Monday, March 25, 2013

From Villar to Gapuz: Ignorance of the Nursing Profession goes on

Ray Gapuz's statement regarding the role of the nurse
FILIPINO NURSES were not over yet with the Cynthia Villar statement recently and surprisingly now coming from a nurse himself and owner of a nursing review center - Ray Gapuz.

His initial question "RNs where should we be?" started his statement then goes on telling his followers the stereotypical view of teachers, priests, soldiers, doctors and nurses by saying their "primary" duties.


So if there are primary duties of these professionals, there should be secondary, or tertiary duties? So is there a hierarchy of duties one professional needs to do over the others?

Mr. Gapuz goes on saying that nurses are supposed to be in the bedside of their clients (assuming that nurses only cater to sick and bed-ridden patients) and not in the streets (perhaps he meant nurses rallying for their and others rights). That (rallying) is not the role of the nurse. True, that rallying may not be a role of the nurse, but if this is one way for nurses to send their message across and to make the public know about their concerns, then this should be a shot worth taking.

But what ignorance to say that nurses are supposed to be at the bedside of their clients for this is the intended role for us! Nurses care for clients bedside or not, nurses care for everyone including themselves and taking care of people means protecting their rights, advocating for these rights and upholding and defending them. 

Quite interestingly the nurse who said that nurses' primary duty is to be at the bedside of their clients is nowhere near any patient's bedside - but is a businessman running a review center and teaching. Isn't that an irony?


What Mr. Gapuz incidentally forgot is that nurses are not just care providers but are advocates of patients' rights and especially the rights and welfare of their ranks. This essential role is something Filipino nurses are not much accustomed to, that is why a lot of nurses do not know their rights and how to even defend them. When nurses get bullied at work or when subjected to discrimination by their seniors, they do not know how to stand up for themselves - all the more to know where to go to when these things happen.

And for the record, nurses march in the streets fighting for the issue of nurses and for making it a public concern. Should it not be a public concern? Is it not going to be a concern of the public when front line health providers are left in the development in the country's health care system? What happens to the Philippine health care system should nurses leave the country and loses the desire to serve?

Ray Gapuz, RN
Increasing unemployment, underemployment and exploitation to nurses plus issues of discrimination, workplace bullying, underpaid and less benefits curtail developing the nursing profession in the country. There were different efforts to address the issue, and taking the issue to the streets is also one of them. If for Mr. Gapuz, this kind of effort is futile then maybe his efforts to address the issue would be more effective.

To deviate from Mr. Gapuz' definition of the role of the nurse (which is to be in the bedside) is according to what he said as a "deviation from what God expect from a supposed[ly] obedient child". Now this statement is preachy - like a "holier than thou" thing.

Honestly, nurses do not deviate from their 'supposed' role when they fight for their rights whether in the streets or elsewhere. In fact, nurses uphold these roles and defend it from being abused or exploited. This deviation is what is keeping the nurses' concerns afloat the national media and provide the avenues to dialogue with legislators and key stakeholders. This deviation is not being disobedient to someone or something; this deviation is a result of Filipino nurses' continued advocacy to make the nursing profession a dignified profession once again in the country.

And if Mr. Gapuz say that there are many approaches to address the nursing crisis - that would according to him, engaging in a dialogue with legislators and key stakeholders. True. I agree that these are all critical means to engage and influence policies directly and indirectly affecting nurses. But why can't we consider rallying as part of our legislative and policy advocacy? Nurses in other parts of the world would not hesitate to rally the streets should this be necessary to bring their concerns to the general public and to catch the attention of their government.

These statements sadden me, really. This would show that even from among our ranks, ignorance or misinformation about the profession prevails and it would be destructive should these be left uncorrected. It saddens me more to know that a nurse of such stature would have a very tunneled view of nursing. And not just tunneled but quite self-righteous too. 

These statements are insulting to many nurses who are serving apart from the traditional clinical setting which is closer to the 'bed-side'. There are a lot of nurses who are academicians, counselors, researchers, policy developers, entrepreneurs and leaders - all of these are according to Mr. Gapuz, not a primary role of the nurse. Following that logic, no nurse should be deans, chief nurses, researchers, trainers, educators, counselors and leaders because they are not serving their primary role. It may be secondary or tertiary or something lesser to what is primary - a second-class nurse.

The issue by the way should not even include god/s in the discussion. The issue at hand is that nurses have diverse roles in the society and not just limited in the bedside. Nurses care for the well and the sick, the bed-ridden and the mobile, preventive and rehabilitative. Nurses have roles that advocates for the rights of clients, patients and even their own. Nurses may and can bring their voices to the streets to exercise their right to be heard and to express just like any other Filipino can. 

And nurses of the 21st century learned that protecting the clients' best interest is also to protect their welfare among anything else. 

22 comments:

  1. Di hamak na naiinggit ka lang kay Sir Gapuz. sige maglakad kayo at mainitan sa kalye. Kami mag-duduty sa de-aircon na ospital.

