What to expect during UP-PGH Clinical Practicum for UPOU-MAN

November 4th, 2012 by Dianne Peña

I have experienced 3 clinical practicums for the completion of my requirements during the previous semesters of my UPOU-MAN AHN study… That was for Adult Health Nursing, Cardiovascular Nursing and Oncology Nursing.

We had 3-4days clinical practicums for each courses and the area depends on the course you are taking. I had the privilege to do clinicals at Burn unit, Trauma Ward, Central ICU (CENICU) and the Cancer Institute.

To tell you honestly, its not the same as our undergrad duties wherein our clinical instructors will be with you 24/7. Since we are already professionals and “post grad students” we are expected to learn in our own pace. Do our required outputs, observe and whatnots independently. In short, there is no spoon feeding at UPOU.

Some instructors will allow you to do anything, some will just let you observe (which is boring for me). There is also a required skill to be performed like 10 ECG cases and interpretations (Adult Health majors) and Pap smear cases (for Maternal And Child Majors) those were just some…

So what do we bring during practicum?

The usuals, our clinical paraphernalias during the undergrad years, notebook, clean sheets of short bond paper for journal writing and other required output… Head Cap, gloves and face mask (just in case there will be procedures you need to do/experience)… Scrub suits and inside slippers/shoes for special areas. During my time, we were not required as to the color of our scrubs but recently, some groups were required to bring powder blue colored scrubs. Last but not the least, bring your UPOU ID and white smock gown (preferably with UPOU Logo and your name embroidered on the upper left side… Mine doesn’t have though. Haha)… Checklists/guide and other reference materials for data gathering and physical assessment for your case study is also a must…

For library works, I am sure you will have one, you can bring your laptop… cellphone cameras will come in handy for the books that are not allowed to bring out for photocopying…

Bring candies, water and small snacks you might not have long breaks. Cameras for documentation purposes… 🙂

Most common requirements to be submitted?

Daily objectives
Daily journals (Research article, related to your case study or research critique)
Daily nursing care plan
Diary to be submitted every day
Your accomplished output depending on your daily objectives (Patient history, physical assessment, teaching plan…)
Group works always have a seminar proposal output by the end of the practicum
Case presentation is expected at the end of the practicum though just a short draft of the case of your patient

The most dreaded part is the case portfolio wherein it is considered as your final output. It is a compilation of your case study and your whole clinical practicum experience for the semester… It is to be submitted 2 weeks after your clinical practicum. (Tip: Pick the earlier date for your practicum so you’ll have an ample time to complete your requirements…)

The best of all those clinical practicums is the chance to meet your virtual classmates and learn with them physically. You get the chance to bond with them and learn from their experiences too. As they always say, you will not survive UPOU without the help of your classmates not only academically, but also in motivating you to continue and finish the degree. It is the staying power that is important. To be able to surpass all the requirements, exams and the pressure this post graduate study brings.

I am now on my Intensive. The second to the last semester before comprehensive and thesis making… I, honestly cannot be where I am without the help of my classmates turned friends. Thanks guys!

Good luck for those who will have their clinical practicum! Cheers!

Something that speaks about work…

October 30th, 2012 by Dianne

I obviously got this from my Facebook and my friend, Aya. This is something that I can relate to the past few days. Since, I was feeling a little ‘OFF’ with my job (yes, as a bedside staff nurse). It’s not the profession nor the job that you despise. I actually love being a NURSE and the fulfillment ‘SAVING LIVES’ bring. It’s how you are treated at work by your superiors and colleagues. Are you appreciated? Are you being treated fairly? Do your suggestions/concerns even count? The proper compensation is always an issue but if you really enjoy the work environment you are into, I believe it’s just secondary. 

I know it is too early for me to feel tired of work because I am just 23 and I still got a loooong way to go but sometimes, if you really know your capabilities and the things you deserve then you compare it with what you’re "actually" experiencing… You start to think, is this really it? Is there’s something more? Something better? 

Disclaimer: This post has nothing to do with the institution I am currently employed. This is just my musings as of the moment. Thank you!

Test Note

October 29th, 2012 by Dianne
This is a test post from Evernote app.

LittleNars’ 23rd Birthday Post in 140 characters.

