to continue my long story from page 72
, there I got my ticket and visa from the SR office, the payment should be in exact dollar amount.. hayy.. I still remember I had to look for other aplicants who has no dollar bill as well and simultaneously rushed in a money changer, they do not convert small amount.. I was in a hurry at that time because I have to catch up with my pm duty in NUeva Ecija.. hayy grabe..:smackingf
Then, the date of my flight came, the journey took 7-8 hours.. Humdullilah I have met a fellow nurse friend and we sat beside each other. After we reach the Saudi Immigration, we had to take our luggages... I took a lot of time looking for my luggage, at first i couldn't find it, I almost cried
but at last I found my luggage somewhere in the corner with broken wheels and handle (a learn to lesson from buying a cheap luggage bag..) huhuhu, Then It was late for me to know that I lost my friend as well because of my preoccupation locating my luggages.. Hayy.. There was no way of calling her because I still have no saudi SIM at that time. Fortunately she found me and told me she was so afraid because she couldn't find me and I might be left behind by the MOH driver who will pick us up from the airport..
So for those first timers, ask other filipina nurses what are the things to be done just before the flight so that you will be informed and can avoid commotion like what I have experienced.
I am just wondering why the POEA during the PDOS didn't explain everything from A-Z. Hayy, anyway what to say?
Then from the immigration, I was told by my friend, a driver will take us temporarily from the airport and send us to a accomodation. Then we travelled almost an hour.. As we passed through the airport, and travel to the road, I started to see the vast yellow orange color of the sand around, I had a mix feeling of sadness
and a feeling of being "trapped"
but I told myself "forget about the drama
, I went here to work and earn". There we reached the accomodation full of other filipino nurses and other nationalities (most of them indians)
The food and water are free and the moment we reach KSA we are already being paid at that time even if we didnt reach our hospital assignment. I met some more friends there.. Then we were told to wait until the manager in the accomodation find hospital assignments for us. Day 1,2,3,4 came, still we were in the accomodation, we were a little bit nervous because we are five there left in the accomodation.:uhoh21: On the fifth day, we finally receiver our hospi assignments. My other three friends got different hospital, me and another friend got the same hospital.
The driver from our hospital assignment took us from the temporary accomodation. Then we started to travel more kilometers. I can remember me and my friend were almost not breathing at that time because of nervousness :uhoh21: as we saw we are in the midst travelling in a vast dessert sand, so wide and endless space I can never imagined. She called her boyfriend all throughout the journey and described everything she saw along the way, making herself ready to shout and ask for help in case something bad will happen to us. hahaha!! But fortunately, we reached there after 1 hour and 45minutes, nothing happened to us, the driver was nice and even friendly. We cant do nothing but say "shukran!"(one of the very few arabic words we know) and smile at him as a sign of gratitude from giving us a safe journey.
There we finally met the chief nurse of our hospital including the other nurses in the accomodation. They gave us a good welcome and directed us to our rooms.
That was thursday, we were told to attend the orientation on Saturday, the start of the week in KSA.
Finally Saturday came, the chief nurse gave oriented us inside the hospital and introduced us to the staff. Then morning was over, we were told to eat our lunch. As I was busy looking on my notes, I heard the chief nurse was calling my name. She came and a bit hesitant to tell something to me, then she finally told me, "You will be assigned in a PHC".
I was teary eyed, confused and didn't know what to feel at that time, especially when I learned that there is only one nurse assigned on that PHC, and I have to travel again to reach the place, which I have no idea what it looks like. :uhoh21: I pleaded again to the Chief N if she can do something about it, but she told me, it was the order of the hospital director.
(that is how they employ MOH-nurses here, They accumulate first the nurses in the temporary accomodation-give assignments to hospitals/PHC which are in bad need of nurses. Luckily I got the PHC >.< hayyyzzz.. :smackingf
Finally another driver took me with his wife (don't travel alone with the driver- this is a rule for the safety of nurses) from the hospital and travelled again. Finally from afar I saw a small groups of houses ( communities in far places here are like mushrooms, they are kilometers away from each other separated by dessert). Then I learned I reached my place.
It was a PHC( primary health care facility) with male,female nursing rooms, vaccination, pharmacy. My accomodation is on the second floor of the PHC. If there is an emergency nurses go down and attend the patient especially with doctor's order.
Actually, my job here is by far more relaxed but being a young nurse, I wish for a busier environment of a hospital for a better training, and for the qualification I need to work someday in the US as they only accept nurses with tertiary or 100 and above bed capacity hospital experience. Anyway haaaaayy what to say again.. In general the safe is place, but of course all precautions must be observed. I must say I am just a strong person
, the reason why I can tolerate the new environment. I also need to learn good arabic because patients are speaking only in arabic, no other languages. With my foreign co-workers, I speak only in English (not even one Filipina here, only one indian nurse) which make me prepared a bit for my IELTS exam..
I received 3150 during my first year but on my second year, my salary reduced to 2587 SR ,
for the reason that my documents indicates that I have no hospital experience (actually I have 1 year and 9months hospital experience in the Philippines, it is just POEA only accept 2 years and above experience before they authenticate COEs >.<
Now Im almost two years here in my current place. I already learned to adjust. I plan to resign after three years of staying here, study masters for 1 year and a half in the Philippines and reapply again in POEA hoping for a better assignment. Inshallah.