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    1. With a logical reasoning like that, you should be apologizing to Sir Gapuz for speaking in his behalf. Magkocomment ka na lang, yun walang kahit konting talino pa.

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    2. "Kami mag-duduty sa de-aircon na ospital." -- by doing so, you have just detached yourself from the society where you can see that there are still many people who needs your help but couldn't afford the hospital you are working for or couldn't afford your rate, at least.

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  2. Nurses should get involved into politics. Maaasa ba natin ang health agenda sa ibang sector?

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  3. Gapuz Baby, how narrow-minded you are! Why CAN'T nurses be in policy development and advocacy of issues?

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  4. OH PLEASE!

    From the Facebook of Sir Gapuz himself:
    "LET THE POLITICIANS DO THE POLITICAL SIDE OF THINGS... WE CAN VOICE OUR OPINIONS ...BUT LET US RESPECT OUR DIFFERENCES !!!PERIOD...END OF STORY, NOT EVEN N ATOMIC BOMB CAN CHANGE MY MIND !!!!"

    "HARDSELL YOUR STUFF !!!!"

    "HINDI PWEDE PABAYAAAN ANG MGA PASYENTE !!!"

    Kayo ang mga ignotante mga AYNLA! AYN-LAOS!

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    1. Advocacy is not politics. To fight for what in behalf of our patients and clients for health reforms that will better them is NOT politics. Many AYNLAns do not have seats in the goverment. Reporma ang pinag-uusapan, hindi posisyon sa govyerno.

      I think you're the one who's got your definitions screwed up. Wag ka magbitaw ng salitang ignorante, kung definition palang ng advocacy versus politics e hindi mo magawang i-differentiate.

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    2. This is my personal opinion, my commentary and not AYNLA. So I do suggest you refrain from dragging the organization not involved in this article. Thanks!

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    3. Gapuz Baby, why is it so hard for you to stand for what you believe in through logical, well written arguments? Di ka ba nahihiya na nirerepresent mo ang side ni Sir Gapuz sa by not using your brain and resorting to desperate name-calling? not only napghahalkataan kang walang class and parang walang pinagaralan, pinakita mo rin sa lahat na wala kang utak. And since di mo maipagtanggol and sarili mong side ng maayos, indirectly, inamin mo na rin na talo ka. Baka nga di ka talaga nurse eh.

      Even Sir Gapuz woiuld be ashamed for your actions, baka isuka ka pa nila. Malayo sa professionalism at karangalan ang kilos mo. Do your parents a favor and be a well-bred person, or at least stop sniffing rugby.

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    4. Pansin nyo guys? Three ways lang kayang sumagot ni Gapuz Baby.

      1.) Kokopyahin nya lang yun sagot ni Sir Gapuz.

      2.) Unprofessional name calling.

      3.) Reasons na ilogical at walang sense.

      Haha. Mahirap makipag-usap sa wala na ngang tapang, wala pang utak. I bet di agad papasa ng board exam to.

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  5. yuck kadiri talaga kayo! HAMPAS-LUPA LANG ANG MGA PUMAPASOK SA MGA WELGA AT RALLY. CHEAP NIYO AH! asaan na ang professionalism??

    Ikaw presidenteng Dakis! Partido Liberal Ka pa! CORRUPT LNG ANG PUMAPASOK SA POLITIKS! kasama ka dun! Si Sir Gapuz NURSE Educator. marangal.

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    1. Gapuz Baby, inasmuch as I would allow you to comment in my blog and articles, I suggest you be more professional in bringing your arguments for I do not allow people like you who will make lousy and unfounded claims.

      Make sure that when you accuse me, you should have your clear evidences.

      Thanks!

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    2. When all else fails, resort to insults. Katalinuhan yan.

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  6. Sir Jhem Caraig... A TRUE STUDENT LEADER, HINDI NIYA SA KALYE DINADALA ANG MGA STUDYANTE NIYA AT HINDI TINUTURUAN MAGHIMAGSIK...SA CLASSROOM NIYA TINUTURUAN PARA PUMASA AT UMAYOS ANG BUHAY !

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=553210438043009&set=a.146849755345748.19654.100000621732900&type=1

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  7. From Sir Ray's FB:
    FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A PARENT WHO SENT 'MY BABIES' TO NURSING SCHOOL...

    I normally DON'T talk about all the GOOD things I did for NURSES...poor ones who HAVE BEEN RECIPIENTS OF MY ANONYMOUS SCHOLARSHIPS IN UP and PSU and other schools with other courses. More than 200 of them graduated through the years...I DID THIS BECAUSE I WANT SOMEONE TO CARE FOR CLIENTS , SO I BELIEVE THE ESSENCE OF NURSING WHICH IS CARING IS BEST LEARNED IN SCHOOL (THEORY) AND THE BEDSIDE (PRACTICE)... I DID NOT SEND 'MY BABIES' TO LEARN HOW TO PROTEST ON THE STREETS...HINDI SILA SAFE DOON... THAT IS MY POINT ! FOR THIS POST -FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A PARENT WHO SENT 'MY BABIES' TO NURSING SCHOOL...

