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Excerpts of my UPOU MAN November, December, January, February diary entries…

Friday, March 15th, 2013

What LittleNars did during blog hiatus…

Just to give you an update regarding my master of arts in nursing studies at University of the Philippines Open University…

This semester was a series of ups and downs… I want to give you some excerpts of my monthly diary since the start of the semester just to give you a glimpse of what I was doing the whole time I am not blogging…


Work is also demanding, our hospital census was also high and I always come home with exhaustion. I wasn’t able to follow the submission dates in my learning contract and I am a week late again for the journal review and patient symptomatology, it is a bit frustrating, I must hurry but I don’t want to submit work without quality, I am taking my time… one step at a time (but not so much.) I say, PUSH.


The semester is very short for the demands of the subject. I mean, how could you possibly submit requirements weekly, do your work, be a friend, a partner, daughter, sister and more all at the same time without fail… I must be a superhuman if so… Another week has passed and the work is piling up. December really is a “toxic” month especially that it is the holiday season. Still, I will not give up and will fight stress. May God give me the strength and wisdom to fulfill all these.

I must admit, I gave in to my social life and neglected my studies. This is also a week of me having thoughts and was on the verge of dropping out because it seems that I cannot cope up with the requirements, the works seems to be eating me alive when I think of it. I cannot sleep or concentrate very well. I think of school despite of those party times with friends and family

My classmates were also planning of dropping out and some dropped out already. I was very down and confused. As I reflected and thought of it, with the help of my mom’s advice, prayers to God and encouragement of my friends, I realized that it is not in my personality to give up easily. I am almost there… On the other note, I am also thinking of the money and time I will waste if I decided to drop this course and so… I did not and here I am now, cramming and bouncing back up again towards finishing my masters.

Christmas is just around the corner and I am still here swarming with readings and paper works. Nevertheless, I accept it because this is what I wanted and this is where I wanted to be.


It was like, I froze in doing what I needed to do. I was exhausted yet again. I was emotional at the start of the year with having a baggage to bring from year 2012. It was not a good start for me because I was really questioning myself to a point of regretting what I started, which is of course taking this masters degree. I mean, this feeling is expected especially when you are in a lot of pressure with all the aspect of your life and thinking that you are still young (23 years old) and you should be having fun instead of being serious about studying once again, I mean? I just got out of school. That mentality made me paralyzed and I hope the coming week would give me some motivation and hopefully find my eager and productive self once again.

On the other side, it seems to me that no matter what pressure and constant reminding of others and my own self, I seem to work slower and feel more demotivated. I don’t know what’s happening but I seriously want to finish this. I told myself to take one baby step at a time, as long as I am accomplishing something I am doing something to finish all these requirements.

I don’t know if you experienced it, but I am always in a dilemma of opening my laptop and staring at a blank word document for hours because I don’t know how to start and where to start with all the needed things to do. I am starting to get a feeling that every diary entry is a rant for the things to do rather the things to accomplish and I am sorry with that.


For all the requirements, I felt that two weeks is short. I hope we all can finish everything and I am already looking forward to that. Our meeting ended at 6:30PM, that was how long we discussed and brainstormed. It was draining because we have our own requirements to make and we also have to be as a team to be able to finish other requirements. I am worried but I promised myself that I will not end the last practicum experience without accomplishing everything.

The true beauty of this profession is seeing your patients get well after having been admitted for a long time that you thought they won’t surpass their health’s decline. When you see them appreciate you and commended you for your good and competent work, that is when you feel rewarded personally and professionally. We, nurses know for a fact that our profession doesn’t have a great pay but it’s the patient’s good feedback that counts the most.

This week is a busy week. I honestly don’t know if I can finish this all in 2 weeks and I only got 1 week left. I just got to trust God and myself in fulfilling this endeavour for all I know, everything that is gained through hard work has a good outcome if not now but in the near future.

Health is ever changing. It is very complex as the person, family or community we care for. We as nurses should also take part in continuing education endeavors. What I really appreciate in this practicum is to how I can identify the difference in our institution/hospital versus the culture at UP-PGH as well as the UPCN.

Old routine can be proven ineffective nowadays through related studies. Since we are in a private hospital, we should possess and implement excellent and ideal nursing care to our patients. We would like for patients to come back because of good nursing and medical management right? And not only for the facilities and machines.

I realized that it is not easy to be a teacher especially that you are dealing with the life and the future of the students. You need to be an expert in your own specialty and possess the right way of dealing with the students. You not only to be knowledgeable with the curriculum available but also knowledgeable to make one and implement one according to the standards. I also learned about self-discovery learning. I was so used to “spoon feeding” method of learning even though we were already in college. I just learned to acquire it when I enrolled at UPOU.

