And a new semester again opens for us...but this time, sadness has finally sank.Twenty three (i think) of the friends left the premises of the workplace for something better or something "breather" for them. And in that 23 individuals are close friends who once in a while, i laughed my hearts out with, raged my anger with and cried my tears as well. I will remember these people who have made my work very seemingly "stress-free" and worthy of being looked forward each day.
Like they say, nothing is permanent in this world...whatever you have now that makes you happy might not be there for you tomorrow. For us who are left, i look back to the reason for staying. I look back still seeing the same reason..the vocation to teach and the comfort of being with people you are happy with. But this reason is to be held real tight for it comes with a financial disadvantage, as much as we don't want to think about it.
But seriously, we are in a new semester hoping to give what is left with us to our students. We continue in our quest to mold young nurse individuals inspite of our own personal turmoils. I look at us and see friends that still make the workplace the best place for my persona. I don't entertain negativism nomatter how strong they are and no matter how apt they are for the moment I do, it will cease everything I have held high for long.
There will always be mixed emotions..now as juggled as ever. I see the same people, and a system bruised and struggling to stand.
I see a community with diverse values but wills to be united ..
I see more people confused as ever but willing to finish the task ....
I see traitors who mask identity to keep their places ......
I see silent audiences who ignore and just work as hard as they can...
I see a system bleeding but holding on to values it has always stood for...
I see good people who brings out the best of what they can do no matter how complicated things are ....
I see a community still faithful to their calling ...willing to battle with the hardships of the coming semester..willing to overcome the differences that prevails..willing to forgive and extend help to each other. I am in a community where everyone continues to complement each other to make the day efficient.
With all the uncertainties of the new semester...we have no choice but to restructure our confidence and values...we just have to ....because this quest is not for us alone..it is for the students who put us in pedestals...who shapes their values by even merely looking at us. It is for them who remains to be the strongest reason for us to stay and continue our vocation.
We will miss the friends who have left the work place.. most of them made the faculty room as lively as ever. We will miss the hands that once in our lives, has held us up and raised our morals. We will miss them who made even the most worse and boring RLE rotation as lively as ever. We will miss them who we talk to out of nowhere just to enjoy the company. We will miss them who were once our allies in bullying others for fun. We will miss them who had great contribution in our competency as nurses, no matter how we deny it or not. This is a peculiar road we travel...and it's nice looking and knowing that we formed friendships along the way.
And with that...we bid them goodbye...and 'til we meet again.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Being a caregiver is a tough job. One has to have utmost passion and patience in taking care of people who you don’t know personally. I have been a caregiver for 5 years and I could say that my contentment comes from the smiles manifesting comfort and glee from the patients I have given care. But this job is definitely not as simple as it seems. We, caregivers, see to it that our patients enjoy life in the best way they can which means seeing the world outside of their houses and their rooms. And with this, transporting our clients with disabilities is one of the biggest challenges we have. It is always a challenge to us how to keep them safe and comfortable without much exhaustion on our part.
I am glad that I heard about NMEDA which is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals dedicated to broadening the opportunities for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment. They make sure that people who have disabilities will be transported well and safely. It will help us deliver the best quality of care and safety to our clients. They modify vehicle and equipment to make sure that we attend well the individual needs of our clients. They adhere to they’re statement that ‘Transportation is the key to freedom, NMEDA is the key to quality transportation. I will be able to trust them more since they have Quality Assurance Program (QAP) dealers which is the only recognized accreditation for the Adaptive Equipment Industry. This is an assurance that caregivers, like me, will be able to keep our patients safe and comfortable when we transport them. It is the best partner we have in delivering the best for our clients. Definitely the best for us.