So if you happen to read the about me section then you might have an idea that I am a Registered Nurse here in the Philippines year 2010. It was 2006 when I graduated from highschool and I wanted to be a Pediatrician,Veterinarian and Interior Designer. However during that time Nursing was the most in demand course and well my parents ask me if I wanted to take it and I did.
Graduating from college feels great! I’m happy that after all the roller coaster ride every semester, I was able to conquer them all even though there were times that I feel like giving up and crying myself out because I am hell tired of everything.
Time to tick off √ another milestone in my life!
Now as a professional, you are ready to face the world and follow the path that you think is the right one for you. You are now responsible of your own self and you also need to upgrade your knowledge through Training’s and Seminars!
“More entries means for chances of winning!”
Now while I’m here in Manila, My cousin who is a teacher at St. Francis of Assisi College (SFAC ) told me that there would be a NC II Caregiving Assessment and open for those interested. I was kinda hesitant at first because that would be a different surrounding and different people for me.
My cousin did convince me by saying that it would be an additional certificate for my part. She was right and so I told myself that I have to go out of my comfort zone and prove to myself that I can and I will pass the assessment even though there were licensed nurses who did not passed from the previous batch. YIKES!
The assessment cost 1500 pesos but because I am a licensed and experienced nurse already, I am not required to attend the lecture just the pre assessment which is 1 day and cost 1000 pesos.
Day 1: PRE ASSESSMENT DAY
I have to observe the Caregiver how THEY do the following:
♦Vital signs taking
♦Bed making -occupied and unoccupied (open and close)
♦Oral/Shaving ( conscious and unconscious)
♦Perineal care ( with and without catheter)
♦Newborn Care (bathing, preparing bottles for feeding, feeding and instance of choking)
♦Transfer technique (bed – wheelchair, wheelchair- bed, assist to walk)
♦Use of devices ( crutches, walker, cane)(2 point, 3 point, 4 point, swing to and swing through)
♦CPR ( adult and infant)
Ok, so that was maybe easy for me but NOT! I have to take note of everything for 1 day.
All of those MUST BE PERFORMED THE CAREGIVER WAY NOT BY OUR WAYS (NURSING) . When I was working at the hospital, we do all sorts of task for like being a Charge and Medication nurse, recheck abnormal VS taken , NGT feeding ,CPR and so on. Some are under the nursing attendant like the bed making and etc.
Make sure to read the training regulations for reference regarding the competency by clicking the link below.
The assessment was done on one of the rooms of St. Francis of Assisi College which was air conditioned with complete paraphernalia for the training.
Mrs. Sharon ,the Dean of Nursing at St. Francis of Assisi told us that when performing we should make our voice louder so that the assessor wouldn’t ask us much question.
Day 2: ASSESSMENT DAY
Assessor: Ms. Carol Calupitan
We were 15 ( as I remember) in the group consisting of me ( walk-in licensed RN) 3 Nursing student (SFAC) and the rest were caregivers ( working and studying).
The first group chosen to perform the task was us! 4 of us nurses!
I was scared a bit but I know I can do the task given to me properly even though I might not do it exactly perfect but atleast I tried and if ever I did forgot something I would tell the assessor because it is a plus points that you did still remember that missing part.
Newborn care: Corrected me by not applying the shampoo ( must be hypoallergenic and mild) directly on the NB scalp but diluting it first with water. Use a soft wash cloth to scrub the head softly not gauze because it is a home setting not hospital.
√start with the face then remove clothing proceed with the body ( safety is a priority)
√wash feeding bottle (bottle, crown nipple) steam, check formula preparation ( 1:1), stop once the feeding is half and burp baby, transfer to the other side and feed the remaining then burp.
Bed making Occupied: corrected because I forgot to place the top sheet together with the draw sheet and cover sheet.
√ safety and privacy is a priority, wash hands and gloves, positioning of client ( they call it ” OLA CHIKA DARNA” OR RECOVERY POSITION.) when doing one side of the bed. Cover sheet- draw sheet-topsheet ( fan fold the part that come’s in contact with skin.)
Bed bath : I remember that I forgot something and told her after performing the procedure. Just being honest atleast I did remember.
√ face- torso-farthest upper arm to nearest then hands , farthest leg then nearest last feet.
Oral and shaving conscious and unconscious: done properly.
√ unconscious- side lying with HOB slightly elevated, padded tongue depressor dip in diluted mouth wash
Perineal care with out catheter both male and female : done properly.
√position blanket in a diamond shape, tie the left and right pointed parts of the blanket on the clients ankle while on dorsal recumbent position to place the legs in place.
NGT feeding : done properly, same with nursing.
Transfer Technique : corrected because I forgot to remove the transfer belt after returning the Patient to bed.
Use of devices: with minimal corrections.
CPR ( infant) : done properly plus infant choking
Day 3: Passed or Fail?
That morning was a surprised because we were given a question and answer and thank God that I did answer it correctly!
I did pass the assessment with all of those core competencies!♥
EVEN DO I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!
Leave a comment if you have any question for me.
See you on my next blog!