Wednesday, April 24, 2013

[Vital Signs Column] My #PurpleVote

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Nurse's Notes
By Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN
May 01-15, 2013 Issue

The 2013 Mid-term Elections is fast approaching and time and again I have been asked of whom I will support for both national and local offices. Honestly, I am still in the process of scrutinizing some of them.

But one of the major criteria I am looking for in a candidate is his/her stand on the Reproductive Health Law. For me following the principle of the RH Law is one of the basic tenets of good leadership – providing opportunities for those who do not have the means to access basic services, educating the young people of the implications of their behaviors & actions and making them own their decisions for their bodies, and empowering women and the poor to decide for their families and themselves.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

#AskAlvin Dying without dignity

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I’m an RN who works in a regional hospital in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and a member of a great union that understands the importance of skill, training, and education to be an effective healthcare team professional, at the bedside. I greatly admire the efforts your organization is striving for, in addressing inequity and bringing modern healthcare to one of the most amazing people, I have had the honor to know and learn from. It is great to see RNs creating a voice for the Philippines. This, for the simple reason we are patient-centered and therefore their advocates- especially when they do not have a voice.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

[ACD Daily 005] Loving a bisexual

Guests at #SexTalk with Ana Santos
Dear Cuties,

I had a great day! I was with fellow blogger and sexual health advocate Ana Santos, sex columnist of Rappler, in her #SexTalk Google Hang-out to talk about sexuality specifically on homo and bisexuality. 

I arrived at 6 PM at the Rappler office in Ortigas with Dave. I was supposed to be on online patch but then when I knew that Seb Castro (@SebastiansLife) will be there, I changed my schedule (insert fanboy scream).

#AskAlvin May patutunguhan ba ang same sex relationship?

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I'm a discreet bi, perhaps. Me and my first bf broke last year for the reason that he wants to marry (a woman). 9 years po gap namin. wala po bang patutunguhan ang same sex relationship? I apologize if my query sounds offensive. 
Until now the past still haunts me. Parang ayoko na pong sumugal ulit. I feel helpless and pathetic. Ibig sabihin, kapag umabot ako sa edad na ganun kailangan ko ring iwan partner ko (if meron man) just for the sake of having a typical family mandated by the norms?

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

[Vital Signs Column] What Universal Health Care Means to Me?

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Nurse's NotesBy: Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN
April 16-30, 2013 Issue

Honestly I have heard of Universal Health Care only in 2010, but this has been in the pipeline years ahead. I was wondering what happened in the previous years why this topic has not come to the fore. I think the current administration played a huge role to make Universal Health Care worth discussing when it included it in their agenda and platform of governance.

When I graduated and became a registered nurse, Universal Health Care was never in my mind. I studied nursing with many of my college professors talking about foreign employment, living abroad or earning much higher than being employed locally. Only a few from among us would even think of joining the public health force that time. That time, many of us think that community health is one of the most uninteresting and lowly of all fields of nursing practice.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

[ACD Daily 004] Thank You

Lately, I took an extra mile in what I usually do. I heeded to the challenge of pursuing a vacant seat in the National Youth Commission as it's Commissioner-at-Large. It was certainly a huge challenge to hurdle. 

A new Commissioner was chosen, Raphael Cruz, son of Usec. Cruz from the Office of the Executive Secretary. My heartfelt congratulations!