I have been a registered nurse since 2008… and I’ve gone to many stages of challenges of being a nurse… there was a time that I faced the so called “panghihinayang at pagsisisi” because of taking up nursing… and also the stage of being emotional for feeling useless because of being unemployed for a period of time.
BUT… i realized that being unemployed is not the real problem of being a nurse, the problem is “your mind is enclosed to a certain duty you want to work with” you want a job in a hospital to gain experience for 3 years and get a hell out, away from this forsaken country….
My fellow nurses… our title as a nurse is not a limitation for us to work or find another source of income… here are some of my experiences as a nurse that made up my mind on why I should not go abroad.
1.) After taking up the board exam and a rating of 80 plus, i was prepared to apply for work, but suddenly realized some basic requirements for application which is basic IVT and FA-BLS training, so i took up IVT and FA-BLS training. IN my training of BLS in Philippine Redcross i became interested in First AId and Teaching it, YES…! that day after our graduation, i applied to be an instructor for Red the Red Cross. They told me i must experience being a volunteer first so i went on volunteering for safety service, first aid station and Blood letting project. In that sense i developed the character of volunteerism, without any pay, i loved what i was doing, my character as a helping nurse helped me, and after that i trained as an instructor for 2 weeks of rigorous training. I became an FA instructor, and for two years i became an expert in field emergency and ambulance assistance for accidents. i loved the adrenaline rush.
2. while in RC there came an instance i had to teach a certain resort in cavite to train their life guards for FA & BLS. the management of that resort saw my potential so they hired me as their resort nurse for the summer, with just a small salary of 315 pesos a day but i was happy with that.
3. After being a nurse at that resort, i had another opportunity when i saw a posting of needing a company nurse, i appplied and luckily got the job.
4. I did not stop there. Employed as a company nurse, I started a small business as a cell phone reloader at our company, earning as much as 700 a week.
5. I also became interested in investing in the philippine stock exchange. For as low as 500 pesos you can own stock from the three biggest banks in the Philippines: BDO, BPI, Metrobank. I just placed a small amount from my salary every month and before I it, my share have grown substantially.
As of right now my estimated earnings per month as a nurse plus my business and investing in stock, I would say its about PHP15,000 per month.
For one who did not give up, I found some alternatives. Do not just stick to what you know, we have to learn new things. We must accept the reality that being a nurse today is very difficult but not doing anything about it doesn’t really do much good.
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