Dear Pres. Aquino,

I congratulate you for killing  the “ act providing for a Comprehensive Nursing Law towards Quality Healthcare System and Appropriating Funds Therefor”. This signifies your compassion, love  and understanding to us—nurses.

Being the outgoing President of the Philippines, I will give all my respect to you, His Excellency. Your administration is always proclaiming that you successfully improved the conditions of our public healthcare institutions in our poor country, in support, the Department of Health also boastfully said that we are very near to achieving the goal of universal healthcare, yet, ironically,  8 out of 10 Filipinos die without seeing a single healthcare professional, that includes not seeing us— nurses.

I will not ask you to override your decision or to explain yourself; I want to give you a glimpse of our life which you belittled and disregarded. It is better than convincing your already close mind.

Mr President, this is not only about the salary grade that we are fighting for, this is about the work dignity that the nurses only deserve. We don’t ask for too much, we only beg for the exact, livable amount. We are not corrupt, we care, we love, we understand and we only deserve it.

Early in the morning when no one is around, we take care of 30-40 patients in one hospital ward; your administration permitted your hospitals to hire 2-3 staff nurses/ward. Mathematically, one nurse is for 10 patients. We don’t only look at our patients, we cannot afford to sit, to wait for the bell to ring, eat our breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner. Infact Mr. President, while you are taking your break,  we assess, diagnose, set outcome criteria, plan, intervene and evaluate.

We are not low lying animals, we are human beings.

We administer high alert medications. We see to it that we give the correct drug with right dose and observing another kilometer of rights. If we are cruel enough, if we are idle, if we are corrupt, if we are stupid, we can easily administer these drugs and watch your voters die.

We don’t get enough sleep, we have straight duties, we need to comply and compensate because most of your hospitals are understaffed. We report despite there is a typhoon, an earthquake, even in special occasions, we care for your voters. While others are having their vacation, while you are having your siesta time, we are selflessly present at the patients’s bedside.

Don’t lecture us about training and seminars because, I tell you Mr. President, it’s useless. We are paying for private training because the free seminars and training that you are very proud of, are as old as the Malacanan palace. If we want to learn more, to improve our competency, You give us no choice but to seek, to train and sadly, to pay using our own meager salary because when we will not do this, we will remain empty in your empty healthcare institutions. Supposedly, you are the one ensuring the implementation of these training. Your advisers did not do their research right?

Now, when your voters poop and urinate on their bed, we wipe it and make them clean. Our hands are dirty because you gave us no choice but to recycle our gloves.  We don’t have mask in the hospital, to protect ourselves; we buy using our own salary. Providing workplace safety, as far as I know, is your responsibility. No amount of money can pay to suffice the hazards that we are facing every day.

Lastly, you don’t ever compare us to other professions. We are your health allies. We are the lifeblood of the healthcare industry. When we leave the bedside, many will die, and you will not like it. We don’t leave our posts just to attend rallies in the street. In fact, we are not only nurses, we are also teachers, because health education is one of our many core competency.  Our teachings can save a life.

We are also pharmacist, we don’t only administer drugs, we check it, and we protect your voters from medication error. We don’t simply follow orders, like you, we discern, we investigate if this is safe and beneficial for your voters.  Unlike you, we fight for what is right and just.

No job is small or big. Every job is unique. There is simple a reason why nurses receive high salary outside of this country. It is no brainier Mr. President. It is common sense that other countries, sane and compassionate countries, acknowledge the kind of work that we do. Only in this country that we are treated as animals, not to mention, some doctors who verbally torture nurses in the clinical area.

With due all respect Mr President, you are under an illusion and a delusion that this country has a strong health workforce. In Psychiatric nursing, we confront you with reality, that’s why I’m writing this for you to see the bitter realities of the nursing industry in our country. If you are still in doubt, try to have yourself admitted in a public hospital, and you will see how cruel your government to nurses is.

Earlier when I read the news that you vetoed the bill, I cried because of disbelief. In fact, I am a supporter of your yellow army. I supported you, but that support and admiration ends today, like how you vetoed our life, the CNL.

