The 3rd Hospital: My First Medical Drama

I actually just started watching this yesterday morning and I have just finished watching it this afternoon. There were a total of 20 episodes with an average of 45 minutes per episode :)

This series was released last year but I didn’t really mind it. For me, it was just another series where a lot of people watched just because a popular girl group member (SNSD’s Sooyoung) is here. I thought it was kind of annoying how people praise Sooyoung for her acting and how awesome this series is. And that’s the reason why I have just watched this series.

The story is about a hospital that was built for the Eastern Medicine and Western Medicine to collaborate. They envision that the future of medicine lies on the collaboration of these two. Eastern Medicine is more on the traditional medicine while Western Medicine is more on the modern science.  However, there is a huge gap between these two Medicines and even doctors doesn’t go along well with each other. But because of some ruckus that happened, they were given 6 months to show the effect of the collaboration or else the sign of the hospital would be taken down.

The reason why they were given 6 months to show the result of their collaboration.

Even from the first part, I’m impressed on how these actors act as if they really do belong in the medical field. I really look forward when there are procedures that happens like the acupuncture and the brain surgeries. It made me see a glimpse of the actual happenings inside the hospital and made me look forward for major and minor operations. The definitions that they flash whenever someone speaks in medical terminologies also helped me understand more about what they’re talking about. I was also pretty amazed on their hospital. It was really pretty and very high-tech. On top of that, it was government owned and made me compare their hospital with our own government owned hospital.

The actors are actually good in acting. Kim Seung Woo , who played Dr. Kim Doohyun (Western Medicine Doctor), the genius Neurosurgeon, is actually fit for his role. He plays the dictator doctor pretty well. However, there are times when keeps his tone too monotonous that made his acting pretty boring and flat. But I like him when he actually shows affection to Dr. Jin (Kim Min Jung). He makes me feel kilig whenever he shows some clues on his true feelings for Dr. Jin.

My wish is that, whenever your cerebrum perceives me, try to secrete as much dopamine from your frontal lobe and serotonin from your brain stem. – Dr. Doohyun to Dr. Jin Hyein.

Oh Ji Ho‘s role is the Eastern Medicine Doctor, Dr. Kim Seunghyun (Eastern Medicine Doctor),  who tries to save Lee Euinji, daughter of his mentor,  from brain tumor by developing a medication that can cure cancer. His mother and girlfriend both died of brain tumor which drove his passion to find develop the medicine for cancer. I actually hoped during the first episodes that him and Dr. Jin would have the happy ending. They look good together and they’re like the perfect couple <3 But he still loves his girlfriend, Choi Euijin, and thinks that it’s his lifelong punishment not to love again because he wasn’t able to save his girlfriend.

Kim Min Jung plays the role of Dr. Jin Hyein (Western Medicine Doctor), a third year specializing Neurosurgeon. She’s under the mentorship of Dr. Doohyun and is the object of Dr. Doohyun’s affection. She’s also called ‘Doohyun’s wife’ because he has been under Dr. Doohyun for 5 years. I like Dr. Jin’s character because she believes in what she thinks is right to the extent that she let Lee Euinji undergo the treatment without even thinking that her doctor’s coat would be removed from her. She’s the kind of doctor that I would love to have :) She’s kind of dense though and it was Dr. Seunghyun who shed light to her true feeling for Dr. Doohyun.

This is Sooyoung‘s first drama and I think it’s quite understandable that her acting is not that great. She played Lee Euinji wh’s diagnosed with brain tumor. She actually annoyed me during her first appearances because she kept on talking on that cutesy voice and too much aegyo for her. But during the later scenes, where she started to experience the symptoms and later on knew about her illness, I started liking her. The downside for her is that there are scenes when she cries, I can’t see tears! But all in all, she did a good job, not great because I’m kind of disappointed with her acting. Her sister, Soojin, played the role of Choi Euinji, the girlfriend of Dr. Seunghyun who died from Brain tumor.

Choi Yoon So is a good actress because she made me hate her. She plays Dr. Jung Seung Hee  (Western Medicine Doctor), a specializing Neurosurgeon, who tries her best to seduce Dr. Doohyun but failed. She’s like frenemies with Dr. Jin ^_^ Im Hyung Joon, who plays Dr. Min Joo Ahn (Eastern Medicine Doctor), is the best friend of of Dr. Seunghyun and likes Dr. Jung. I like seeing these two bicker. In the end, these two became a couple.

