Ano ba tong Pinasukan ko!!!?

Today I kept thinking.. ANO BA TALAGA ginagawa ko dito sa Saudi?? i mean like….WHY HERE and not the US or UK for Gods sakes??

OK, I convinced my self after high school SIGE NA NGA MAGNUNURSING NA AKO to serve my people and for humanity kuno…char kung baga or for show lang kung sa baklang term, I studied it very well considering 50k lang naman yung tuition per month kulang nalang pati baka ibenta ng tatay ko noon… loko lang but I know some ginawa yun but not me, chos.

So anyways I was sent to a prominent school in Davao, not minding na puros lagapak naman mga batchmates kong mga BFF. So after graduation board exam as usual and thank GOD nakapasa rin ang bida (di naman sa nagmamayabang with flying colors pa, not top but at least line of 8 and if you want proof sorry NAWAWALA yung certificate ko haha), so obviously I needed to find A JOB, well HELLER!!!

Batch 2008 ako, and I started working august of 2008 nung time na un USO NA PALA ANG VOLUNTEERSHIP sa hospital, for short you have to pay these freaks para sa ibibigay nila certificate sayo if you finish your contract, kung baga sa mga tamad na nurses na kilala ko “may pang draft na sila sa RECTO para i-copy and paste nila ung content ng certificate. Hmm, sad to say ginawa ko rin yun. Well of course naman, ginandahan ko talaga mga certificates ko para benta at winner dito sa Saudi (uhmmm lahat LAHAT ATA ng NURSES NA KILALA KO GINAGAWA NILA or GINAWA NA ITO!!) no offense.. I know non taken, guilty nman kayo if you’re reading this..har har har…

So anyways going back, so there I was nagduduty na ang bida and HUWOW ICU! For a newbie ICU agad ang drama mo kahit la pang gaanong alam sa mga respirators, mech vent and stuff for short display ako nun hah..sigh. Sad nga lang, yung GF ko nasa OB or mga KULUNGAN ng mga buntis este WARD pla…(I worked in a govt. hospital so dont be surprised why I use these terms heheh). Sigh, because no more lambingan when it comes to work kasi sa sobrang busy sa ICU kahit mg hithit ng YOSI ay di pwede.. Imagine mo nalang sa mga chain smokers gaya ko na lang yosi for 8 hour ang resulta? Nanginginig na sa isang tabi and shaking!? Kaya ayun, after the contract sa hospital ayun na, excited na ang bida mag fly to look for greener pastures. At least di ko na gagamitin ANG MANUAL BEDS to elevate patient when they have O2 defiency or MAGSUSULAT pa ng charting na “received patient whit blah blah” where infact IPAD na gamit sa ibang lugar, waste of paper nga lang and lies lang mkukuha mo sa goverment institution.

Ayun, nag fly na ang bida sa maniling(manila) apply2 kunohay, ayun RECTO AVE po mamang taxi ang drama!! ahaha. So, sa awa ng diyos nakapagabroad din. When I got here in KSA, huwaw CULTURE SHOCK LOLO mo, and to think WINTER season nung dumating ako and heller, ano bang malay ko na nagkakawinter din pala dito sa disyertong lugar na to?!! Aber?! so di ready ang bida magdala ng jacket, bagkus mga SANDO dala ko pati SUNBLOCK!! nakakainis!! Nakasira ng araw, kung san nakikita mong nakajacket mga kasama mo eh ikaw plain shirt na cotton na sobrang nipis kita na pati nipples mo, so ang resulta? cympre NANINIGAS at NUMBING and cyanosis noted sa palad mo!! pootkes wala akong magawa kundi MAGTIIS at hintayin matapos ang orientation, at ang driver na daig pa sa kupad na parang procession kung magpatabko para lang i-detour ang bida sa malapit na shapingan ng jacket.

Afterwards, I started working as a nurse na rin sa WAKAS (feeling ko di na ako voulunteer) and I felt the real fun is just starting. But the truth is, after a year here in KSA, WTF lang masasabi ko. ANO BA Talaga PAKAY KO DITO?!!! Maybe siguro I’m bored, at di ako pumunta sa kalakihang hospital na kung san dapat sa sobrang busy mo that the only thing you can do while you’re on break is breathe. Pero hinde hinde! hinde! Bagkus konti lang pasyente but dito ko masasabing AMPLE yung care na binibigay ko sa pasyente kasi konti nga lang sila, compared sa goverment na sa sobrang dami. VITAL SIGNS palang TAPOS NA 8 hours mo! hahay, I expected too much!! hehe but I’m still thankful na rin pumapatak ang metro ng sahod. I can buy things I wanted naman, and everything went well according to GOD’s perfect plan.

