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GC!Grade conscious ka ba?:)

GC…not gift certificate but Grade-conscious

Have you ever been called GC or grade conscious?
Is it an insult or a compliment?
Let us rephrase that.
Did YOU regard it as an insult or a compliment?

Negative GC-ness

As far as a holistic being is concerned, it will only be negative if you are hurt feelings,damage people’s life or you have become socially incapable in the expense of that grade. In a same sense, getting high grades that you forget your moral values because you boast it to other people is never a head-turner. Moreover, it will have a negative implication to your behavior if your sole motivation is just the grade,and not anymore the learning. That if you are not given a grade, you will no longer do your best. There is more to life. And The real measure of greatness in the journey of life are never graded by numbers.


Toss coin

On the other side of the coin, what is something to be delighted upon being a grade-conscious?
Of course,you will get good grades.But how do you get those grades? You comply with the rules. You submit all the given requirements on the earliest possible time. You aim to do your best.and good grades may (or may not) follow.

Yes, Grades are just numbers,we do not take away the fact that they do not define who you are.
 There are so many factors that could affect the grades.

Reasons why GRADES are high

Why your grades are high might be due to following reason:

1.You may be really brilliant,intelligent and Einsteinette; 
2.you may be lucky (that the one lesson you studied showed in the test paper);
3.you study hard,double the time
4.you pray hard
5.you are able to comprehend the questions and the type of questions
6.you might be in a good predisposition (good mood,good health,etc)at the time of exam
7.Easy exams;you get the logic
8.you just have a very kind and lenient professor.

High grades..average grades..low grades..High grades are very good.It appears good on paper,as well as resume in the future. Having average grades are also good.It means you know what most of the class is supposed to know. If you get low grades though,it does not directly mean that you know nothing at all. 

Reason why you got low grades:

Your low grades might actually mean:
1.you do not understand the question or the instruction; (technical)
2.you have a wide coverage or prioritized a less numbered topic; 
3.you know a lot that you jumbled it on your brain 
4. you overrationalized (you think it is tricky so you tricked yourself)
5.you were tired, sick, emotionally distressed and apathetic during the exam 
6.you procrastinate
7.the professor gave a very difficult exam 
8. You are overconfident;or 
9..you just really do not know.

These are the reasons but we should not habitually rationalize it as such.
At the end of every exam with low mark,know what is the probable cause so you can improve.

 

VALUE OF GRADES

Upon thinking about this, it is also true enough to think that the school grades are the basis of whether a student learned or not. The same reason why it becomes a criterion whether you will be promoted or not to the next level. At the academe level,we can say that it is somehow important. That is why examinations must be valid. Validity refers to a characteristic of a test if it is able to measure what is supposed to measure.

From making us think what grades are and going back to the GC GC thing,what is so wrong about it? Why do others raise eyebrows to them? Why do others make fun of them?It is likewise true that Some people would not like to be called GC. In the middle of their undertaking, they prove to others that they are not. The tendency for them is to become lax;so lax that they tend to overdo it. Only to realize that in the end, they become short of the grades they need to be promoted. Getting good grades,not necessarily high, is actually the strategy of every institution to train their students what they want them to be as reflected in their vision and mission. It is a challenge to everyone. If there is one competition that every student must engaged in, it is the competition of themselves and what they were previously.

In the end what people fail to realize is that maybe being grade conscious is the way to survive tough schooling. Maybe it is the norm and doing what is under it is potentially compromising your chance to level up on the next step. What people also fail to realize is that they must keep themselves curious. 

Enjoy life while learning.
  

