Many people around the world believe that Filipino Nurses are one of the best nurses in the world. Perhaps it is true because most of my foreigner friends praise Filipino nurses for their knowledge and abilities. I just felt sad that most of our countrymen or even our goverment do not really appreciate us because if they do they will provide us jobs. Don’t get me wrong because it is true and it was experieced by most of nurses who work in our country. Most of them are treated badly by the management, some patients and their relatives treat nurses like maids, yet most of the nurses are receiving minimum salary and worst, some of them are volunteer nurses, paying fees to be allowed by the hospital to work and to be abused. Again, don’t get me wrong, It is the reality because I also experienced it before I work overseas. I still remember the day when I graduated as a nurse batch 2006 and passed the NLE as well. I though I had 1 giant leap toward success but I was wrong. The promise of those review centers to earn dollars was long way to go.
Most of us took nursing because we want to earn dollars and go to western countries. Most of our relatives who are working in abroad promised us that in the future they will help us to get us there to work, right? Some failed their promises and some kept it. Those who are able to work abroad because of the help of their relatives are so lucky. It’s sad to say that most of us took up nursing not because we really like to be a nurse but because of the encouragement of our parents and influence of our relatives abroad. When I was a child, my dream job is to be a soldier trained in PMA. I am fascinated on jet planes even our AFP don’t have it but only flying coffins. Remember OV-10?. If I could turn back time, I will choose what I like and where my passion is. Perhaps most of us wish we could, but we can never turn back time. Friends, don’t lose hope even we are encountering a lot of trials and bumps along the road. I know there is an express way waiting for us. I believe that God made each of us as his masterpiece not a garbage. Each of us possess greatness and it is for us to discover it.
Right Path or Wrong Path….
I still remember, when I used to work as a nurse in the Philippines , I studied Master in Arts of Nursing at the same time. I don’t have time for my self because every saturday and sunday, I have to go to school after a friday night shift. It’s hard because a regular duty was 12hrs per shift. Some of the time, I end up sleeping in the classroom. One day, when my seatmate who belongs to a wealthy family ask me how much is my salary, I told her frankly that my salary was only 6k. Then she smiled at me and told me, Really?… my allowance is more than double of your salary.I told her Really?….what can I do?This the best that they can offer. At least I have a job. Good for you because you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth and I think no need for you to waste time here to study because your parents already have a lot of businesses. Why don’t you try to manage one of their businesses? Then she told me, You are right. At that point, I felt so bad, I felt I was unlucky enough to be born with an iron spoon in my mouth. There are a lot of rags to riches story and everytime I heard one, I feel inspired and suddenly I realized that you don’t need to become educated in order to become rich because most of the richest people in the world don’t even finished a college degree and yet most of educated people remained in the middle class and sometimes lower than that and in worst cae scenario, some of them can’t even find a good job. After the 1st semester, I quit because I knew that time that there is no sense to continue, I dont want to be a burden for my mother because she was the one who was paying my tuition fee.I just realized that its not the road to riches, just a plain title without money…….
Our Education System…….
During the time I was working as a nurse in one private hospital, I realized that being a nurse is not just all about being a ‘calling’. I don’t understand, why most of colleges and universities were not limiting students taking up nursing. They are stupid enough to tell students that the money is in nursing, when in fact, there’s a lot of surplus. Most of nurses now are working in call centers and even crews in fast food chains. That is the reality. I really feel bad because our government can’t even give a job that suits their educational achievement and even the PNA can’t even voice out the problems of their members. Now here is the thing, our system of education in the Philippines taught us to be an employee and not an entreprenuer that is why most of us remain either in the middle class or in the lowest level of society.
My friend, we can’t turn back time now. Maybe most of us blame our selves why we took up nursing. No need to fret. All we have to do is to have a positive perspective toward our profession in order for us to move on and grow as a human being. If you are in the rock bottom now I’m sure you will soon emerge your self on a sea of success. God made us great, why don’t we use it and don’t just stay on a small corner; stand up and conquer your fears. I know there are a lot of oppurtunites waiting for you so remove every doubts and fear that you have. You may fail twice or thrice but try again. Just remember, most of the successful people failed more that three times. It will make you stronger and the pain that you feel will fuel you toward success. Now, if you believe you will be successful, YES YOU WILL!
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