Navigating the Nursing Maze: Reflections on PCDS's Midterm Examination

Lady Jean M. Colata,SN
By: Lady Jean M. Colata,SN

As the dust settles from the intense week of examination that took place from April 15th to April 19th, 2024, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students at Polytechnic College of Davao del Sur (PCDS) reflect on their experiences and the significance of this crucial milestone in their academic journey.

The midterm examination period was a culmination of weeks of rigorous preparation, with students diligently reviewing course materials, engaging in group study sessions, and seeking clarification from professors. It served as a litmus test of their understanding of foundational concepts in nursing, as well as their ability to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios

Moreover, throughout the examination week, students were challenged with a diverse array of questions, spanning topics such as anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, patient care, and healthcare ethics. The examinations were designed not only to assess students' factual knowledge but also their critical thinking skills, clinical reasoning abilities, and decision-making aptitude in high-pressure situations, mirroring the demands they will face in their future careers as nurses.

Notwithstanding, the atmosphere during the examination period was palpably tense yet imbued with a sense of camaraderie among students, as they encouraged and supported each other through the challenges. From early morning cram sessions to late-night review sessions, the dedication and resilience of BSN students were evident as they strived to excel in their academic pursuits.

 For many students, the midterm examination served as a pivotal moment of self-reflection, prompting them to evaluate their strengths and areas for improvement. It reinforced the importance of continuous learning, self-discipline, and effective time management in navigating the demanding curriculum of a nursing program.

Conclusively, as the examination week drew to a close, students emerged with a renewed sense of purpose and determination to pursue their passion for nursing. While the grades of the midterm examinations are yet to be revealed, what remains undeniable is the unwavering commitment of BSN students at PCDS to uphold the highest standards of excellence in their pursuit of a noble profession dedicated to healing, compassion, and service to others.

A Nurse's Odyssey: Navigating the Pandemic's Challenges and Triumphs

Lady Jean M. Colata,SN
By: Lady Jean M. Colata,SN

Noting the nurses’ heavy shifts, inadequate of Personal Protective Equipment, lack of societal acceptance, and issues with mental health, are few of the screams of our contemporary heroes. They greet patients every day with upbeat smiles and loving hearts while keeping their quivering voices silent. They continue to fight, serve, and care for future generations as well as the Filipino people and the rest of the world, despite their concerns that were buried in their nightmares throughout the conflict.

Nurses and all other health professionals have been on the front lines of the response during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, which has resulted in over 82 million infections and more than 1.8 million fatalities globally.

They put their own lives at danger in order to protect the lives of everyone who is impacted. It hasn't been simple, though, to rise to the task of providing patient care during the pandemic.

Filipino nurses are finding it difficult to provide treatment for patients as other medical professionals fall ill with COVID-19 or leave a field that was already critically understaffed before the pandemic. They can hardly stomach the scenario, but additional nurses refuse to move.

Thus, despite the distance, we Filipinos should cooperate with our nurses in order to support their efforts to govern and manage toward the new normal.

As they try to advance their profession, they inspire all hopeful people. They demonstrated how challenging yet rewarding the profession of nursing is and that it should be treated with respect by continuing to work towards the betterment of the people despite the pandemic's obstacles.

Let's stand with nurses as they guide us into a new normal and work together to imagine a better future. Let us give them the fortitude to be able to proudly raise the candle of hope as they kindle it. The new normal that we desire might take some time to come about.

Thus, nurses are carrying out their duties to reorient and guide us toward a better present and future; we regular citizens must carry out ours by being nice and understanding. Therefore, much like nurses, let's cultivate the unique qualities that make each person in our complex society unique, to the point where they serve as a powerful force for fostering cooperation and coordination.

Any act of kindness, no matter how tiny, is ever wasted, so may the profession we witness today serve as a wake-up call to the realities of how a person can alter lives for the better in a country.

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