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Quote for the month

Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.-Dag Hammarskjold

Saturday, October 11, 2014


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Sunday, October 5, 2014


MANILA- Two Filipina nurses successfully passed the Gesundheits-und Krankenpflegerin, Germany’s official state examination for nurses, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported yesterday.
According to DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, "The future of Filipino nurses in Germany looks bright with the initial success of nurses Krystel Anne Sumido and Eowyn Galvez, who were hired under the Triple Win Project through the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration)".
“This is a happy development because two Filipinos have achieved the record of being the first Filipino nurses to have passed as Qualified Nurses,” Baldoz added.
Meanwhile, of the 225 nurses under the said program, there are 70 Filipino nurses undergoing language class A1 and A2, and 114 others either waiting for language training, waiting for employers or waiting to be deployed.
“The challenge at hand is getting other qualified employers who can sustain the benchmark that has been established by the hospitals which started participating in Triple Win,” Hans Cacdac, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief, noted.
Cacdac, said they were looking for more employers who are similarly willing to invest in foreign nurses and pay for the costs involved in the nurses’ study of the German language, which they need in order to be deployed with the help of 2 agencies: BA’s International Placement Services (ZAV) and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).


Monday, September 29, 2014


Nurse for Change Movement is set to conduct a protest on October 17, 2014 against the government after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) denied the proposed wage increase for Nurses last May. In a letter dated May 26, 2014 by DBM to Rep. Leah S. Paquiz, the department apparently turned down the proposed increase in wages of nurses.
Dr. Carl E. Balita, a recognized registered nurse and a radio commentator, called for nurses through social media to take action and conduct a “mass action,” or remonstration on October 17, 2014.

Balita, initiated to create Nurses for Change Movement with the help of other Nurses organizations and groups. Their advocacies are salary increase for nurses, stop false volunteerism, and have adequacy nurse-patient ratio.

Meanwhile, the Nurses for Change Movement is on the process of generating more supports for the cause.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


All professions, including nursing have set of rules and protocols which its practitioners have to follow. In nursing, we have Nurses Code of Ethics which guides us for carrying out nursing duties in a way consistent with the standard and quality nursing care and moral duties of the profession.

In trans-cultural nursing, it is important to know every rule related to your profession not only in your country but also in foreign nations. Most rules related to our profession are common and being practice everywhere but you may find some rules weird.

Here are the list of weird nursing rules I came across with and I hope you you’ll have fun time.

1. Color coded nursing uniforms
In Wales, United Kingdom, nurses must wear color coded uniforms depending on the level or type of nurses. This rule was established in mid-2010 for the convenience of patients. Example: A staff nurse must wear a hospital blue uniform while a clinical nurse specialist must wear a royal blue uniform; green uniform for health care support worker whereas aqua green for nursery nurse. One good thing is that the government is responsible for providing these uniforms. I hope nobody in Wales is colorblind.

2. Say “Please” before a blood test
This rule is being implemented at the Worthing Hospital in West Sussex, England. Nurses can decline to carry out orders involving blood work if the doctor forgets to write the magic word “Please” on his request. This was implemented to lessen the pressure of nurses from the doctor by making the latter think twice before writing the order.

3. You can’t be obese in Japan
As a healthcare professional, we would like to be an example of a healthy individual by being fit as much as possible. In Japan, they have passed a law officially known as the Standard Concerning Implementation Special Health Examinations and Special Public Health Guidance, more commonly known as “metabo law,” named after “metabolic syndrome” which is Japan’s official name for obesity. This law restricts not only nurses but all citizens of Japan from becoming fat. So if you are planning to practice your profession in Japan, you might want to consider this rule first.

The law was made effective in 2008 by the Japanese government that made it essential for the citizens to cut their waistline to a government-specified standard in order to prevent metabolic syndrome, commonly known as “metabo.”

4. No to pregnancy in United Arab of Emirates (UAE)
In UAE, single nurses are not allowed to be pregnant. It is forbidden to get pregnant without a husband. In Dubai, single women who are expectant have options to either marry the father or leave the country; the other option is being arrested for fornication. In the other countries of UAE, single women who are pregnant may be detained or deported.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Management of Hypertension comes in many forms, from lifestyle modification to the use of different anti-hypertensive medications. Always remember, a nurse "DEALS" with this common illness in a usual hospital setting. Below illustration shows the mnemonic to treat or manage Hypertension.

Diet Modification means avoiding foods that are high in fats such as organ meats, butter, lard, ghee, dairy fats and other meat products. This also include avoiding food that are high in Sodium (salted foods, ham, sausages, cheese, pizza, canned goods etc.)

Exercising regularly helps lowering your Blood Pressure, this may include walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming and many more. 

Below shows the list of the most common Anti-Hypertensive medications:
  1. Diuretics
  2. Adrenergic receptor antagonists
  3. Renin Inhibitors
  4. ACE inhibitors
  5. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists
  6. Aldosterone receptor antagonists
  7. Vasodilators
  8. Benzodiazepines
  9. Calcium channel blockers

Meanwhile, lifestyle changes can also help a lot, this involves losing weight if you are obese or limiting yourself to drinking alcohol.

Lastly, the most crucial part of avoiding complications from Hypertension is to quit smoking.


We always want to make sure that are readers will learn different nursing theories the easiest way possible. One way to grasp each information is through the use of different mnemonics. Here is the "CHIEF" mnemonic for  Hypertension Signs and Symptoms.

Change in vision is one of the signs and symptoms associated with Hypertension, this is due to the damage in the retina from high blood pressure within its blood vessels. Damage to blood vessels in the heart can also cause chest pain (angina).

During cases of hypertensive crisis, one may also experience headaches due to intracranial hypertension. Treatment program should begin when BP stays at 140/90 overtime.

Other symptoms include irritability, forgetfulness and epistaxis because of damage in the tiny blood vessels of the nostrils.



Congestive Heart Failure management includes number of non-pharmacological, pharmacological, and invasive strategies to limit and reverse the signs and symptoms of heart failure depending on the severity of the disease.

When thinking of the possible medical management for Congestive Heart Failure, always remember another condition called "DWARFISM" for it's mnemonic.

D-iuretics/digoxin/deliver oxygen
W-eigh patient daily
R-otating torniquet
F-owler's position
I-ntake and output monitoring
S-odium restriction
M-orphine/mechanical ventilation