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NCLEX Experience

That time, I had to know immediately the results so i could have my inner peace back. So,i tried this quick results thing on November 1 (because i took the exam on a October 30, 2014; and oh, the quick results also has a fee.). I forgot how much it was but it was definitely equated to my peace of mind.
THE EXAMINATION EXPERIENCE
The computer is super bright and it puts so much strain in my eyes. I raised my hand to have it fixed,the Test administrator told me that i have to request so i just went on. “KEEP CALM and FOCUS “Ang peg talaga with matching kusot kusot eyes and blink blink.😖😖
Almost 75% of my items are SATA(God knows how SATA and I hated each other) 😲😵
as I start answering, i felt that i didnt have any confident answer. Not clicking or clicking the “next” button both gave me unbearable pain. so click nlang ng click!!!😦😦
puro “hala” “oh no” “Diyos ko,Lord” “shit,ano to?”HAHAHAHAHHA…and I am starting to think of the money,all the paghihirap I went through, All the “kaya mo yan,ikaw pa” if ever I wont make it. pero sabi nga “KEEP CALM and FOCUS”.Encourage breathing relaxation techniques!hahaha😆
I even took the optional break after 2 hours to release the tension and pray inside the comfort room(Now i know why they are called “COMFORT” Room.😬😉
It seems as if I didnt answer anything right until item no.75. para kasing “Did i convince them enough?”Sobrang kabado ako to submit my answer that it would shut down.and it did!
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THANKS!THANKS SUPER THANKS!!!
WUHOOOOOOO.😂😂😅..First of all, I want to thank the Almighty God,Lord Jesus for giving me wisdom,strength and everything. October,actually, is not a good month for me.It was a rollercoaster ride.conflicts here and eveywhere!! but He carried me all the way. Grabe!!!I cannot believe it.and God knows how many times I called him and cursed at the same time during the exam.Super sorry and thanks talaga Lord for never leaving my side.
After a year of being almost stranded  by uncertainties and anxieties brought about by this, the four letter P-A-S-S have finally set me free.HOHOHOHO..🎊🎉. I am not the only victor here. We did it. YEHEEEEEYYYYYYY!!!Thanks to my family mom and dad, tita chic,tita aimee, tita aisha, grandpa and granma who supported me all the way. Thanks to  mam trina tan, mam mel, sir X, sir daniel, sir earl, tita baby,mam edz ,sa mga super magaling na reviewers .and the Rank one family. thanks din kay ticake!!!😍😘Thanks to those who believe and prayed for me esp my batchmates . thanks to those who accompanied me. :))))
the processes of my application was indeed an odd experience. It seems as if i have jinx because many things turned differently for me.But I am reminded always that if the Lord above sees your effort and sacrifices,you will be rewarded. God knows what is in my heart.(Which increased my anxiety)I am even more afraid because i have so many prayers and he might get tired of saying yes to me. however, I have set my mind that God carried me this far and surely He will always be with me.And He is.
(I prayed to God to help me pass the exam if he thinks i would be using this in the future. It may not be that immediate but still part of the future. Although, i believe that we are given the best power which is prayer. Prayer changes things. And i prayed so hard hoping that our plan coincides. God knows what my heart wants and that is to be a doctor.)

dated:Nov2,2014(orig facebook post)
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USRN 

By dropping at this page I guess, you are interested to be one or you just want to have an idea how it goes.Well, what i am goin to share here is how i have undergone the whole process. i did not pay any agency to do this for me.however, I was helped by my friends,mentor, review center and my family. sonI hope this would help you too.:))

I am a nurse in the Philippines.

 I have garnered the bachelor of science degree  and passed the local board exam or the philippine licensure exam in 2013. They (as in people) said it is better for a fresh grad like me to continue to study for the NCLEX because my mind is still fresh with all the nursing concepts. A year and months after that, i bravely took the NCLEX or the nursing council licensure examination for the state of Colorado.It took me that period of time because of the processing of papers plus the problems with the website that i encountered which i think depends on the state(well, this are things that may be out of your control.So this is like saying we must be ready to expect delays because ,you know, things happen for a purpose) i did not go to NEAC anymore because i think i’ll be saving more since they are asking service fees(of course, you have to pay for their service so that they will take all the hassle of communication,application and research from you)

Actually, there are 4 steps(based on my experience).


