Salvie 1,781 Views
Joined May 5, '10.
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Thank you everyone for understanding my grievances. A lot of nurses on the older generations here in the Philippines does not understand what we young nurses are going through. It really pains me when other people judge young nurses of why they don't have jobs yet. They don't understand coz they are not experiencing what we are experiencing. Because of this, I joined an international organization made here in the Philippines by young nurses who also share the same fate as the majority. the name of the organization is the Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates international, better know as AYNLA. Together we are strong. Let us unite and make our voices heard. Let us make a CHANGE. PLease all you nurses join us in our endeavor to make our voices heard.
Last year, I was able to meet a reviewer who graduated just a year ahead of me. I was really amazed at the way he taught his students. I am a big fan of nursing reviewers who really have the ability to get the attention of his/her students. I am very eager to be a reviewer myself. I guess teaching is what I really like. So I started looking for ways to get myself to teach Nursing.
Being a Clinical Instructor or a Nurse Lecturer is a new option for nurses here in the Philippines. It is a moderately high paying job compared to being a staff nurse in a hospital. The requirement for being a Nurse Lecturer is around 5 years of clinical experience and of course, having a Masters Degree in Nursing.
Although 5 years of continuous clinical experience is needed to land a job in Nursing Education, some Education Institutions here in the Philippines loosened their belts a bit. I was able to look at schools that required just around 6 months to 1 year of clinical experience and 18 units in the Graduate Studies. I tried on applying in those schools but I wasn‘t qualified because of the lack in experience.
At the moment, I’m continuing with my Masters Degree in Nursing while looking for a hospital where I could have my clinical experience. Hopefully, I’ll be able to land a job after my endeavors.
Although having a career in Nursing Education seems to be a promising opportunity, acquiring units in the Graduate School requires a lot of efforts. Being in the Graduate School requires the student to be as independent as possible from the professor. The professor is there to solely guide the students. The students are the ones who’ll do all the work. There are a lot of reporting and tons of paper works.
Being a Graduate student also means that you’ll have to be in intensive research that would go on for months or even for a few years. Although, some may consider being in the Graduate School, as being in a “toxic” environment, for me, I’m having quite a lot of fun.
I love the way the lessons are being taught in the graduate school; where students are given much freedom to express themselves to everyone, and there is a continuous flow of thoughts and ideas from the students and the professors.
For, me, being in the Graduate School is stepping into yet another level of a professional discipline by fully understanding the dimensions of a particular discipline, in my case it is Nursing. I can say that being in the Graduate School opened my mind into much more possibilities and questions about the world of Nursing.
In just about a year from now, hopefully I’ll be able to gain the title of Masters of Arts in Nursing (MAN). By that time, I can have the title on my name. For me, it’s not just the title that counts but the things I’ve done to elevate the discipline of Nursing through my studies and research.
Having a Master’s degree is not just elevating your qualifications amongst others but developing a scholar within you that will enable you to make a change for the betterment of the discipline. I can say that with experience and continuous education, a true nurse that could bring about constructive change will surely be born.
I graduated as a nurse from a certain University in the Philippines. I was just as excited as any Nursing graduate. Earning a bachelors degree in Nursing was really something in my country. All of those sleepless nights of studying and not to mention the sky-rocketing tuition fees spent by my parents each semester for four years.
Almost every parent hoped their son or daughter will finish up Nursing during my time and I think it continues on to the present. It is because of the promise of working abroad. The demand for nurses really perked up a few years back. I guess it was always the issue of searching for greener pastures. The promise of working abroad and earning a lot of money stirred up the ideas of most parents; believing that their son/daughter can fly to US and earn dollars after graduating and passing the Boards. I hope that was the real case...
After I earned the title BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), it was time to review for the Nursing Board Exam. I remembered reviewing for almost a year (I really wanted to have a place on the top 10). I also remembered the efforts of the various review centers; trying to lure as many students as possible. Nursing students are really a good source of money.
So there it was, around 2-3 months of non-stop review and it’s off to the board exams. All of the examinees are really aiming to pass the boards in any way possible. I was confident back then. I knew I was going to pass and I was also hoping to pass it with flying colors. The excitement of the boards began to ease out after the exam.
While anticipating for the results, a lot of my friends entered the Call Center industry. After a few months, the results were out, passers had their oath-taking, and we were made to think that we were closer to our goals of going to the promised lands. I immediately took the chance of applying for a nursing job in every hospital (both private and public hospitals).
It was one of the requirements that new board passers must have necessary trainings such as Intravenous insertion, Basic Life Support and the like to be able to be accepted as a nurse in any hospital.
I enrolled in all the trainings required and even had my seminars so that my resume would stand out amongst all job competitors. My efforts on applying in hospitals and clinics continued on even after I got a job from a Review and Training Center for Nurses.
I really liked to live my career as a Nurse in a hospital; caring for patients, but I was financially challenged. I couldn’t afford working as a volunteer with less or no pay at all or worst having my training in hospitals and paying for the training with no guarantee of being one of its staffs.
Those were the current situations of newly nursing graduates or board passers here in the Philippines. Wherever I go, the policy is the same: you got to be a volunteer with or without pay or pay a certain amount for on-the-job trainings. If you’ll take into consideration on the prices that these hospitals are charging Nurses, you’ll also think that it is just a way to earn money out of the poor Nurse’s pockets. Regular training costs at around 1000 Philippine peso a month.
Special areas and other well-known hospitals even charge at around 8000-15000 pesos. Do you think that’s even fair for new Nurses, whom only depend unto their parents?
What would become of those unfortunate nurses who are unable to have the money necessary for training? This is what had happened to me...
