Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Nursing Licensure Examination

     Good day reader's of this blog. It has been a very long time since I have posted here. I would like to thank all the people who are supporting me, my family, friends, and cyber friends who have introduced themselves to me through this blog. I have been given several opportunities for work through my writings. In this matter, I am grateful and humbled.. Just previously last December of 2011, I have just taken the Nursing Licensure Examination here in the Philippines. It was quite a struggle with me, that I had to seriously focus in my studies. Like I said in my previous posts, I had focused on education for the past few months in order to pass the examination. I had to review all the things I learned in school and also learn new concepts that are relevant for the exam.

     As you all may have known, it has been like three months or so that I haven't posted for a while, and today, I have returned. As difficult as it had become, I gave up boxing and spent all my days, immersed and well concentrated to the nursing profession. It was hard for me, because boxing was part of who I am, as a person and an individual. I had to make certain sacrifices in order to reach certain goals. I believed I would pass it.. I believed I could make it.. with the right seasoning of determination and hard work, I knew in my heart that nothing is impossible. Then came the day of the examination.

     At first, it was nerve wrecking, but as the next sets of papers were given, I have somehow become acquainted with the environment and it seemed only a matter of time that I will have finished the exam. The exam lasted for two days which comprised of five tests. In the end, I had answered all the questions in the tests without lacking in time. When I had finished an exam faster than expected, I would run down and review my answers. I was diligent in my answering, and since the early days before the exam, my father taught me not to rush the exam. It is not a matter of who finishes first, after all.

     At last, the final test has been completed. I donated my pencils, erasers, sharpeners, and ball pen's for charity. My exam room was way up in the school building, making going through the stairs a chore.. but it was worth it. I finished strong. I still remember the intense feeling I felt after the exam.. a feeling of vindication.. of intense happiness.. as if I had it in my heart to smile to everyone. Even as I left the school, I continued to smile. It was like a feeling that nothing can go possibly wrong today.

     The results were thought to be released a month after, so everyone waited anxiously for it. After all that sacrificing boxing, I gained weight and I knew I had to do something. So for one month, I had to go back to the gym and return to my previous state as a fighter. I practiced each day, even when I am not in the gym, I did it on my own. After a few days, the results caught me and my friend off guard, as we were having a good time playing video games. I was shocked with several text messages in my cell phone.

     My parents informed me, that I did pass the board exam. The feeling was bittersweet, because although I had passed the exam, my friend did not make it. This is the reason that throughout the days after everyone had congratulated me, I was not really that happy. A lot of people did fail the board exam. It was said that approximately only 34 percent of the takers have passed the exam. In spite of this, life must go on.. I am just proud that I am to be a Professionally Licensed Nurse of the Philippines, and I earned it through God, with perseverance, hard work, and determination.

All of this, has been a learning curb that God has constructed for me, in paving my road in life. I am forever grateful. Nothing is impossible with God.