1.the first one is the credentials evaluation or verification through CGFNS in which i had to pay $485. the application was done online and there were ,i think, 14 steps to accomplish. Make sure you have a good online connection so it will not take a long time and hassle during the payment process. ( If you are on the last step and the connection had been lost, you wouldn’t be sure if your transaction has been completed.  the tendency is you might reenter your credit card details and be credited twice)So after the pagyment,there are downloadable forms that your school and the licensing office -which is PRC in our case-  to accomplish.  these forms must be sent to CGFNS office in Philadelphia. In PRC, they. will ask you if you want to send it through snail mail. and the other hand is the express mail through Dhl. which is 1.5k somethinng during my time.(nov 2013). you should also know which state you are going to apply since they will be endorsing your papers to their BON or board of nursing.I chose colorado because they do not require ssn. My relatives are in New jersey but since it is within the compact states of colorado(and other states) i no longer needed to apply license for reciprocity that others do.

Also, if i may advise you, never miss to check your spam folder because that is basically your means of communication with CGFNS. Just like in my case, i had waited for several months after my first step i did check my email several times. december,january, february,march april had come by and there was no email from them that i received. i checked cgfns, and  saw that they sent me an email dated on february. little did i know it was in my spam folder.  So, it caused the delay for me to send my lacking requirements

if you are not in a rush, i think it is okay to send. it through the snail mail because it. issd cheaper.in colorado,  the applicants are required to pass the ielts with overall band score of 7 with. the speaking subtest grade of 7. the british council already sent my test results form to CGFNS.(june2014)(

2. Second step is when you have to pay for the BON.That is if your requirements-BSNdegree,nursing subject units, nursing duty hours,english exam(ielts or toefl,depends on the requirement. of the state) etc -have successfully passed the evaluation of CGFNS .

As far as i remember, i paid $88 . i paid it through PNB bank draft (august2014). i was informed  that i should do a paper application rather than online application because i do not have ssn.i had a lot of issues with my application to DORA or the Department of Regulatory Agencies.Luckily, with constant communication through email and overseas calls, i think thew process is quite  fast.Sometimes,you really have to keep in touch with this people cause,mind you, they are also processing numbers of applicants.So following up is required.With that, i had to pay using a bankdraft and not through credit card.They required me to complete a health profile. this is done online because they are now paperless, Because i do not have SSN,as mentioned earlier, i also sent them an SSN affidavit.i sent my documents to colorado through philpost, and they receive it. So if your question is if your documents will be really sent there, then it is yes. it costs 900 something. Also, they said i had to register to pearson vue before they give me the ATT.(sept2014).upon registering you have to pay$200. 

3.the third step is eligiblity.Upon accomplishment of their review of BOard of nursing of your requirements, they will make you eligble to take the test. i received my eligibility to take the exam on sept 18 2014.And within hours, i received my ATT. the att is from BON.

“Registration Time Limit

Your NCLEX examination registration will remain open for a 365-day time period during which a board of nursing may determine your eligibility. The time period begins when the board of nursing/regulatory body (BON/RB) receives your registration from the test service. Once you are made eligible, you will receive your Authorization to Test (ATT). The 365-day time period will end at this point and you must take your examination within the validity dates designated on your ATT.”

4. fourth step is the scheduling of your exam to. pearson vue. wellthis is it.. You might feel the nervousness. you can schedule through their website,so you will use credit card.you can also call them .the scheduling fee is $150.the exam center here in manila is in trident tower makati along gil puyat ave. it is actually easy to go there. it is right in front of BIR makati or feu makati. this is near RCBC building.i took my exam on october30.

to end this, i just want to remind you that this about my experience during the nclex application in the state of colorado. you may have a different processes duration and requirements depending on the state your applying to. Anyway, the major steps-cgfns credential evaluation, BON eligibility,att,scheduling -are pretty much the same.As for me, the steps have been overlapping. Wish you all the best.God bless.

 

 

dated:November 2014

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RaNts of an RN

PhRN

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They say there are too many nurses in the Philippines. Let me speak as one of the them,although i am not saying these on their behalf. Let me just give you ideas or something you can relate to when it comes to Nursing in the Phil. I may have not experienced working to all hospitals but i think it is enough for me to hear the stories and the experience that i have been through to deduced these.