I have also met people with different attitudes. Some moody, some happy, some withdrawn, yung iba naman masasabi kong BALIW, BALIW kasi tagal ng di nakakauwi or baka naman HASISH lang yung kulang sa system niya, and the hardest part dito yung iba wew, don’t get me started with the smell!!! Na sa ubod ng baho, CYANOSIS na ang labas mo kasi pinipigilan mo ng huminga when their around and get this felleing close pa mga loko!! Ibig sabihin parang kapit bituka kayo san ka andun din siya nah huwaw lang masasabi ko. Sometimes di ko masikmura ang amoy to the point I just joke to them na “I’m bored tara ligo tayo, at mag toothbrush” harsh ba? Haha, di naman siguro, again I kept thingking “HOY, you should be thankful kasi you’re meeting these people here, I meann everyday I can hear my boss say I LOVE U habibi. Yung iba naman, where the F are my reports!! sheet kung di ka lang sponsor sa mga LUHO ko at nagbibigay ng mga things sa kin ewan nalang hehehe (user friendly daw ako ika nga LOL)

Sheet, nakalimutan ko si GF na naiwan ko sa pinas hehe. But I tell things naman sa kanya kung ano giagawa ko dito, also not all are the same, some are good and honest, some are sweet and friendly pero TAE yung iba. Imagining mo nalang kung may magsabi sayo na “you guys are only for parausan” MASAYA ka ba dun!?! Cympre hinde!,so tumaas BP ng bida, pulse rate 110 and respiration 30(OA NA) buti na lang pinigilan kong patayin ang froglet. Ayun isumbong mo kay tulfo ang drama at nagfile ng harassment complaint kaya ang ending dismissal ang show ng bulati, hay mahirap maging patriotic sa di mo kinalakihang bansa,sigh, TABANGI ko beh (help me pls) im lost in translation. I’m in a crossroads kung san tangap lang ako ng tangap not kowing may kapalit pla ito in the near future huhuh.

So as I was saying, what am I doing here?? Anong sense?? Para lang ba MAGBAKASYON?, maging JETSETTER? or sa future kong kahit IHIAN lang ung statue of liberty or magpapicture lang sa Eiffel tower??! wala akong nakukuhang experience dito bagkus KALANDIAN lang sa facebook at RAMPAHAN lang kahit san mapadpad basta my pagkain at kodakan na pampaingit sa iba haha!! Naku po…. pasalamat nlang ako na my sweldo, otherwise di ako pupunta dito at magvo-volunteer nalang ako sa pinas for 1 year. Siguro naman sa pagka-volunteer ko dun baka maybe maabsorb ako dun!! Ahaha or HELLER CALLCENTER NALANG TA ANI!! parting words to all — isa lang masasabi ko.. love what you do, and do what you love…

..cheers form KSA with love

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  • Correct ka jan! Nakakapanggigil ang mga penguins sa desyerto!

    • susan

      Mag paslamat ka at nag buhos nang pera ang magulang para mapakapag-aral ka.Dahil ngayon ko lang nalaman dito sa US bihira ang magulang ang nag-papa-college sa anak. You need to get a ( cildren loan sabi ni Melenie M.) Para lang mag-collge ka at iyun ay habang buhay mo babayaran.Iyan ang kaibahan nang mga magulang sa pinas o asian country. Magulang o mga tiya o tiyo handang tumulong sa pag papaaral.At pasalamat ka sa tatay mo pinilit ka nila maging nurse. Di nagyon may panggastos ka na sa BF mo. heheh

  • Dr Jean

    pasalamat ka at nakarating ka sa ibang bansa at nakapag work ka,or better umuwi ka na lang sa Pinas at makipagpalit ka dun sa napakaraming umaasa na marating ang kinaroroonan mo. Sa post mo na eto baka akalain nga ng nakakarami na dito sa saudi, ang mga Nurses e puro kalandian lang and facebook ang inaatupag. marami akong kilalang nurses dito na talagang true to their profession.

    • zara

      tama ka jan Dr.Jean,and im proud to say na im one of those Nurses na nagpunta ng Saudi para magtrabaho bilang isang Nurse talga at hindi para maglandi or anu pang ibang tawag nila..

    • zhelle

      i agree po ako sa inyo..im also a nurse here in KSA, pero ndi ko naisip na gnyan pla defination nya sa mga nurses na ngtratrabaho d2.sooo sad..

  • Maraming kasagutan sa tanong iyan! Nagtrabaho ako sa Saudi ng sampung (10) taon. Dahil sa NECCESITY nag sacrifice ako ng maraming pagsubok sa buhay diyan. Mula elementary school to College ang mga anakko ay sa Saudi lahat nanggaling. Pati pambili ng bahay, sasakyan at pang araw araw na kailangan ng buong familia. Nagpapasalamat ako at naging professionals na lahat sila.
    Wala akong regret sa mga dinanas kung mabigat na pagsubok sa lugar na Saudi Arabia – that’s a part of dear life, ‘ika nga! Kaunting tiis at dibdiban panalangin sa Dios Ama ang gabay ko araw araw kahit saan ako mapadpad na lugar. Huwag ka lang mag ibang landas sa buhay ay makakaraos ka din kabayan! Nasa America ako ngayon pero hindi biro ang buhay dito kung wala kang permanenteng trabaho. Kahit saan man lugar ka kung wala kang ipon ay kulelat ka din. THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME, KAIBIGAN! FILIPINO AKO BY HEART AND SOUL……WISH TO RETIRE IN MY SWEET HOME PHILIPPINES…..

