Nurses: Touched Lives and Touching Lives

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August 15, 2009 — Capping, pinning and candle lighting– one of the Nursing highlights. I didn’t expect to go this far. I must admit, I didn’t like this course at first. I started to like it when I, together with my other nursing buddies, conducted a three-day community immersion at Baco, Oriental Mindoro. There, I realized that the nursing profession is in fact very pleasurable, yet challenging. You can touch lives and life can touch you. One proof of this is from the kid that I was assigned to. I spent almost every hour with him. We played, ate and hanged out together. For three days, we were inseparable.

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I was caught off guard. The hours before I left was a torture. We played and made the most of the times left for us. Then, it was time to go. I said my goodbyes and kissed him on his cheek. I thought everything was going to be fine. As I stood up and just about to leave, he rushed to the door and tried to close it. Clearly, he didn’t want me to go. I was touched. I saw his tear-filled eyes; I was crushed. I picked him up and hugged him as tight as his body and my arms could take. I felt that he needed me and wanted me to stay, but sadly, I couldn’t. We took him out for lunch. After eating, we were reminded that the kid had to go home. Again, goodbyes were said. Unknowingly, my eyes were sending threads of tears. The kid wiped my tears. The best thing about it was, my friends were also touched by this little scene.

After sending the kid home, the bags were packed. We thanked the ones who provided food and shelter. We left that familiar place with unforgettable memories and some with a heavy heart.

Photo credit: liferaftgroup.org

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