here is the story of nursing life, or whatever you call it :-) my parents and i along with my 2 little siblings migrated here in the usa back in 1992. i was 2 semesters away from graduation from the philippines, and of coarse, i was not happy about the migration thing because i really wanna be with my friends in nursing school, and at least graduate with them. however, i went anyways because my parents told me to come in the u.s. and maybe come back after 6 months ( not!). i was terrified the night before our flight to
the u.s. because i barely speaks english, and my accent is horrible. anyways, we landed in honolulu airport and was surprised that it was not that cold, no snow, and not all people are blond or blue eyes. hawaii is nice, everything is green and people speaks english, and other languages. there are a lot filipinos here, mostly from ilocano and visayan ancestry. a month later we got our social security card,and green card ( it's pink, not green) then i was forced to work.( yes, there is no such thing as free here in the u.s.a...even you live with your own relatives). my very first job was at a local fastfood restaurant, no it's not mcdonald's. i had a hard time because the local foods is so new to me, and i was shy, i had a hardtime understanding the costumer, because they speak really fast. one my first week, i almost quit because it was too much for a 19 years old to take orders, give the costumer their foods and take telephone orders. my manager then pulled me in the parking lot and i was crying. i told him, " i gave up", and the unforgettable line i got from my dear manager was " if you quit now, nobody will hire you", and that did it, i was on my feet and earning $6.50 an hour everyday, for 4 years. it was really hard because i worked non-stop, but i became independent at 21, i rented a small apartment, and did everything on my own from doing laundry, cooking, and also had made lots of friends and had a good time.
then i decided to take the nursing assistant training at a local community college for 3 months, which is pretty good because they teached us how to do nursing assistant stuff from taking vital signs, making beds, bathing the patients, roms, blah blah...i graduated in may 1996..after passing the exam at the american redcross, i got hired as a home health aide, which is pretty good for a starter like me because i can choose my own schedule, and deal with one patient at a time, and the routine was pretty light. i take care of the patient under a supervision of an rn. then i got hired at a hospital. hospital job was much much complex for a nursing assistant because you do so many task not only the basic one, but i get to take care of patients with different problems, and i learn new things everyday, it was a hard, backbreaking job, but the pay was good, to travel several times around the u.s.a., and to be honest i look forward to do that every year...so i decided to put myself back to school. i wanted to go back to nsg. unfortunately, college in the u.s. is very expensive, i was able to stay in local community college for 2 years studying prerequisites for nursing, such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology, the dreaded math!, and other classes. studying in the u.s. i think much better because we used modern technology, such as high speed computers, and we have high tech laboratories, in which we did a lot of hands on learning....however, it was hard to study and work full time at the same time..and also, there was a long list of applicants just for the associate program in nursing in my campus, so i decided to go back in the philippines to finish my last two semesters in nursing. but that was not easy either, because that would mean i have to leave my job, my boyfriend, my friends and the worse part was to leave my american way of life for a year! so finally i came back to pi in 2004, i came back and felt like a total stranger... but like they said, "if there's a will, there is a way...." i finally graduated in october 2005, and became a u.s. rn in june of 2006.