Nurses please STAND UP!

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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  • susan

    Beng CNA is a very stressful job and worst tagasalo nang init nang ulo nang nurse.We know for a fact this kind of job and if you are working in US.We faced the language barrier’s, parang kailangan maging lenguistic ka.At pag kaharap mo ay hindi marunong mag-English another problem. kailangan mo nang enterpreter para mag kasundo kayo, pag hindi mo na aayos ikaw ang mananagot sa mga nurse dahil under ka nila. sasaluhin mo lahat nang galit nila sa iyo nila ibubuhos. Sabi ko noon Bakit ba ako napasok sa ganitong trabaho, minsan gusto ko nang sumigaw sa galit. Dahil saktan ka nan nag pasyente pag tatawanan ka pa.Sa tindi nang stress nag kakaroon nang displacement ang CNA ang pag babalingan nang Nurse o pasyente. At Ang CNA pader doon m ilabas ang galit mo hehhe. Honestly! being DOctor, Nurse and Cna is not an easy job. Mabuti pa nga ang mga Nurse ang la-laki nang sahod, kaming mga CNA lahat nang galit kami sumasalo mapa-pasyente at nurse.But Im still enjoying serving an old people. Sometime gusto ko nang umalis at maghanap nang iba.But my job as a CNA is a big challanged on my part as long I still laughed with my resident.They feel safe with you, masarap ang pakiramdam kapag alam mong pisil lang sa palad at halik ang sukli nila. Maybe some patients are moody,snobbed mostly is hard to handle. But this type of job gave the lesson in life, we need improved our understanding not only in a certained time if we can do it all the time. Expand our Harizone to comport what they need. My job give the different aspect of how to treasure ang value our life. Yes! IM A CNA IM ENJOYING every minutes of it.

    • Jeff

      To be a nurse is to be the life for the people that you give care and to be the voice who will speak in behalf of these patients. I am an LPN here in the US and like the few I am so blessed to have a job at a nursing facility. To be a nurse is tough. There are lots of sacrifices, enduring patience and mutual understading. But it all worth the ride. Kudos to all nurses, CNA LPN or RN alike. Respect humility and being true to oneself should embodied the heart and soul of a real nurse.

  • chris

    kieke

  • chris

    S T R I K E FOR YOUR WRITES!!!!!! YOU CAN AFFORD TO BE BETTER PAYD! YOUR WORKING HARD ADN THE GOVERMENT DO NOTHING FOR YOU! THEY ARE ONLY NTERESTING TO EMTY THE COUNTRY OF THE EDUCATED PEOPLE AND SEND THEM TO OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE THEY LIVE AWAY FROM FAMILI AND HOME! WHY ARE PHILIPPINO NURSES SO UDNERASTIMETED IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY? WHY THEY GET SO BAD SALLARY? ALL THOSE THINGS ARE WELLKNOWN BY THE GOVERMENTS THEY ARE ACTING LIKE AGENTS FROM FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE ( WE ALL NOW WICH ONE!!!)

  • chris

    PHILIPPINO NURSES ARE THE BEST EDUCATED IN THE WORLD! THATS MY PERSONAL EXPIERIENCE! BUT IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY ARE UNDERPAYED AND BEUSED!!

  • brian

    The Philippino nurses I’ve worked with in the past are extremely lazy and worthless. So glad the US isn’t bringing them here to work as much as they were just a few years ago. STAY IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY!!!

    • –@brian; u sound like insecured with FILIPINO NURSES…Wherever u g0 FILIPINO NURSES excel in their profession !!! US is not only the country that employ NURSES !!! Go,Go, FILIPINO NUrses; ur still the best !!!

      • Brian

        Not at all “insecured” with Flips, they are just horrible workers. I always have to go behind them and clean up the messes they leave from the night shift. All the Flip doctors work at the second rate hospitals in town here, none of the real hospitals will hire them. Small hospitals employ them and the Flip nurses because they pay a lot less to use them up. I think it’s hilarious, almost like modern day slaves.

  • –@brian,,,oh really? why who u think u r ? I’ve been in so many hospitals,,,and FILIPINO NURSES are the one working hard especially in a critical area …i don’t know where u are living. Maybe in a jungle???

    • Brian

      Sarah, sounds like you have a working problem yourself. Why have you been “in so many hospitals?” If you were that good of a nurse you wouldn’t need to switch around so often.

      • —Working problem??? why, I don’t have a right to be checked in a hospital? I’am not a NURSE but thats what I saw in so many hospitals…You shut up and die with all ur insecurities in LIFE. theres\’s no medicine for ur sickness…

  • Brian

    Shut up and die? lol Wow, you’re the one with some major insecurities and wanting people to suffer. If you’re not a nurse, then you have no opinion in this conversation. You must be from the Phillipines.

  • @bran,,,wherever and who am i,,,its none of ur business !!! I’m just curious why ur so jealous of FILIPINO NURSES!!! Maybe ur a CLEANER thats why u cleaned-up their mess,,,wow !!! a cleaner has an opinion about NURSES !!! hahahahaha…LOSER !!!

    • Brian

      You are even more dense than you originally sounded….definitely a Flip. You can hate my opinion about Flip nurses all you want, but the truth is that my opinion is shared with many others. Hospitals in the US only hire you because you’re cheap labor, that’s the only reason. Otherwise you’re just worthless human beings that live in a 3rd world county with no jobs. Life must suck for you.

      • —And you Brian? Ur the one saying that ur a CLEANER so what u want to prove??? U suck !!! Ur a loser and a sick !!! I still believe that FILIPINO NURSES are being HIRED everywhere cuz THEY EXCEL in every work assigned to them. Most of the countries are in need of FILIPINO NURSES not because of money only but the SKILLS that they offer !!! CLEAN-UP ur ASH and and ur DIRTY MIND !!! LOSER CLEANER !!!

  • @ Brian,,,what about you? Why you have to work as a cleaner if you have enough WORK in ur country? Why you have to attack other people if u are DESCENT people? The reason is that THEY hired FILIPINO instead of u cuz u can’t perform any simple job but CLEANING !!! GO, LOSER and clean up the ASH of old aging people!!! hahahahahahahahahah!!!!