Monday, May 03, 2010

Interns and Student Nurses


Note: this is my last article on my running thoughts on health care in our country. Read the previous posts for the past articles.

Ahh….interns and student nurses. They are always eager to help, eager to reach out and eager to make a difference. While the intern doctors are taught on how to be the best, they are not really the best yet. This actually creates a problem because the life of an individual is placed on someone inexperienced or someone who might crack under pressure.

Now, don’t bash me for hating interns. I have seen some of the most impressive interns here in Iloilo City and they can easily beat some of the experienced doctors they know. As I’ve said, they’re feisty in terms of helping people – your questions are always answered and your requests will always be considered. The tools are not yet there though in some situations. But thank God, the older ones are still there when trouble or very difficult cases arrives. I guess, we have to work with and thank the interns because they are willing to help and reach out the older ones when worst comes to worst.

This also goes the same with the student nurses. They are willing to help for a piece of knowledge they will use in the future.

But what made me tick is when I try to think about what they have to go through to become professional doctors and nurses. These are two professions you don’t want to get in if you don’t have any serious cash. There are too many things to buy, too many people to pay off (in form of “fees”) and the school is just too expensive – even in a public school. If you’re a parent who struggles to pay for a student studying AB English or any Education related course, count yourself lucky because nurses would cost twice as much.

And for what? Go Abroad? Now that’s a dandy idea. The kid studies for 4 years, passes the board exam the next year, studies for NCLEX and passes the exam the next year, gets some experience for two years and BOOM! Your nurse is already somewhere but not in the Philippines. You and your relatives up to the nth degree are now enjoying your kid’s hardship. What does your kid get’s in return? A weekly chat and messages on Facebook. Yep. Life is good when I can see someone I know in the computer and some Facebook requests to fertilize my farm.

The problem is that our kids are pushed to the school for all the wrong reasons. I know there are still kids who wanted to be a nurse because they want to help the sick. But many will answer “I’ll help my family”, “I want to get out of this country” or “I want to visit Disneyland!” could be the answer. Where’s the caring of the sick? Where’s the idea of helping other people dying? Yes, yes, I may be cruel about this but I always thought that a degree is chosen because of a desire. Not to go out and earn money but a desire to do what you really like to do.


What’s worst is that not everyone can go through the plan of going out of the country. After college, some can’t pass the board exams immediately. Out of those passers, only a few are able to pass another exam. Some would end up unemployed, others in a call center while others simply go to another industry. All the millions spent on one kid will all be for nothing.

If a kid would like to be a nurse because he or she wants to be abroad, they don’t have to be in a hospital trying to help the sick. They should be in a travel agency looking at pictures of the countries they want to visit. This is the reason why I’m not really comfortable facing student nurses in the hospital because at the back of my mind, many of them are there just to get out of the country.

I just hope I am sooooo wrong about this idea.

9 comments:

Karis said...

Sir have u decided already sino ang iboboto mo president? :)

Pinoy Politiko said...

@karis - I think you already know who i'll vote. I'll never mention it here but let's just say our ideals are the same. We don't want to push people with our ideas. We just want them to think and choose the president fit according to their preferences.

Semidoppel said...

Bloggers’ Choice: The Results
Last April 27, 2010, I wrote a post entitled “Bloggers’ Choice This Coming 2010 Election “and this post contained a poll. The poll is about who among the candidates running for president and vice-president were chosen by different Filipino bloggers. I want to thank the bloggers who voted, participated and commented on this poll, as a matter of fact, a total of 211 bloggers participated. As of 1:45 p.m today, May 7, 2010, I officially closed the poll, and now I present to you the results. Please click the link
http://www.semidoppel.com/bloggers’-choice-the-results/

Karis said...

@pinoy...
ahmmmm..di ko alam sino binoto mo...honestly. :)

about interns and student nurses, pareho pala tayo ng observations, yun nga lang magaling ka mag-sulat..ako hindi. hehe.

i dont know kung patuloy pa din ang ginagawa ng ched na pagmomonitor sa mga nursing schools..meron dati kung naalala mo sa balita na nagpasara sila ng nusing school wanna-be's...

Pinoy Politiko said...

@karis let me give you another clue - it's your candidate.

As for the nurses. CHED actually made some threats but they never made any concrete actions.

Karis said...

haha... now i know.. ayoko lang po kasi mag-assume at magpaka-feeling :)

hindi man nanalo ang kandidato natin, we still won, because we stood up for what we believe is right. at tuloy pa din ang laban namin. we're crying foul hindi dahil sa claim ng iba na "daya". ito ay dahil hindi kami naniniwala na 1M lang ang boto ng kandidato natin. hindi purki christian eh hindi na lalaban at tatameme lang sa isang sulok. tapos na ang pagluluksa...kaya tuloy ang paglaban para sa katotohan, katarungan, at katuwiran. ang balita ko they are just gathering hard evidences about the irregularities of the election.

thank you pinoy.. (dont know ur name) :)

Pinoy Politiko said...

@karis you're welcome :) We'll just wait and see on the irregularities. I don't like to jump on other candidate's bandwagon because they seem to be looking for ways to ruin the elections.

Karis said...

yes.. we dont wanna jump to the bandwagon either. kaya pinag-aaralang mabuti kung anong legal case ang issubmit sa SC.

Karis said...

worth reading, in relation to ur article. i know the author personally

http://fortheloveofstar.blogspot.com/2010/02/reflections-from-hospital-room.html