With the conclusion of the first half of the PNLE this year, new graduates and unemployed registered nurses scramble themselves in hospitals to find jobs in the hopes to pimp out their resumes that one day we can find greener grasses on the other side of this planet. Of course, the title above it just to get your attention but really, this is serious and I’ll try to put it as humorous as possible.
Some people call the nursing profession is in a state of paradoxical surplus. It’s in a stalemate. We’re basically needing nurses in our health centers but we can’t hire more nurses because of the lack of funds. While the government admits that there is no room for new nurses, why in the world are universities are accepting more students then? Well, because the world is in need of nurses but we can’t really deploy them unless they have sufficient work experience. Then we’re back to square number one. It’s pretty much the same as with the twilight drama this country and the whole world is going gaga over with. Even, Al-Queda seems to be on Team Jacob.
Please excuse the pun but I think it’s the best way to illustrate what is the state of the nursing profession right now. Not to mention the pay-for-work attitude of some healthcare institutions. What in the world is that? Seriously, some nurses pay for their training and work experience. Look, it’s really fine with me to work unpaid and I get the training certificate that I will need just like a paid employee, it’s just that I don’t get paid (pretty profound huh) but that I will pay you guys to work for you is pretty much insane. Ok, you want a bargain? I’m willing even to shell out let’s say 500 to 2,000 PHP for whatever reasons you want to throw at me but 6,000 – 15,000 PHP is too much. And I tell you, there are really nurse who are in to this right now, yes, at this very moment just to get that piece of paper which SOME (I’m trying to make it clear here, I’m not generalizing. Hence, some.) healthcare institutions are taking advantage of. This business attitude is getting steroids that even development, innovation and progress are hindered. Also, work ethics among colleagues are cannibalistic. Nurses eat their young. Some nurses are in a “chronic low self-esteem related to repeated negative feedback, resulting in diminished self-worth.”
So if you’re thinking of joining Team Nursing and experience all the hoopla, you might want to think twice.
I’ve read so much in the forums and nursing Facebook pages that nurses are angels (FYI, there are no female angels), nursing is a noble profession and whatnot. Don’t get me wrong the nursing profession in it’s ideal character is noble itself. Read the history of how a well-off lady who gave up her privileges to help wounded soldiers in the Crimean War. If we compare to the motives people before on why they accept the nursing profession to today’s nurses, they’re more noble than we are. I don’t know to what percentage or how many individuals when they chose BSN, it’s because they really want to serve. Sounds cheesy and idealistic but we are in the Nursing SERVICE. Pretty much you can extract the word SERVE from SERVICE. Some of us have discovered the nobility of this profession. I finally understood to what nursing is all about when I was in my third year of nursing school. But there are really those who haven’t quite get it yet. They have their licenses and trainings but their attitudes are still somewhat quite the opposite what nursing is.
I have a sneaking suspicion as to why tons of high school graduates are overpopulating Colleges of Nursing in universities and institutions: Most Filipino high school graduates don’t really know what they want to be when they grow up.
Dunno What To Do, Eh
As a teen on what they want to be when they grow up, they would give you a blank stare for a moment. My 8 year-old cousin can probably even do a better answer - “I want to be just like my dad!” Simple, yet defining. Probably it’s a culture thing, only a few kids get to cultivate certain level of expertise on some things when they are young. Only a few get to be really good in music, only a few get to really be good in web and graphic design. My brother who is now taking up Computer Engineering in our local university here self-taught himself on Visual Basic when he was still in high school made simple games and programs that we as a family enjoy and say wow, amazing! My sister who is a first year high school student self-taught herself to learn the Japanese language because she’s a big fan of manga and anime and she want to take up Linguistics in the future. She used online materials and listened to the simple tutorials on japanesepod101.com and now she can speak and understand simple Japanese. I don’t want to brag and I’m not. I’m trying to point an example here. How many kids do you think have such capabilities nowadays? How many kids do really have the passion what they want to do when they grow up and cultivate and work on it? How many teenagers do have the mind of scientist and of a dreamer? Or are we stuck on our noon-time television shows and the twilight drama?
About The Author
Earl is the author of the exciting nursing blog Nurse Press. He also have a knack for social media, typography and photography and wants to raise chickens when he grows up. You can follow @emigrino83 on Twitter and /megreenyou on Meme. You can also add him on Facebook here. He feels quite weird to be advertising himself in the third person here. Furthermore, he would really suggest the music album “An Airplane Carried Me To Bed” by Sky Sailing.