A Nurse's Notes

Philippines
January 18, 2014 6:43am CST
I am a nurse and I work on a public hospital in a small town here in the Philippines. I graduated college on the year 2009 and got my license the next year but I never really practice my profession until last year. I don’t really like to be a nurse. I don’t hate it. It’s just that nurses here in the Philippines are overworked and underpaid. Especially if you’re just a starter like me. After 4 years of studying to get a degree, you still have to study again and review for the Licensure Examination. But that’s not it, after all that, you’re still not qualified to “work”on a hospital. You have to undergo a lot of trainings and the worst part is, you are EXPECTED to do volunteer work for atleast 3 to 6months. But that’s only for the people who know someone who knows someone and so on. I know some nurses like me who busted their ass doing volunteer works for like a year and still got nothing and so they’ve decided to go on a different path and join the world of “call centers”. I’ve been in my hospital for seven months now. I am one of the lucky ones who knows someone so I didn’t have to do volunteer works on my hospital. They got me in. I can’t refuse that “opportunity” to finally work and earned money as a nurse. But of course, there were a lot of people on work who thinks its unfair and that somehow I’m not perfectly qualified for the job cause I don’t do “volunteer works”. I’m like,really? I got a degree in BS Nursing, a professional license and a lot of trainings on my belt but still I don’t deserve my position as an overworked and underpaid staff nurse? Really?? Oh by the way, I’m on the job orders list, a contractual employee who renews contract every 3 months.. luckily if I’m not replace for no reason which is legal cause I’m only contractual and can be fired and replaced anytime. You know, maybe I really like to be a nurse, but I like to be successful and financially stable more. Maybe that’s why I can’t or won’t like it. The only time that a nurse can really be successful here is when we finally got a job abroad.Yeah. When we pack all our things, leave our loved ones and go to a place we never really know to work and start our life all over again with people we hardly even know. That’s the time we get to be recognize as successful. That’s every nurses dream here. Well I’m trying to make it my dream too since “I am a nurse” and that’s all I got. See, it’s not about my profession that I don’t like. I mean, I think it’s a really wonderful feeling to be able to help and have the chance to touch somebody else’s life. Everyday is a chance to be a blessing to other people. But I just refused to accept the kind of system we have here. I’m a rebel at heart but we really don’t need to be like that to grasp the idea that nurses here in the Philippines are unappreciated We are not given any importance by our government. We are not given proper care. We don’t even have hazard pays at work. No benefits. We help rendered care for sick people, we take care of them, who take care of us??? I used to like being a nurse. But if being a nurse means being overworked, underpaid, unappreciated by the exact meaning of those words. Then I don’t like to be a nurse anymore. .
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@ARIES1973 (9439)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Jan 14
I really admire people who work in the medical field especially nurses because as for me this is one of the most difficult job one can ever enter into and those who are pursuing such career are great people. I know how expensive to pursue such career that is why some or maybe most of our countrymen would like to go to other countries for higher salary once they graduate and get the required training. So I would suggest that while you practicing your profession, you can get some other part time jobs which could help you with your daily living. Online is a very good place for you. You have the expertise, make use of it. Be a writer. Write about health or whatever is convenient with you. Have a great day!
• Philippines
21 Feb 14
Thank you Ms.Sharon for your word of encouragement. To be a writer has been one of my many dreams but I never got the chance to pursue it. But I will continue to share my mind and hope one day I'll live that dream. I hope you could follow me here so you could share your thoughts about my writings. Thanks again.. God bless!
@ARIES1973 (9439)
• Legaspi, Philippines
22 Feb 14
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• Philippines
8 Mar 14
@ARIES1973 Thank you. You've been a blessing. I'll check it out. God bless!
• Jamaica
20 Jan 14
I understand what you are saying. I am coming form the same station but I am not a nurse. I started working as a Secretary then got some training and became a Legal Secretary. In 2006 I obtained a Diploma in Human resource Management and I was only used to clean up messes then kicked somewhere else. In 2009 I obtained a Diploma in paralegal studies and I am still beingpaid as a Secretary yet operating as a paralegal. Its not fair and in most profession if you dont have a fairy godmother or father you suffer severely. But I trust God that He is going to work out things for me. I love working with Lawyers and think of pursuing a career in Law as an attorney. I am not discouraged and I work very hard doing what I love. My word to you is do your best and know that your work will speak for you even though it may take you along time. It took me 15 years and am still counting because am not where I want to be as yet. Keep your chin up and hang on in there. God bless!
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• Philippines
21 Feb 14
Thank you so much for sharing you own struggles and story..I am greatly inspired.. I am still pursuing my profession and just try to make the best of what I have right now.. God is just. I hope someday you'll get where want to be. Best of luck. God bless..
• Moradabad, India
19 Jan 14
A woman who nurses others is thousands time better than who curses others. Thanks.
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• Shijiazhuang, China
18 Jan 14
same situation in my country,many people graduate from medicine college,but it's hard to find a offer in hospital, must kwon someone. .but the doctor and nurse are paid more. than us.
• Philippines
21 Feb 14
Yea it's kind of sad that nowadays it's not about what you know but mostly WHO YOU KNOW.