    • jen07

      So true..im also here in saudi now working as a nurse..I’m happy and very blessed that i am given this opportunity.Even they smell bad..kaliwaliw..they are more nicer than your own kababayan..Try to see the positive sides of everything and thank God for the blessings..

  • The Economist

    Typical – puros complaints, insulto sa iba at kadramahan. Bakit, akala mo ba sa US or sa UK (and I am in the UK so I do know what I’m saying) di ka macu-culture shock? Or lahat ng tao na mami-meet mo mabait, magalang at mabango? You need a reality check. Hindi madali ang buhay saan ka man mapunta. Hindi rin sa taas lahat nagsisimula – kahit dito sa UK binubully din ang mga pinoy nurses – so before you insult someone please tandaan natin ang karma. And having been bullied myself, I don’t feel sympathetic to your complaints against this ‘mabaho’ person kasi puros insulto lang yata ang nasasabi mo. Apart from his/her smell may nagawa ba siyang masama sa’yo ha? Pasalamat ka nalang sa mga biyaya ng maykapal. Kung ayaw mo sa mga blessings mo, stop complaining ang act on it! Umuwi ka – sige nga – and try to see if you feel better earning the call centre wage in the Philippines and not having a job security.

    • dabhell

      indeed….

    • Pietin

      that is very true. ako nga may pending application sa US. But i never complained being here in Saudi, kasi bread ang butter ko ngayon ang sahod dito. Kilo kilong tae ang aming nililinis sa mga pasyente sa bawat araw. Pero pinili ko ito eh. Nurse ako eh. Sa bawat tae na nililinis namin, riyales naman ang kapalit. Eh kung mag volunteer ka nga sa pinas ikaw pa ang magbabayad. I know, dahil nag training pa ako sa DLS-STI. kaya wag ka na mag reklamo. baka sa US di ka makapasa or sa UK. pero try mo lang baka andun ang luck mo.

      • I really laugh at loud sa kilong kilong tae comment mo, hehe… yes your right ginto ang tae dito, everytime naglilinis dn ako ng buras just the same what your thinking “riyals o”….

        • robs

          hahaha yeah!!! love it bro..i know di ka beki, dinagdagan mo lang ung kabaklaan to spice things up….more blogs sir!!

    • halie

      correct po kayo

    • nancy

      yup..so true..wala sa location of place yan..ika nga pswertehan lang yan..nakaya nga natng magtiis for almost how many years para matapos ang studies natin what if pa kaya kung work na na may hinihintay tayong sasahurin na pwede natin ipadala or itulong sa family or kung sino mang umaasa at nangangailangan sa atin? so think about of it mga kabayan..hindi sa lahat ng pagkakataon maganda ang agos ng buhay..infact, sobrang blessed na nga tayo eh kasi sa dinami dami ng mga nakatapos at take note, pumasa pa ng kung anu ano mang exams yan pero saan sila ngayon? kung hini man sa mga call centers nasa mga mall para magsales lady/man..pero swerte parin sila kasi may mga works..eh paano naman yong mga board passer na hanggang volunteer parin? swerte parin sila kasi kahit papaano nagagamit nila natapos nila..ang pinaka worst don eh may natapos ka nga at naipasa mo na buong klase ng examinations pero heto at nakatambay ka parin..so saan napunta yong kulang nalang pagpawisin mo dugo nong nag-aaral ka? ang mga utang na hanggang ngayon binabayaran ng parents mo para lang makatapos ka? so come to think of it mga kapatid..matutu tayong magpasalamat sa lahat ng mga bagay or swerte na dumarating sa atin..kung tutuusin ang saudi na ang pinaka maswerteng mapupuntahan mo kung marunong ka sa buhay.. bakit? kasi dito halos lahat libre, tax free ika nga..yon nga lang sad to say lahat ng bawal andito na halos..pero alam nyo bang lahat ng bawal na yon walang nagagawa sa mga pinoy pag inabot ng kapasawayan? at ayun, pag nauli sila pa may ganang magsumbong sa embassy ng kung anu anong pagkasamang experiences dito sa saudi samantalangsila naman tong nakabreak ng rules..eh db nga bago tayo umaalis sa pinas may PDOS tayong dinadaanan na seminar bago makalipad papunta dito? so nasaan yong seminar na yon nong nagpapasarap ka at gumawa ng di naayon sa kultura dito? kaya wag nyo po sisihin ang saudi..kasi wala po yan sa bansa o lugar na napupuntahan natin..nasa sarili po natin yan kung paano natin pakikitunguhan ang iba, kung paano tayo makikiayon sa bawat bansang ating mapupuntahan..

