Being a nurse is a chance of a lifetime. As being one, God is giving us the opportunity to see how
LIFE STARTED… and how life ENDED.
Walang sino mang pumilit.. o di kaya naman ay nagdikta.. Kumbaga, its a personal choice. Not the same as all other nurses who were forced, or those who were left with no other alternatives… o kya naman those who were just thinking of greener pastures, huge salaries etc.
I know even from the start that this is what i love. This is what i want to be.
Been reading some blogs few hours ago concerning the vast number of “REGISTERED NURSES” back in the Philippines whom are suffering on being a bum, unemployed for long, stuck paying for volunteering inspite of supposedly being paid, or those trapped on Call Center careers or those who just ended up regretting why they decided to take nursing in the first place. Hayyy… sad reality.
Kaya nman, I felt so glad because despite that crisis, im one of those blessed who was able to get a nursing job right after gaining the license. Memories were all fresh. It was Sunday, August 26 year 2007, while attending the mass in Manila Cathedral when Board exam results was released. Just 11 days from that, 6th of September, the same year, I started with my first day in NICU/Nursery. Same as others who set off as a volunteer nurse then eventually hired as staff months after. Still blessed indeed.
Every day seems like a fulfilling day. Day after day I came to learn new things… Babies are like angels.. so soft.. so delicate.. They cant do anything but give the full trust on you. Their life on your hands. The inner joy of seeing how life started. The happy faces of the newly-mothers cuddling and kissing their newborns. The blissful facade of fathers waiting for the cry of little angels. The whole family in high spirits. hayyy! What a great feeling after months when premature babies started gaining weight, getting better.. and discharged. Gratitude from the family for all the service and love you’ve given in taking care of their child. I can still remember one mother of premature baby left me with a thank you note that says:”Thank you nurse dana sa walang sawang pagturo sakin gumamit ng breast pump. Marami na kong gatas para kay baby” Simple phrases yet fulfilling.
On the contrary, life is undeniably full of assortments. We all hope for the best but life is uncertain at times.
Some can get through it while others have to let go. Codes here and there, run back and forth.. CPR, intubations, emergency drugs, but after all the struggles… Flat line came out of your screen..
Heart-rendering. Gloomy. Silence. Tears and weeping are the only sounds contained in the room.. Now, that’s the end of life. How to shed goodbyes?
Busy days, toxic duty hours, pages of doctor’s orders… but nurses can take the pressure. That’s definite!
Until external forces moved me and I decided to advance my career. A new door has opened and I started a new chapter in my life. I left motherland and unwavering entered a life in the desert. Faced days alone in a far spot and tried new things.
A whole life filled with varieties of events. Both virtuos and awful. Yet still part of so-called “experience”.
Phrases uttered by colleagues will forever be remembered. “thank you sister for having the initiative”
“thank you for you are a big help for me today” and “you are one of the good nurses I met and hope so you’ll learn more and be one of the best” . Simple words yet worth something.
I may be moving soon from one place to another but at the end of the day, I will forever be a nurse…
Though some gives appreciation and others do not.. yet, we still strive with most excellence.
Other things doesn’t matter..
Ultimately, we work not only with our heads, but with our hands and our heart. That’s a nurse!
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