Nurses are trained to become caring, understanding and enduring. We always listen; we never judge or give advice to influence a decision. However, I can’t be a nurse with this.

Tonight, I am speaking not as a nurse but as a human being. This is more than business Mr. President. At the end, you will know that the last man or woman standing beside your bed is a nurse and not your (kumpare and companeros,) the {nurse}  will insert your intravenous catheter, she will tuck your bed, she will wipe your poop, she will give your medications, will clean your wounds, will provide you food, will fight for your rights, will protect you from falls and accidents, even you failed them.

Mr. President, I want to close this letter by saying; you have no heart . You have no soul.

 

-Mutya

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144 thoughts on “I’m MutyaRN, I’m writing to the President.

  1. The world needs best nurses at tayo yun. Maybe, pang international talaga ang values at competency natin. I want to care for the country and to my fellow Filipino people pero somebody have to take care of us as well.

    hays!

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  2. Despite all…Nakakabilib ANG DEDICATION NINYO.mY Mom’s a teacher.I saw how difficult it was for her to budget her salary for us. But again despite all this She’s dedicated herself to educate,nurture and served as second parents to her pupils ..we are one of them..Still please continue to be of better and competent Nurses of this country..Other countries have high regards to you Nurses and the harworking Filipinos at large.I just hope i just hope One day things will changed.. I hope This coming administration will make that CHANGE for this country ..have faith Ms MUTYA..Good luck to all filipinos..Gook PHILIPPINES..

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  3. #Asa! Apparently, the president does not give a single sh*t about this open letter. The tax payer’s money, including Yolanda funds is for him and his cronies to keep. But no worries nurses. Karma’s a bitch. Who knows, one of these days, he will be at the mercy of your caring hands. Go treat him that cheap salary deserves, LOL!

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  4. Nurses don’t get the pay they deserve. We work and take care of patients non-stop from clock-in to clock-out. We don’t even have the time to take care of our own needs (rest room and lunch) for we have to finish every task before the next shift comes. Nursing is getting harder, patients are sicker and more demanding, and we also need to take care of their visiting love ones at times, yet paperworks are also mounting taking our time from bedside. It is emotionally, physically draining and are hardly recognized for the hardwork that we do!

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  5. I just want to add, pag dating ng araw mo Mr. Aquino, hindi lang physical health ang aalagaan sayo, pati spiritual mo papakialaman ng magiging NURSE mo para lng mabigyan ka ng peaceful exit dito sa mundo. hindi mo alam ang kakayanan ng mga nurses, not only priest can do that. Our profession is very unique, at sa lahat ng oras ng trabaho namin kasama namin ang Panginoon na gumagabay sa amin. Kayo lng ang di nakakaappreciate non. Our job is very holistic and deep. Kaya wag na wag mong mamaliitin ang trabaho ng mga nurses.

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    • This is the reason why the nurses here prefer working abroad. They are paid accordingly good salaries and good working conditions. I have a friend in Los Angeles making $30 an hour and just need to work 40 hrs a week.

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  6. i salute you for your courage to write him.I was planning but I saw your letter.Never in my wildest dream such unkinded president would do such thing to us Nurses. We love to care for clients with compassion and emphathy but a simple increase in salary would make us live a decent life. Who among Nurses working in the Philippines would be very greatful if such gesture (Pass the bill) was passed.Nakakaiyak ang ginawa mo Mr.President…..anyway we Nurses are matiisin talaga so let us hope this coming President would look into our plight.Let us continue to serve our clients because most of the time we nurses are the last person to see before they meet our creator.In Gods time we will be received with open arms rather than these politician who sees the other way around…yung may sungay at buntot! Again we Nurses are Gods hand to serve,in time we will reedem what is due to us.LOVE A NURSE because WE SERVE GOD thru our patients!

