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

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-Photos Credits to Ms. Nabila Dipatuan

 

Wrapping up my 2015

Happy Holidays everyone!

This year has been a ride for everyone. Some may say this has been a great year for them, while some it may be on the down side – the opinion lies within each individual. So for this last article for this year, I would love to share my adventure throughout this year. I am going to wrap it up using my words, for this year has been giving me great rides.

Does anybody feel as if it was just like yesterday that 2015 has begun? I could still remember how I packed up some shirts to wear for a mass on the 24th of December. Then 5 minutes before midnight of the 31st , everybody is ready to light their firecrackers as we embrace the year 2015.

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2015 was my most busiest, yet productive year ever! I was about to finish my college by the end of March. It was a tough ride – not only for me, but also to my fellow colleagues. All the nights we spent studying for the final exams and all the coffee I drank from four (4) different coffee shops in the city. We have surely burned the midnight oil for us to be able to achieve what we want – to graduate.

Next, graduation was up! We did it! For four (4) long years we made it! It was one of our great achievements that we have survived college. All the hard-work and sacrifices have paid off. On the other hand, it was both a personal goal and relationship goal for me and my girlfriend – Rosenblum Legaspi (search her up! :D). We have been through almost everything in school, from studying, hospital duties, having fun with friends, soccer games, and much other stuff.

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Me and my Rosen :)

Next stop this year was our Nursing Licensure Exam. Approximately 2 months after our graduation, I and Rosen gambled to take the board exam earlier. This is unorthodox to what others usually do. To cut the long story short – we made it again! We passed the Licensure Exam – another seemingly a relationship goal again as to what the social media calls it. We were license nurses here in the Philippines and got our ID’s (1) one month after the result has been posted.

The two (2) paragraphs alone make it seems to be easy and smooth but In fact, these paragraphs consists a lot of sacrifices, happy, sad, full of anxiety moments. Moments which when I relinquish in my mind makes me want to pat my back and say “good job Stephen, you did it”.

When the year was about to end, my adolescence stage has slowly faded away as my 21st birthday has arrived. Transition, accomplishments and change sums up my 2015.

Now that 2015 is going to leave us for good soon, may we always remember to thank the people who surround us all year round. The people who have inspire us to do the unthinkable, the people who have made us smile and made us who we are for the next few years ahead.

Retreat to what we have learned from this year and keep eyeing on our goals for the 2016.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE and LET LOVE BE OUR GREATEST AIM!

Tips on Studying Smart

If you have come across this article, then it is either you were desperate to ace/pass an exam, or you are someone who thought – “hey, this can be helpful in the future”. Well, that puts a lot of pressure on me. I better give some good advice.

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Everyone has surely experienced something they needed to study for, be it a report, a quiz or a major exam. I guess nobody wants to fail a test. Well, I myself have been through a lot of studying in my life. In fact when I was still in grade school, I was always excited to study – I read the preface of the book (That was hilarious). On the contrary as time went by, I learned the whole gist of study habits which aided me to accomplish and be productive as much as possible when studying. I want to share some of these tips and habits, and I hope this may assist you in every way possible. These are the tips and tricks to study Smarter rather than Longer. Here we go!

1. Study in advance

All the tips listed below will be nothing if this can’t be accomplished. Always try to anticipate when the exam will be happening, the type of exam, and the difficulty level of the exam you will be taking. This is an effective method to really absorb and understand the topic you are studying. On the other hand – this can help boost your confidence while answering, since you have a long duration of preparation. Confidence is everything.

2. Small short chunks

The more, the merrier?” – Well not in studying. Try to avoid studying four or more hours straight. Don’t worry, I am also much guilty on this habit. Research shows that study sessions are most effective in “small short chunks”. Instead of cramming 10 hours nonstop, it is more effective to spread out on a 20-30 minutes study session over a few weeks. Our brain can better absorb short and repeated session than a long bulky one. This may not be true to the habits of everyone, but hey! It’s evidenced based practice.