All my objectives were met and I am glad that duty days are over. We will all go back to our normal lives as an overworked and underpaid staff nurse. I will surely miss this and the company of my classmates… now friends! Let’s get this requirements finished PRONTO!

The above are fragments of my weekly diary entries as a requirement for the semester. They are not really meant to be related as it is shown in this blog post. Pardon for those who became confused.

I would like to thank Dean Araceli Balabagno, Professor Rita Ramos and Professor Ina Ragotero for all the knowledge, continuous follow-up and the opportunity of learning. We couldn’t have reached this point without you. I will forever be grateful.

Dear readers, sorry for so much drama. This was indeed a very emotional semester in my UPOU life.

On renewing IVT license at ANSAP…

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Another thing to renew as a nurse is the IVT (Intravenous Therapy) Licence from ANSAP (Association of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines, Inc)

I personally prefer renewing my license at ANSAP office for easy and quick processing (just a little costly than other institutions though).You can get your renewed IVT card after your 3rd day of seminar and not wait for months in other institution. Save yourself the agony of confirming or going back several times…

Why is it important for you to renew your IVT card?
(for registered nurses, staff nurses, doing bedside care, any job/work dealing with intravenous fluids, intravenous medications (yes, even administering intravenous glutathione)
1. According to the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 (R.A. 9173) the administration of parenteral injection is in the scope of nursing practice. ANSAP believes that the certification of IV therapist will be continued for safe nursing practice.
2. The Philippine Nursing Act of 1991 Section 28 (RA 7164) states that administration of IV injections requires special training
3. Most government and private hospitals prefer RNs who are IV therapy-certified.

When to renew your license?
So, the ANSAP IVT card expires after 3 years within your birth month and you are required to attend 24 hours of Continuing Education units accredited by ANSAP, which means you have to attend 3 days of IVT Update seminar at an ANSAP accredited institution or ANSAP main office perse and present 3 certificate of attendance during renewal process. You can still renew your license for the whole year within the expiration year. If you weren’t able to renew within the expiration year, you have to attend again the 3-day basic IVT program. I think that’s enough period to renew our IVT licenses.

How to renew your license at the ANSAP Main Office
1. Go to their website (
2. Click the 3-day refresher course on IV Therapy on the right side of the website
3. Choose your preferred dates. It depends on your preference if you want to attend just one seminar per month, 3 days straight etc. as long as you have a total of 3 seminars (24 units) of IV Update when you apply for renewal
4. Click the IV Therapy refresher course application form on the lower right corner of the website
5. Fill up the form completely to be able to reserve a slot (for the payment options, leave it blank. You can apply first and your payment is to follow)
6. Send and wait for the confirmation email or SMS from ANSAP

What are the requirements that you need for IVT license renewal?

1.Original IVT Card
2.Original and photocopy of Certificates of Attendance of IVT Therapy Updates which are equivalent to 24hrs/CEU as approved by ANSAP Institute (This will be given every after seminar you’ve attended at ANSAP main office)
3.Two (2) recent 2×2 pictures with light green background (You can avail and have your photo at ANSAP main office for 30 pesos)
4.Original and photocopy of PRC License
5.Payment of IV Card renewal is P400.00
Payment for IVT Update seminar per day is 700 pesos inclusive of hand-outs and meals.

Bring requirements 1-5 on your last day.

How to go to ANSAP office?
Their office address is at No. 1 Diamond St. cor. A. Rodriguez Carmel V Subdivision Tandang Sora, Quezon City

1. GO TO TRINOMA OR SM CITY NORTH EDSA/WEST (I think, most of us knows how to go to Trinoma)
2. If you are at Trinoma, go to the front, main entrance and find the stand alone McDonalds Mindanao Avenue
3. Cross the street and ride a jeepney with routes NIA-NPC
4. Tell the jeepney driver to stop at TANDANG SORA BARANGGAY HALL
5. Your jeepney ride will only take 10-15 minutes or less. Look at your right side.
6. Landmark is ST. JAMES COLLEGE on the left.

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7. Alight at TANDANG SORA BARANGGAY HALL . ANSAP is a short walk from the Baranggay Hall to the right.

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8. When you see the yellow building with brown gate… That is it. Enter.

I renewed my IVT card with my colleague and friend from work, batchmate at FEU… RJ Regudo.

Going home while going up the foot bridge…

2012-12-12 14.08.57RJ: Friend, natatakot ako…

Me: Bakit may fear of heights ka?

RJ: Hindi friend, meron akong fear of falling…

Me: Ayos! HAHAHA

So that’s it. I hope this post helped you.

***Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by ANSAP

Everything you say will be used against you…

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

No recent blog posts because…

All the things inside me and the things I’ll tell and type about will be used against me, if not for now… maybe there will come a time… (I hate being careful and contained)

Anyway, my mum just offered to increase my weekly allowance because she saw the bitterness consuming my well-being… Who would decline with that right? But I did. My weekly allowance is enough for my daily expenses and other expenses besides that (you know what I mean…)

I will be 22 years old this July and still I can see no fulfilment in what I am doing… My mum said “Ano bang pinapagkaabalahan mo?…. Pagboboypren?” (Perhaps my mum will have read this post eventually…) I think besides “whatever-you-call-what-I-am-doing” yes, I am majoring in my “love” life. LOL!

And then after all this “thing” that consummate me… then I turned back to Facebook and Twitter… I saw this

Do I really just have to wait and see? Or am I being trying hard to appease people who doesn’t even notice?

I have read the sentiments of others who feel the same… I think all it takes to end this is guts to really tell how you feel…

Today… I am updating my resume… but who cares?

Facebook Nurses’ BLACK-OUT 2011

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Ever wonder why your friends suddenly change their Facebook profile pictures to BLACK with their Facebook status stating : “Over 200,000 nurses are unemployed, underemployed & abused in the Philippines. Many of us are overworked but extremely underpaid. Help us gather awareness & support by changing your profile picture to pitch black from January 01-11,2011. It is time we take care of our prime care professionals! Appreciate your Nurses, take care of them – like they take care of you. Join the campaign now! []”???

Check if they are nurses… if they are. This post might give answer to your query.

The “BLACK-OUT” is in support for AYNLA’s (Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders & Advocates International Inc.), a national registered organization of nurse leaders & advocates in the Philippines—- Nurses Black-out campaign 2011.

This is for every nurses’ endeavour, cause or advocacy…

They came up with the advocacy particularly to utilize social media as a tool for nurses’ rights awareness building, initiate social & mass mobilizations in relation to the protection of nurses’ rights and to garner support from individuals, organizations and communities to end all forms of discrimination and abuse to nurses in the workplaces and communities.

Increasing number of nurses has always been a problem (or shall I say, is becoming a crisis) but why just now? According to PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) our country already produced 200,000 unemployed and underemployed RN’s in the year 2010.

It is ironic that the Philippines is one of the top exporter of their own skilled, professional nurses but the country, itself is lacking of many nurses to take care of the communities and the society.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities acknowledge their shortage of nurses but fails to hire more because of proclaimed budget constraints. This leaves dozens of nurses flooding in workplaces other than in the field of nursing like call centers.

Many new nurses, wanting to gain hospital/clinical experience as a presumed key to international employment, offer their professional nursing services to the hospitals without getting paid. [Please insert my name here…]Yes, we are called “Volunteer Nurses” “OJT Nurses” “Nurse Trainees”… And yes to the fact that we pay for a “3-month” or “6-month” hospital experience.

This campaign period is from January 01 – 11, 2011. I know it’s a bit hard to change your profile picture to BLACK but it is for a good cause so why not join the cause?


Littlenars Nurse Trainee is now a Volunteer Nurse… :]

Monday, April 26th, 2010

They say… in the field of Nursing, it is not enough that you have memorized all the theories and nursing procedures… it’s not enough to assume and imagine… it’s not enough to watch videos and look for pictures… You have to practice and apply everything that you have learned in the actual setting and having my Professional Nurse Training Program at Dr. Fe Del Mundo Medical Center enabled me to do so.

At Dr. Fe Del Mundo Medical Center, I have met a lot of people… I have expanded my network of friends and colleagues. Through them, I was able to hone my skills and realized that theory is very much different from the actual setting. I know I sound a little negative but that is reality. You will never learn just by books. You really have to go to a hospital and practice on how to be a NURSE.

In books, they don’t tell you on how to deal with patient’s questions, complaints, requests, violent behaviours etc but in the hospital, you will learn the style or shall I say the ART of Nursing… from the smallest details to the complicated ones.

Having my training for 3 months, I was able to appreciate everything that I have learned for 4 years at my nursing school. I gained confidence though at times I question myself… Anyway, before I start the drama, just read my previous blog posts here and here.

3 months is not enough but here comes Graduation… We have to bid goodbye to the hospital/ward routines… the staff nurses… MDs… Co-trainees… and my new found friends…

During our graduation, certificates were given and the top trainees of our batch will be promoted as Volunteer Nurses AKA Junior Staff Nurses (Wooaah?) and luckily out of 40 trainees (I think?) I was one of the chosen ones… LOL!

Congratulations FDM Batch 9 Trainees! God Bless Us All!

(and Good Luck to another chapter of LittleNars’ life as a Volunteer Nurse. Stay Tuned. :]])

Thank You Dr. Fe Del Mundo Medical Center for such an AWESOME experience! :]

Group Outing you’re up… (I miss you Team De Panes :])

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