Friday, August 6, 2010


10. Xerox copy of all important documents including Diploma, TOR, PRC License, Board Certificate, Board Rating, Certificates of Seminars/Trainings attended and resume.

9. White clinical uniform of your own choice. See: Uniform Designs for Nurses

8. ID pictures of all shapes, sizes and background colors. Whether it's 1x1, 2x2, passport size, 2x2 with green background, 1x1 with white background, corporate or casual attire, Matured Experienced Nurse or Enthusiastic Fresh Graduate look. You need them all.

7. Umbrella. The freak show that is our weather is certainly unpredictable. Whether you are avoiding the sun or trying hard not to get soaked, an umbrella is your best buddy while commuting. And let's face it, majority of nurses don't have their own cars. With non-existent salary, we can't afford one.

6. Your own personalized stamp bearing your Full Name, R.N and Lic. No.  Personal choices are Shiny Stamps and Trodat Stamps available in leading National Bookstore nationwide (P.S. Am not getting paid to advertise ff. brands. Although I should.)

5. Dedication. If you are lucky enough to use the stamp that you have just requested to be custom made, it probably means you are offering your services for free. Nobody will survive a week working in a hospital minus the proper compensation without a fairly high amount of dedication coursing through their selfless humanitarian veins.

4. Lightweight, non-tormenting shoes. Yes, they look butt ugly. But 'lo and behold, you will worship their hidden powers of comfort. Especially when you're working in a busy ward where sitting without doing anything is considered a mortal sin and there is a shortage in monoblock chairs. Cheap imitations are not only acceptable but v. wise buys indeed.

3. Hospital backers. It's not what you know but who you know. It's the absolute truth. Learn it, love it, live it. If you can.

2. Tons of trainings and seminars if unpaid work experience is not your thing. Fret not, young Florence Nightingales. There might be a non-existent demand for nurses in the country but there are endless opportunities in the land of Trainings and Seminars! From First Aid to BLS, ACLS, BST, ECG, PALS, ETC, WTF... You name it, they have it.

and the No. 1 Must-Have for a Newly Registered Nurse is..


1. SALARY. Twenty years and counting of being dependent on allowance given by parents. Is this ever going to end? Unfortunately, if you are a nurse, only time will tell.

9 comments:

pandamonium said...

i agree i like i love it clarriscent...you're so good at these..

Clarriscent said...

Thanks pandamonium! :)

Kathy H.N. said...

I've been browsing the net for scrub suits and came across your blog. You're really good and I love this post in particular hahaha! The money picture really cracked me up! :)

And I agree with everything :)

Clarriscent said...

@Kathy H.N: Thank you! I serve to please.. :) Feel free to drop by anytime!

Anonymous said...

sad but true..:((

Clarriscent said...

@anonymous: I tend to sugarcoat things with sarcasm, but yes, it's the truth.. Sad, really.

Anonymous said...

true

trisha said...

just saw your blog. landed here because i was searching for a design for my uniform. i'm a new nurse and thank you so much. your blog is such an inspiration. :)))) haha

Clarriscent said...

@trisha:

Glad to be of help! :) Thank you for spending time commenting on my post. I really appreciate it!

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