THE “WAKE UP CALL”

BURN FOREVER
you will BURN with TIME but BURN while giving off LIGHT
BURN FOREVER
you will BURN with TIME but BURN while giving off LIGHT

 

One day you wake up and a sudden realization just hit you while still half asleep… WEH? NURSE KA? DI NGA?

After graduation you just got to say THANK YOU LORD NATAPOS DIN! but is it really OVER?

After passing the BOARD EXAM you just got to say THANK YOU LORD NAKAPASA!

then after… WHAT IS NEXT? YES, JOB HUNTING GALORE!

you put up a resume or a CV with the highest hope that your college GWA and your BOARD rating will get you to land a JOB in a hospital…

you passed your resume to different medical institutions and hope that you will land a JOB…

then they’ll call you for an EXAM, you took it and advanced to the initial INTERVIEW phase…

you felt at this point in time that nothing can stop you from fulfilling your DREAMS!

THIS IS IT! YOU’LL GONNA HAVE THAT JOB! YOU’LL GONNA WEAR AGAIN A WHITE UNIFORM!

after the initial INTERVIEW you’ll hear…

“OKAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME and WE’LL JUST CALL YOU, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS IS ONLY THE INITIAL INTERVIEW. A FINAL INTERVIEW WITH THE CHIEF NURSE IS YET TO FOLLOW BUT UNTIL THEN WE WILL JUST CALL YOU FOR UPDATES. TO BE CLEAR YOU’LL BE A VOLUNTEER NURSE if ever but the institution is still in a POOLING PROCESS since we do not still have a VACANCY”

and that is it… you know you did your very BEST in that initial interview! you know you just got to know that you are definitely QUALIFIED for the JOB. YOU KNOW IT!

but the problem is… YOU LACK EXPERIENCE… YOU LACK THE PROPER QUALIFICATIONS… YOU DONT EVEN HAVE YOUR LICENSE YET… but still your HOPES are at the CEILING of EVERYTHING.

you wait for their call… a day passed, a week passed, 2 weeks and you just have to say, “GANUN NAMAN TALAGA MATAGAL ANG PROSESO..”

3 weeks, a month, a month and a half, 2 months…

then you got BORED… you look for some training just so you’ll have some CERTIFICATES, CPE units just so you wont have to worry about these UNITS when renewing your license after 3 years, you got some other LICENSE, became an IV therapist, a first aid provider, a trained basic life support provider, now you can read ECG’s and interpret then in a jiffy, became an emergency disaster nurse, became an advanced life support provider, and so on… after 5 months of waiting for the “CALL” still you just got to believe that they’ll call… you’ll just say to yourself…

“WALA PA NAMAN OPENING TALAGA SA MGA HOSPITALS THEY WILL CALL ME ONCE MAGKAROON…”

now you feel that you are MORE COMPETENT, MORE ADVANCED, MORE ELIGIBLE FOR A JOB IN A HOSPITAL…

then you checked your E-MAIL… and there it is a thousand E-MAILS from JOB STREET… you browse them hoping that you’ll find somewhere else to apply and pursue your DREAM JOB but unfortunately the e-mails are from the VERY WELL KNOWN CALL CENTERS… a thousand of invitation for you to apply saying that you’ll even get a chance to win some good stuffs if you apply and be accepted…

YOU THOUGHT ABOUT IT… JOINING THE LARGE GROUP of NURSES working in ORTIGAS but not in Medical City or MAKATI but not in MAKATI MED or on QC but not in ST.LUKES or HEART, LUNG, ORTHO, KIDNEY CENTER or ALABANG but not in ASIAN HOSPITAL…

(breathe in, breathe out)

and you’ll say…”HINDI PA NAMAN AKO PINEPRESSURE NG PARENTS KO MAG-WORK… and wala naman kami financial crisis buti na lang nasa abroad sila…”

what a disposition in life right? but what else can you do? it’s not pride but you just can’t see yourself in that career… so you’ll still WAIT for the “CALL”

finally you got SUPER BORED… now you apply to different HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS… you updated your RESUME or CV with all the training you’ve gone through and hope that you’ll SOMEHOW land a JOB!

okay has it been a YEAR NOW..? hey you got your LICENSE CARDS now and you have some compilations of certificates in a clear book…

IT’S BEEN A YEAR and still you’re waiting for the “CALL”

Then one day you WOKE UP and a sudden realization just hit you while still half asleep… WEH? NURSE KA? DI NGA? while your 6×4 ft tarpaulin with your FACE on it saying “CONGRATULATIONS JUAN DELA CRUZ R.N. FOR PASSING THE JULY BOARD EXAM! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!” hanging in your room reminds you of the year before as it FADES OUT SLOWLY EACH PASSING DAY and just like it your DREAM JOB too… now will you still wait for the “CALL”?

