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 :)

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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

(Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=568990759777759)

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.

To the Future Mayor of Cagayan de Oro

So the national and local elections is just months away and lots of politicians are starting to become epal. Commercials here, commercials there, commercials everywhere. But I’m not here to talk about these epal politicians but about my ‘open letter’ to whoever would be voted as the new mayor of my city.

Mayor, I hope that you won’t be a ningas-kugon. I hope that you’re ‘loyalty’ and ‘honesty’ will last for a long time until your term ends. I don’t want to hear any corruption problems and issues on how you run the city. The people voted you because they trust you and they ‘think’ that you can lead them.

I have made a list of what I perceive to be my CDO when run by an awesome and responsible mayor.

  • CLEAN CDO. A CDO where you can just walk even in the daytime without having the problem to change route because of the danger of being too close to a smelly pile of junk. I want to see a CDO where whenever I look around, I can see near spotless roads and perhaps some leaves from the trees. And oh, I want lots of trees. Those trees that people ‘planted’ on the middle of the road are bit of a failure because I never saw them grow as they tall and as useful and pretty as they should be. I love walking on the street at early morning because the roads are almost spotless and there’s this vehicle which cleans the road *cool*. I want a not very dusty roads. Every time I ride a jeepney on the way to somewhere, when I wipe my hankie on my face, I instantly see a very dirty handkerchief. *tsktsk* Strict implementation of DO NOT THROW YOU GARBAGE ANYWHERE. Please just please.
  • LESS PEOPLE LIVING ON THE STREET. These are the people that I hate seeing especially those that I see everyday. Whenever I go to school, there is this certain family that lives beside a food chain and they are really annoying the hell out of me. The mother and other family members are obviously able-bodied but I don’t think they’re really doing much to alleviate their current status. I also hate seeing these street children because they are born to parents who are either not really able to raise them like even a middle-income families could or they’re just too irresponsible to take care of their children. I hope that they would make an independent body and not just rely on DSWD to actually take care of these people because they can only do so much and a little help can actually make a huge difference.
  • BETTER TRAFFIC FLOW. CDO already has lots of vehicles compared before. And that means more rowdy and uncivilized and not so law-follower drivers. I hope that they would strongly implement whatever laws regarding traffic and that includes where to load and unload passengers, where to pass and where to park. They should be stricter with this because this can really add more to the current traffic problem of the city. I also hope that they would be able to make a very big parking lots somewhere in divisoria or wherever because I hate seeing these cars parallel parking on the sides of very narrow roads. It just adds to the problem of traffic and I don’t think these drivers aren’t much of a help because they just left their cars there for a loooooooooong time. In relation to this, I hope that there would be a stricter implementation of people passing on pedestrian lanes. These are painted on roads for reasons and should be use for it’s own reason. I hate seeing people from Centrio going to Gaisano just crossing the road without using the pedestrian lane. Is really walking just a short distance too much of a hassle or you’re just letting your laziness overcome you.
  • PROMOTION OF EDUCATION. Education is supposed to be a right, but now it’s just a privilege. I hope that one day, there would be a really strong program and campaign to promote education to everyone and for all of us to have the equal right to be able to go to school. I also hope that there would be more classrooms and more school paraphernalia that would be allotted to enable children to be more inspired to study. More teachers, I hope, should be hired and good benefits should be given to them because teaching the future of our country is not an easy task.
  • BETTER HEALTH CARE FACILITIES. I have been exposed to the clinical area and all I can say is that, “Thank goodness my family has enough money to have me go to a private hospital whenever I get sick”. Why? Because I don’t think that our public hospitals is good enough. What’s with a humid and smelly ward? I don’t think that is conducive for healing. I hope that they would actually start to slowly make a project for a better service to people. I’m not saying that our public hospitals are ugly and filthy but I’m just saying is that we can do much better than what we’re showing right now.

I don’t know if I had made my points across but I hope I did. Some people may agree or disagree with me. Some may also have more suggestions to be added to this list. But I hope that you, MAYOR, will be able to lead our city and show it’s full potential.

God Bless.

PERSON Program?

