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Why choose nursing as a career? As a new graduate nurse I was constantly asked that question by my friends and family. The answer is just as clear today as it was thirty-three years ago! There is no other professional career that I know of that offers you as much opportunity as nursing does. Very often smart nurses are asked, "Why did you choose nursing and not medicine?" There is an easy answer for that. While both nursing and medicine are needed, they are different. Physicians are focused on the cure of illness while nursing is also focused on helping the patient and family adapt to illness. How many professionals are given the gift everyday of being close to others in their happiest as well as their saddest times-at birth and at death-during health and during illness? Nurses share the most intimate moments with their patients and are the most trusted health care professional today. I often ask my students why they chose nursing and what the essence of nursing means to them. Some of their answers include: caring for others, teaching patients and families, advocating for the most vulnerable of patients, and building relationships with patients, families, and other professionals. For me, the ability to be present with patients and families at the best and the worst of times is what is important to me. Sometimes you don't have to say a word. Just being there-knowing that it is best not to say anythinglistening, holding a patient's hand, crying and laughing and supporting a family member is what is most meaningful to me. When I ask my nurse colleagues what sustains them in job that is often difficult and stressful they unanimously answer that they love what they do. They love being challenged. They are always learning and when they become bored, there are many other job opportunities. The career options in nursing are endless. Nurses work in a variety of settings ranging from the hospital to outpatient clinics, emergency rooms, community health centers, visiting nurse agencies, schools, work places, nursing homes, and the military. Just about anywhere! Nurses work in a variety of roles-staff nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, clinical specialists, nurse researchers, nurse educators, nurse midwives, and nurse managers. Some nurses have even started their own businesses as consultants or advanced practice nurses. Because there is such diversity of roles and increasingly complexity in health care, nurses not only have to be caring but they must be smart. You often hear nurses say how difficult their work is. A nurse is very often the first person who recognizes that a patient is having difficulty. The nurse will make that initial assessment and will intervene with the appropriate medication or therapy until the rest of the health care team arrives. Nurses must be highly intelligent, as they have to synthesize knowledge from all of the sciences with their knowledge of nursing and medicine. There are many routes to becoming a registered nurse today. The Registered Nurse (RN) license is awarded upon passing the NCLEX-RN examination given following graduation from an accredited RN Nursing program. The most common programs today are associate degree programs and bachelor degree programs. While the associate degree program is shorter (2 years versus a typical 4 years for a BS program) the Associate Degree graduate has a more limited role. The Massachusetts Association of Nurse Executives (the nursing directors and VPs of hospitals) has endorsed the Bachelors Degree as the entry level into nursing and many hospitals in the Greater Boston area are hiring only RNs with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Because of a nursing shortage, there are increasingly more scholarships coming available for students going into nursing. With this shortage of nurses expected to last well into the 21st century, nurses are in high demand and start at an approximate salary of $50,000 in the larger metropolitan areas in the country. Most nurses who work a full-time schedule work three 12-hour shifts per week and with overtime and night and evening shifts they can make even more. Many hospitals provide signing bonuses and offer generous continuing education benefits for nurses who want to continue their education beyond the associate and bachelor degrees. But even better than the salary are the many benefits a career in nursing affords you. With endless job opportunities, variety in settings and roles, flexibility in work schedules, and many options for advanced education, you are always learning and growing. There is never a dull moment as a nurse! Most important of all-you are making a difference in the lives of others.
More than that. warm. the Filipino values the relationship of their relatives. and welcoming. It has many manifestations in Philippine society. The Filipino's identity is evident in the traits. criticisms (constructive and destructive). Amor propio. one of which is extending support or offering help to neighbors who are in need. and other small issues cropping on occasion. A Filipino friend is someone you can lean on. The Filipino's trust becomes evident when he shares with you both his joys and sorrows. even down to their third cousins. racial discrimination. the parents are accorded the highest respect in the family. he will constantly thank you for the favor done. . connects the traits pakikisama. Filipinos treasure their friendships under any circumstances. it would not be hard for you to gain loyalty. All of these affect his amor propio. His amor propio propels him to be overly of sensitive. which involves cooperation among fellow men to come up with a certain idea or accomplish a certain task. passions. Although they are not the only people in the world who can be friendly. Another trait of the Filipino is pakikisama. Pakikisama reflects the bayanihan spirit. traditions. or pride. Another major trait incomparable to other races is respect for elders. Filipinos are generally known for their hospitality. the family will normally offer him something to eat. The constant use of the words po and opo is a sign of respect for the elderly. The pride to return the good deeds he received nurtures his amor propio. the father is the head and the mother is the "light. The foreigner will experience being "at home" almost anywhere in the Philippines. and utang na loob (or debt of honor).Filipino Characteristics Common Traits There is no doubt that the Filipino spirit is alive and strong. pakikisama has a more individualized sense. Hence. which can be roughly translated as comradeship or being cooperative. The host will not complain that he's being disturbed and will not boast that he has offered the best that is available under the circumstances. Filipinos too are known for being sensitive to insults. While bayanihan refers to a community-support deed. hiya (or shame). Even parents are obliged to use these words when talking to their elders." the teacher and manager of the household. which sometimes leads to showing off especially in the presence of peers and subordinates. and attitudes of a people with a diverse and unique culture. Another important Filipino Trait is close family ties. their attitude toward other people is said to be unique. If he happens to drop by a Filipino home. The term utang na loob implies a strong sense of gratitude and loyalty to a person who did a good thing for someone. In a conventional Filipino family. the grandparents live with the family for as long as they like. which is another strong trait among the people. Due to the closeness that this unit maintains. In the Filipino setting. If you have helped him in a way that cannot be repaid materially. If you want a Filipino friend. it is a moral rule for children to talk and behave respectfully.
