After I graduated 2007 and passed the board, I was so ecstatic, everyone rejoiced at my triumpant registration as a professional. I took 2 months or so that I realized it didn’t end here.. I needed a job, as a nurse.
So I passed my application to different hospitals and institutions.. Only to find out that it will take a month or so for an initial interview (and yes i also applied at St. Luke’s where they require you to pay for some kind of intership). It was 2008 when i was figured out that I was not going anywhere. So I called up some friends and asked for help. A friend of mine had the luxury of owning a school in the northern provinces, and this friend hooked me up when he applied at NCMH. So of course I took the free ride. There i was introduced as a cousin to get the same treatment. Immediately we were entertained by the ACN there and was quickly introduced thereafter to the CN as “anak at pamangkin ni ????? Ung may ari ng ??????? Sa ?????? (I won’t disclose the school to protect my friend) and alas.. The next day we were at NP screening and 2 weeks later we were at deliberation. In a month we were at orientation. I was so stunned by how fast it was for people with connections, while a poor fellow’s daughter (whom i met at the deliberation) waited 6 mos for this oppurtunity. So there we were, seeing the rotten system of an institution. Why rotten you ask?? Let’s see… There were times that abusive employees get commendations not because they are good.. but are with good relations with the CN.
It’s so funny how ironic and sarcastic the BON and PNA are addressing the quality of nursing in the Philippines. When old nurses (our bosses) are the one’ rotting the fruits when they enter their practice. Maybe we put too much faith in these people, and in the end they will be the reason why nurses would opt to be call center agents rather than being “tuta” and rotten like old nurses.
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