    • mariecelab

      tumpak ka diyan!

    • Alex

      THE BLOGGER IS SO GAY..

      • manny

        at least his blog was featured how bout yours?

        • ken

          right! nakaka aliw basahin lol, god bless 😀

  • kirby

    im sorry po if u find it offensive…i made some reality check for a couple of times na…thousands if i may say..but what can i do….=) im sorry kung naoofend man kayo of wat…

    • Machisimo

      Kirby, this article isn’t offensive. It’s clearly an expression of your sentiments – and you are entitled to it. We’re just pointing out what we think is wrong with this kind of outlook in life. Fingers crossed you’ll appreciate it soon and let’s hope that life brings you the fulfilment and direction you’re hoping for.

      • kirby

        thank you so much for the eye opener…i never did realized that im using the net and some may see kung ano sinusulat ko..and i never expected this to be published LOl but still tahnk u!

        • nancy

          hmmm..nabasa mo ba yong comment ko lil kirbs? at sayo pala tong article na to ah..hehehehe…thanks for sharing up..maraming makakarelate neto..

  • walid

    Pre

    Gaya mo rin ako dati…nababagot,nabobored sa paulit2x na bagay na ginagawa sa hospital…and2 dn ako sa saudi,pero sa kasamaang palad niloko ako ng employer ko,iba ang binigay na trabaho ko d2. believe me pre,halos mag iisang taon na ako d2 at hanggang ngayun araw2x akong umiiyak dahil sobra kong namimiss ang trabaho ko,hndi mo kailan man mahahanap ang fulfilling feeling na mararamdaman mo as a nurse sa ibang trabaho.nagtitiis parin ako d2 at umaasa na balang araw ay makakabalik dn ako sa profession na pinili ko at napamahal ako.

    you will never appreciate something until you loose it

    masalam

    • kirby

      yes pre…im psorry if i offended soem tlga…but yes pre….i agree if the philippines will offer more para stin then sana sa pinas nalng ako!! i love the pians why wud i risk going here if not gfor my family…=) ingats dyan pre!

  • Pietin

    too bad at hindi maganda ang napuntahan mong hospital. I am also a nurse here in KSA,at sobrang dami namin pasyente. 1:10 pa nga eh. at lahat ng experience makukuha mo. umuwi ka na lang. kasi career wise parang hindi ka mag grow dito. try mo mag call center baka dun talaga ang para sa yo. in the first place wala naman pumilit sa yo na mag apply sa saudi. be thankful at napadpad ka dito at sumasahod ng malaki. go home boy.

    • kirby

      thank you for that….=)

    • Johny

      career wise? career growth ba ang pagiging call center agent? wala ha…

  • Johny

    .nkakabading naman basahin toh.parang pang beki ang lengwahe.hahaha pro ayos naman, its a FACT. ive been working in saudi too for a couple of years na.

  • kirby

    hehehe just to spice things up..but im not gay though! hahaha =) lamat sa aprreciation bro!

    • CASPER

      your article is nice, but the idea to go back in the Philippines to be a volunteer and hope to absorb.,., I don’t think so.,:D

  • noel a. romero

    the writer is a loser..

    • kirby

      im the writer sir….and im sorry if i offended u…..PAKITAG NLANG PO AKO KUNG NAPOST UNG BLOG MO!! =) haha ksi 3 days ko opang ginawa yan and i wasnt expecting it to be posted!

  • Jeff

    I like your write ups. It has a sense of humor.

    • kirby

      this blog was meant to enterrtain~!!! hahaha though my kabaklaan jsut to spice things up…but all i sed is ture here…sorry if i offended some.!=)

  • Jeff

    bongga ka manang…

    • Kirby

      dai bow ko sa imo!!! man bunga ka!! ahahah

  • Do you really hate your life that much?

  • Glenn Beltran

    Naaliw ako sa article mo, sarap basahin pang beki! hehehe alam ko hndi ka naman beki. Anyway, just want to comment “hindi naman lahat ng nurses puro RECTO ang experience”. Batch 2007 ako, at lahat ng experience ko ay totoo kasi hindi ko carry mag signaling. I undergo volunteer din sa pinas, thank God pinasok din ako after 3 months of volunteer. Nasa Brunei ako ngayon after a year of working in my previous Hospital. Husko tinanong ko din sa sarili ko “bakit ba ako napadpad dito???” Hindi man ako napunta sa isang magandang area kundi nilagay ako sa medical ward na ubod ng KATOXIKAN pero carry ko pa rin ang poise ko kasi nasanay na sa pinas, pasalamat na din kasimas magaan ang trabaho ko compared sa pinas na puro REKLAMO at BASTOS na mga Doctor ang MAKAHARAP MO! Hndi ka naman superman pero ginawa mo naman ang dapat…; Mabait mga tao dito, malaki ang respeto na nakukuha ko dito, a simple thing nga lang, atleast MAARUNONG MAG THANK YOU sa ginawa mong kabutihan kahit petics petics lang iyon. Totoo may discrimination pa rin kahit saan lugar ka pumunta, pero tiniis ko din iyon kasi Eto ang Bread and butter ko. Atleast nabibili ko ang mga luho na hindi ko mabili sa pinas dahil sa kakaunting sahod na natatanggap ko.

