Try to Google “Company Nurse”, you will find nothing, believe me I tried it myself. I got a bit irritated from knowing that because I am a Company Nurse. Why isn’t there any specific definition for it? It’s a job right? I’ve been doing this for years, both in our homeland and here in Middle East. And why are there people who belittle us? Is it because we work outside the hospital system?
What saddens me is that many ridicule us because of not working in hospitals. What’s worse is kapwa RNs pa natin minsan ang nag sasabi ng “Ay company nurse…”, “Company nurse lang…”, “Baka hindi RN?” etc. First thing, you and I took the same course and graduated with the same degree, so it means that I studied what you studied. I took the same exam that you did (ehem marami sa amin ang one time taker din ng NLE). We also attended all of the basic trainings needed for an entry level hospital staff nurse. Name it, mapa BLS, SFA, IVT, etc. This means we are as good as those who were hired in hospitals.
If you are a nurse working in hospitality or service oriented company, just like me, surely rule number 1 is SMILE! Walang mintis! Kahit bad trip ka, may sakit, inis kay boss, na-boljak ni doc, toxic at lahat na ng kamalasan na maisip eh dapat naka ngiti ka pa din sa guest/ patient mo. Samantalang pag nasa nurse’s station ka pwede sumimangot ng konte wag lang papahuli sa mga supervisor, hehe. Like the nurses in the hospital we also do not get day-off’s during holidays, swerte pa nga sila kasi pwede mag request na makapag off basta maaga lang mag file. Sa company, syempre mas madaming tao sa establishment pag wala pasok kaya bawal mag off on those days, even on weekends. Many people think that we only give out oral medicines / OTC meds, itatanong lang ang sakit then dispense kagad ng gamot. Hey we are trained and educated also, we do assess our patients before giving medications and we can give out IMs, SQs, IVs and IVFs. Nag coconfine din po kami kaso temporay, either in the clinic or pag sa hotel ka nag wowork edi sa room ng guest (SOSYAL!!!). Kung sa hospital merong makukulit na relatives ng patients eh may counterpart din sila sa company, yun ang mga ubod ng bait na mga empleyado. Kung ilang beses ka nag explain sa mga kamag anak ganun din sa mga empleyado (Lord give me patience please). Gustong-gusto ng mga relatives na makiki-usap sayo na i-bend mo yung rules and policies ng hospital para sa pasyente, sa mga empleyado naman maloloka ka sa dami ng request sayo kasi friends daw kayo! KUNO! Kasi may kailangan sila. Sad to say we also experience death in our work place. Kung pano kayo na lungkot and wished you could have done more for the patient, we also feel the same way, unfortunately sa amin limited ang equipments, medicines at walang doctor na mag gigive out ng orders kaya RN.MD. muna pansamantala.
I have to admit, work is really lighter and easier in the company setting. Pag tapos ng 9 hours ng trabaho eh uwian na talaga, wala na extend-extend (minsan lang pag kailangan talaga). Yung iba naka on-call din po kaso may service na hatid-sundo (minsan BMW, Peugeot, Camry, at kung ano-ano pa, hehe). We also do rounds but only to those who request our presence or “room calls”, as they say. During those visits we give out our undivided care and knowledge to our patients, 100% attention ba. For our service, a simple “Thank you” and a big smile is enough for me. Honestly, most of the time they commend us too much with the help and treatment that we provide for them. Ay, meron din po pala yung mga may mabubuting kalooban na nag bibigay ng tip, it’s an added bonus for us, hehehe.
Don’t get me wrong with all of my blabbering; I have nothing against those who’s working in hospitals because I myself worked in that setting. I know how hard it is, how much nurse’s sacrifice for their patients and how fulfilling it is when they get better. It’s just that, I believe we deserve the same respect as they do. We give out the same tender loving care that they do in the hospitals. To our detractors, for heaven’s sake we are licensed registered nurses just working in a different field, so please stop tagging us with the word “only”.
Dedicated to my colleagues in the Company, Hotel, School, University and Clinic industry.
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