I'm a new nurse, looked for a hospital job for almost a year, and then found work at an LTC in the sub-acute unit. I love my patients, and while I'm still planning to move into Med-Surg in a hospital, I'm grateful for this job. I'm learning a lot, and my co-workers are extremely supportive.
It's been an interesting cultural immersion, because I'm an Anglo girl and literally 99% of the rest of the staff are Filipino. I've been treated very warmly, and am enjoying the experience--lots of laughter, kindness, and a fantastic work ethic.
So I have a question for the Filipino nurses out there--I've noticed that there's a lot of polite forms of address in use--"Ate" for a female colleague, "Kuya" for a man--and I'm starting to feel as though I'm being rude when I address someone by just their bare name! Would it be considered weird or pretentious if I were to adopt these terms? I want to show respect.
Thanks for any insights you might be able to offer!