Typical Jobs of a Fresh RN in the Philippines

Blessed nurse (Photo credit: blogspot)
Blessed nurse (Photo credit: blogspot)

The day when the official results of the Board Examinations came was a day of uneasiness and uncertainty. But the moment we saw our names on the official list of passers was a total sense of overjoy and relief. Simply, it was a euphoric feeling to know that you were able to achieve your dream. Days after that precious momen, came unanswered questions that popped up in our minds. “What then? What to do next? What is my next step? Will I start working? Will I rest for awhile?” and many more. So, it was a much more different challenge. Facing unemployment crisis related to our profession prompted us to face different journeys and I’d like to share the most common journeys I observed among my colleagues.
As we entered the actual nursing world, we knew there was a big challenge waiting for us. As a result, some nurses tried different journeys (I’m one of them), and some “blessed” few nurses were able to apply what they’ve studied for 4 years (I’m yearning for that). As an observation, there is a common path we nurses are rooting for, and that is employment in the nursing world. The main reason is to gain relevant experience for us to be qualified to work abroad. Congratulations for those who are working on hospitals and clinics as they really practice what they’ve studied. But for some or I mean the majority, it’s time to break boundaries and face unfamiliar challenges. Here are some of the most common journeys that nurses ride as I categorized each in a unique way.
Blessed nurse (Photo credit: blogspot)
Blessed nurse (Photo credit: blogspot)
  • The BLESSED – “Blessed” is the word that perfectly fits them. These nurses are the ones who experience working right away as a nurse. They are able to apply what they’ve studied for 4 years, fresh after being an RN! They are able to practice and experience the real feeling of being a registered nurse, a health care provider, or an angel with a stethoscope. I’ll include here the volunteer nurses since they practice the profession with passion even without pay. Now it makes me miss or yearn more to work in a hospital or clinic. Kudos to these guys for a great career start!
Call center agent (Photo credit: blogspot)
Call center agent (Photo credit: blogspot)

The PHONEPAL- 

      People who answer calls every single minute when you need technical assistance, customer service etc.

 

    Nurses who work as call center agents have great answers when it comes to employment or financial stability. I have several friends who are nurses as well that work in Call Centers/ BPO (Business Process Outsourcing). Though they have not practiced the nursing profession yet, at least they have this great stepping stone that would help when applying for overseas since they were able to enhance their English Speaking skills, phonetics and communication techniques. I call or text my friends who work in Call Centers whenever I’m hungry or if I want to taste some socially lifting stuff (because they’ll treat you big time).
Educator (Photo credit: blogspot)
Educator (Photo credit: blogspot)
  •  The EDUCATOR– Exactly as the word implies. They are not just nurses. They’re also tutors who teach different nationalities (mostly Koreans) the English language. Honestly, it is a challenge to teach foreigners who have difficulties in pronouncing or speaking English. Koreans are the majority of students here in the Philippines. Well at least it gives you a glimpse of “how does it feel overseas” thing. There are lots of advantages of being an English Tutor. Communication, English speaking skills and nurse-client relationship are developed. And also, great salary for a start!
Entrepreneur (Photo credit: blogspot)
Entrepreneur (Photo credit: blogspot)
  •  The EntrepreNurse– The Nurse Entrepreneurs.  Those who engage in business while waiting for the right opportunity to practice the profession. Some do it part time or full time. Others are categorized as the RN. Registered Nurse? Yes but not really. Better call them the Registered Networkers. Nurses who engage in the Network Marketing Industry or Multilevel Marketing (MLM).   Nursing Knowledge is also utilized in this industry especially if you join in companies that engage in promoting Health and Wellness (Health Supplements, herbal coffees, etc.). When it comes to prospecting, sales and marketing, communication techniques are definitely enhanced (improves NPR).  I know a lot of colleagues here in our city that engage in Network Marketing. And here’s one thing I noticed: Tremendous Mindset for Success.
Medical representatives (Photo credit: blogspot)
Medical representatives (Photo credit: blogspot)
  • The PUSHER– Pardon me? Drug Pusher? Sort of, in a legal and formal way. The Med Reps!!! These nurses are specialists in drugs (the meds), sales, and are good in communication. Most of them also do specialize in Driving. Oh yeah. I remember when I was at my driving lessons, several of my co-students were Medical Representatives. And I’ve heard  that they can own their cars once the company is impressed on their performance. One more advantage is that their job is still linked to nursing since Pharmacology is clearly connected.
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  • The TRANSCRIPTIONIST The Medical Transcriptionists: another great and unique example of being a versatile nurse. Many nursing skills are enhanced in this job. Hearing skills, increased knowledge in medical terminologies, diagnostics, hospital notes, communication techniques etc. One more thing that makes a nurse-medical transcriptionist awesome is that they apply plenty of medical  and hospital related knowledge into their work.
Spectarors (Photo credit: blogspot)
  •  The SPECTATOR-  This is self explanatory. You know what I mean. The “tambay“! But don’t take these guys for granted, for they are the ones waiting for the right opportunity at the right time. These nurses have boxes of options of what they want to be as stated above. They just wait for the right time. And take note, these “tambays/bystanders” might be the RNs who are waiting for the next school year to expand their Professional Development  and future careers such as enrolling in a Medical School, Law School, course they really wanted to take, or a Masters Degree in Nursing, Psychology etc.. Others engage in business/entrepreneurship.
These are just my own viewpoints since most of my friends and colleagues are on that categories. Nurses or to be more specific: Filipino nurses, can easily adapt in many, if not all fields.

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