Cynica 1,858 Views
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may i know what are the requirements needed,...
hoping for a reply...
thank you so much....
Good day! if you have queries related to application in the Nurse Corps, AFP, please call up the Office of the Chief Nurse (OTCN), located in 2nd floor of Bulwagang Valdez, Camp gen emilio Aguinaldo, quezon City. The line number is 911-7902. They will be able to provide you with the details regarding the application and other info. Or you could visit the website at afp.mil.ph, although it hasn't been updated yet.
Please refrain from stereotyping - that there is a "backer system" in the appointment of Nurse Corps officers. The applicants go through many screening procedures. Those who fail in the exam, as of now, will not be allowed to retake since there are so many pending applicants. Those who pass the exam will be scheduled for a prescreening interview and will eventually be instructed to undergo a physical examination at AFPMC. Passing the medical exam is not a guarantee that one would be called to undergo training. Applicants will still be deliberated and then they will undergo the PFT (physical fitness test). the application process to commission in the NC is a long process (1.5 - 2 yrs) especially now that there are a lot of applicants. the advisable thing to do is while you are processing or waiting for application, you undergo OJT or contractual jobs, that is if you really would want to pursue a career in the NC.
If you want to enter the Nurse Corps, please reflect on what you really want in life. It's true that it offers a lot of benefits (financial, education, training, and a lot more) but service above self will be required of a Nurse corps officer. this is not an understatement. Being in the service has its ups and downs. But if you really are intent on being in the field of military nursing, the first thing that you would do is to know where u really should find info about it (see above). be sure that you meet all the requirements (important to note: ht requirement for females is 5 ft, for men 5'4" ft.; board rating of above 80% although those with below 80% may be allowed to take the 100item exam if they have good grades in college --cum laude, etc; grade of eyegalsses should not exceed 75). And please avoid asking other people the coverage of the exam, if you want to pass the exam and the interview, you STUDY and pray. By the way, the exam for applicants with 80% board rating is a 35-item exam, not 15. And please, when you go to the OTCN, please be in appropriate attire (smart casual or corporate attire). Many of nurses go there as if they don't really know what they're doing there (read:inappropriate attire and behavior). go to the otcn on office hours (a lot of applicants come during lunch time or after 1700H) which shows disrespect to the persons in the office. please create a good impression to your future employer.
Sorry for the lengthy post. hope this helps.
I think you did the right thing really, and dudette10's suggestion was good, as well. I work in psych, so I have to deescalate people all the time who are often aggressive and rude like this guy. Usually, the trick is to remain very calm and not really react to what they are saying while validating their feelings. Maintain a non-threatening, relaxed type of posture (no crossing arms, tapping the foot, etc.). It can be a balancing act in this situation, since you don't want to criticize your colleagues, either. I like the approach of saying, in a calm tone of voice, "Mr. Smith, I hear what you're saying. I'm sorry that you feel this way--what can I do to help you right now?" Sometimes, it's helpful to give the angry patient a decision: "Mr. Smith, I'm sorry that you're feeling frustrated right now. Would you like me to help you with X or Y first?" They have to stop and think to make the decision, which can calm them down, too.
You'll find that using a calming approach like this will often mean less trouble/episodes from the patient later, while giving the patient a sarcastic type of response will probably mean the patient is going to act out again and staff is going to continue having problems. I'm often surprised by how well this can work with patients who are very violently agitated (i.e., throwing things, cursing, yelling, etc.). It sounds like he's actually upset about something else to me--something I tell myself to be calm in these situations is: don't take this personally. This person's anger really has nothing to do with me. That helps you maintain the placid mannerisms/expression necessary to deescalate the person quickly.
Hope that helps!
Is there some reason you feel so personally defensive about this topic? After reading this post (and several others you've written) it starts to make one wonder about the source of all the defensiveness. I'm not trying to personalize this to you specifically, but it has been my experience that when one takes up the cause of something so fervently and so publicly, that the source of the frustration really has to do with something deeply personal within themselves.
Quite honestly, this topic has been beaten to a pulp. I would hope that we can all agree that it's ALL of our personal responsibilities to be respectful, thoughtful and considerate in our interactions with those that we work with. IMO having a 'bad day' is really no excuse to be disrespectful to coworkers or make other people suffer around you (especially those that are learning and may need a little extra attention). We should ALL check our attitudes AND personal problems at the door as much as possible when we come to work. Work is work. Not a place to abuse coworkers or vent out our personal frustrations.
