If you’re hell serious about getting a job as a hospital nurse without the need of a backer, in this god forsaken country where nepotism is an accepted means to anything, why not try applying for a nurse trainee in World Citi Medical Center, where nurses are hired solely for their knowledge, skills and attitude?
This hospital is only for those who seriously wants to be a nurse. If you’re still in the midst of deciding whether your nursing college diploma is the key to your future, then I suggest you don’t invest in nursing trainings unless you’re really up for the job. I am a June 2014 batch trainee, currently a nurse floater and I’ll be glad to walk you through becoming part of the WCMC family.
STEP 1: Application
Resume PRC License
Transcript of Records IVT License
Certificate of Board Passing BLS/ACLS Training Certificate
Board Passing Rate PNA Membership
College Diploma Medical Certificate (QC Health Office)
Birth Certificate Certificate of Previous Trainings (if any)
NBI Clearance Certificate of Employment (if any)
Community Tax Certificate 1×1 or 2×2 Picture
I’m not sure of the specific list but you gotta have all these prepared before you submit your application.
World Citi Medical Center is located along Aurora Boulevard, right in front of the road going to Anonas and St. Joseph Parish. It is just beside Astrotel and Metro Gaisano Mall. It is also a few steps from Technological Institute of the Philippines. If you’re taking the LRT2 then drop off at Anonas Station. If you’re from Cubao, you can ride any jeepney from Gateway or Alimall going to Marikina or Rizal because they’re all going to pass along Aurora Blvd. If you’re from Marikina or Rizal, then ride any jeepney going to Cubao.
From the lobby entrance, the guard will give you a form to fill up. You won’t be able to formally submit your application personally to the HR, the guards will do that for you. However, there were cases when the HR did not receive someone’s application, so you gotta be ninja about this and make your own way to the HR without the guards knowing.
Tip: Pretend to be a client with an appointment with a doctor and go straight to the 3rd floor where the HR is located.
You’ll receive an immediate text message for an exam date. Be on time and make sure you have reviewed your basics the night prior. Everybody passes so don’t worry about it that much. Do take note of some of the questions you’ll encounter, it may come out again in your finals.
You’ll receive another text message for an interview date. Again, no biggie. Everyone passes. The nurse director and assistant director are only there to gauge your knowledge and attitude on certain situations. There are oral revalida-ish questions you may come across but as I said, no biggie. You’ll still be able to take the training even if you’ve never touched an iv infusion pump or experienced a code blue before. Because there’s a training fee.
P5500 was the training fee required during my time. It is inclusive of a training manual and two sets of gray scrub suits. Accomplish all your requirements and pay the necessary fee, and you’re in.
STEP 2: Training Proper
The training starts with a didactic phase.
The lectures include a few nursing basics and focuses on WCMC guidelines, policies and procedures. It starts with an introduction to WCMC history and organizational chart and proceeds to a thorough explanation and practice on accomplishing endless hospital forms. WCMC is a baby-friendly hospital, so there would also be a 3-day seminar on Breastfeeding Practices. There’s also IGEMS, which lectures about professional attitude in dealing with different kinds of individuals one may encounter in the hospital.
Next is the skills training where trainees are immersed in different hospital areas.
The trainees will be distributed into 5 floors: 10th Floor (General ward), 9th Floor (General ward), 7th Floor (Medical ward), 6th Floor (Pedia ward) and 5th Floor (OB/Surgery ward). They will be paired up with staff nurses who will guide and evaluate them throughout the shift.
Familiarize each hospital set-up. Take note of the different types of rooms, the different hospital departments like the pharmacy, laboratory, OR/DR/NICU, admitting, billing, etc… and get a mental picture of where everything is. Know about the forms to accomplish before the start of your duty and before going home after your duty. Most importantly, memorize the contents of the E-Cart and Medicine Cabinet, how many stocks there are and what every item is for.
Learn how to scan patient charts, read the impossible handwriting of doctors, and update medication cards. Practice receiving phone calls with the proper phone courtesy. Learn about the Bizbox hospital system. Get to know the staff nurses, the head nurses and the supervisors. Practice speaking in English. There are tons to learn about during this phase so make it worth your while. There will be days when there seems nothing much to do. Bring your manual, read it and ask questions. Ask a lot of questions. You’re gonna want to experience toxic days where various nursing procedures are practiced. It’s going to be challenging but there’s where you’ll learn more.