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Juansikat is a filipino nurse without a job... a bum... a frustrated writer... a frustrated theater person... SINGLE... he's age is still in the calender... he hopes for the best... he hopes that his motherland will be free again from the grip of some of it's self-center, egocentric, ill-mannered children... hopes that nurses will cure the CANCER of our SOCIETY... he would like to meet JOSE RIZAL just so he could ask him the question..."are you just like me in your time...? i mean you are a product of you SOCIETAL CLASS and so as Andres Bonifacio... so do you ever SCREAMED for FREEDOM like the revolutionaries? or are you PLEADING for DEMOCRACY, EQUALITY, FAIRNESS?"
  • jay

    i do symphatize how you felt ……i had experienced the same, less the tarpaulin heheehe. i came from the province, even went as far as metro manila to find a job which is related to my profession NURSE, even as far as remote areas of Maguindanao….but to no avail, whom you know is already existing those times and i would say its very eminent.call centers were not the trend those times, twas early 90’s, it took me 3 years to land a job…..then strike by a luck after 5 years UK started hiring Nurses……dont loose hope…just keep going…..

  • its really hard nowadays to find a job that suits a nursing profession, its very sad to think that after 4 years of studying, 2to 3 months of reviewing just to passed the nle and have your license.there is no opportunity waiting for you as a nurse! its either you pay to be a volunteer or get out of your field and find any job not lined to ur profession just to say that ur not bum!!! but this is not the end of your chosen career so dont lose hope instead continue to dream and do everything and the best that u can do to achieve your goal and ur dreams!!! because thats what i did and i assure you that you will going to find your own dream job as you go along!!!

  • jak

    SAME. though im not in the nursing field, im in aviation..

    its been a year since i graduated, still i havent found a job..
    i went through all sorts of training, got a drivers license(since its required)and all other stuff required for the job, too, hoping it could raise my qualifications..
    still, no response from all the companies i have applied..
    im already abroad yet, opportunities here are rare unless you’re very experienced..

    now im working part time jobs since im already ashamed of my parents,they worked hard for my education, its time for me to assist/give back somehow~

    dont loose hope, im getting kinda impatient but, trying not to loose hope.. maybe, just maybe, were not supposed to work yet, maybe we just have to go out and live life for a while~

    Have Faith, trust God ^^

  • olaw

    Hey guys get real if our mother land cant give you a job try other land. dont be a patriot you’ll only die in hunger and frustrations.

  • martini

    never let go of your dreams til it happen… isa rin ako sa nkakarelate niyan but im always confident that im gonna find a job a better one soon… kahit volunteer lng, go lng ng go….keber!

  • sestina

    what most people chose to ignore at the beginning of this nursing boom is that taking up nursing is not an easy way out of this country. aside from the fact that there are thousands of graduates produced each year since the early part of the last decade, not all these graduates are actually qualified for the job. a lot of nursing schools suddenly appeared overnight and thing is, not all the nurses they produce are competent.

    some of you may argue that grades are just marks written on paper, but tell me…God forbid, should your child or mother or even you get sick one day, would you want a pasang-awa who had to take the boards three times to be your nurse?

    I don’t mean to be rude, but in the healthcare industry, coming from a good school, having good grades on your transcript, and getting a good recommendation from your dean are important. I don’t have any connections and padrinos but I was able to get into one the top hospitals in the country in less than 6 months of job hunting. Credentials are not enough, it all boils down to your formative years as a nurse – your college years.

  • sestina

    yes, this is a cutthroat industry, but there will always be room for those whose dreams are aligned with their skills.

  • G.B Smile Bella

    And so…. Was I? I was about to write an article like this at this moment. Hindi ko sinasadya, biglang lumitaw ang Article Title sa mismong harapan ko… Yeah, Im looking for the “Equality” that nowadays, our motherland no longer acquiring-maybe? Lagi nalang tanong tanong tanong tanong ang mga nakakakilala sayo. If ever I could look for another job not related to the course I’ve taken, I wish makapagvolunteer muna ako, to people who are mostly in need of my service. Yung may patutunguhan yung sakripisyo ko, yung deserve nila kasi sila, kailangan nla ng todo. Kasi sila yung nararapat na tulungan mo… I remember the time I asked a volunteer nurse if its easy to get hired in this institution even as a volunteer nurse muna. She told me that its “SO” easy. . .- when you’ve known someone working here. . . Where’s equality again? Another is the what they call “RN Heals.” I submit my resume personally without any reccomendation letter- unfortunately I was not the one choosen for the position. Untill I talked to someone who’s known as HR in our municipal hall i dunno if he is, and told me “Ayyyyy dapat dumaan ka muna saakin, para nabgyan kita ng recommendation letter,kasi direkta ka nagsubmit sa DOH, wala hindi ka parin matatanggap hanggat di ka dumaan saakin.” so again, is there’s an equality for that thought I heard again. Lastly I submitted a resume to the institution as a volunteer nurse again, and said they call me if there’s vacant. Oh God its been 3months of ff.up untill now no “CALL” received. Yeah, that’s the scenario happening right now. Mahal ko ang nursing, kasi umpisa palang na nagresist ang mga mgaulang ko sa kursong to, pinilit ko sila, kasi ito nga yung gusto ko. Hindi ko pinagsisisihan to. Ang nakakalungkot lang, sa karanasan ko for now, hindi “lahatq ng nurses nabibigyan ng pagkakataon para makapagtrabaho kasi yun yung gusto nating gawin, not just bec.para mag-gain ng experience gagamitin para sa pag-aabroad or any kind of unselfish reasons . Yung sana ikaw, tayo, ako- mabigyan ng kunting pagkakataon sa kunting panahon na makapagtrabaho mapa-staff o volunteer nurse man lang para maipagmalaki man lang natin sa sarili natin na ito ka oh —“Nurse Ka.”