This is the psychiatric patient I’m talking about.

The series is really nice and I would recommend it. But it actually has left lots of details. Like the psychiatric patient who told Dr. Doohyun about his brother, I wanna know what happened to her. And that 1st year resident doctor who misplaced the catheter on the doctor’s son, what happened to him? Was he punished? Was his twin also punished? Why was he the one who continued being the doctor? Because a lot of details was left out, some parts of the story became vague. I wish that they actually showed like five cases completely from the start of care until the end.

I actually thought that the case that they would use to show their collaboration was Euinji’s case. She was treated using the equipments of Western Medicine but with the medicine developed by the Eastern Medicine Doctors. It was actually pretty good but still there was the problem that the medicine wasn’t really approve and can cause more problems :( Instead, they used Dr. Hayoon’s case by which he had an emergency brain surgery inside a room with no special equipments. He was operated by Dr. Doohyun and was under Dr. Seunghyun’s acupuncture anesthesia. So I guess that worked out too.

I really hope that they’ll make a second season of this series. Maybe new doctors and new cases. :)

(photos not mine)


Why Do I Hate Grace Poe’s Commercial?

Grace Poe, or as how she introduces herself, FPJ’s daughter, is currently running for Senator. Of course, she needs publicity right? And that’s where her commercials  comes in which annoys the hell out of me.

PLASTIC. PURE PLASTIC. The acting is bad and so she should feel bad. “Si Grace Poe”. Heck? And WE know that she’s the daughter of FPJ, but why does she have to use it as part of her commercial? Does that mean that she can’t actually win if she won’t use any influence which was started by her father?

THIS! There’s more about Grace Poe… but I don’t think she’s showing much about her. I think this is all about her father and how she wants to continue  his legacy? FPJ was a great man (Accdg to his friends, I never met him) and I think that using him as the ‘ticket’ for a senatorial seat is just plain low.

I think this is where the Philippine politics is going. Using influential people as backers and using their names to gain votes (Noynoy). She may be a good leader (MAYBE!) but her commercials really annoy the hell out of me. I hope this would end sooner like TODAY!

Surviving 2nd Sem-2nd Year Rotations

Finally, second sem is (almost) over. As of writing, I still have my final NCM Lecture exam tomorrow. I have survived the strict call of BSN 2 Rotations. I have completed my 3 weeks of duty for OB ward, Pedia Ward and of course, DR.

Pediatric Ward Exposure (First Rotation) -German Doctors Hospital

(from left to right: Troy Saber, Faye Uy, Alyssa Tan, me, Sheena Ramos, Ma’am Jennifer Asio, RN, Maila Tejada, Jam Orcullo, Ayen Raagas, Anleanna Sambaan, Francis Rojas)

These are all my awesome groupmates whom I have been with for the whole sem. Seven of these people were also my groupmates ever since the first sem so there was already a preliminary bond that was forged. When two of our groupmates from the first sem were transferred to another group, another three women were added and thus making this Original Pedia Group :)

That lady in the middle is our Original CI, Ms. Jennifer O. Asio RN, MN. Our CI is also a ‘personalize CI’ because even a Nurses’ Notes can go on to atleast 30 minutes of private session. She is also the one who gives us the endorsements for each patient. So it wasn’t a problem for us to know if the client is for pre-lunch weighing or if there are things that should be especially done for the client. Since we did not have any PCI, every problem was addressed to our CI. It was during this rotation that I was able to experience removing a HepLock and do skin testing to a kid. Those were nerve-wracking moments but then the way she guided me through what to do is so motherly that I can’t help but feel a little bit tense … but still tense, though.

The Pedia rotation was pretty much chill and relaxed. Since it was the ward, we get to ask our groupmates if we have any problem and vice versa. Even though there were, uh, mishaps (e.g.”SUNOG!) and other minor problems, we were able to overcome it. We were even able to have a duty at the Medical ward because there wasn’t any patient at the Pedia Ward. But of course, we were partnered with the Third Year. Our only job at that time was to take vital signs and provide general care.

