Never in my life have I entertained the thought that I am going to be a nurse one day. What I could remember is that I always fear taking up a course that comes with it a licensure exam to be one of them.
Being married at an early age prohibited me from chances of finishing any college degree. My children then came along (there’s five of them, all boys), the more that I lost even a little hope to become a degree holder. Rearing a family of my own is a very tough daily experience, especially when it involves finances. There was a time that I became very hopeless and doesn’t know what to do or where to go.
During this very depressive situation, it came to my mind that nobody can help me except that “Somebody” up there. I surrendered everything to Him and prayed sincerely. I told Him in my prayer to help me uplift my family through His own way. After perseveringly repeating this prayer, His answer came surprisingly. My elder sister (also a nurse), called up and asked me if I am interested to study nursing. To think that we are not that close with each other. As small children, we use to quarrel most often. My siblings say that I am the worst in the family and so they don’t like me at that.
For me, this telephone conversation was the most unexpected and unbelievable one I ever had. I have never considered a thought of looking at myself in taking up nursing especially at my age of 40. Nevertheless, after a prayer, I decided to accept my sister’s offer. Why not? My social status neither my age is not a measure to stop me from becoming a nurse. To make the story short, with God on my side for guidance and strength, I passed the nursing licensure exam on December 2008.
Presently I am employed at Sabal Hospital Incorporated, an aspiring for tertiary level hospital in Cagayan de Oro City. Although I started as a volunteer nurse in this medical institution, still I am thankful because not like other hospitals, I never paid even a single centavo but I was given a stipend. Some say, it is an unfair labor practice but for me, I am fortunate at that. I never stopped seeking God’s presence and guidance for me, my family, my senior heads, the hospital administration and colleagues.
As my final statement, “I ask all creations to never cease looking up to God for help, guidance, strength, wisdom and knowledge every day. Take me as a living testimony that, if God is on our side, He will never leave nor forsake us. We only have to pray without ceasing. With God, things will get better and better as the day will pass.”
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