    • kirny

      hehehe ype2 lang kabekihan dito to spice things up lang tlga!!! thans guys

    • Saudi-Phil RN

      pano ka nakapunta ng brunei,? anong agency ang inaplayan mo sa pinas? matagal ko na rin kasing gustong mag-work sa brunei..

  • dessert rose

    tsk tsk tsk…i bet napunta ka lang sa pangit na hospital or company..kaya ganyan ang experience mo. pero bkit pag sa US or UK ka ba napunta sa tingin mo ba lahat ng hospital at company dun magaganda? katulad rin lang yan dito sa Pinas or saan man na may maganda at panget and i tell u napunta ka sa panget na hospital..sa una kasi talagang maninibago ka..pero yang 1yr mo magiging 2 yrs 3yrs or baka maging 7 yrs..dahil napapansin mo adjusted ka na, at nag eenjoy ka na. No tax all for free wala kang babayaran khit pamasahe mo to and fro your country of origin, lahat libre, mag focus ka din dun sa mga good sides din naman ang saudi di naman lahat bad.. and i tell you may dati akong nakatrabaho na dati nag saudi then nasa UK/US na sila and u know what? gusto niang bumalik ng Saudi..(kaso some kasi pride na lang nila kaya di na rin nila tinutuloy, at kabayan, may mga katrabaho tayo dyan na British, Canadian, Australian nagtratrabaho sila dyan and yet why they are there, counting years, big question is,bakit di sila nag stay dun sa mga bansa na lang nila kung talagang di maganda sa Saudi..?come to think of it. And u should be thankful,di ka dapat nagrereklamo coz ur lucky tinanggap ka ng Saudi sa dami ng nag apply sa hospital na yan..don’t say too much of bad things about Saudi kasi talagang nakakaoffend akalain talaga ng lahat na makakabasa nito na lahat ng mga filipino na nasa Saudi ay gaya mo ng experience.. lipat ka na lang sa Government hospital kabayan,tutal may experience ka na..Gudluck and…have a great day ahead! 🙂

    • kirby

      thanks mam…actually i never complained about my salary…..more dan wat i expected and some my sideline pa hahah sponsorship kung bag!!legally speaking hahaha thank u so much for that insight…mwaaahhh GODSPEED! kirby

  • aiko

    totoo bang my GF ka, eh para kang bading mag kwento… ABC mo palang sa pagsusulat puro kaartehan na… (attitude, behavior and character)

    • kirby

      thanks ulit though for reading =)

      • kirby

        thakful lang ako ksi oput of millions wu submitted everyday im one of the few na napili ng mr. admin..goes to show intresting ung blog…haha!

  • tinkerbella

    opss.. had fun reading your article kirbitoy!.. tagam??

    • kirny

      saba belle oi!! ahahah JOVELL CALLORA!! ahahaha love u belle….sorry di kit na include next time andyan na name mo!

  • nelae

    sa toto lng kirby binasa q blog mo dahil na antig ako sa title,kumbaga naintriga lng ako.kahit nainis ako sa umpisa,nagustuhan q narin coz u made me laugh at d end.we need contributor like u to atleast lighten our work loads.i encourage u to write more funny sides of our great profession,good luck sa imo dong kirby!

    • Kirby

      bro thank u soo mcuh!! p.s ulit im not gay…haha youre ryt i jsut spiced the blog para nman di boring…yeah i do have some here seryoso yet my tinged ng funny side of the story…which makes it worth reading…thank u so much for the appreciation bro…. and ps.u ulit…..u need not to be serious in life…let it flow…funny side will come along ull see rust me…=)

  • aj

    dude lucky u ok..hindi msyado bz sa hospital kung san ka ngwowork…palit muna tau hospital…kc d2
    super bzzzzzzzzz…..para hindi ka mabored..:)

    • kirby

      why not….=) but my friends its not that i am thnakful…u have no idea how thankful i am…..=) thanks for reading my blog

      • kirby

        hehu twas jsut a mere experience of mine wo entertain the readers to spice things up to make it more fun reading =)

  • words of the day…..”to spice things up”..ahahahaha..pero in fairness ha nakakarelate din aq sa naging experience nya dito sa saudi..pero un nga we should look also on the positive side para good vibes lagi..

