Tuesday, February 26, 2013

[Vital Signs Column] Jobless

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Vital Signs Column
By: Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN
March 01-15, 2013 Issue

Unemployment or joblessness is one of the major issues the country is facing today. The Philippines have 7 percent unemployment rate in 2011 higher than its neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. In the nursing profession, this issue seemed to get the top spot of the concerns of our Filipino health professionals.

The Philippines is experiencing what I coin as “Professional Poverty” wherein despite the increasing number of registered professional nurses and thousands of graduate nurses produced every year, the country still suffers from health service inequalities, lack of adequate and competent health human resource, and loose track on the welfare of individual service provider.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Well, it's that time of the year again na kung saan bumabaha ng mga bulaklak, tsokolate, at kung anu-anong ka-sweetan sa daan, sa TV, sa dyaryo, billboards at sa mga tarpaulins sa may mga motel.

Ito ang panahon ng pagninilay-nilay ng mga singles - kung bakit single pa rin sila ngayon. Ito din ang panahon na nabubutas ang mga bulsa ng magsing-irog kakadeyt, at bumili ng mga bagay na corny, mushy, sweet at lahat na halos kulay pula, pink o anything na malapit sa kulay na yon.

Gaano ba ka-importante ang isang araw na tadtad ng mga bagay na hugis puso?

Saturday, February 02, 2013

[Vital Signs Column] Losing the Power of the Numbers

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Vital Signs Column
By: Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN
February 16-28 Issue

The December Nursing Licensure Examination results were out! 16, 908 new nurses join the Philippine health workforce out of the 49, 066 takers. A staggering 16,908 more to those almost 300,000 unemployed and underemployed nurses struggling in the country.

This is one of the most alarming national passing percentages in the Philippine nursing profession. In this recent board exam we only have around 35% passing rate. Is this something we should be proud of?