The Filipino Compared to the Bamboo There is a popular saying. are "low modules of elasticity." The bamboo is generally considered pliant. Filipinos in general are protective of their hard-won independence. and symbolically it has been compared to the Filipino character. the only one of its kind in the world. "The Filipino is as pliant as a bamboo. high absorption strain. the Filipino nation goes along with the forces of nature and politics. tendency to absorb moisture." The bamboo is a tree found in tropical and subtropical regions. and they will fight for their freedom at all costs. but can survive a storm. Just like the bamboo. endurance. He will not tolerate betrayal and oppression. The Filipino mind is pliant in the sense that it is open to new ideas. It bends with the wind. and variations in mechanical properties. It copes with "fate" rather than fights against it. There is even a organ made from bamboo at the Las Pi as church. . poor bond with concrete. It is known for its flexibility and versatility. and harmony with nature. he is also capable of standing up for his own beliefs. kitchen utensils. Although the Filipino is trusting. according to Tomas Andres in Positive Filipino Values (1989). It can be used in making furniture. The properties of bamboo. and other items for practical use. Why so? The Filipino character is similar to the bamboo because it has flexibility.
kapag may dumadating o bumisitang kamag-anak o matanda. Pagtutulungan Nagsisimula ang pagtutulungan sa sariling tahanan. ate. Nagtutulungan ang bawa't isa upang maging magaan ang isang mahirap na gawain." Gumagamit din sila ng magagalang na pantawag sa matatanda gaya ng kuya. . Gumagamit sila ng po at opo at magalang na pananalita at pagbati gaya ng "Salamat po" at "Magandang hapon po.Maraming katangian ang mga Pilipino na dapat ipagmalaki. bago umalis ng bahay. Pagiging Magalang Isang magandang pag-uugali ng mga Pilipino ang paghalik sa kamay o pisngi at pagmamano sa matatanda. manang. pagkagaling sa simbahan. Nagtutulung-tulong ang mga kasapi ng mag-anak sa mga gawain dito. lola at iba pa. Naniniwala silang may isang Panginoong pumapatnubay sa lahat ng kanilang gawain. Batid din nilang tumutulong Siya sa mga taong tumutulong sa kanilang sarili. Ang mga sumusunod ay deskripsyon kung paano at kailan nila ipinakikita ang mga katangian na ito: Pagtitiwala sa Panginoon Isang magandang katangian ng mga Pilipino ang pagtitiwala sa Panginoon. Ipinakikita rin ang paggalang ng mga batang Pilipino tuwing nakikipag-usap sila sa matanda. Iyan ay likas na katangian ng isang Pilipino. Karamihan sa kanilang mga mag-anak ay matapat sa pananampalataya. nagtutulungan din ang baway isa sa magkakapitbahay upang maisaayos at mapaunlad ang kanilang pamayanan. lolo. Isang paraan ito ng paggalang. manong. Tumatawag ang magkakapit-bahay ng bayanihan kapag may malaking gawain isasagawa sa maikling panahon. Ang karaniwang tawagan sa pagtutulungang ito ay bayanihan. Kalimitang ginagawa ito tuwing panahon ng pagtatanim at pag-aani at sa paglilipat ng isang bahay sa ibang lugar. at kapag nakita at nasalubong nila ang kanilang ninong at ninang. Karaniwang ginagawa ito ng mga bata matapos magdasal ng orasyon.
ibig nilang masiyahan at maging maginhawa ang kanilang mga panauhin. Nagbibigay pa sila kung minsan ng mga regalo kapag paalis na ang kanilang mga panauhin. mga lolo't lola. nagsisilbi sila ng pinakamasarap na pagkaing kanilang makakaya at naghahanda ng maayos na tulugan para sa mga bisita. . Madalas dumadalaw sa magulang ang nag-asawang anak kapag ito'y naninirahan sa ibang lugar. Pagsama-sama ng Pamilya Karamihan sa mga mag-anak na Pilipino ay may maganda at malapit na pagsasamasama. Nagtutulungan ang bawat kasapi sa pagsasagawa ng mga gawaing-bahay. Iyan ang nagpapakita kung paano nagkakaisa ang mga mag-anak na Pilipino. Iyan ang paraan ng pagpapakita ng magandang pagtingin sa matatanda. Tungkulin ng bawat Pilipino na magsilbi sa kanyang matatandang magulang. Inaalagaan at minamahal ng bawat miyembro ng mag-anak ang matandang kasapi nito.Mabuting Pagtanggap at Pakikitungo Kilala ang mga Pilipino sa mabuti at magiliw na pagtanggap. at kamag-anak hanggang sila'y nabubuhay. Nagsasama-sama pa ang mag-anak tuwing may "family reunion" kung Pasko at iba pang pagdiriwang o okasyon.
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