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Naturalized American – My story

Naturalized American – My story

By on January 15, 2018

With the current political issue about immigration in our country, it is timely and an extra special occasion that my Naturalization Ceremony is concelebrated with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here on the island of Guam, on Friday January 12th 2018

President Donald Trump in a video message: “It is with great pride that I welcome you into the American family. No matter where you come from, or what faith you practice, our country is now your country, our history is now your history and our traditions are now your traditions.You will enjoy the full rights and the sacred duties that come with American citizenship.”

I have been working as an E. R. Nurse for 4 and a half years and being a part of the community where taking care of people during their most undesirable health conditions brings me closer to the heart of the people of Guam. When I emigrated from the Philippines I carried the values and discipline of a Filipino nurse – compassion, being respectful and hardworking. Just like those whom have came here on this island before me, these values have been intertwined to what we call the Hafa Adai spirit. The welcoming hospitality to others, the willingness to help and the respect for elders. Just like in the mainland, Guam is also a melting pot of culture and diversity.

Becoming a naturalized American citizen gives deeper connection and meaning to that Hafa Adai culture that I embraced when I came here 5 years ago.

The principles that Dr. Martin Luther King believed and have fought for, is the exact same principles that we should embody in these times of political divide concerning immigration rights.

As the keynote speaker of the event Mr. Michael Gadsden have said, we must be encouraged to fully participate and engage in the ‘democracy of America’.

Perking you up

By on September 24, 2017

Start with 75 questions a day. That’s what they always say and you will notice that those number of test questions that you answer will go up. It is hard to concentrate and if you have other responsibilities that you do everyday, often we find it difficult to focus and we start to doze off on the our 5th question. Someone told me to find that drink that will perk you up and maybe stick with it. An energy drink or a coffee will do. 

An instant 3-in-1 coffee mix would do it for me when I was studying for NCLEX but I had to find something stronger as I had a full time job as an ER Technician and a part time job as a Medical Assistant. It really was a struggle. Coffee really makes me wide awake, white mocha with extra shot will usually give that kick. Find yours too! You will need that trust me. 

Our journey begins today

By on September 22, 2017

ANurseDad has now officially transitioned to its new home, our very own domain, anursedad.com. After many years running on the free platform thru WordPress.com, we are now on our own! I am very happy and excited to bring you the latest updates that will help you on your journey towards your NCLEX goals.

ANurseDad started as a simple blog that was originally intended share his own struggles and journey in passing the much dreaded NCLEX-RN examination.Did you know that as an international NCLEX-RN test taker (outside USA graduate), we are already on the disadvantage? Based on the latest 2017 NCLEX statistics, international graduates taking the NCLEX-RN examination for their first time has 38% pass rate compared to US-educated NCLEX-RN first time test takers which has 88% pass rate.

I moved to the United States and started working as a Medical Assistant after I left my work and my life as a Registered Nurse from the Philippines in the year 2012. Moving on and forward in becoming a US Registered Nurse, I focused on: why NCLEX test takers fail? What is it that we have not done differently? As multiple-test-taker myself, I ask What are your career goals?

For those nurses who are planning take the NCLEX-RN as an international graduate, let ANurseDad.com join you and take this journey towards our goal. For those nurses that are presently working in a different field or working the healthcare as a Technician or Medical Assistant, ANurseDad.com has a lot of things to share with you all as well.

Focus on your goal and don’t lose sight of it. Say it, write it down and claim it! You too will become a USRN!

Quarter life crisis : a financial or socio-emotional setback?

By on February 19, 2011

As I literally age where they say is the start of quarter life crisis (25 yo), it really does not have a huge physiologic in nature at all – hormones of course may be a contributory but nevertheless it’s from late teen-age years to early thirties.

How can we ever say that one is experiencing this crisis? It came from the same analogy of middle life crisis. Same group of people are expected to have at least one or more of the same situational crisis.

Here’s the list of what I think are possible things that could happen to most of my age group.