3. No Overnighters

These are for the “crammers”. Try to avoid studying overnight – this is not effective. After prolonged nocturnal sessions – reasoning and memory will surely be affected. Instead, try to set a time during the day when to study and do this throughout the week. Thus this tip can also be combined to the tip above – “small short chunk”.

4. Set Specific goals

We all have experienced when we tend to clump a pile of book and try our best to read as much book as we can. Well, this might not be that very effective. Try to list specific and concise goals when studying for that specific day. In congruence to my Nursing career, I call this “daily plan of activities”. Try to list down every specific action on a specific time frame. For example – from 1pm to 2pm “I’m going to read chapter one”. This is really helpful to maximize and track your time when studying.

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sample “Daily plan of Activities”

5. No Music

Some of us have gotten used to studying while listening to a favourite track on our mp3’s or phones. Yet unfortunately “Spotify pips”, according to recent studies – this can be detrimental to focus. In contrast, individuals who studies on a quiet surrounding have better outcomes. So the next time you see someone studying with an earphone on their ears – always think, your studying the better way.

6. Flash cards

Not everything you read will retain instantly. Its very useful to have an index card, or based on my personal experience –use a small booklet. You can specifically write everything you still don’t know something you need to memorize. These flash cards or booklets are very handy and convenient. When you are commuting or doing nothing as of the moment, you can pop it open from your pocket and read. A good and productive way to maximize time.

7. Sacred place

We all have a sacred and sweet place when we study. It can be our own room, the living room, dining table, a sweet shop, Starbucks? Try to study where you are comfortable being at. A place where everything you needed for studying is ready and set to go. “I need Caramel Frappuccino to study” – Starbucks pips.

8. Practice makes Perfect… but nobody’s perfect..so..why…Pra..c..

Practice, practice and practice. This is one of the most effective ways to be ready and answer the tests well. This boost your confidence and familiarity towards the topic being learned and studied. On the other hand, it will harness your time management when answering which lessens anxiety because it will give you more time to review your paper before passing.

9 . Put away your phone

Really? Should I still continue? Put away your phone, and stop multi-tasking. You can always do that at the end of your study session. Treat it as a reward, that you will be able to use your phone or laptop after you have finished studying.

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That was it! I hope it had enlightened you in any way possible, and may it help everyone as they start flipping the pages of their book/ e-books.
Education has been a very important part of our live. Students are fighting a battle everyday at school. A particular person told me once – “Strive and work hard today, so tomorrow you won’t have to – rather than slacking today, and tomorrow you’ll be working hard”

GOOD LUCK! 

The types of NURSING STUDENTS

  

Nursing may be one of the toughest courses in college. Being inclined to a medical related course is no joke, especially when we are about to handle and take good care of LIVES. But behind those seemingly jail bars of the Nursing classrooms and the discipline given by our “school before hoes” clinical instructors, we have encountered different kinds of personality inside the classroom. The personalities that will be described here may be compared to every student on other courses, in lieu, the circumstances will be related to my experiences as i have ventured my Nursing Life throughout the four years of college. So here we go! Here’s for all of us Nursing/Nurses pips!

1.) The facade of saying “I didn’t study” but after the exam, gets the highest score

There are two sub category of this: first are those students who TRUTHFULLY did not study and aced the exam, i bet the trend of their quizzes are “gets a high score when not studying and fails when the topic was studied” what an irony. The second are those known to be The Smarties and Nerds in the class who SECRETLY studied weeks before the exam, and then when asked if they have studied, they’ll just tell you “uhmmm, the topic was really difficult…” Or “i really didn’t study, the topic, it was so confusing” and after the exam *tadaa* gets the highest grade! Then you’ll find yourself telling them – “i thought you didn’t study??!” And they’ll say “i don’t know..” with a smirk, which on the contrary makes me want to smack their asses out! 