    I normally DON'T talk about all the GOOD things I did for NURSES...poor ones who HAVE BEEN RECIPIENTS OF MY ANONYMOUS SCHOLARSHIPS IN UP and PSU and other schools with other courses. More than 200 of them graduated through the years...I DID THIS BECAUSE I WANT SOMEONE TO CARE FOR CLIENTS , SO I BELIEVE THE ESSENCE OF NURSING WHICH IS CARING IS BEST LEARNED IN SCHOOL (THEORY) AND THE BEDSIDE (PRACTICE)... I DID NOT SEND 'MY BABIES' TO LEARN HOW TO PROTEST ON THE STREETS...HINDI SILA SAFE DOON... THAT IS MY POINT ! FOR THIS POST -

    I DON'T CLAIM TO BE A HERO, BUT I AM DOING MY PART OF SERVING AND HELPING THE POOR IN MY OWN SILENT WAY !!!

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    eto pa post ni sir:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=553261384704581&set=a.146849755345748.19654.100000621732900&type=1
    DEC 2012 RN, LANDS A JOB IN THE MIDDLES EAST

    THIS IS MY POINT, MAS PRODUCTIVE HUMANAP NG TRABAHO KESA SA SUMALI SA RALLY...

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  8. FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A PARENT WHO SENT 'MY BABIES' TO NURSING SCHOOL...

    I normally DON'T talk about all the GOOD things I did for NURSES...poor ones who HAVE BEEN RECIPIENTS OF MY ANONYMOUS SCHOLARSHIPS IN UP and PSU and other schools with other courses. More than 200 of them graduated through the years...I DID THIS BECAUSE I WANT SOMEONE TO CARE FOR CLIENTS , SO I BELIEVE THE ESSENCE OF NURSING WHICH IS CARING IS BEST LEARNED IN SCHOOL (THEORY) AND THE BEDSIDE (PRACTICE)... I DID NOT SEND 'MY BABIES' TO LEARN HOW TO PROTEST ON THE STREETS...HINDI SILA SAFE DOON... THAT IS MY POINT ! FOR THIS POST -

    RN's where should we be ?

    Teachers should PRIMARILY teach. Priests MUST preach.Soldiers must DEFEND civilians. Doctors MUST cure patients and WE NURSES must take CARE OF OUR PATIENTS.

    WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE AT THE BEDSIDE OF OUR CLIENTS NOT IN THE STREETS FIGHTING FOR AN ISSUE, that is NOT OUR ROLE. WE ALL HAVE ROLES TO PLAY IN THE WORLD , GOD CHOSE US FOR THE ROLE INTENDED FOR US !


    I DON'T CLAIM TO BE A HERO, BUT I AM DOING MY PART OF SERVING AND HELPING THE POOR IN MY OWN SILENT WAY !!!

    TO DEVIATE FROM THAT ROLE IS A DEVIATION FROM WHAT GOD EXPECT FROM A SUPPOSED OBEDIENT CHILD !

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    1. Ako po sir I understand your point. Painful lang po un part na dapat sa bedside lang kami. Pano po ako? Nurse researcher po ako. DOes that mean I am a failure? May kilala po ako na nurse reviewer siya, does that mean that he;s violating the essence of nursing?

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  9. CAN YOU FRIENDS ENLIGHTEN ME ON THIS :

    How can WE CONTINUE T BE CARING when certain sectors are INDUCING RN's to go the STREETS in PROTEST, allegedly in the guise of bringing attention to their plight ?

    IF WE TEACH PEOPLE TO USE 'ANGER-INDUCED PROTESTS' AS A MEANS BRING ATTENTION TO OUR PLIGHT, HOW CAN WE SHOW OUR CLIENT'S THAT 'WE CARE' ?... AS I SEE IT ...CARING AND ANGER ARE ON THE OPPOSITE ENDS OF A CONTINUUM ?

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    1. Sir, contrary to popular belief, not all who march in the streets are driven by anger. It actually depends on what you are fighting for and the cause you are bringing - many march in the streets as a show of their passion towards a certain cause or to show force or to support a strong message to the public. Not every march in the streets results to violence.

      Which of the previous protests of nurses in the streets or otherwise, resulted to violence as far as you can recall sir?

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    2. THERE ARE MORE PEACEFUL AND PROFESSIONAL WAYS TO DO IT... DR. JOSE RIZAL DID IT IN WRITING... I DO UNDERSTAND ISSUES AS I CAME FROM THE POOREST OF THE POOR DIN AND I AM PROUD OF WHAT I HAVE BECOME KASI SA TRABAHO KO GINUGOL ANG ORAS KO !

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    3. True Sir Ray, but there are some whose means include bringing our concerns to the streets. I think we should not discredit them for that. After all, it brought some exposure of our issues.

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  10. Diba si Gapuz din yung iniinvestigate dati na kasama sa 2006 NLE leakage?

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