So there’s this PERSON Program that is required for my Ethics class. At first, I did not think so hard about this because I thought that this was just something like a one day affair and we need to like ‘experience’ the hardships of work and understand the ‘dignity of human labor’. It turns out that we need to complete 12 hours of work and make a reflection. Dafuq?

My issue here is that I basically already has an idea of this ‘dignity of human labor’ that they talked about. Having a duty twice a week for at most 8 hours without pay (aside from my baon) pretty much sums up my issue. I already know how it feels to work and the responsibility that we shoulder once we’re already in the hospital premises. And we’re required to have a reflection after 12 hours. Our teacher said that it’s okay to put that we didn’t learn anything if it’s true. I have the idea of putting at my reflection paper, “I knew that I should have learned something after 12 hours. But after being exposed to the community and clinical area, I have already learned those before hand. So to say that I learned something awesome for 12 hours is a lie because I daresay that I didn’t”. My reflection would be on that line. 

I REALLY HOPE THAT MY EXPERIENCE WOULD BE UNIQUE. Why? because even having this freaking orientation is already a burden to us. OUT OF ALL THE ORIENTATION DATES, WE DON’T HAVE ANY FREE TIME! So we were thinking, are we the ones who should adjust? We have lessons during those times and we can’t easily tell our teacher, “Pause first, we have an orientation to join”. HECK! Then we went to the KKP office and talked to someone. Our Orientation would be on Monday at 3 pm. ANOTHER HECK! Before that time, I will have a duty at DR from 10 pm of Sunday to 6 am on Monday. I was planning to rest from 8 am to 3 pm just so I won’t really have a bad headache and time during the duty. Then this effing schedule came out and turns out that I need to wake up at 1:30 pm just so I can arrive at school on time. F*** THEIR SYSTEM!

Ugh. I’m really stressed and annoyed right now. 

I Need A Better Philippines

I was watching Don’t Tell My Mother which featured Philippines and I was quite happy that the host has managed to get a sneak peak of the downside of Manila while seeing the fun side of it. While watching, I can’t help by really think of bad things about our country’s capital city. Since this is our capital city, it could actually reflect badly about the whole image of the country. Since Manila is dirty, a visitor could easily say that Philippines is dirty.

The population of the Philippines is BOOMING! I did hope that only our economy would boom. Well, we can say that side by side with poverty is people with no jobs who just thought of having sex as their past time. I hate seeing poor families having lots and lots of children. How can they even sustain these kids if they can’t even take care of themselves? And not they are asking help from the government? Who do they think they are? They are just adding problems to the government. Instead of just lazing around, they should have just looked for jobs or signed up on those workshops run by the NGO.

The slum area is one problem of the government… of THE PEOPLE IN THE PHILIPPINES! It is such an eyesore. I don’t understand how people managed to end up on those slum areas. Some are born there already. Unfortunately, many people living in these places are those who have lots of children, kept on gambling and drinking and doesn’t have any plans with their lives. They are like the palamunin of the government.

 

Filipino Time or Just Laziness?

Every time we have a group project and needs meetings during non-class days, part of the plan is always making the meet-up time 30 minutes earlier. So if we decide on meeting each other at 9 am, we set the meeting time at 8:30. In this way, we can be ‘assured’ that all of us would be at the meeting place by 9:15 or 9:30. You may ask, what kind of logic is this? Logic? Well, it’s just that we put in mind the freaking ‘Filipino’ time.

What is the ‘Filipino’ time? This is the time when a Filipino arrives late at a meeting place. Preferably, 30 minutes late. It’s quite common actually. A lot of people are doing this. And it’s really annoying.

I grew up with my grandmother and at an early age, it was instilled in my mind NEVER to be late. She was an elementary teacher and so she needs to be at  school before 7 am. Ever since I was almost 2 years old, I have been going with her to school and so I was disciplined in the art of going to a meeting place early. I just hoped that this same time discipline has been instilled on ALL PEOPLE. But I was wrong.

One of my hatest things in life is lateness. I hate waiting at the meeting place. I feel like I should have been doing already a lot of things if not for the waiting. I hate my time being wasted by other people. It’s very rude to waste another person’s time and make them wait. It’s like your making yourself special. You’re not. You’re annoying.

So please, please, just don’t be lazy. There’s no such this as Filipino time, just lazy people.

