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.

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