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  • downedieititan

    hahahaha! pareha diay ta chain smoker … kuan ba.. ebay sad imo tirada? 🙂 kita nya ta.

  • hi 🙂 your blog is interesting, you must have a very str0ng personality. ganito ka rin ba kakulit in person? welp, siguro hinay2 lang kasi thousands are dying to be where you are now, some may get discouraged by just reading this. you’re paid well and the work seems to be easy, what seems to be the problem? aside from bored0m. welp, keep it up. btw, ngayon pa lang ako nakaencounter ng straight guy who talks soo gay 🙂 interesting

    • Kirby

      ahahaha yeah u have no idea!! hahaha thanx for reading!~~

  • Ojfernandez

    Nurse dn aq sten, naipasa lhat ng klase ng exam gang international peo andto aq UK now ngaaral at d same tym ngttrabaho s nursing homes. Hnd bilang nurse peo blang healthcare assistant s mga mentally ill clients. Hnd q man mgawang mpractice pngaralan q at mdlas man mgcomplain at mamiss ang pggng nurse msa2bi q n s ngeon kunteno p dn aq s knllgyan q, hnd dhil andto aq s Uk kundi dhil my trabaho aq kht student aq dto. Ilang beses q n naicpan umuwi ng pinas peo pg ntatanggap q ang akng sweldo nawa2la ang aking pgkainip bagkus nggng pursigido p aq mging macpag at kumuwa ng mga shifts. Ang knkta q s pinas isang buwan ay ktumbas lmang ng klhating araw n trabaho q s nursing homes. Gnu mn khirap trbho dto tntiis q n lng s laki ng sweldo at pra mkpgpdala s mga taong mahal ko. Cguro kht san man aq mpadpad mgtitiis aq mging saudi man yan or s iba p, peo qng sna nging mataas lng sahod s pinas hnding hnd aq aalis dun peo s ksmahang palad hnd gnun s pinas.

  • I am also a nurse working abroad, your blog is so much fun to read. This is fully an expression of yourself & I know you do not meant to offend anybody . Just that there were those who find it very offensive … Just continue blogging though… People always has different interpretations of anything/ everything. Keep it up!!!

  • Student Nurse Leader

    First of all, yeah. I think you should quit whatever it is you’re doing there in Saudi because apparently, IT IS NOT NURSING. The last time I checked (this morning) nursing is more than just a ticket to other countries and to deeper pockets. IT IS FIRST AND FOREMOST, A PROFESSION. It is not something you do just for the sake of doing it.

    Side note: My god. Pumasa ka ng boards at lahat-lahat pero hindi ka pa nakahawak ng patient na naka-mechvent?! Eh kami nga, 3rd year pa lang nagjojoin na sa code team at familiar na sa mechvent eh. 4th year students dito sa amin ay minamani na lang ang critical care. Paano ka na-hire ng hospital diyan sa ibang bansa kung ganyang lebel ang competency mo?! At seryoso? Critical care unit ka pero pulos halos VS lang ginagawa mo? Haha. Natawa naman ako dun. Apparently, overpaid ka.

    Yan ang problema sa nursing ngayon eh. Nag-mass produce ng hindi ganoon ka-equipped na nurses ang kung anu-anong institusyon sa Pilipinas kaya ayan tuloy, hindi nila na-aappreciate ang ginagawa nila. At hindi ka po sinisuwelduhan para sa wala kapatid. Nandyan ka to render your care. So expect paghihirap. In case you don’t realize, part yan ng buhay. Walang umaasenso na hindi nagtatrabaho ng maayos.

    At eto pa. Paano ka nga naman magiging confident sa sarili mo at sa purpose ng ginagawa mo kung ni sa ginagawa mo hindi ka confident? At paano ka magiging confident kung hindi naman ganoon kaganda ang educational background mo sa nursing? Dagdagan pa na binili mo lang ang experience mo (base sa sinabi mo na nagbayad ka lang for the sake na may certificate ka) para makapagtrabaho sa ibang bansa. You lacked the qualifications (by honest means) kaya ka rin nahihirapan ngayon. Consequence ng decision mo na madaliin at i-fake ang iyong clinical experience kaya ka nagkakaganyan ngayon.

    Alam mo honestly, hindi ko i-aadvice to kung nakita ko naman na pinaghirapan mong maging competent na nurse. Pero base sa nabasa ko, mukhang masyadong madali para sayo ang proseso para maging isang ganap na nurse kaya tuloy ganyan na lang kung tingnan mo ang ginagawa mo. At kaya hindi mo na-appreciate yung narating mo. You know what they say. Something that you did not work hard for is something that you will not value.

