Remembering My First Patient: “Great…Another One of You Filipino Nurses.”

Just the other day, I began to take care of another “rotten apple” patient who discriminated against me. I walked into the room and immediately hear, “Great…another one of you Filipino Nurses.” Then, I immediately thought, “this #salty a** mf.” Lol. It actually happens, more often than none. And it’s making me begin to believe that there is some sort of pre-existing trend floating around. But, I digress.

I’d hate to hone in on stereotypical demographics here. However, in order to properly paint my picture, it must be done. He’s a geriatric, baby boomer, military veteran. Conservative for sure. But, I don’t blame him. Again, let’s be constructive here and put ourselves in his shoes.  If there is anything that our society of millennials have taught us, it is that we are all ratchet, good-for nothing, entitled, non-moral, loud music having, selfie-taking, liberals. Lol. But, not all of us think and act the same. Sort of. There are some things that may overlap. Lol.

As soon as he made that comment, I couldn’t help but flashback to my very first clinical patient in nursing school. The person was honestly of the same demographic, however of the female gender. I remember walking into the room, standing over the side of her bed, and introducing myself as her nurse. She immediately replied by saying, “I’m sorry, but could I request someone else? It’s just I’ve had an experience with a Filipino male nurse before, and it wasn’t good.” And at that time I remember saying to myself…”this b***h.” In her defense, I was still a diaper wearing nursing student, and I had my head so far up my own butt, I couldn’t realize my own therapeutic communication. I suppose I could have approached it differently.

 

But why? Why must they have this pre-existing hate built inside of them? What freaking Filipino, before me, rained on their parade? Do I have a freaking twin?! Lol.

Let’s take a step back for a second and look at some history. I won’t go into it in too much detail, however. I set a link below, for some quick historical points of Filipinos in the nursing field. Let’s remember that the United States and the Philippines were both hand-in-hand intertwined, during WWII. Of course, the United States aided to help the Philippines fight for independence against the Japanese. During those times, there was a big influx of Filipino nurses to the US, in order to cover the demand. And as a result, nursing schools in the Philippines flourished; creating the “American Dream” for Filipinos and allowing them to compete in the job market. Blah. Blah. Blah.

The key thing that I’d like to get across here, is that we as nurses should always be able to open our eyes, take those “social glasses” off and put ourselves in our patient’s shoes. This very idea goes hand-in-hand, with any scenario; regardless, if you’re being discriminated against, need to sympathize with someone, or really just understanding someone’s trials and tribulations. So…there’s that.

Now, let me give it to you straight Lol…I speak for myself here and I preface my comments by saying please feel free to exercise your right to change your healthcare provider. If you don’t want me to care for you…fine. And with that said, GOOD LUCK old chap.

Yes, I am another Filipino nurse. And I was born and raised in Maryland. And Yes, I am a man who you wouldn’t really picture in a sexy, petite, scrub outfit shooting a porno scene. Although, I make my scrubs look good. There’s no question there. Lol. However, I am certainly not ashamed. There are many Filipino nurses out here, for many reasons; 1) We are damn good at it and 2) We are competitive enough in the market to greatly monopolize. I’ll be damned if you find another nurse in my facility more capable than me. Ha. Yes, that’s right. I am that confident in myself to do the work. Feel free to get care from any of these other #basicaf b***hes. And the fact that I’m Filipino and from out-of-state, means that either I’m really good or the competitive market here in California just sucks balls. Lol. Lastly, I don’t see any of your children taking care of you? #shotsfired. #isleeplikeababy.

Cheers,

SV.

Quick Insight into the History of the Emigration of Filipino Nurses

 

Author: nursesarereal

My nursing professor once said that keeping a journal, over time, will allow me to see growth. In myself? I’m not sure yet. I’m hoping. I like to believe that nursing school saved my life. Maybe I’ll have some fun doing this. Cheers.

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