On the other hand, just because you're having a bad day, the dog barfed on the carpet, your kids are driving you nuts, your husband is a creep, whatever, it doesn't give a person the right to dump their garbage on everyone else by being rude. Just cause you step in the cowpie doesn't mean you can't wipe your boots off. Everyone has problems, it's a guaranteed fact of life. But it doesn't solve anything to bring your problems to work with you and grouse at your co-workers. Chances are, their problems are as bad or worse than yours. Find a friend to confide in, get a counselor, just learn to leave the attitude at the door.
I wish I had a dollar for every post I've read claiming that "nurses are so mean," "nurses are nasty to each other," "nurses eat their young" or "my preceptor is picking on me for no good reason." And then if you add in all the nurses who are "fired for NO reason" or is hated by their co-workers because they're so much younger and more beautiful than everyone around them or just can't get along with their colleagues no matter what they do -- well, I'd be a rich woman. I could retire to Tahiti and lounge on the beach sipping margaritas and eating bon bons. Or whatever. You catch my drift.
I'm beginning to believe that the nurses, nursing students, new grads and CNAs who claim that everyone is being mean to them are revealing far more about their own charactor than they are about the people around them.
It's usually pretty much a pattern -- someone who is new to nursing, new to a specialty or new to a job posts a plaintive lament about how everyone they work with is just so MEAN. Often times, when the poster goes on to describe the situation, it's just that they had a negative interaction with one nurse -- and often just that one time. It's as if no one is allowed to have a bad day. There are no allowances made for the colleague who may be a bit brusque because they've been up all night with a cranky baby or a wandering parent with dementia or their dog just died or even -- heaven forbid -- they're weary of answering that same question over and over without any learning occurring.
People have bad days. It's just one of those things. We cannot all call in sick every time we've had to stay up all night with a child or parent, put the dog to sleep or take antihistamines. We can't all not come to work every time the sewer backs up, the roof leaks or the car won't start. Some of us on any given day have worries and responsibilities outside the job. If you happen to encounter a colleague on the day she discovered her husband was cheating on her, her child crashed another car or the space heater fried a whole circuit they might just be rude to you. They probably don't mean it, possibly don't even realize they WERE rude to you. Cut them some slack. Even preceptors have really bad days when nothing goes right. If you're looking for nurses eating their young or being mean and nasty to their co-workers, you'll find them. Whether or not they actually ARE young-eaters or mean nurses.
Another common theme is a poster complaining about how mean her new co-workers are to her. She's never done anything to deserve it, she's always been pleasant and helpful and she thinks (or someone has told her) that they're picking on her because they are just so jealous of her relative youth and beauty. I'm suggesting that if that's what you believe -- that you're perfect, but your co-workers are jealous of your youth and beauty -- you ought to perhaps look a little deeper. Much of the time, there will be another reason that you're not getting along with the people at work. Perhaps you're not being as friendly and helpful as you think. Perhaps you're not carrying your full share of the work load, or aren't learning despite asking the same questions over and over or are rude to people you percieve as "old dogs who ought to retire" or "ugly old hags."
If you're writing in to complain that "mean people follow me everywhere" and "I've had five jobs since I graduated six months ago, and my preceptors have all been nasty" or "nurses eat their young and I know that because I'm always being eaten," stop and think for a minute. If the same problem follows you everywhere you go, it may not be them. There's a good chance that it's YOU. You can change jobs as many times as you like, but everywhere you go, there you are. Since the only person you can change is YOU, stop and think about what you might be doing to contribute to your problems. A little self-assessment and introspection can only be a good thing.
I wish the phrase "nurses eat their young" had never been coined. Thirty some years ago when I was a new grad, the phrase hadn't yet been coined. When I had problems with my co-workers, I could only look at my own behavior. I was young, fresh off the farm and totally unprepared for my new job as a nurse. When I grew up and learned more, my co-workers became muchy nicer people. While I know that lateral violence does exist, I don't think it exists to the point that some people seem to think it does. Or to the degree that a regular reader of allnurses.com could believe it does. Every time you have a negative interaction with a co-worker, it's not necessarily lateral violence. It could very well be that someone is having a very, very bad day. Or week. Or it could be that rather than your co-workers being jealous of your extreme good looks, you're regularly doing something really stupid or thoughtless that irritates or annoys them. Quite possibly, the problem is you. Maybe you're not studying enough, learning enough, understanding enough or doing enough. Certainly if you're always having the same problems over and over again, everywhere you go, the problem IS you.
The only person you can "fix" is you. I really, really wish that people would at least consider the possibility that they are part of the problem before they scream that "nurses eat their young."
I know how you feel. I'm a nursing student as well. Don't feel down and out about nursing school because you have come to far to start rethinking things now. I know that once you are done, you will be a great nurse!! As far as messing up on doing BP,you were just having a bad day. You were probably just tired. Give it another try, I'm sure you will do better next time!! Good Luck!!
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