    Kaya heto, advice ko sa’yo: maghanap ka ng ibang trabaho. Please lang. Wag mong dungisan ang isang napaka-noble na profession at i-reduce sa parang isang taxi na de metro ang takbo. Na parang as long as nagrereport ka sa ospital, nagsa-sign in at out ay ok na kasi anyway, by the end of the day may pera ka. Ok din ang pera. I have nothing against it. But if it’s the only reason why you’re a nurse, then there’s something wrong. Magnegosyo ka na lang. Kikita ka pa rin naman don. Mababawasan pa ng isang wrongly motivated nurse ang mundo ng nursing.

    There are institutions who uphold higher levels of standard when it comes to honing individuals to be competent nurses. These nurses do their best, put all their knowledge, skills and competencies for nurses to be respected in the medical field. Nurses like you only make them look unprofessional by not fully doing nurse’s functions. This is the reason why nurses are up to now, not appreciated for their true value.

    Just a recap, try to read and see if this is really what you are doing now (to see if you really are a nurse in PRACTICE and not just by TITLE):

    Functions of a professional nurse are as follows:

    (a) Provide nursing care through the utilization of the nursing process. Nursing care includes, but not limited to, traditional and innovative approaches, therapeutic use of self, executing health care techniques and procedures, essential primary health care, comfort measures, health teachings, and administration of written prescription for treatment, therapies, oral topical and parenteral medications, internal examination during labor in the absence of antenatal bleeding and delivery. In case of suturing of perineal laceration, special training shall be provided according to protocol established;

    (b) establish linkages with community resources and coordination with the health team;

    (c) Provide health education to individuals, families and communities;

    (d) Teach, guide and supervise students in nursing education programs including the administration of nursing services in varied settings such as hospitals and clinics; undertake consultation services; engage in such activities that require the utilization of knowledge and decision-making skills of a registered nurse; and

    (e) Undertake nursing and health human resource development training and research, which shall include, but not limited to, the development of advance nursing practice;

    Again, I say, look for another job and stop making blogs like this that make nurses look shallow.
    I’m also from Mindanao. Sorry friend, mukhang short-changed ka sa ibinayad mo sa nursing school na pinasukan mo. Hindi naituro ang tunay na diwa ng nursing. Sadyang hindi name-measure sa halaga ng tuition fee ang kalidad ng edukasyon. Apparently may kulang sa naituro sa inyo dahil kung hindi, hindi ganito ang mga mababasa ngayon sa blog mo.

    Think about what I said.

    Respectfully,
    Nurse-leader from the Philippine’s premiere university

    • Kirby

      this is my experience good leader..i never said u read my article, ano b nmanag alam kong na ipublish to, again this is my side…if your not comfy with it,then dont read…..good leader we alll have our views, dont get me worng but i sooo love nursing….its just that i respect yor opinion good leader =) iba2 nman taung opinion eh….yung sayo lang eh…dinibdib mo…my gosh po mga kuya ate loosen up….who told you to comment? khit ano pang sabhin nyo….i will still do some blogs reagrdign nursing….why po the truth hurts? yes mass production so u need not to explain me dat, im also sorry if u see it this way but its just my expeience…if your not contented good leaders then dont read easy as dat..=) no more further comment…move on…look for another issue..and why not say thi to other nurses who feels the same way lioke i do….mind you theres no such thign as “I WILL HELP THE PIHLIPPINES coz IM A NURSE” dont be a hypocrite po….aghain this is my opinion freedom of speech, sa haba2 po ng comment nyo…i will still do the blog whetehjr u read it or not….thank you agian for the lecture though last part ko algn nambasa,……
      Think about what I said.

      Respectfully,
      the author

    • atchos! mayabang kapatid… siguro nga estudyante ka pa lang… di mu pa nararanasan ung hirap pag nag abroad ka!

      • para kay good leader yan ha… hindi kay kirby..

    • alvinism

      this is not to defend Mr. kirby, but your comment (Nurse-leader) seems you exhibit something that is maybe far from the teachings of your Philippine’s Premiere School (im glad if u mention the school specifically). As im reading it, arrogance comes instantly in my mind.. frankly, student’s experience is far from the real world encountered by RNs working abroad.. I know the feelings of Mr Kirby, maybe because he is just emotionally stressed and culturally shocked.. but it doesnt means that he is an incompetent, low confident, and a wrongly motivated RN. he is just expressing his negative experiences on his current working situation. But it doesn’t implies unprofessionalism. A good RN is not measured on what school one goes, neither on what grade one received in PNLE, or even the track record as a skilled RN. maybe after u passed the PNLE, u might understand what we are trying to impart you Mr. Nurse-Leader.

