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Life as A Student Nurse

1 Jan

A lot of people are asking me why I took nursing. Wanna know the reason why? Almost 5 years ago, nurses are in demand all over the world. Also, Philippines has a shortage of staff nurses. And since my mom’s working in a hospital, she wants me to be her workmate. (She’s not a nurse. She’s an x-ray technician). In short, she’s the one responsible why I take that course. I don’t want to be a nurse but I’ve written in my school yearbook that it’s always been my dream to become one. I just don’t know what to write at that time. But honestly, I want to be a civil engineer or an accountant. I’m pretty good in Mathematics especially Algebra and Beginner’s Calculus and to tell you the truth, I am a Math geek. Science is my worst enemy. One of the reasons why I don’t like nursing. I remember sleeping at 3am when I was still in my college years because I couldn’t understood Chemistry and Biochemistry. Thank God, I’ve passed those two subjects. Microbiology is pretty hard too. I have to remember the names of those not-so-good-looking parasites, worms, etc. They look awful. But again, I’ve passed that subject. Actually, I’ve never failed any subjects. Ooh, and I am not a grade conscious. I only study when I know that this particular subject is not my forte. The rest, I’d rather sleep or watch TV series or surf the internet than reviewing and reading my notes. Thanks to stock knowledge because I’ve passed all my subjects. But guys, Nursing is a pretty hard subject. And with my school, I tell you, it’s not easy studying there. We have to pass all the subjects plus comprehensive exams and revalida every semester.We also have this Nursing Aptitude Test way back in second year. We have to pass that test to enter 3rd year. I’ve got 95 although I don’t study at all. Again, thanks to stock knowledge. Not just that, but we have to pass the interview and our General Weighted Average should be at least 2.00 (B-) to become a junior student. It’s pretty tough. Really. But I’ve passed those exams because if not, maybe, I won’t be able to graduate.

The only thing I love about nursing is our hospital duties. And oh, community duties too. I’ve said before that I am not seeing myself working in a hospital. I like working in a hospital but it’s not the career meant for me. I hate my course but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying my hospital and community exposures. I love helping people especially if my service is for free. (Maybe, I’ll volunteer on medical missions instead of working in a hospital.) I love making Nursing Care Plans. It consists of the following: Subjective and Objective Data, Nursing Diagnosis, Interventions, Planning, Evaluation. We always do that. Each patient has at least 3 Nursing Care Plans. That means we have to at least make 3 Nursing Diagnoses. Acute Pain related to (certain etiology/cause) is the most used nursing diagnosis of all. I also love making Case Presentations especially if my patient’s case is rare. My group mates call me Ms. Pathophysiology. I’m always the one making the pathophysiology of the disease of our patient. I know, I’m not good in science but I love solving mysteries. And knowing the causes why that certain disease exists is like solving a mystery. Aside from those reasons, knowing that my patient is getting better because of my tender loving care gives me happiness no one can ever describe. I remember some of my patients are giving me thank you presents for taking care of them. But I have one incident that I can say the most memorable one while I have my hospital duty. There’s a patient having a heart attack. He needs CPR. He’s my classmate’s patient. Upon seeing the situation wherein the blue team is already there giving CPR, etc., I cry. I know I shouldn’t. But I can’t bear seeing him like that. It breaks my heart. I was crying the whole time and I just stayed at the rest room. My friends told me to just stay there because I was already shivering. Sadly, the patient didn’t make it. He’s dead after 1 hour and 20 minutes of trying to revive him. 😦 There’s also an incident wherein I’ve got shingles because of my patient. I was absent for one week because of that!

Community immersion/duty is one of most enjoyable moments of my students nurse’s life. We have to go to different house to conduct survey. I remember, I was once chased by a dog while conducting survey. Take note, there is only one house there and it takes us almost an hour before we arrive at that house. Good thing, the dog didn’t bite me. Thanks to my huge umbrella. We also make certain projects for a specific area. We’ll know their problems based on our survey. Some of our projects are the following: waste management, feeding program, dengue prevention, pneumonia and other lung diseases prevention and many more. It’s nice knowing you’re a part of a certain community’s health progression.

But my most unforgettable experience is when we have our duty in National Center for Mental Health. We spend 5 days there. We are assigned in the chronic female ward. The patients there are confined for more than 6 months. Most of them are already cured but they’ve decided to stay there because their family can’t accept them. Honestly, I don’t understand their family. Just because their mentally ill doesn’t mean they’ll hurt you. Remember, they’re already cured. What they need is love and acceptance. Sorry, I know the feeling of not being taken care of. Our group give our best to make those patient happy. We have different activities for them. And I am the one who cooked food for them. The patients, as well as my groupmates, like it! 🙂

It’s fun being a student nurse. There’s a lot of things you’ll experience. You’ll learn a lot from those experiences. I’ve graduated at the age of 19. Pretty young, right? Four years of hard work and I can say that I am proud being a nurse. As I’ve said, this job is not meant for me but still, I love being called a nurse. And I will always be proud of the nurses around the world.

Laziness

13 Jun

Ok. Right now I’m here at SM Pampanga. This our second day of Final Coaching for the upcoming NLE. I don’t want to attend the review cause I am too lazy to listen to my lecturers. And also I don’t have any friends there. How sad is that??

So now, I don’t have any place to go.

I think I’ll go home instead or meet my friends.

Review Class

21 May

Hello there!!! I’m back!!! It’s been more than a month since I last posted here in WordPress. I’m kinda busy last month. And also my mom’s here in the Philippines. She prohibited me from using my laptop!

Summer started last month but I couldn’t go the beach. Why??? Because although I’ve already graduated college, I still have to enroll in a review class for the upcoming Nursing Licensure Exam. Sad. 😦 Actually what makes me sad is the fact that I’m away from my college friends. My mom insisted that I should enroll here in Bataan so “I could concentrate on my review class”. Arggg!!! And congratulations to me because I finally found a friend in my review class. In one month, I only got one friend. How nice is that? I am friendly person but almost all of my classmates know each other. They already have group of friends. I feel like a loner. 😦 And that one friend of mine is always absent!!!! Grrrr.

I am not enjoying my review class and the fact that I don’t even like our review center.

I badly miss my friends. I want to have group study with them. I want to be back in Manila. 😦