2.) The Bulimics

You do the research about the condition Bulimia Nervosa. These are the petite, sexy, fit boys and girls on the first years of Nursing who will have there white uniform first be measured by the tailoring services. These little pythons will ask the sewer to make there uniform slim fit. Too fit in a sense that they look like wearing skinny jeans and there upper dress fits snuggly on there curved highschool hips! Thus, they are called the Bulimics because as every year goes by, they get fatter and bigger- for sure! And their uniforms gets smaller and smaller for them, they get more depressed about their size, and the barometer they use to know if they increased in weight are their white uniforms. Food for the brain eh?

3.) All Org, No Nursing type

These are the students who are so inclined with their extracurricular activities. They are so into it that they forget their nursing subjects and quizzes to think of to. These are the students you usually see going from classroom to classroom to announce upcoming activities in school. These are also the students who says “..vote straight , vote alliance..” Don’t get me wrong, i got few good friends who are like this, and i salute them for balancing work between two demanding fields and finished nursing and its hardships for four years. But beware to those nursing students who are this type, just a word of advice: “just stick to studying”. If you were to ask me? I’d choose my future first. 

4.) The LGBT’s

These are the lesbians, gays, bisexual, transexual pips of nursing! These are the rainbow among the blacks and whites in the class. Pretty sure we have gay or lesbian classmates especially where Nursing as a course is predominantly women. Some may be late bloomers, who will show their true colors maybe around third, fourth year or maybe they will NEVER tell anybody about their sexuality until such time the crow turns white. (Well albino crows are now possible, i guess) and some LGBT’s have these unique personalities already since the beginning of time and who has no fear of showing who they really are. Let’s just respect who they are and what they want to be. World peace baybeh!

5.) The Iron Man

These are the students who goes to school or goes to duty with a uniform comparable to crumpled paper! They shirts were unpressed, and an imaginary iron is chasing them from behind. Well, this is common to students who are late commers, who goes to school runnin’ to save their asses from extension, and because they are in a hurry, they had no time to iron their shirts. Or maybe they are on a dorm life, flat irons are not allowed in their respective dorms. Beep beep!

6.) The Car pool Driver

In every duty rotation, you are assign to a group composed of 10 to 13 students – this is what we call the duty groups. You go to your hospital together and many other requirement stuffs. The standard of a good duty group, aside from having a genius group-mate, is that one of your duty group-mate should have a car. Ironically, out of 13 students in a group, sometimes, only 5 students are rides that car when used, make it 6 if the clinical instructor hitched hiked. And the others commute, because off course not everyone get along from each other. But if all of you get along really well, then you have a damn good duty group! Having someone having a car in group is so damn convenient. So the next time the duty group assignments are posted, the first question you need to ask is “does anybody have a car?”

7.) The 1st batch Breakers

These are the students who goes to duty, who are always looking forward for the snack break. The break time usually goes around 9am, and these students starts looking for the break sheet around 7am so that they can reserve their name in it to be included in the first break. “I’m stressed, therefore i eat.”

8.) The “ALDUBS” and “Pastillas boys and girls”

These are the nursing couples. These are the couples who are separated for life and becomes close to impossible to be classmates because clinical instructors arranges the block assignment in a way that these couples don’t come together. Bittermelons..

9.) The Coffee shop Scavengers

These are nursing students who spend most of the time studying on coffee shops! Starbucks, Coffee Works, Dave’s beanery, Bo’s Coffee -name it! They are there to study and pump there brains with caffiene. The technique will be – if allowance gets low at the end of the week, buy the smallest and cheapest coffee and study the whole day in that place. Pretty sure they won’t kick you out because you bought something from them. Why do we study out? Because we don’t have time to study in the day, and our clinical instructors sets so unrealistic deadlines and exam schedules. Well, that’s what they call Excellence. Weh?