Delivery Room Exposure (2nd Rotation) – Maternity Hospital

This is like the CHILLEST rotation ever. I was able to have one case for cord care. Our shift for this rotation was 10pm to 6am. At arounf 12 midnight, all of us really feel sleepy. So what do you do? ‘TALK’ and ENJOY THE VIEW (if you know what I mean).

So what we do is that we wait for a case. But since it’s a private hospital, a mother giving birth is like food for us. :) So instead of just sitting down and doing nothing but talking, our CI, Ms. Crizelda Bagares, RN, MN, allowed us to have a duty at the NICU. There, we were able to experience how to take care of a newborn baby. We were able to change diaper, feed them and ‘uyog’ their crib when they cry. We also learned how to tighten and put their lampin when they cry nonstop. Some of us were able to experience the Manual Ventilation (‘AmbuBagging’) to a baby.

This rotation is also a pretty eventful rotation. We experienced death (Bless the souls of the babies), creepy experiences, the ‘full show’ at the Gaston Park and the sharing of stories. Too bad we did not have any photo with Ma’am Bagares.

OB Ward Exposure (3rd Rotation) – Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital

I don’t have picture for this rotation because our photos are with our PCIs.

So this is the first time that we have ever experienced being alone in a private room. All of us were nervous because you’ll never know what will happen when you’re all alone inside the room. Thankfully, we have our PCIs and they were able to guide us through this rotation.

This is a private hospital and as expected, uphold the ideals. So the actual IV level should be as close or the same as the ideal IV level, morning care should be done, no ‘tambay’ at The Table and other stuffs. We were lucky cause we only had our duty there for 2 weeks, the third week was CP week.

I think the awesomest thing that happened during this rotation was the fireworks during our last day of duty. We didn’t know why there was a firework but we just like to think that it was to celebrate our last day of duty for this sem.

2nd sem went away like a breeze. It’s like everything is so fast. During our last assessment, that was the time when we realized we’ll gonna be already proceeding to third year. It was like just yesterday when I was struggling with the enrollment process for the first year and it was just like moments ago when I felt very nervous for my first day of duty during the first sem.

Time flies real fast. The duty days are never boring. It’s only boring when you do nothing but sit around and make  your duty boring. When you have such fun groupmates, there never was a dull duty day :)

This was during our Case Presentation for Pedia. Those are all our names :)

Photos not mine :)

On Cynthia Villar’s View About the ‘Nursing Education’

I was browsing FB when I saw a repost of a teacher from my High School Alma Mater. It was about Cynthia Villar and her view about closing the nursing schools and the owners. So here’s the transcript of the video.

Winnie Monsod:
Nung kayo po ay nasa Kongreso, Kayo ay naging chaiman ng Committee on education, at noong panahon na iyon, 2005-2006, nagkaroon ng malaking kontrobersya, kasi yung Comission on highed education gustong isara ang 23 nursing schools sapagkat ang dami dami nilang walang kalidad, at tsaka nasasayang lang yung pera ng mga nursing students tapos hindi sila makapasa ng professional regulatory exam or yung tinatawag na NCLEX. Nung ginawa ito ng CHED, mukhang nag-intervene po ang kongreso, sa iyo, yung committee on education at humihingi kayo ng dialogue. Ang bottom line, is that walang nasara na eskwela. And as a result,nag-resign po si Chairman Fr. Rolando Dela Rosa, nag-resign ang buong technical committee on nursing education. Ngayon, ang question ko, it seems nag-side po kayo sa side ng business, sa mga owners ng school. At tsaka hindi niyo pinakinggan yung mga kailangan magawa para sa mga nursing students na nawalan na ng pera, hindi naman sila pwedeng pumasa. Now how, Cong.Villar, can you reconcile itong parang seeming disconnect between yung desire ninyo to help the poor at tsaka yung pagpanig niyo sa mga owners ng mga educational institutions na gustong isara ng technical nursing committee at tsaka yung CHED?