SNSD/Girl’s Generation’s I Got A Boy (Music Video Review)

 

This is the first SNSD music video that I really looked forward to watch because the teaser was good. The girls wearing something like punk, disregarding their usual dresses and cutesy clothes. They had a strong teaser photos and video. I actually expected an over the top music video.

On the intro, you can see the girls minding their own business inside the room. Then a guy comes buzzing the doorbell and instantly, all of them ‘panicked’ and the scene becomes SM’s favorite part, the stopping of everything midair or the ‘matrix’. The face of the guy is obscured by his hair and so I guess we would be in the shadows as to who this guy really is.

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The song started with “A-YO GG!” which is a really good start. Then Sooyoung rapped fairly with what’s supposed to be hip hop actions. Then Yuri followed. Yuri definitely is suited for their current theme and look because she looks mature and not out of place. She also rapped quite fairly, the same as Sooyoung. This is the first SNSD song where the rap goes first or where there’s actually a pretty decent rap that I like.

When Taeyeon started to sing, I find it nice because she looks her age. This suits her because she needs to grow up and start to shed off that cutesy behind her. Seohyun looks out of place. I mean, she really is the innocent type and I think she has a hard time pulling this off. Sunny as usual with her cutesy voice. I hate it when that happens. I heard some SNSD songs where Sunny’s cute voice is not evident and you can actually here a mature voice. I hope that happened here because her voice totally blew off the ‘strong’ image she was supposed to portray.

Yoona rapping? She should stick to it. She’s never one of the good voices in SNSD and I think she can rap if she’ll just have to practice. It’s good too that she’s able to break free from her cutesy and ‘innocent’ image as the face of SNSD and able to give a strong image for this MV. Hyoyeon rapping? I expected it. I mean she usually gets fewer lines alongside with Yoona. I also find her amusing because it seems like she did not need try to ‘act’ for this MV as a strong person but just to act herself and rap and dance her way.

Tiffany with her ever-present eye smile is still ever-present. However, she did this during the slow moments of the song. In the first part where she says, “Here comes trouble!”, I actually find that fierce. Jessica is still pretty. She really does look like a girl going on shopping here.

For the dance, I find it nice but not really that great. It’s really deviation from their previous dance routines. However, it seems like some members are not really good at this popping and hip hop stuff which makes them look like stiff and awkward to look at. Hyoyeon looks good in this because this is her specialty. However, some do have trouble with the step and that’s one the faults that I find in this music video. I do hope they can pull this off on their live performances.

Their clothes. Hmmm… what to say? I don’t like it that much. I think it’s really overdone and layering at it’s best. Since they have lots of strong moves, I hope that they toned down the clothes for us to be able to actually appreciate and for them to clearly define the moves. I actually kept on being distracted with the clothing colors on some parts because it’s somewhat colorful and their background is colorful. Am I watching a rainbow? It’s a good thing that they use white sneakers in some parts because we can see their footworks clearly.

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Hairs. It’s a big thing because the hair is a crowing glory for a woman. Most of them actually has their suited for them and the colors are quite nice. My favorites are Sooyoung’s and Jessica’s. My hatest is Sunny’s. The green one is pretty like a moss. It looks like a mop. Short hair suits her but not the green. Pink is also not that flattering because it just made her more like a kid. I don’t understand what the hair stylist thought about this. I think a darker shade of  red suits Sunny more, not pink.

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FINALLY, the song. I feel like I’m listening to 2 or 3 different songs, just the same background music. Dubstep? You won’t be disappointed. First part is fierce, strong… showed the cool and strong side of SNSD. Then it started to get slower, but still near the first part. It’s actually a good transition and won’t make you feel lost. However, the TaeTiSeo part made me lost. Am I still watching the same MV? It’s quite confusing because I think the only thing that connected that part to the rest of the song is the background…dubstep. The song, in general, is pretty addictive and I’m currently having an LSS for this.

Overall, the music video is a bit dizzying and confusing, but that’s okay. I’m used to that. I’ll look forward for the drama version, if there is, and I hope it won’t be confusing and would actually have a consistent story line. I quite expected an MV like this because it’s kind of an SNSD counter-MV of SJ’s Sexy, Free and Single.

My score for this music video is: 4/5 (because I got confused while watching the MV)