Okay just a warning, this post contains rantings. And I don’t really care much because I know that if I don’t write I’ll go mad.
So, national elections are coming up this May. And as much as it annoys me everytime, I can’t do something about the candidates plastering their faces basically everywhere to campaign themselves. They conduct these “goodwill” projects which are really beneficial to people. But the fact that they start doing these projects when the election time is near. It pisses me off how they appear good-looking and intent on “helping” people when they need another term in office. And when the election is over and they get the position, they basically stop these projects or whatever. I really don’t get why.
So, anyways, the local TV channels broadcast a program wherein they gather the big-time candidates, whom in this election are the aspiring senators, and throw each of them in a hot seat where they will answer a question under time pressure to convince the public of their vote.
This one particular female candidate was called and the first question was thrown in. (I’ve put the link below. The video is in Filipino, though.) It was basically about her platform to help the poor people which contradicted an action before when she, and the rest of this Nursing Technical Committee, sided with the rich businessmen owning nursing schools. These 23 nursing schools should be closed because of poor performance. Her answer was really like that of a typical politician. Her answer to the follow-up question was the one that caught my attention, and not in the usual bad way.
“Why is there a continuing decrease in the number of nurses being employed overseas because they are not qualified?” [this is not the most accurate translation, but it mostly goes like this.]
This woman, seeking for the public’s vote answered: “It is not needed for nurses to finish the BSN program because these nurses only want to become a room nurse like in other countries such as in America, they only give care and they don’t need to be that skilled because…” [the buzzer timed and she wasn't able to complete her answer.]
I was more than glad the buzzer cut her off. The one who answered the question, whom I respect a lot, had this shocked expression which was pretty much my reaction as well. Everything she’s saying was offensive and insulting (I know these 2 words mean the same but what the hell) Actually, in all honesty, her answer was a total bullshit. Yup, I said that right. What kind of an educated person would say that? Are you fucking kidding me? If that was the case that nurses don’t need to finish the degree program, then why am I, and a lot of other students, struggling in nursing school for four years already? Why do the Professional Regulatory Commission still administer the nursing licensure exams every year? Why are hospitals requiring nurses to be licensed before they are allowed to work and handle patients?
I’m sorry but did you hit yourself hard in the head? I don’t see any reason valid enough for this kind of thinking. She mentioned something about being a room nurse, stating that nurses only want to care for patients and therefore they don’t need to be skilled. Again, BULLSHIT. First of all, I haven’t heard of a room nurse. I think she got nurses confused with caregivers. Now, I don’t mean harm to caregivers. I actually respect them because they do physical jobs and they have to deal with a lot of stress as well. But I think it’s a bit much to make that confusion because as I have mentioned above, nurses have to finish the degree for at least 4 years and pass the licensure exam. The last one she said about “not having to be skilled” is probably the worst thing she said. Wait no, it was the worst thing she said.
It was basically the logic of what she said. Would she, or anyone regardless of anything, want just somebody to take care of her? And by somebody, I mean someone not very familiar with the work. Since I don’t have to be skilled, I guess it’s okay for me to not carry out doctors’ orders, collaborate with the health care team for co-management, administer prescribed drugs, monitor the status, and make necessary reports to doctors. Since I don’t have to be skilled, then I guess it’s okay for me to stop whatever I’m doing when the clock strikes 12 because I have to eat lunch. I guess it’s okay for me to not follow-up the lab results the doctors would want to have to guide them in their diagnosis and treatment plans. Nurses are the firstline in health care, just so she knows. We are the ones patients come in contact with. We are the ones staying with the patients at the wards, monitoring them for doctors. Without skilled nurses, patients would not be having the optimum healing they need to fully recuperate. Without skilled nurses, some patients can die, even under the supervision of the best doctors and specialists in the world. There are some things that only nurses can do. I am not underestimating the doctors or any member of the health care team for each contribute to the general well-being of any patient.
Sure, I may be overreacting because the candidate was given merely half a second to explain herself, talk about time pressure. But c’mon, really? I’m already immune to the flowery speeches of politicians or aspiring politicians, but at least talk with some sense. I already don’t expect these people to be the most righteous people on earth but at least talk with sense.
I am really fuming mad right now. I’m supposed to be studying for my finals tomorrow. Yes, it is my final exam as a nursing student. And somehow, I felt a bit discouraged after hearing her talk. But anyways, that irrational thinking of hers will never be able to deter me to be the best nurse I can be.
Anyways, here is the link of the video. It is in Filipino.