARE YOU DOING? ARE YOU ONE OF THESE KEVORKIAN WORKER. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF NURSING NOWADAYS?

    • Alicia R. Kaeding

      what is sayad means to you? Is that the proper medical terminology that you used here in the United States of America. I been treated all my life and been counseled all my life and now my big question is ARE YOU ALL COUNSELED YOU ASIAN PEOPLE. ASIAN PEOPLE ESPECIALLY FILIPINO PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO GO COUNSELING HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHAT IS THE REASON BEHIND THIS? NOW THE BIG QUESTION IS WHY DO FILIPINOS DO NOT SEEK COUNSELING? ANSWER THESE QUESTION ALL OF YOU FILIPINO OUT THERE ESPECIALLY IN THE FIELD OF MEDICINE.

  • dowkie

    with regards to number 2, I think soldiers will take an offense to this. Underarmed, underpaid, and perpetually in harms way with the direct responsibility to give up their lives if needed to save someone or to accomplish a mission. As a doctor we study for college, then medical school, then internship, then residency. For the whole duration of a 3 – 6 year residency we barely have off days, we spend 36 hours or more in the hospital every 3 or God forbid every 2 days. We sacrifice the best years of our youth in training, by the time we attain freedom we are to old to enjoy it for we have to establish families which is an additional responsibility. Nurses should learn to look as closely as possible with the people they work with to know what real sacrifice means.

  • Fritzie RN

    nursing is more than a sacrifice, but it will never be a suicide.. you know why? because if you compare the things that you hate about being a nurse and the things you like, surely things that you like about being a nurse would matter the most. yes, it is more than a sacrifice because the long hours we worked, no sleep, npo and with the toxicity from other health care professionals, what could you ask for? it drains all of us. and yes, we even have to sacrifice personal time for our being a nurse. but amidst these things things, it will never be a suicide. you know why? because nothing and no one can ever replace a patient’s smile and appreciation for your work. when that patient believes that you did your best to care for him/her and he/she appreciates it, it’s more than enough to say that being a Nurse will always be a gift, a blessing and will never be suicide.

  • Caca

    How I wish some hospitals will have the chance to read the 8 things you hate about being a nurse. Perhaps, they will have an idea that we nurses must have benefits in return to the services we are rendering. Anyways, I love the number one thing you love about being a nurse, “nurses may not be angels, but we’re the next best thing”. :)

  • Saudi-Phil RN

    kahit anong mangyari at kahit ano pang sabihin ng iba, dapat taas noo nating ipagmalaki sa buong mundo na tayo ang mga PINOY REGISTERED NURSES…..

  • http://facebook shee RN

    working as a nurse in a foreign country makes me feel proud I am a Filipino..kudos to all Filipino nurses around the globe who at this moment are saving lives….:)we are not only the most “oppressed” professionals in the country there are so many, but it always saddened me that whenever personal and professional issues are being tackled nurses would always be the least of importance sometimes disregarded nonetheless.

    • anita

      no matter what nationality,
      we are all nurses and should all support each other. i was so proud and touched to see the american nurses supporting us here in the uk on the day of the strike.we should take a lead on this and support nurses wherever they are in the world..we speak the same language remember?

  • Anonymous

    To those who whine, STOP WORKING. GIVE WAY to nurses who want to work as a nurse, just because they love it.

    • anita

      you are absolutely right anonymous!

  • Leigh Asaya

    Ohh I want to wear a white uniform so bad since my nursing uniform is color gray.

  • Alicia R. Kaeding

    NOW I WANT YOUR OWN HONEST OPINION. ARE WE DOING THE PROPER CARE TO THE PATIENTS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT CAME FROM ALL FOLKS OF LIFE. ARE WE DOING THE MORNING CARE/EVENING CARE THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO SO. ARE WE DOING THE PERICARE…IT STRAIGHT TO THE POINT. STATE YOUR CASE NOW AND WE ARE NOT HERE JUST BECAUSE OF THE DOLLAR SIGN.,

    • HEY!

      Alicia, maybe you mean all “WALKS” of life and not FOLKS.
      Mabuhay to all Filipino nurses! Saludo ako sa inyo..

    • matetRN

      you definitely missing some nuts and bolts in your brain.see a SHRINK!!! you need one BADLY and i mean STAT !! do you know what STAT means???

  • maueie

    alicia….you gotta be kidding me…heheh

    you are feeling really bitter huh..

    you are not cured of your MPD yet..

    go back to psych ward.

  • PinayOFW

    I did some research and found out about info. about some Alicia Kaeding on Facebook and I “suspect” that this is the same Alicia Kaeding who seems too full of herself who happened to be like the, “langaw na nakatuntong lang sa kalabaw at akala niya mas mataas pa siya sa kalabaw na tinutuntungan niya”. Here’s the profile I found, if you care to check it out https://www.facebook.com/alicia.kaedinghttps://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/226144_10150287246784026_4220726_n.jpg

    Apparently, this Alicia Kaeding I found on Facebook says that, “I am a very high intellectual person with a high level of thinking.”

    Basic info

    Birthday 30 April 1959
    Gender Female
    Interested in Men and women
    Relationship Status Married
    Languages English and Filipino-Englisch
    Religious views
    Roman Catholic
    The Holy Matrimony that I believe in Rosary and in Confession with God.
    Political Views
    I like the way as it is now, tougher laws in Immigration.
    INS POINT OF VIEW.

    (https://www.facebook.com/alicia.kaeding/info)

    • PinayOFW

      * I meant to say, “found out an info about”.

  • Keith_rn

    Here in u.s,you get paid when you have your orrientation.in philippines,i think you need to pay for your orrientation.di pa sure kung mahahire ka. =]

  • aj

    y0u all have the p0int. Nursing is really a pr0fessi0n and a v0cati0n. Sacrifice and humility must always be there f0r y0u to be one. Y0u are all Blessed to be f0reign nurses earning l0ts of d0llars unlike us, newly registered nurses aiming to go and w0rk abr0ad and lift our family fr0m p0verty and still sacrificing f0r a 8,000 pes0s m0nthly salary c0mpared to a 1k to 2k d0llars or m0re abr0ad. We have n0 ch0ice but to have faith that s0meday there will be a good opportunity here in the Philippines or abr0ad. It has been my mentality when i took up nursing- to w0rk abr0ad to help my family. But it seems that were all stuckeed up in the low salary and l0w pr0file state of nurses here. Thats the reas0n why s0me ch00se to w0rk other than as a nurse like in call center, caregiver and s0me ch00se to study again and be n0t a nurse. Real state in nursing here can be seen once you pass and w0rk as a nurse where y0u need to w0rk even as a v0lunteer just to gain experience. But i thank God that he gives us strength to pursue life as a nurse. Being a filipin0, we must help each other, n0t criticizing each other to be at the top and bec0me richer and fam0us than the other,

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