After around a year of applying in various health institutions, I grew weary. I searched for other ways of preserving my knowledge of Nursing aside from trainings and seminars. Another pathway unto the Nursing career is continuing on in Nursing Education. I decided to have my Masters degree without having any clinical experience.
I did this while I am working for a private company on a medical account. Having a Master’s degree offered a chance to be employed in a more promising job in Nursing: that is to be a Nursing lecturer or a Clinical Instructor either in the community or the hospital. I am actually doing this for a year now; working in a non-Nursing office while studying for Masters.
Another pathway is having all the exams necessary for landing job abroad. I am also planning to have those exams: IELTS, NCLEX, CGFNS and the like when I already have enough money. It seems to be a promising way to escape the fate of nurses here in the Philippines: to go abroad.
The only problem with applying for a job abroad is that it also requires clinical experience as a staff nurse. I remembered some of my friends being a volunteer for almost a year without pay or having an allowance of just around 50 pesos per day! Because of what is happening, I’m beginning to realize that Nursing is a profession made for rich people who can afford to supply an endless pool of money over trainings and seminars. I’m glad that the Philippine government is implementing some ways of giving a solution on the increasing rate of unemployment in Nursing.
Just last year, the NARS program was made to give nurses a chance to have their experiences for 6 months. Such a good opportunity for nurses, but I think it is not sufficient for answering the problems of unemployment. Nurses continue on having a really tough time here in the Philippines and I’m sure it’ll continue on for a few years more as more student Nurses are planning to add on the Nursing population explosion.
Nursing unemployment is really a grave problem these days here in the Philippines. And I think hospitals are taking advantage of new nurses, making them pay for overpricing training fees or offering them a job without pay. I’m really saddened by the way nurses are treated here in the Philippines.
I really hope the newly elected officers of the country would try on considering more possible solutions for this problem. Fellow nurses are now petitioning for free on-the-job trainings for nurses which are to be considered as clinical experience.
Up to this very day, I’m still not losing my grip. I’m still hopeful that I could land a job in a hospital or any health institution, passing my resume to every health institution I can find. I am doing this for the last two years and still hoping...
They let me take the entrance exams in Universities with Nursing programs; setting aside my chance to study in the University of the Philippines where I passed for the course Sociology. So there I was, I took the entrance exams in two Universities where I luckily passed and qualified as a full scholar in Far Eastern University in Morayta.
My first year as a college student in Nursing was anything but ordinary compared to other first years of other courses. The Nursing program during my time, requires the student to study primarily all the basic subjects of tertiary education. We have no Nursing-related subjects in first year. The exciting times of being a Nursing student started on the second year. Those were the time when we had our Anatomy subject and the first related learning experience termed as “RLE”. There were a lot of changes made when we became sophomores in our Nursing Institute.
Actually, during those times, it made me feel entirely different from all the other students of the University. There was an undeniable difference when you look at a Nursing student and other students from other institutes in our school. You see, in our school, we have this school uniform which is worn by everyone: polo and a green pants with patches from respective institutes where the student belonged.
Amongst all the students of the University, only the Nursing students have their own way of wearing the uniform. The guys were to have their polo tucked into their pants. All the students are also advised to have their hair neatly looking all the time as well as well-shaven faces for the guys. The measurement for haircut was 2 finger breaths from the side and 3 finger breaths from the back. I really hate that rule, for I am used to wear my hair a little longer. So what will do if you don’t abide by the said rules? Punishment of course: grade deduction for the said day. Even the girl’s skirts were measured when you’re a Nursing student!
The skirt should be an inch or so below the knee. Ever wondered why Nursing students were like that? I never realized that until I earned the degree: It is for them to gain discipline. We were much disciplined, when we were nursing students and that goes on until we graduate and have our jobs.
One of the most memorable experiences I had when I was a Nursing student was when I had my RLE. There were a lot of RLE’s. We would have it in the community, hospitals, clinics, and other health institutions where nurses are present. The community RLE’s were a lot of fun and also one of the most “toxic” times when I was a nursing student, especially when I had my first Community Nursing Diagnosis. It was very exhausting when we had the survey. Those were the beginning of the sleepless nights. Sleepless nights continued until I graduated and still continued on when I reviewed for the Board Exam. I guess all Nurses could relate on that.
Of all the RLE’s, what really marked my nursing student years was when I had my hospital exposures. The hospital is always full of action, drama and all of the scenes you could ever imagine. I was always very excited when I am inside the hospital premises to the point that I was always scolded by my Clinical Instructor that time. I am fond of reading all of the patient’s charts and asking my instructor of all the things I could not understand on the chart. I was a very annoying student for my instructors then; always asking questions and explain things in front of my group mates.
One of the best things I love doing until now in the Graduate School is presenting cases especially making “super-detailed Pathophysiology of diseases”.
I remember my group mates sleeping on my discussions going on for around 2-3 hours in every presentation.
Being in the hospital is a very pleasant experience for me, and being a nurse myself; going through all of those experiences made me think that Nursing isn’t too bad after all. In fact it is one of the best courses I could ever imagine. After my four long years of being a nursing student, I struggled with my review. I even remembered hoping and wishing to top the Board.
When I graduated and passed the board until today, I always look back on those times being a nursing student. Even though it is quite hard to land a Nursing job these days, and new nurses really struggle hard to earn a living, I’m still thankful that I became a Nurse.
As every Nurse always says, being a Nurse is a calling and not everyone is called. There is a divine purpose for the profession that is to serve the most needing your services. Even though almost everyone is taking up Nursing, staying on the profession after you graduate is when you will have the full realization of the path you have chosen. Nursing isn’t just a course or a profession. It is a philosophy of life, where you’ll be able to see life in a different perspective when you indulge yourself in Nursing. That’s what I started to realize when I was a Nursing student and what I’m continuously realizing up to the present.
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