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  7. I’m so unhappy bout’s this discriminating act of our supposedly headd??? nd you’re right dear we Nurses forgets ourselves in lieu of our job coz of the truth that we’re dealing wd life Everytime we’re on duty tho am retired and yes went overseas too coz you really can’t have a decent life wd such very mean income esp if you’re a single mom like myself well hope to God still hoping our Profession still have chance for a Big Change..Mabuhay Nurses…

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  8. Nurses ask for a 150% increase in salary, ano ano ba magiging epekto nyan? Kung ako si engineer, architect or si construction worker, hingi din ako taas ng sweldo kasi kami gumawa ng ospital para makapagtrabaho ang mga nurse na mataas sinasahod, kung ako si pharmacist hingi din ako ng taas sweldo kasi kami ang nagaasikaso ng gamot na ginagamit ng nurse para sa pasyente, kung ako si teacher hingi din ako taas sweldo kasi ako nagturo sa kanila maging nurse, kung ako si ospital itaas ko din ang babayaran ng pasyente kasi mataas pasweldo sa nurse… kung ilalagay nila yung dahilan nila sa hinihingi nilang demand makikita nyo din na reasonable din at kung madaling pinagbigyan yung hiling ng nurse dapat ganun din sila. I am not pro Pnoy’s actions pero let’s try to think other effects. Puro tayo kumpara sa ibang bansa, well kung pera pera ang dahilan ng pagnunurse ninyo aba magisip kayo. At ano yung pinagsasabi nyang he’s not speaking as a nurse eh panay pagyayabang ng ginagawang hirap ng nurse ang nakasulat jan? Matatanggal ba ng pera ang pagod na ginagawa nya? Kapag tinaasan ang sweldo nya mababawi na yung kulang na tulog nya? All i know is that nurses need money too for themselves and their family… panay pagmamalaki ng ginagawa nya ang reklamo nitong writer nito eh..

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    • Ungas ka din eh ano. .basahin mo ulit yang nilagay mo. Bobo mo. Mag-aral ka ng Nursing para malaman mo. Humihinge lang sila ng nararapat at dapat para sa trabaho nila. Sila na board passer and knowing na yang course nila is the toughest among the 4-5 year courses tapos sasahod ng 4000 a month? Gonggong dapat lang na magmayabang sila kasi kulang yang binibgay na sahod. At ang bobo mo naman para pagsabihan yang writer, tapos sasabihin mo kung tinaasan ba yang sahod matatanggal lahat ng pasakit? Well oo, pambalubag loob tawag jan bobo. Na kahit pagod ka na sa trabaho mo atlist man lang babawi sa sahid na makukuha nila.

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      • Ay ungas din Pala itong isang ito. .basahin mo maige hindi pagmamayabang ang sulat na yan. .anito ka 😬😡😠

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    • Nag aral ng apat na taon ang nurses. Buhay ang kaharap. Andaming liabilities. Ayaw mag implement ng safe staffing practice ang gobyerno, tapos mas mababa pa ang sahod kaysa housemaid na wala namang tinapos at paupo-upo lang sa bahay. Asan ang hustisya?
      Wag mo rin ikukumpara sa teacher, pharmacist, architect at engineer ang nurses dahil papel, lapis at normal na tao kaharap ng mga yan. They’re not juggling with life and death EVERY SINGLE SHIFT as nurses do. Wala kang alam so #ShutUpNaLang

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      • Cguro nman meron kang mga kilalang nurses.. Try to ask them qng ayaw mo intintihin ng tama c writer..
        Nranasan mo n bang sumahod ng 4-5k a month lng pero expose ka sa kung ano anong skit.. Ang smen lng nurses should be treated fairly… Think twice po…

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      • Di nag iisip to,basta lang din makapag comment wala namang alam. Kung yung ibang nurse sumasahod.. karamihan sa mga nurse sa hospital na pinagtatrabahuhan ko hindi including me. We don’t want this but we don’t have a choice dahil sa kapit system ng gobyerno hirap na nga makapasok na regular kahit job order mahirap din.Nakakainis lang mg basa ng ibang comments na wala talagang alam sa buhay ng nurse.

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    • It is not all about the money. And yes, hindi maalis ng pera ang pagod namin, kc pagod kmi not only physically, but mentally too! Lahat samin kumikilos. We are just asking for the salary na maccompensate naman kahit pano ung mga gngawa namin.

