ANNA LIZA BAYONA
I feel that I have my worth as a nurse here in Saudi Arabia. I am respected, valued and recognized as a nurse. Though people would say, Eastern countries provide "greener pastures", I would say, not always. Wherever we are, if we have the passion to care to others, and you touched and become part in saving lives, that is "greener pasture from the inside," which is far better that the green $ we earn.
The desire to experience a new milieu and a new function aside from being a staff nurse in a hospital setting motivated me to enroll for this course. I do believe that finishing a graduate degree gives an individual wider selection for opportunities regarding professional as well as personal advancement.
My expectations would include thought-provoking yet fun-filled activities within the portal. I am looking forward for stimulating exchanges of ideas – it has been 5 years since I last joined a class ;)) and in addition to that, internet being our learning medium adds to the challenging expectations we all have to adjust to; thus making this experience really exigent.
I have been familiar with the web for such a long time but nothing has been more serious than this, making me positively anxious than ever. Nevertheless, I have faith that with God’s help, we can all be able to surpass this insha Allah.
Nice to meet you all!
My name is Valentin Antonio Lomugdang III, currently working as a staff nurse in one of the hospitals in California, USA. My colleagues at work calls me Val or Valentin. Either way works for me, whichever is comfy for you. I have worked as a registered nurse in Singapore, New Zealand and the USA. My experience in nursing includes, Medical/Surgical Nursing, Telemetry and Hemodialysis among others. It's been over 15 years since I graduated from college and this makes me feel like a senior citizen in this class not to mention a bit rusty. I have recently joined a new (for me) area in nursing and is currently working in Forensic Psychiatry. This has ignited the fire in me to pursue my masters in nursing. This was an area I never dreamt of working as a nursing student but this has made me realize that there is such a vast area that we have to learn aside from the usual (med-surge-pathophysiology-sort-of-stuff) and I intend to specialize in psychiatric nursing (psychiatric nurse educator) someday.
Some of you may ask why the long wait and took me over 15 years before I enrolled into an MA program. Well, obligation and responsibilities at home has held me back for sometime. I always wanted to study as a full time student but it's hard to make compromises. Now I'm here, juggling a full time job , a part time job on the side and home responsibilities; but I know when we put our heart into something, WE CAN ACHIEVE IT.
I would be very pleased to hear from you and I will try my best to reply and participate in your posts as time allows.
Mabuhay tayong lahat!TWINKLE LOYOLA
I'm taking up MA in Nursing to gain more knowledge and be able to contribute in our profession.
Though I'm anxious and still adjusting, I expect that this course will prepare and help me gain my study momentum.
For me, online learning is the most advisable way of learning for working people who want to study and still achieve balance in life. The only challenge for online learners perhaps is lack of motivation and eventually taking the courses for granted.
STEPHANIE ANNE MACALDE
When I was still in college, I have of heard of this online-based learning for taking up your MA at UPOU. It got me curious as to how it works and this made me enrol in this institution. My thirst for knowledge and eagerness to learn more inspired me to take up MA Nursing. Likewise, I was also planning to have my MA after I graduated in BS Nursing.
I would take online learning as a new venue for learning. It entails having to use the Internet and a different challenge from having to study and attend a class. It will be exciting to find classmates from different countries. This course can also help me enrich my knowledge of nursing and can also help me in my work as a staff nurse.
I am eager to study and learn with fresh vigor of energy and I am looking forward to meet all my classmates!
I hope to learn a lot and acquire more friends as well.
Good luck to us all and God bless.
Hello! I am Sheila May Ngan, a graduate of Chinese General Hospital College of Nursing batch 2005.
PAUL STEVE SUMORTIN
My name is Paul working as a nurse here in Washington DC. Before I left P.I. I was 12 units short for my MAN degree. Looking back I have no regrets, I decided on what's best on the situation that time. I think online is the "in thing" now especially for working professionals. It just bringing education wherever you are and on your own pace. Challenges ? Aside from the fact that I'm not computer savvy, its the area of concentration I've enrolled. I work in an Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center on Pediatrics and here I am with focus on this program on Adult Health Nursing. I'm back to Square One on my MAN. I just think positive, I see this just like in a race..but this time I want to cross the finish line !!
I can't wait to have a lively online interaction with you. May this post-graduate education bring us not just better knowledge and skills, but friendship as well. God bless everyone and happy return of school days!
I think distance education would be interesting. I'm always willing to learn new things. Looking around the myportal website and finding out how things work was at first nerve-wracking but now it is pretty exciting.
I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and I hope we will all have a very fruitful semester!
As part of the academe, my clinical experience is not enough, I need to grow in theoretical knowledge so I can impart more to my students in spite of my age. I need to learn new techniques and innovations continuously which I cannot get by merely reading alone.
At the end of this course, I expect to apply appropriate principles, theories and concepts in education, clinical practice and research.
Online education is new to me but I will try my best to be a techi person also
I have to use the remaining days of my life in imparting knowledge and experience to future nurses like me.
nice to study with you!
As a staff nurse, I am currently assigned at a ward composed of special private rooms. We cater to all types of clients (psychiatric, medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, geriatric, palliative, etc.), with different types of needs, and from a variety of backgrounds (nationality, religion, character, occupation, etc). Staff from specialty wards in our hospital would often even refer to us as “Masters of Transcultural Nursing” since one of our constant challenges is the provision of personalized care to our very diverse clients.
I am taking up MA in Nursing as part of my commitment for continuous professional and personal growth. Working with experienced nurses and reviewers also inspires me to step up the academic ladder and explore new opportunities for learning.
Through this course, Theoretical Foundations of Nursing , I expect to learn more about the building blocks of our profession and gain new insights that may help me improve the delivery, quality and holism of care to our clients.
I am not new to online learning since some of our minor subjects back in college were offered via online track. For me online learning could be very exciting and dynamic, and considering that we are all professionals, we can all learn much from each other via our virtual interactions.
However, I still expect some few hurdles while adapting to UPOU’s Moodle and Google Mail. Having asynchronous interactions would also be a new challenge considering that we are also busy with our own lives and we come from different parts of the world.
But ultimately, I am optimistic that we could become better individuals from the online experience this course has to offer, as we become both independent and interdependent learners while balancing our own careers and personal commitments.
Looking forward to an exciting learning experience with all of you!