Passport to an Extension of Identity

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Every year, thousands of nursing students graduate from numerous nursing and pharmacy schools in the Philippines. Also, every year, thousands of these graduates pass the licensure examination, hence becoming registered nurses. Among these thousands, many plan to go abroad, in search of greener pastures to make both ends meet—a reason clear enough for everyone to figure out. However, leaving motherland does not only give us an opportunity to help uplift the country’s economy and fill in the demands for health care providers worldwide but also opens a window to show what we, Filipino health care professionals are capable of.

Before we can even start extending our caring skills overseas, we begin at our homeland as students, striving to achieve our ambition of becoming registered nurses. We study hard and do all means of passing every requirement just like a typical student taking up any other course. The quality of global health care that we provide begins by transforming and making a difference in our selves as students. What our vocation needs more than brilliant minds are flexible individuals who can bend through evolving health care standards and can blend with the various colors of people we deal with everyday.

Part of a student’s duty is to uphold the university’s values. We are taught to be passionate, caring, and patient in the practice of our profession. Sometimes, we think that it would be good for others to know that we are not just people in white uniforms by wearing it with a mantra “In God’s light, we are guided to care” that suggests our significance to the society. But then, we must also realize that the sayings are made to remind us the values we ought to uphold. These values should reflect more on our practice than on our uniforms.

There are times when we hear news regarding malpractices, unethical conducts, and even the lack of communication skills of some nurses. These have somehow placed an unpleasant mark in the picture of the Filipino health care provider. But then, these mistakes grow bigger until they are learned and modified by the succeeding generations of nurses. These mistakes should fuel us to strive harder and to improve the quality of care that we give. We set what is ill aside and move forward. At times we can look back at it to remind us what we should not do and to cease from making the same mistakes.

We, members of the health care team, are regarded as change agents. We urge people to change for the better, but we must not put to oblivion that we should begin the change in our selves. If we can change something in our selves, we can surely change something in others.

About the Writer: I’m Mark Donald Reñosa, 22 , finished my BSN degree at St. Paul University Philippines, and MSN degree at University of Saint Louis. Currently pursuing my Doctor of Nursing Science at Saint Paul University Philippines and working as Clinical Research Nurse at Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and Part-Time Academic Coach at Rachell Allen Reviewers.

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