      • Kirby

        thank you for taht sir alvin, but we all have different views yes culture shocked and stressed coz the place but still i repsect mr nurse leader…ika nga nurses alwyas accept criticism =) thank you for reading

    • marky boy

      pag nag abroad ka na wala na sa ganda ng school yan, patibayan na ng sikmura at sang damukal na pag titiis at dasal na kailangan mo… at ska minamani ang critical care???.. siguro kasama niyo CI niyo nun??.. at ska 5 tao kayo sa isang patient?.. Picture this: 3-11 shift expected patients sa ER where I work dito sa Saudi is at least 100 heads evryday.. 4 staff lang for the shift and 2 Er residents, ang mga specialist ay naka on call.. sabay sabay darating, isang pamilyang na vehicular accident (lukoluko kasing mag drive ang mga arabo tapos di sila lumalabas ng bahay ng di kasama buong pamilya),code blue ung isa dahil labas na utak niya sa skull niya, grabe fracture ng dalawa, tpos may sakit sa puso ung isa nag SVT na, threatening to go to wide complex tachy.. tapos meron pang dumating na nag llabor na, and needed na irefer sa Labor and Delivery dept, tapos on the side nandyan na ung mga makukulit na bantay na kukulitin ka sa lab results ng patients nila, at meron pa diyang pagkuha lang ng tissue o tubig sa dispenser ikaw pa uutusan, at kung tawagin ka pa ay parang tumatawag ng aso…..anu kaya gagawin mo nun at??? maning mani ba???… siguro sisigaw ka na lang sa er at sasabihin mo “ayaw ko na!”..

  • hoy nurse leader.. tigilan mo yang kapalakaan mo.. sige na kaw na nightingale.. may pwesto ka na sa libingan ng mga bayani.. just so you know. di mo rin siya mbblame no.. ang hirap kaya dito sobra.. la ka pa nga experience.

  • mummaridah

    @ good leader-Again, I say, look for another job and stop making blogs like this that make nurses look shallow.” if the only basis u have about being a nurse is ur experience as a student, it’s not reliable at all and it’s very far from the real world honey…..while ur a student u can erase and commit mistakes without the consequence of having ur license revoked, u can easily correct any errors in your documentation and start on a new one, that’s why it’s easy for u to utter those words….i hope u will remember all the things u said when u work as a nurse but ends up answering the patient’s call light just because he wants the chair to be moved even if he can do it himself but u cannot refuse because u are in their country…we are not the ones who think so little of our professions but it’s them, if u ask them why they think we’re here in Saudi, they will tell you that you’re here to work for them and that you should do whatever they ask of you because their government is paying to do so……..so nurse leader, please before u react, be a professional nurse first and speak base on ur experience interacting with these patients rather babble about the ideals of being a nurse..
    i pray that you remember your “functions of a nurse” as you do things that are beyond and below your list….

  • thanks yopu guys…haha cge na sknya na yung pwesto ng mga bayani…..is he like dreaming or something?!! haha again this is my opinon i am not here to offend anyone…it is merely mine alone…..thank yuo for reading guys

  • hunny1619

    ahahha.. i enjoyed reading ur blog and the sizzling comments here. honestly i was even inspired to make my own because of ur article, chek it(just got published as well) puros complaints.ahahha. Readers should look deeper in the content. We are just sharing our experiences here..they can share theirs as well. And for the nurse leader, I found her comment interesting but inconsiderate as well. Who wud not like to work as a competitive, skilled and competent nurse in a gud hospital?? That’s the greatest dream of every nurse but sometimes we just don’t get the same luck!!! don’t mind her as if she said something helpful??!!! nyway, kip it up kirby!^_^

  • baby_elmo

    Hay nku…di nyo kc alam ang pinag dadaanan nmin dto s saudi n mga nurses,pawang katotohanan lng nman lhat un eh,But because nurses nga tyo we are flexible.dental nurse ako dto at 8 out of 10 arab mga sira ulo.swerte n lng kung makakilala k ng isa s matinong tatlong natitira.

  • To each and everyone … We have the right to our own opinion that’s why we are in this thread to be able to share, be heard. As I said earlier on…. people reacts differently about anything & everything the main Key here to be able to understand each other is basically… RESPECT. While it is simple and basic this is the value that we should always embrace when we are already practising the role of a Professional Nurse be it abroad or not. Life abroad is tough… It will not just an issue about nursing, it can be Racial as well. It is true that we want to be treated right, be respected but in an end you will see how difficult to get it even from your own country.I enjoyed Kirby’s blog Coz he was able to deliver it with humorous passion…. I also read the Nurse-leaders’ respond.and I also was able to refresh myself of the ideals of a Professional Nurse. However/ whatever means we became a Nurse the battle actually begins when you start working sometimes you’ll feel belittled, discouraged but you will realize those feelings are but normal and the very least option to survive is giving up.

  • maria

    while im reading this..i wanna be kirby’s friend.hehehe.parang sarap nya makausap in person..kalurky ka.hehehe..dito rin ako sa saudi.and minsan nafefeel ko rin yang mga kaloka na yan.normal lang yan.ang buhay kasi natin dito everyday ay cycle lang.hehehe.pero keri lang.kasi choice natin to and sarap kaya mag arabic..mafi mushkila kirby..enjoy life sa paraan na pwd dito.Godbless and always pray.

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