Don’t lose your time card. Never be late nor absent nor make a lot of schedule changes. Don’t piss your supervisors with your own personal agenda. Don’t ever complain about the tasks or patients your nurse buddy gives you. Accept the daily challenges of a nurse like a boss.
Tip: Pray hard enough that you’ll be paired up with staff nurses who are open to teaching newbies and are warm and encouraging. Not every nurse is a good mentor, not to mention evaluator. Your nurse buddies can either make or break you, so be careful with whoever you’re paired with. Also, for those who have prior hospital experience, don’t be an asshole about being a senior nurse in your old hospital. You’re a nurse trainee in this hospital and you must keep humble. You may know a lot already but the staff doesn’t approve of arrogant trainees.
STEP 3: Evaluation
The culmination of everything you have learned in a month is your final exam and oral revalida. Here’s where people are ranked and only a few chosen ones are called for a job.
The written exam is a basics evaluator. Review about the E-Cart contents, pharma computations, sanitary practices and diagnostic exams. All contents of the exam is in the manual. So read, read, read. There are really tricky questions that will pop up so you gotta be prepared for that.
The oral revalida is where for 10 minutes you will be asked 4 questions and you should reply with a concise step by step procedure on how you’re going to deal with the given situations. Again, all in the manual, and some are easily answerable with common sense. But it all depends on how concise you are with your answers. The panel of judges will try and maintain a poker face throughout the oral revalida so you’ll have no idea if the things you have been saying actually made sense. By the way, you’re supposed to answer in English.
STEP 4: Graduation
The day has finally come to celebrate your month long sojourn to becoming a potential nurse in World Citi Medical Center. It is here where the Top 10 performing trainees are announced. The Top 3 has the highest possibility of being called back again for a contractual position. I only landed 4th but fortunately the hospital census during my time was so high they had to call back all Top 10 placers. That picture is me with the lovely women of power behind the WCMC Nursing and HR Department. I love the floral head piece I was wearing that day.
The graduation is not only an event where your hard work is either celebrated or given a Try Again card. It’s also a moment to celebrate newly formed friendships and bond as a batch for the very last time. Games, food and groupies everywhere, make that moment last a lifetime. Here’s a picture of the amazing people I have met during the training.
STEP 5: Patience
Being a top performing student is not the ultimate assurance of getting hired. Some even wait for several months before they are called back. This is where the waiting game starts. Others look for other jobs during the wait. It’s okay to explore your options and not waste time waiting and if you like to give up your slot to someone of a lower rank then it’s your personal choice. Patience could be a bitch but it’s where you’ll realize where you are truly called to serve.
Once you are called you will undergo 10 days of unpaid work called Pre-duty. This is mostly applicable for those who have been waiting for so long already that they need a refresher.
After the 10 days, you are now a Nurse Floater, a contractual position where you actually start getting paid. However, here’s also where you’ll receive a ton of nursing responsibilities. Your nurse buddies are now your colleagues and technically speaking, they are no longer responsible for you. I’m pretty sure you’ll never get things perfect during your first month but tenacity is the key.
Even though I have already worked a year in East Avenue Medical Center, my first few days on the job in WCMC had been rocky. I have been constantly reprimanded of a bunch of stuff but I take them all and try my hardest not to make the same mistakes again. Whatever you learn, keep it in mind and continue to improve. You are on your own but learning is endless. Your senior nurses will always be there to guide you so never be hesitant to ask questions if you’re unsure of something. It’s always okay to seem ignorant and learn rather than take matters into your own hands and make mistakes.
The contractual position lasts for 3 months. After that there’s another evaluation period, and then you become a Probationary Nurse, which lasts for 6 months before you are once again evaluated for a staff position. Tough world, right? But you can also understand that they’re really harvesting the best of the bunch, which is why I ended with Step 5: Patience.
Have you got your game face on? Apply now and who knows you might see me there.