Cynthia Villar:
Maraming salamat mareng winnie i want to explain that situation to you, hindi naman ganoon ang istorya noon. Ang nangyari noon, binigyan nila ng permit yung mga schools to open, ng CHED. Tapos gusto nila ipasara, nakapag-invest na yung mga may-ari ng schools sa mga kanilang facilities. And then, sinasabi nila na kaya daw nila gustong ipasara dahil walang tertiary hospital, kasi sa mga nursing school to, na where they can train. Ang sinasabi namin noon, hindi naman po kami kumokontra sa CHED, ang sinasabi namain, kasi tinignan namin yung syllabus, yung mga courses na kunin nila, and then nakita namin na after lang, sa third year kailangan nila yung tertiary hospital so ni-request namin na hindi nalang ipasara yung pre-nursing, yung first two years. (end of timer)

Winnie Monsod:
Follow-up question nalang po ano, ha? Ay kung ganoon pala ang istorya, bakit bumaba pa ang mga nurses na-employ sa abroad, kasi hindi sila qualified? In other words, if it’s only a matter of investment, bakit po hindi sila ma-employ employ? At bakit po nag-resign ang technichal nursing education committee, at tsaka nag-resign after only 7 months in office? Do you think they just did not understand?

Cynthia Villar:
No, yung pag-reresign po ni father is a personal quarrel with the owner of a school. Medyo personal po yun. Pero yung amin po, ay sinasabi po namin sa kanila na actually, HINDI NAMAN KAILANGAN ANG NURSE AY MATAPOS NG BSN, kasi itong ating mga nurses, GUSTO LANG NILA MAGING “ROOM NURSE.” Sa America or sa other countries, ano lang sila, YUNG PARANG MANG-AALAGA. HINDI NAMAN SILA KAILANGAN GANOON KAGALING. kasi sa ibang country (end of timer)

“Pagsubok ng mga Kandidato-Part 2”
Airing Date: February 23, 2013
GMA News TV-11


I actually did not understand if she has the proper view about Nursing education. First of all, to be a nurse, you need to be a BSN graduate. Kaya nga ginawa ang BSN curriculum diba, para makapag-produce ng Nursing graduates. The BSN curriculum must be finished so that a person can be formed and be well-educated about how Nursing works. Nursing is not just giving medication or gawin lang na maid ng mga patients, they are there to take care of the patient. To give a HOLISTIC CARE to the patient.

When she said that Nurses need not graduate Nursing, I FLIPPED OUT! Doesn’t she know the hardships that Nurses have undergone just for them to get to their current status? Doesn’t she know that four years is needed just for a nurse to give a holistic care? Hindi kailangang grumadweyt? Example, I’m currently in my second year of Nursing education and suppose that I would just drop out of school and just try to ‘work as a nurse’, will that make sense? All  I know are the concepts on Maternal and Child and basic things that ALL NURSES should know. I don’t even know how to cope up with ER yet or how to take care of a client in the surgical ward. Those things would be tackled on THIRD and FOURTH YEAR! Do you expect me to learn that all by myself?

“GUSTO LANG NILANG MAGING ROOM NURSE”. Double flip the table. Does she means PRIVATE NURSE? FYI, there are lots of things that Student Nurses and Nurses wants to attain and not just be a Private Nurse, or in Mrs. Villar’s words, ROOM NURSE! Many wants to be a NURSE ANESTHETIST, some wants to be a forensic nurse, some wants to be a nurse volunteer and yet some wants to be a NURSE RESEARCHER. Some take up Nursing as their premed course. There are lots of things that many SNs and Nurses wants and not just be a private nurse. Yes, you can gain lots of money from it because the pay is usually pretty good, but not all works that way. Some just want to serve, be paid, and be happy.

And to take care of a patient, I can really say that the four years is necessary. You can never take care of a patient effectively is you don’t even know how to. Kung ganyan lang pala eh, Nurse na tayong lahat. We can all give tepid sponge bath, we can all just clean wounds, but not all of us knows the science behind it and how to PROPERLY do it.

It’s an insult to the nursing community when she said  “Sa America or sa other countries, ano lang sila, YUNG PARANG MANG-AALAGA. HINDI NAMAN SILA KAILANGAN GANOON KAGALING. kasi sa ibang country…”. Anyone who have taken up nursing, a nursing graduate or a current SN can see my point why her words have hit a nerve. We take care of people. Hindi basta-basta mag-take care ng tao. If you don’t see my point, take up Nursing.