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Nurses in the Forefront of Healthcare with Competence and Compassion

            Every month of October, our institution gives tribute to our dear nurses, the heroes of our generations. The Nursing Division of Rizal Med celebrated Nurses’ Week with a bang in October of 2017 from the 23rd to 29th! This is to give honor to our nurses who constantly serve us with competence and compassion. The kick start activity was a parade which was joined by our nurses from different clinical and specialty areas. The parade ended in the auditorium and was then followed by the flag raising ceremony presided over by the Nursing Division. The nurses already showcased their talents as they performed an MOB for the crowd. It was also during the flag ceremony that Dr. Relito M. Saquilayan (Medical Chief Director) and Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores (Chief Nursing Officer) had formally opened the activities for Nurses’ Week through a ribbon cutting ceremony. The photo exhibit which was also opened was held in the hospital lobby. A sweet taho treat was shared by all hospital employees after the flag ceremony.

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Our dear nurses came together for the Parade which was the kick-off activity to start Nurses’ Week. The parade began in the Rizal Med parking area and ended in the Auditorium.

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The MOB dance our talented nurses have prepared for everyone was presented during the flag ceremony last October 23, 2017.

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Dr. Relito M. Saquilayan (Medical Chief Officer) and Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores formally opened the weeklong celebration of Nurses’ Week through a ribbon cutting ceremony.

               Following the flag ceremony was a scientific symposium for all the nurses. Ms. Gail Ignacio Amarrado was the guest speaker who discussed about sterilization and disinfection and its importance especially to nurses. Simultaneously, a bazaar selling different products from foods to cosmetics was also open to all hospital employees. This bazaar lasted the whole week.

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A token of appreciation awarded to Ms. Gail Ignacio Amarado after the seminar on Disinfection and Sterilization.

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The unique and inspiring photo exhibit for this year that showcased our dear nurses’ handling of their favorite and motivating quotes.

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Baymax going around Rizal Med offering his warm and sweet hugs to everyone.

               On October 24, all the nurses were invited to join the hataw exercise. As health promoters, these front liners of care should espouse healthy living and exercise. A hug and pat on the back were offered by our friend, Baymax, during his rounds throughout the hospital. Surely, this simple treat had brought big smiles not only to our nurses but also to other hospital personnel who each was hugged and got a pat on the back. A thank you card, souvenirs and an ice cream treat were also distributed to all nurses on duty. These simple gifts were expressions of gratitude for the unwavering service our nurses at Rizal Med offer to the public.

               On October 25, as part of the health promotion and illness prevention nurses advocate, a free B’s (blood pressure, blood sugar level and body weight) check was also offered by the Nursing Division. Also accessible for free to all Rizal Med employees was a refreshing, relaxing and recharging head, back or hand massage. The Nursing Division does not only promote physical wellness but also spiritual wellness. This is why a Holy Mass for all Nurses was celebrated at the Rizal Med Chapel. This is also a humble way to give back to the Heavenly Father all the blessings that the division has received.

           Thursday, October 26, 2017, was the day our dear nurses shared the blessings the Lord has given them with the Nursing Division’s partner orphanage, The Tahanan ng Pagmamahal. Volunteers went over to the orphanage and gave simple gifts to the children there. The smiles of these children can be seen as they received the gifts and then joined our volunteers in a dance number later on.

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The gathered donations from all the nurses to be given to our partnered orphanage, “Tahanan ng Pagmamahal”. These goods are early Christmas gifts to the little angels at the orphanage.

              Nurses Week came to a close with our dear nurses showcasing their hidden acting talents on the last day.  This was the first celebration of Nurses’ week that a short film festival in a red carpet event was conducted. The award for Best Short Film went to Tagimpan (produced by Medical, IMCU and Philhealth Ward) which was directed by Ms. Leah Secillano-Trovela who also happened to receive the award for best director. Mr. Jovani Padrigano (Nurse from IMCU) got the Best Actor Award while Ms. Rose Kathleen Turingan (Nurse from OPD) got the Best Actress Award. Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress Awardee were Mr. Joshua Libramonte (Nurse from Surgery 1) and Ms. Mariles Vargas (Unit Manager, Emergency Department), respectively. Other short film entries were Unang Sulyap (OB-ER, DR/LR/OR Complex), Aruga (Surgery 2, Pedia 1 and Pedia 2), Nars (OPD and ER), Puso (ICU, Surgery 1, OR and RR) and Spark (OB Annex, OB Main and Pay Ward). Kudos to all nurses who were discovered for their acting talents! Congratulations to all the entries in the film festival! After the film fest, the nurses had their party night with a live band.

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The Holy mass offered for our nurses as thanksgiving for the blessings the Division and every nurse have received.

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The pediatric patients who were our guests during the film viewing of the movie, Boss Bay.

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The red carpet night during the film festival last October 27, 2017. Talented actresses and actors were discovered as their short films were presented.

               This was truly a very enjoyable, relaxing and encouraging week for all Rizal Med Nurses! Thank you for celebrating with us! See you all next year as we give tribute to our new heroes, our DEAR NURSES!

 “I can imagine a world without angels but not a world without nurses, because nurses are actually angels in disguised”.