Week One

So, after four or five months of bitching, whining, complaining, and waiting, my dream ideal hospital finally called me up to start my orientation. I call it my “ideal” hospital because regardless of what I told the interviewers, I wasn’t applying there because I dreamed of working at my alma mater’s hospital, but because that place was the nearest tertiary hospital in the area. And considering the meager salary of nurses, it’s best for one to work near where he lives.

It’s always a bit unnerving for me to meet new people. See I’m not one who makes a good first impression. And anyone who knows me well enough knows that I easily pass judgment to other people (which is a fancy way of saying that I’m a  total jackass).

People there were nice. Scary nice, considering I’m used to working with the super awesome ONB VN jerks like me. And even if I know someone there from the previous hospital I “worked” in, he’s not in the same class of assholiness as the rest of us.

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Week One

Nursing Analogy

Here’s something I made for July NLE 2010 takers. I really hope you know what you’re getting into and fare better than most of us. Good luck guys!

Nursing is like getting into a relationship. You see a girl you like and you try your best to court her for four long, agonizing years. In the span of those four years, you tend to get to know her a little better.

You see some things you like; like getting to know potentially lifelong friends, great mentors, and the promise of financial stability in the future. You also see some of her flaws like Anatomy, thesis making, case presentations, and such. However, you realize that it’s her flaws that make her unique and beautiful.

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Nursing Analogy

Crushed Idealism and Office Politics

When I got my first job, like other new graduates, I was a little idealistic. I mean, we’re all so excited to get a paying job that we’re all a little bit naive about the true dynamics of the working environment. We thought that we’ll just go out there, work, get paid, and go home. Go in, and get out. No attachments involved. Little did we realize that there are things such as office politics that make our working lives a living hell.

If you think that office politics is bad in your workplace, you have to try working in a government institution. There, it doesn’t matter how good you are or how great your work ethics are. The only thing that matters is who you know and what their position is in the administration. It sucks a little bit but the cynic me realizes that this is the hard, cold truth that young people must realize so that they won’t get hurt so much if (or when) “the Man” bites them in the ass.

So, you just have to accept if you’re removed because you were sick, if a person gets hired even if they just got in and had tons of absences, if a dumb person gets ahead of you in the corporate ladder because her cousin is the mayor, and if they treat you like crap because you don’t know any important people in the government.

Hey, that’s life.

At least you’re not old, desperately pretending to be young, trying to convince people that you’re not an asshole.

Crushed Idealism and Office Politics

Nursing Board Exam Results (November 2009)

So, after agonizing about it for a couple of months now, the results of the November Nursing Board Exam are available online in this website. According to Inquirer, a total of 37, 527 out of 94,462 nursing graduates passed the November, 2009 licensure examination which roughly translates to 39% of the examinees.

To those who did not pass, brush yourself off and try again (if you’re really into nursing); if not, don’t be depressed and just try to do some things that you really want to do. Remember that wise saying by Rob Schneider in the Waterboy…

To those who passed the November boards, especially my friends and my girlfriend (YAY!), congratulations and welcome to the world of the underemployed!

Nursing Board Exam Results (November 2009)