August 1st, 2012 by Dianne Peña

A year before my 23rd birthday was the year I got a decent job as a “registered nurse”…

Months before, my capabilities, skills and attitude as a staff nurse was questioned and challenged…

Months before, I spend most of the time reading e-books, novels and spend all the possible time sleeping (and tweeting) just to find some peace, calmness and relaxation…

Months before, I am sooo wanting to quit because something’s against my will and what I believe in…

Months before, I was thinking that everything’s just okay as long as I am earning…

Months before, I dyed my hair again and was happy about it.

(Just to break the ice. Haha)

Months before, I was on the verge of losing my job due to a change in hospital management…

Oh, wait! I did lose my job.

But I redeemed myself and earned it back.

Months before, I was thinking if I made the right decision to stay…

I believe on my 23rd year as a young adult, I will have the “reason”
and “maturity” as I deal with life decisions…

I will fully understand that everything happens for a reason…

That there are second chances…

That there is forgiveness and another beginning…

There is a rainbow after a storm…

And that, there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…

Yes, my dear blog, I hope to spend quality time with you too…

Spend more time with self, friends and family rather than work and school…
(Now, this will be a dream come true…)

Going with the flow, forgetting, just letting it be should not be the “ME” anymore.
(How I wish I could change that… LOL)


Happy Birthday LittleNars! <3

*Pardon for the fragments. My Twitter-self (140 characters only) was the one typing.*

Littlenars tried the Manila Bay Dinner Cruise

June 5th, 2012 by Dianne Peña

On a personal note, I would like to tell you my readers that my relationship with Nigel (my boyfriend) is not that “romantic” kind of thing, girls would fantasize about… We are like best friends and lovers at the same time. I could enumerate circumstances but I’d rather not but I this I tell you… we may even be classified as an “odd” couple for that matter.

Then one day (or night), we decided to be a “normal” couple…

So how about a lovely dinner by the bay… where you can enjoy the cruise along the Manila Bay for almost 1 and a half hour with a live music to serenade you as you eat…

Warning: Do not attempt this stunt if you have motion sickness.

The awkward-haggard faces upon arriving…

Upon arriving at the upper deck of the cruise, “awkwardness” took its place. Tables were formally arranged with all the other couples celebrating their anniversaries and what not. We were not used to that formal dinner for “couples” we just enjoy the comforts of fast foods and restaurants nearby. Yes, this experience is for a change.

Anyhow, we managed… As the cruise started and the music begins to serenade us…

The food was served. This is not a buffet style dinner. Only one plate with one serving for each person complete with desert. No table set-up but the ambiance as we cruise along the bay was enough for the night. The food was okay. Nothing special, unless you pre-requested it to be arranged.

As you know, Manila Bay has this distinct smell but during that time, we didn’t even notice it. Nigel and I conversed as we eat… but as soon as we finished, the waters become rough and the people (older people) started to get dizzy and was all over the place…

The highlight of the night was when the rain poured after 45 minutes of cruising I guess… We didn’t expect it but Nigel and I were noticing the other far side of the bay seemed to be raining already…

We didn’t care of the slight rain, we enjoyed the city lights and the lively SM Mall of Asia but then it poured so hard we were forced to gather at one side of the mini cruise ship because the rain was soaking us already. The crew knew how to manage their costumers but the elders seem to be the problem (nervous breakdown, I guess).

We then went down to the lower deck so that we can be protected from the rain until we decked back to the shoreline.

Still managed to take a picture after the rain...

We didn’t get a discount for that matter but hey, the experience was worthwhile— adventure yet again.

And then I thought, Is that a bad omen for us being a “normal” couple? Nahhh…

Sometimes, we just can’t control everything happening in our lives. Let’s just enjoy our stay in this world while it lasts. Every time is a perfect time when you are with your loved one.

DETAILS FOR THE MANILA BAY CRUISE DINNER

1. Visit Sun Cruises Inc. website and e-mail them regarding your preferred date. For the time you may choose from 4:30PM-5:45PM, 6:15PM-7:30PM, 8:00PM-9:15PM.

We chose the 6:15PM time slot because I thought that the sun sets at around 6PM but I was wrong. LOL. You can choose the earliest time so you can enjoy the Manila Bay sunset.

2. Pay the amount needed Php 550.00 per head.
3. Go to their docking area 30-45 minutes before the time.
4. Enjoy and take pictures.

Once again, thank you Sun Cruises for another good addition to our memory lane.

P.S
Pardon for the poor quality of pictures, I just used my cellphone camera.

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