XU Nursing Student’s experience

The recent announcement of the November 2015 Philippine Nursing Licensure exam, led to fame of the few universities in the country, including my Alma Mater bagging 100 percent passing rate with 2 top notchers. Truly, nursing as a profession which brings a great responsibility towards the health care providers, hand in hand a great feeling of fulfillment that care was given to patients in times they call for help.

Having a license to Nurse is a great deal to every nursing student out there. The license we have aimed for, symbolizes the hard work, sacrifices and nights of studying we did just for this profession. Some people may say “being a nursing student is more difficult than being a nurse already”.

One example of which is the experience of this student nurse from my Alma Mater – Xavier University. Last Tuesday, January 26 between 4:30 to 5:00 AM – this second year Nursing Student just experience a traumatic event on the hands of a thief. Her bag was attempted to be abducted from her. She narrated that the she resisted the unknown thief which dragged across few meters. The scuffle led the student nurse wounded with few bruises and teared up duty uniform.




Nursing students from 2nd year to 3rd year is given two duty days per week (16 hours per week). Some of which is assigned on morning shifts which requires them to arrive at the hospital before the call time. On or before 6 AM, every nursing student is expected to be in the hospital already.

The time of which every nursing student starts to travel from their house to their designated hospital (5AM to 6AM) increases their susceptibility to encounter these danger.

Hand in hand, approximately 70-80 percent of the the Nursing population is predominantly women. For 3 years, 2-3 times a week, this routine is practiced by every nursing student.

In those three years, surely every nursing student has a story to tell and this nursing student who had experienced such traumatic event is one of them.

This has an alarming implication towards the College of Nursing administration. As a community of educators – safety of its students is one of its priorities yet in contrary the quality of education should not be jeopardized.

Behind every nursing student out there, has a story to share. Outrageous hospital experiences and most traumatic events just like this. We grow in a perilous yet fulfilling, and humble world.


To everyone: be careful! Be vigilant! Stay safe!

Hash tag: Padayon Nursing


-Photos Credits to Ms. Nabila Dipatuan



Proper Etiquettes when attending a Mass

As a Catholic and a Christian it is our primary goal to “be like” and follow the ways of Jesus Christ – thus the word “Christ” in the word Christian was derived. The sacraments represent the seven (7) significant deeds Jesus Christ has done which at present we continually follow and practice.


The Sacrament of the Eucharist is one of a Christian sacrament which commemorates the last supper by consecrating the bread and wine. This is usually done during a mass. But of course there can be multiple sacraments present in one (1) mass.

Thus, attending to a mass is indeed a very important and solemn practice of our faith as Christians. In connection, these are the few lists of way to participate and are expected from us in a mass:


  1. Dress well, dress with good intention

A priest once told me during one of our retreat – “we dress lavishly when we attend a friend’s party. At least wear something nice when we face our Creator”. We should not go to church to “dress to impress”. Our intention is not to attract men or women. But to be presentable as we enter HIS house.


  1. Be an Early Bird

Always arrive few minutes earlier than the scheduled time of the mass. This helps you cool down, and gives you time to empty oneself from the distractions of the world. If we want to offer ourselves, then we should have a good preparation of ourselves.


  1. Remove your Gadgets

The solemnity of the celebration is a collective effort, and it will definitely start within us. Turn off your cellular phones during the whole duration of the mass. A tiny effort yet brings a huge impact to one’s experience.


  1. Pray and Sing along

A prayer being sung is like praying twice. Be participative during the mass and try to sing as the prayers are being sung. And on the other hand – it keeps you awake!


  1. Listen to the Readings and Homily

The Homily is one of the important parts of the mass. We should not only attend  the mass, but also listen to what it tries to teach us. As the priest imparts his lessons about the gospel, try to reflect on what it meant to you.


  1. To give and not to count the cost

The amount you give, doesn’t justify how generous you are. A 100 pesos from a rich man compared to another man who gives 20 pesos, which is all he had in his wallet, is far more significant than the 100 pesos from the rich man who has millions in his bank. “If you give and it doesn’t hurt – then it is not generosity”.


  1. Receive Communion

The rings of bell you hear during the mass as the priest raises the bread and wine is to “alert” the people that they are facing the bread and wine which signifies the body and blood of Christ through Transfiguration. Thus, receiving these gifts is like receiving Christ. This is the most important part of the mass, thus we should never leave the church without receiving one.


  1. Wait for the Final Blessing

Some individuals never wait for the final blessing. Though the Communion is the main event during a mass, we should always patiently wait before the priest gives the final blessing.

You always wait for the “End Credits” of a MARVEL movie, but you can’t wait to finish the whole duration of a mass?


  1. Give thanks

Never forget to say gratitude on everything you have. That is essential.



ad Majorem dei Gloriam

If there’s a will, there’s a way

Not everyone was born lucky. Some were born rich, while others were not. There are those who were gifted with beauty, while there others who are  lacking on that area. In other words – there are a million of probability we may be born in this world. Yet for sure we are not born what we ideally wanted to be.

Thus i think that this is what makes us all busy everyday. For example: some people work really hard – to be successful and earn well someday, because they are those who may lack in the financial area. Well some are blessed to have lots of money: yet may be “lacking” on the “Love” area – so they may be traveling the world using their money to find someone. There are a tremendous amount of stories that every individual might tale tell. That is what makes us busy everyday – achieving what we want, and reaching for our dreams.

This is Popoy Bugsa, a 46 year old “sikad driver”. He has a “Sikad” which is a common yet cheap means of transportation here in Cagayan de Oro city. This vehicle is usually run by a bicycle but Popoy’s “sikad” is run by a Motorcycle.


Instead on sitting on the motorcycle, he sits on the passenger seat as he drives this vehicle

We were about to bound to Cogon in Cagayan de oro City to buy some decorations last christmas, yet we found ourselves stuck at the traffic situation in CM Recto Avenue and Corrales Street. We found him beside a mall fronting Nazareno Church. He was sitting on his “sikad” when my eyes caught him because of his peculiar type of vehicle using.

You would be amaze how this guy was able to maneuver his vehicle. Honestly, at first i was really scared. He rides his motorcycle with his right hand holding the vehicle’s left handle! Well at first i was skeptical, but as we are about to reach our destination, i thought- “this guy’s good!”.

This guy deserves a recognition and an individual whom anyone can look up to as an example – and for not letting his disability hinder him to something productive for himself. We seldom complain even on a subtle difficulty we encounter at school, at work, or at home. While other people in the persona of Mr. Bugsa who makes the most of what he have and what he can do.

May this guy serve as a motivation to everyone. We tend to overlook the blessings we have and less appreciative on the gifts bestowed on us. In lieu, we might as well use these as an instrument to succeed and achieve our goals in life.

So the next time you feel “you can’t do it“. Think of such individuals like this humble “sikad” driver.

If there’s a will, there’s a way.