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    Top 8 things I hate about being a nurse

    Wondering why I chose eight? Each entry represents the standard eight hours nurses like me spend in one shift. Standard, eh? I frankly used the number because I need one; otherwise, if I add up all the extended hours, this list could go on forever. So I hate being a nurse because... EIGHT - Nurses wear all white and we have to wear our hair up in a bun. You know how inconvenient and hard it is to maintain? Okay, coming to duty on a heavy rain ruins everything. One wrong step, mud splashes, and starts making its way up my white uniform. There it is, a stain to last my entire shift. Also, putting my hair up prevents it from being gorgeous! Really. That means no straightening, rebonding nor perming because I have to pull my hair back every single day. Oh God, I always envy those girls in high fashion corporate wears and all-set hairstyles. Maybe nurses should be allowed to look the same. Umm, just maybe. SEVEN - We don't get a professional fee (PF). We also have a license, and that makes us professionals too. But we don't have a professional fee and we live on a meager salary regardless of how many patients we've handled or cases we've assisted. SIX - We do not have a holiday. Everyone in the industry can relate to this, I wouldn't dare watch out for holidays because I just feel hopeless. The entire country rests lazily on their couches while I pin high my dear cap. FIVE - We can't leave unfinished work. I mean office girls do that, do they? They can leave unfinished works and get to it the next morning. But nurses have to stay for as long as needed because we just can't leave things undone. Life is at stake and life can't wait. FOUR - We are the complaints center... if there is such a thing. When patients have a complaint on just about anything, they complain to the nurse. Not to the housekeeping staff, guard, doctor, or anyone else. Directly to the nurse; blame that for being too available. THREE - Refer this and that. Even if I know what drug to give, and I have it right here in my very hands; I can't give it, I always need to refer and ask for a prescription. I say nurses carry immense responsibility but very little authority, now how more frustrating can that get? TWO - We are not treated as professionals. Leaking faucet? Faulty telly? We are always asked to do things we are not supposed to do. I mean, we've studied four dreaded years and earn ourselves a license for what? Fixing your telly signal? Hell no. Nurses are professionals like engineers, accountants, lawyers, and your beloved doctors whom you do not dare raise one eyebrow while you mindlessly shout at your nurse as your entire hospital bill goes straight to her salary. ONE - Nursing is more than a sacrifice, it's suicide. From nursing school to the nurse's station, enough sleep, enough food, nor enough rest is next to impossible. Here's one idea that I've thought of just now: nurses religiously monitor patients' urine output but at the end of the shift we realize we haven't once gone to the bathroom: and that makes ours zero. So,if there's one profession that wholly uses up one's existence: be it mentally, physically, and emotionally, you got it: it's Nursing. Gosh, making a hate list is tiring; but then, of course, I also have a list of the things I love in this field... I love being a nurse because... 8.) There are always doctors and nurses who look handsome in white and you get to trifle with them; and suddenly, the world is a better place 7.) I love it when I get in regular clothes and everyone stares in shock; as if I've got no right to wear nothing but white. 6.) More seriously, as a nurse, I get to see life in all its forms: from womb to tomb. 5.) I get to work with all the goodness of my heart, no PF needed. I'm quite about sure you wouldn't find nurses in hell. 4.) I love being able to discharge patients in their improved condition. Nothing beats seeing them go home thanking you for their recovery. I guess that just transpires the very essence of this job. 3.) My heart leaps when patients and/or relatives appreciate the work I have done; when they actually call me by name and boast that I am their nurse. 2.) No other profession is as heroic as ours: giving up our own lives in order to save others. 1.) Last of all, nurses may not be angels, but we're the next best thing. Oh you get it, I'm proud of this job: I just never admit it because it's just too much fun to complain. Kudos nurses!
  2. This goes to my good friend Jamie Lane who will be taking the Nursing Licensure Examinations on July 2-3, 2011. Good luck to you and to the rest of the 126, 826 future registered nurses. Exactly one year ago, I was one of those agitated nursing graduates who wanted to make their names longer by adding an R and an N. I was neither the best student in my college class nor during the review, but I made it to the list of successful examinees in one take. I did not do much to prepare, but I'm sure I did enough. I know there is nothing much to share, but who knows, the following list might lead you to the oathtaking ceremony at SMX: 1. Accept reality With three days before the big brain-drain day, accept that you can never learn everything. The normal values in your bedroom wall will remain where it is because you have just ignored what's written the whole review period. However, never doubt the answers that you are very sure of. The choices might be tricky, but never let your confidence falter. 2. Master the art of test-taking strategies Techniques like choosing the longest answer, the one with the most information must be the right answer, a process of elimination, 'All of the Above' is always the right choice, and never choose 'None of the Above' are just some of the strategies that helped me pull off the NLE. You are not to use it on all 500-items, but when the time comes that you really do not know the answer, at least you have some strategies to use. 3. Listen, but do not depend solely, on your review center They are centers for RE-viewing, a second take of what we have learned for the past four years. If you don't have anything to look back on or remember; you don't need a review center. You need another four years. 4. Listen to your review center, but believe only half of what they say Do not waste your energy recording/writing down/memorizing the 'test answers' they give during Final Coaching; even if they claim that those are the actual test questions, believe me, they ultimately do not come out. 5. Practice shading Learn that no amount of genius can calculate the weight of your hand against the Scantron paper: your license depends on gravity alone, and except for defying gravity, the next best thing to do is practice. 6. Do not alter you circadian rhythm This applies specifically at the eve of the board exam; if you are used to studying until 11PM and hitting the sack at 12 midnight, follow this routine so you wont feel uneasy at the exam day itself. 7. Bring the right kind of food during the exam This is no field trip, so better keep your oily junk foods; besides you would not want to put oil on you test paper, would you? Bring enough sweets, aside from not wanting to stain the Scantron paper with chocolate, too much carbohydrates will doze you off, and when that happens, your dreams of becoming an RN dozes off with you. Bring something sour or bitter like tamarind or coffee-flavored candy, this will wake you up when you feel like sleeping over Test II. 8. Always keep calm At this time when you have nothing to count on but yourself, keep it cool and do not let anything or anyone make you nervous. Remember that you are not the only one who's having butterflies on your stomach, there are at least 126, 826 others feeling the same way. 9. Do not cheat Keep your dignity as you answer each test item. Do not let a mere 500-item examination destroy everything you have worked for. A cheater do not in any way deserve to be included in the pool of registered nurses. 10. Pray Pray before, during, and after the examinations; if God has really called you for the profession, there is no way you would not make it. Congratulations in advance to all the hopefuls. Remember that as nurses, we have our own destiny to chart, literally and figuratively. If unfortunately, you did not make it this year, keep your spirit, there are still a lot of examinations ahead. Above and beyond, the board rating is nothing but a number.