I can say that there are many available jobs for nurses because nurses’ knowledge, skills and attitude encompass all kinds of field. So whatever field the nurse is, they are of the same breed. In the nursing schools, it seems as if that all good human qualities are injected right into their heart.image

Now, the predicament is that they say there is surplus of nurses here despite the fact that the hospitals are “understaffed”. What is behind this great irony? There is higher demand for nurses but they do not hire them as staffs.They just get the benefit of saving money for themselves. Why is it in healthcare, nurses are not motivated when it comes to compensation to work?Imagine the fact that they are not given the benefits and the salary mandated by the RA 9173 which is SG15 for entry level nurse. Come to think of it,they also have their own family to take care of. they hire less and exhaust theseIMG_8553 health care professionals. The result is certainly understaffing.It is a good thing though that Filipino nurses are very competent and resourceful  so they are able to compensate even though they are presented with numerous patients and heavy workloads.

If you ask who i am referring to when I say “the

y”,i will tell you that “they” represents the local public and private institution whom we offer our services, whom we tolerate to exploit us because we are left with no option but to cooperate.

Another problem is as a graduate,you have to pay for your first professional experience disguised as the “trainings” or whatever it is called,may it be post grad training,skills enhancement training. Why did i say disguised?Because i remember this joke from 9gag saying “you mean I need to get experience before i get experience?”Funny thing though. You also have to undergo series of required trainings such as intravenous therapy to be “IV the rapist”, BLS or ACLS from AHA,etc. If you do not have money, it is like you really have no choice but to earn first and that is the sad truth. YOU.CAN.NOT.MOVE.WITHOUT.MONEY(unless you are lucky)

 

On the other hand, you may also render care as a volunteer. this will be one of the minor steps after grad and passing the board. Some do not guaranty a position in the nursing service though. But some still remains fair. it just takes time of working really hard, as well as proving that you are qualified for the golden spot.if you continue the work with satisfactory performance,surely you will be hired, not to mention the backer system proving the fact that it is not about what you know but who you know.:)

 

It is true that there are many work opportunities for nurses because the nursing profession is well rounded. Nurses are just too picky, and we cannot blame them.Most nurses would actually want the hospital or clinical setting to get the experience to get out of the country. You certificate of employment is your real passport. Good thing, there are other agencies who i think allow those who only have certificate of completion,training or volunteeriesm. My tita told me that experience is not required by the hospitals in US. It is just the agency that requires it. You only have to go to their country and look for a job. (On the other hand,however, the confidence that you gain from the legitimate working experience will help you when you set foot to their country.  I am sure that Filipino nurses, if not all, most of them are asset to any institution that will hire them.)  When it comes to travelling (with the sole purpose of travelling),  RN’s end up being denied by the immigration because they assume that they will stay in their country for work.

 

it is just too sad that Pinoy nurses are not helped by their own government.they are even being held on their foot so they stay here whether they like or not. We cannot help but fall into the trap of the exploitation and we cannot do anything but to cooperate and submit to their flawed laws.the government cannot even implement the SG15 for the basic entry for nurses. they are not regularized or they are still J.O.’s until 5 years.  From the ethical and moral standpoint,We cannot just go out and form a strike since we are too concerned for our patients regardless of how we are treated by them.(including their relatives.)

While it is true that there are nurses who wants to go abroad,it is likewise true that there are ones who intends to work here. In my conversations to many nurses, i have learned there ares till many of them who would rather stay to take care of the filipinos. of course,everyone holds their own principles in life.It is like the feeling is innate that they must be patriotic or nationalistic. We cannot say that it is “cliche” or they are “plastic”. Believe it or not,but it is true. they still exist.there are also those who continually prove that they can also be happy by just working here.

Whenever you see a nurse, it is important that we acknowledge their dedication and passion. They studied a lot and burned themselves with the books to read. upon being a registered nurse, they have not ceased to pour their blood and sweat out. they do not always celebrate holidays just like you do with your family or friends.Respect them for they are professionals.  Be kind to them. Give them some slack. After all, they have dedicated their heart,mind and soul whenever they care for you. 

Hats off to you,our dear Filipino nurses,wherever you are.happy nurses week!

🙂 

Dated: november2013

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