1. Career – getting a college degree does not solve most of the Filipino families’ problems nowadays. Yes, there has been courses/degrees that became such a fad and we know that just few years back that almost every family would have one of its members studying in the nursing school be it as the first or as the second course. And with that, the dilemma for having a career in the chosen profession or pursuing a different field is imminent because there are more nurses available compared to the jobs available around the nation. Is this a crisis? Yes, I think so it is. Not just for those who took up Nursing but also for those who have the urge getting that the return of investment should start rolling the moment we receive that diploma. We all know that getting a college degree is not just a way ordinary path for everyone but also an investment for some. Parents would work their bones out just to get their kids enter college. And as a young and idealistic person as we are, we would not want our parents to be just disappointed. So, the trend now is to jump in to a career where it is rather easy to land a job than pursue and strive for a chosen profession.

Call center is an industry that have helped most of the below middle to middle class families that has one member that graduated from college for the last 5 to 6 years. True, that it is a decent career to start – in the corporate worlds of BPO’s . This industry is where we can find lots of young professionals that are either underemployed or over-qualified.

Illegal recruitment is still happening in this day and age. With the power of google and social networking, young professionals have become vulnerable with some schemes of heartless people in doing such business. For the past 4 years, there has been numerous reports that more newly grads are getting victimized – these are through job-searching sites that are oftentimes frequented by the young people (please click here for more details).

The struggle is not monetary – it is the career itself. IT is the sense of fulfilling the urge of your profession. It’s like an itch that you just cant pass. It’s a situation where you would feel that you have no choice and just because you are just there. Another situation could be is that even when you have started to become successful and have started your way up then the  problem would be is to how to keep up. There are no theories or literature background under your belt so the higher the position you have the more there should be theories you need to learn or should have had prior to taking bigger accountability to the world you were not prepared to be in.

There are few people who I know personally that are very lucky to get a job in a field of their choice, of their background and of their profession. These are the few that are now working as a Nurse in one of  big government hospitals in Quezon City. The professional nursing skills are definitely has been honed tremendously. Now the struggle is not just occupational security but rather financial security. They may say that they love what they are doing, but there are also circumstances that may bring them into some crossroads that would make them choose between the job as a pension-centered and occupational security or just noble act without the financial satisfaction compared to those that are in the corporate world.

2. Relationship – this is the age where hormones are raging high and pressure from peers and society are just way up to the limits. The intra and inter-personal relationship plays on the higher priority for most of these age group. The struggle is also both extremes – it’s either you are able to pull one-off or just unable to break through.

Sometimes the more you try harder to find that one special someone, the more it is difficult for you to actually end up with a partner at all. The choice of exerting too much effort in enjoying the liberation and independence can sometimes miss one’s chance in trying to be self-aware that it is the perfect timing to have a mature and healthy romantic and sexual relationship. It will then integrate in the frame of mind that finding a partner is a struggle and it will then be taken as something that is you are either desperate of or something that is just needed to be accepted that there is nothing else to do about it.

There are of course people who were bound to  miss some steps and jump to the level of maturity of standing up and facing some good decisions. This for some may define their existence or perhaps is the chance to be able to feel that was never felt on the past.

The struggle focuses more on frustrations in maintaining friends. This is the stage where separation from friends are often due to everyone has graduated and will be starting to pursue individual careers, others are starting to have their own family and others may just struggle keeping up with others leaving. The frustration of having no friends and failure to establish a good romantic relationship will magnetize  the a big dilemma of involuntary celibacy which can directly affect self-esteem of the person at least for the most. It may not be a problem of course for the most of us are brought up that culture tells us that it is the norm.

3. The desire to have a family – this is also the period where it is expected that having one’s own family is a perfect timing. Career may have started to take off at these times and for some it may be a struggle to actually give in to the desire of having a family. There are lots of constraints that can aggravate the struggle – occupational and financial security, familial approval and the fear of giving up liberation.

These are just some of maybe not that commonly discussed but I believe that are really happening to people of my age. And truly I can say that this is both a financial and socio-emotional dilemma. There are big decisions that needs to be made most especially for career plans. As they have said – choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a single day. Is it wise to follow and pursue a career of the degree you have earned? Or just take any opportunity that may come along the way?

2010 in review

By on January 20, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 20 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 29 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was August 19th with 151 views. The most popular post that day was AML just like FM.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, WordPress Dashboard, obama-scandal-exposed.co.cc, and iconfactory.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for kids with leukemia cancer, abnormal blood cells images, leukemia theraphy, rp football team, and filipino nurse.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


AML just like FM August 2010
5 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com


Baraquiel – battle against AML August 2010


A President Aquino (again). June 2010


Thank you Bar September 2010


Filipino Nurse: No Choice July 2010