Tuesday, February 16, 2010

nursing, return demo, and life

during my high school years, i have dreamt of becoming a film-maker, a computer analyst (not a tech-savvy geek at that :p), a tourist, a chef, an engineer, a teacher, any profession one could find under the sun. but one of the few professions not on the top portion of my list is actually the very profession i am pursuing at the very moment: nursing.

it's funny how i ended up as a nursing student. months before enrollment for tertiary education (ang lalim, college na nga lang), no amount of discernment could ever clear up my mind. i wanted to be this and that. ambitious? not really. i just had a potpourri of interests in mind.

what inspired me to become a nursing student is really quite simple. when i was a kid, i often told myself that one day i would become a doctor.

little did i know that this innocent thoughts would be of great influence to me. so, in preparation for medicine (kung aabot pa po doon..), i chose to align my pre-med with the nursing profession--since nurses could really have the opportunity to talk and interact with patients--"human to human relationship" sabi nga ni Joyce Travelbee.

last monday, during our RLE, we had our very first return demonstration regarding serving the bedpan and perineal-genital care. i volunteered (thanks to my 'pursuasive' groupmates [hi group 4 rle bsn I - 4 Ü]...). i really got nervous when i was doing the procedures but eventually, i was pacified when i have built the needed rapport, even if a manikin serves as the patient.

i did have a lot of mistakes, naturally, but thanks to our ci's, the mistakes were corrected and were given proper attention. i learned much from the return demo (other than the technicalities), such as dignity and respect for the patient should always come first before anything else.

in life (naman..), our actions oftentimes do not involve return demonstrations. usually, we do things directly (as in walang practices). oftentimes, we make mistakes. unlike in return demos, sometimes, people would not be there to correct us, and so, we have no one but ourselves to remind us of the do's and don't's. keep in mind: dignity and respect of others should come first.

there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.

marcus aurelius antoninus' words still hold true. whether you are in the nursing or allied medical professions or not, dignity of humanity is always a priority. :]

ciao for now.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

and i started blogging. :)

BLOGGING was never one of my usual activities, nor was i involved in anything about online publishing. i did write for the past few years of my life, but i did it on paper. i never dreamt of writing my thoughts and opening them up to the world like some public property (hey, these are MY thougths), until i found out that sharing what I have would not hurt at all.

for my first post (and probably the most sensible one. nah, kidding... :p) i'd like to comment on a certain quotation a friend of mine, ate diana, posted on her blog:

cherish the hand out to grab you when you're falling. you'll never know when the person who owns the hand tires of waiting to catch you and just walk away.

yeah, today is valentine's day. day of hearts and loving. what most people do not realize is the necessity that loving is to be expressed any day of the year, as long as the clock goes ticking. it fears me to find out that one day, the people whom i love would just turn their backs from me and say "i'm tired of you". so, i'd better start telling them how much they mean to me right now. and do it every time i have the opportunity. a second lost is a second lost forever.

when the streets go busy, and schedules get jam-packed, do we still have the capacity to stop for at least a few seconds and say something nice to those ready to grab us out when we're falling into pieces?

enjoy the day of hearts. :]