10.) The Photocopier

These are the nursing students whom their group mates think they will contribute better if they just keep quiet. So instead of being a decoration of the group, he/she is tasked to do errands such us printing and photocopying stuffs. Easy as that! The group uses glucose for their brain, while you have to use it for your voluntary muscles. Well done Leader, nice logic! If Nursing is an online game, where characters is divided into three categories: Strength, Agility, Intelligence type. Everybody is Intelligence type and you are the Agility type. You do the running, we do the thinking. Well good luck by the time your clinical instructor ask questions about your paper.  

11.) The Extension collector

Yeah, you got it right! These are the students whom at the end of every semester gets the highest number of extensions. Greater than the number of hours our clinical instructors were paid for. If you’re one of them, then you’re screwed! 

12.) The Althetes

Long before our school does not allow nursing students to join the University’s varsity team due to the hectic schedules we have. One more thing, we have duties on Intramurals, local holidays like fiesta or even on our school’s holiday where all the other students from other courses are chillin’ at their crib. While us nursing students are toiling and moving our butts taking care of patients in the hospital. I bet we’ll still have duty when the world ends. Well, going back, these athlete students are so into their respective sports that they will do everything to practice and play for the upcoming Intramurals. They will practice after their assessment (the day before the actual duty when we go to the hospital to assess our patients before taking care of them the next day) , they will practice on Sundays where it will most likely be our rest day or the only day when we can study, they will practice after duty, they will practice anytime and are willing to sacrifice their time studying , just to have a play. Lastly, when the intramural day comes, and the schedule of their game is on the same day as their duty, “YOLO”! They will choose to play rather than saving lives -“LOL i’m just kidding, hahaha! I understand these athletes, because i myself was a soccer player during my student days”. I’d rather have extension rather than not playing! “So we can”t stooop …🎶🎶

13.) The potential Topnotcher

These are the smart people. It is either the ones that are smart, and let’s you copy on the exam, or the smart, but doesn’t let you copy. They eat books as their breakfast, snacks the NANDA book, drinks the Pharmacology book, sips the Medical Surgical book for lunch, and studies even when commuting on the way to school.

14.) The YOLO 

You only Live once!” These are the nursing students who love to bar hop or drink with friends from nursing or other courses. They do this maybe M-W-F basis, everyday, or whenever they feel to! “Quiz tomorrow?” YOLO. “Duty tomorrow?YOLO. That’s there life! Usually after the night’s drink, they get hangover the next day. They usually go to school wearing sunglasses to hide there sleepy red eyes. Is that you? I bet you have exam or quiz tomorrow and you came across reading this article in the internet – well you better study now. YOLO?

15.) The InstaPips

These are the nursing students who loves to take pictures and selfies on there phone. They take pictures in the canteen of the hospital. They take selfies EVERY after the end of the rotation. They take selfies of their new stethoscope – with the emphasis of “Litman”. They take selfies of the babies on the OB or Delivery room, the placenta, umbilical cord, blood, poop, poop (okay enough). They take selfies of everything! They usually have Iphones i guess? You better upgrade to a 128Gigabyte with all the pictures you have, you need a lot more space to store those files.

16.) The UNLI

These are the students, who are assigned to group message each and everyone in the class. Without these persons, everyone would have no assignment, won’t know the exam schedules, or some simple announcements. They are in-charge of posting announcements and schedules on facebook! These students are necessities in our Nursing life! On the other hand, being like this person is a pain in the ass sometimes! Your classmate tends to ask everything to you, As if the clinical instructor was your mother! In the end, they will help us a lot ! Especially whenever you wake up in the morning and you will receive a text message from them that says “ANNOUNCEMENT: no class today!”

There are a lot more i guess, but these are the notable ones. Nursing is really a difficult and tiring course. You need to put a great deal of energy towards everything. That is why when the time comes and you passed the licensure exam and get your license as a Registered Nurse, there will surely be a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction especially the NCLEX. 

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Share to your own experience, or tell me a notable characteristic you usually see in your Nursing experience by commenting below. I’ll be waiting. Peace!