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- May 26, '10 by official02I hope no content of the exam will leak here. Respect to those who took it before you.
Nursing exam was difficult. That's all I wanted to say.
- May 28, '10 by juella@ tron22 and jms8: thank you much. i guess that's clearer now. no wonder the exam was more than 2 hours. hope you made it guys. my prayers are with you.
- May 28, '10 by jms8i'm not yet sure if i'm going to get a callback or text from them for the aug training, but i want to know how is mvmc's 3 month's training? what area will the trainees be assigned? anybody here who has gone thru their training?
- Jun 20, '10 by ichikohimeI just wanted to share my experience in MVMC while answering as many questions as possible.
MVMC is a tertiary hospital with 100 bed capacity. The facilities are very nice and modern, although sometimes it could be hot as hell (aircon is not yet centralized).
They are strict in the completeness of the requirements, although if you have to renew something like the PNA card, they would give you a deadline. I got a call from HR and took the exam with about 10 others. The exam was very hard, the computations were a mix between very basic and very complex, calculators not allowed. Not all the questions have answers. Me and my best friend took up the exam but I was the only one who got called for an interview.
After the exam there were 4 interviews that followed: theNursing Supervisors (nursing questions), the Chief Nurse (personal questions) the first question she asked me was "do you have a boyfriend?" haha which kinda floored me a little, but she was very kind, next is the Medical Director (nursing dilemmas), then finally the Hospital Director, he was in a hurry that day so all he got to ask was which school we were from. They also ask at the interviews which area would you like to be assigned and the experiences you had from previous hospitals.
After passing all of it, there are two weeks of lectures in which you will learn everything that was in the exam. Then 3 months duty; 1 month for special areas and 15 days for ward. Every volunteer gets the chance to rotate at a special area and a ward. The experience was very worth it. I know they would tell you in orientation that you can't do this and that, but I ended up doing most of them, just as long as you tell your senior about it. This was where I got good at IV insertion. I bursted 3 veins at the wards so I begged my supervisor to assign me at ER, by the end of my duty at ER I was able to insert for pedia patients
The 3 months volunteer is not only to enhance your nursing skills, but to prepare you for hiring as well. Besides the nursing work they will also teach you the administrative side to it, like how to fill up and manage the different forms.
Here are a few tips. Have the initiative. Granted the vitals signs taking will be given to you, but dont sit around waiting for somebody to order you around. Accompany the staff when they give medication, or do nursing procedures, and when the chance comes up ask them nicely if you can do it instead. When there's absolutely nothing to do, go do something, anything...Make cotton balls, cut medication cards, its not your duty and its not much but little things can help in big ways... and it makes you look good.
Also, stay away from gossip, dont **** off anybody, some doctors flirt, and it would surprise you that by tomorrow the whole hospital would know about it. (100bed capacity, so generally everybody knows everybody)
The batches before had night allowances, meaning you get paid 100 pesos for every night duty, so sometimes every 15 days you get to cash out 200-700 depending on how many night duties you have. Sadly, there isnt a night allowance anymore, the new batch had to pay 3000 (1k/mon) to volunteer. Sad
I would still recommend MVMC, I learned a lot, there is also a fast turn around, a month after we finished training 2 of my batchmates are already hired. Its really a good experience.
- Jun 22, '10 by ichikohime"hi! how long does it takes to contact you for interview after the exam? and what do you think the reason why the 2 of your batchmates hired? thanks for the info. its really really helpful. Im just upset about the training fee. tsk! "
This is in response to tron22's email, I cant send private messages, dont know why, thats why I'm replying this way.
Anyway, after the exam, it was relatively a short wait for the interview. Only those who passed are called. I think it was 1-2 weeks wait.
As for the two who were hired, one of them had backers, the other one was assigned at Dialysis. Only those who are RENAP accredited (or CRN's) are assigned at Dialysis. I heard they were adding dialysis machines, and since she was assigned at that area she was hired.
- Jun 22, '10 by Silverdragon102Quote from ichikohimeSite requirements to be able to send a pm is 15 or more posts.[I]
I cant send private messages, dont know why, thats why I'm replying this way.
- Jun 26, '10 by licensed RM, RNQuote from nursecubanitarn2bwhy are you all willing to work for free? According to your government you've passed the basic skills and standards set forth by your country in order to sit for the nle. You've all passed the nle and you're licensed to work as a rn. Since your country produces more nurses more than the country can employ there are thousands of unemployed nurses. You men and women are the majority of your nation (the government and the employed nurses are the minority) you have the power and you should use it to your advantage.
While the volunteers are working their butt off for free, the employed rns are sitting on their butts doing nothing and are getting paid for it. There's something wrong with this picture.
Here's my suggestion, since your league of nursing isn't doing a darn thing to help you, maybe a group of you should start a league of nursing for unemployed nurses and get an attorney to back you up on this. Start some sort of union and don't apply for the volunteer positions. If nobody goes the volunteer route then the employed rns will be forced to get off their butts and actually work, and the hospitals will be forced to hire you because nobody is there to do the job for them. The employed rns will start their whining and complaining to the hospital administration because they actually have to work and they will be working their little tooshys off And that will drive the hospitals to also bring down the nurse to patient ratios. Stand up for yourselves, you deserve to be compensated for your hard work. Working for free is unacceptable in any nation. The people that you can get to join your league of nursing are the unemployed nurses who work for free, and also future nurses in the making.
I don't know if your current league of nursing charges dues to its members, but you can do the same for a small fee to pay the people that will be fighting for your rights. As long as you have unemployed nurses, and student nurses that feel they shouldn't have to work for free, then you have your group. We all know that the majority of nurses in the philippines are unemployed, and future nurses. See that's where your government messed up, they allowed nursing to be exploited, and if you form this group, you will be fighting back harder than the government and the hospital administration can handle. They are taking advantage of you, and it's now time for you to take advantage of the situation and fight back. Remember you're the majority. I hope someone reading this will take it to heart and start this group there in the philippines.
Remember nobody is itching to employ you from abroad. Despite what you're told, there isn't a shortage of nurses in the us. Most places want experienced nurses, and even those are having problems finding employment. Our new grads aren't hired so there's no reason to import. I'm unsure what's the situation like in other countries. But i know that canada is also experiencing issues with hiring new grads also.
Most of you will be stuck at home twiddling your thumbs waiting for these volunteer positions to open up, or praying that someone will hire you as a staff nurse. Unfortunately there are many of you out there with out jobs. Utilize yourself and use the situation to your advantage, fight back for you and your people. Nobody is going to take care of you. You must do it on your own. Good luck to you all!!
i have been planning to start a union intended for nurses, but i don't know where to start.help!
- Jul 4, '10 by official02I received a call from them informing me about my scheduled interview on Tuesday, July 06, 2010.
- Jul 5, '10 by jhellaAre they still accepting applicants for the volunteer program?
- Jul 6, '10 by tron22me too..