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    • Excuse me?!LJ,Try to be in our shoes at ng makain mo yang sinabi mo… Mas malaki pa ang sweldo ng katulong sa amin jan sa Pinas.. Kunting bagay lang ang hinihingi ng mga kapwa ko Nurse, por Diyos por Santo… Anyways… One day when its your time, when your in your hospital bed, in a Public hospital, then you will know what we are trying to say… Kudos! To all of us Nurses.. My awa ang Diyos. Who knows, this new administration will give us what we deserve..

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    • To Lj

      Please respect us, nurses, in figthing for our dignity. Hindi kami humihingi ng sobrang laking sahod o hindi namin hinihingi na ipantay ang salary namin sa salary ng mga nurses working abroad. For your info, napakaliit ng sahod ng nurse dto sa Pinas, papantay nga ito sa salary ng security guard o bka mas malaki pa nga ang sinasahod nila kesa sa amin eh. Hindi ito laban ng pera Lj, laban ito ng WORTH namin! Sabi mo tignan ang mga possible effects kpag itinaas ang sahod namin eh hindi nyo rin ba nakita ang effect sa amin ng kakarampot na pinapasahod nyo considering na napakalaki ng ginastos ng mga magulang namin mapatapos lang kami ng nursing?! Hindi lang yun dahil during school days ay bugbog kami sa pag-aaral. Hindi naman kami mga walang pinag-aralan eh, hindi naman kami mga katulong at lalong hindi naman kami mga basta naka-graduate lang dahil marami kaming paghihirap pra maging professional nurse kami kaya nararapat lamang na ibigay sa amin kung ano ang makataong sahod. Kung magko-compute kami eh kahit abutin na kami ng 10 yrs sa pagta-trabaho dto sa Pinas as a nurse ay hindi pa kami bawi sa mga ginastos namin nung nag-aaral kami. Don’t you ever compare us to other professionals dahil ang katotihanan ng buhay ay mas malaki ng 3x o bka mas higit pa nga e ang sahod ng mga engr. kumpara sa amin pero nag-rally ba kami o nakipag-away sa kalsada para ipaglaban ang karapatan namin?! Hindi nman db kasi alam nakin ang salitang RESPETO kaya dinadaan namin ang pakikipaglaban sa tama, makatarungan at disenteng pamamaraan. Wala ka ring karapatan na sabihin sa amin na pera lang ang habol ng mga nagnu-nurse dahil gaya ko, MAHAL KO ANG PROFESSION KO sa kabila ng trato na natatanggap namin mula sa sarili naming bansa at hindi rin sapat na basehan ang pagdami ng mga nursing graduates every year para sabihan kami na pera lang ang habol namin kaya kami nag-nurse! WALANG SINO MAN ANG MAY KARAPATANG MAGSABI NUN SA AMIN!!! Hindi aalis ang mga kapwa nurse ko dito kng nakakaramdam kami ng suporta mula sa gov’t. Nakakawalang gana kapag nakikita mong mas mataas pa ang sahod ng mga taong hindi lisensyado kaysa sau. Ikaw na pwedeng idemanda anytime ng patient mo dahil kaakibat ng pagkakaroon lisensya namin ay ang MALAKING RESPONSIBILIDAD NAMIN BILANG ISANG NURSE!!! At ang pagkakaroon ng kakarampot na sahod ay maie-equate ko sa halaga o worth namin sa bansang ito (ito ay ang kababaan ng tingin sa halaga namin bilang nurse). Sana bago ka nang-insulto at nang husga gaya ng ginawa mo sa kumento mo ay inilagay mo muna ang sarili mo sa amin.. Lagi mong tatandaan na kpag dumating kn sa huling yugto ng buhay mo (huling sandali mo), kamay naming mga NURSES ang aakay at mag-aaruga sa iyo!!!

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    • question ko lang… naiintindihan mo ba ang sulat ni mutya??? kung hindi at puro opinion mo lang sa maliit mong utak ang pagcocoment, tumahimik ka nalang para d ma bigyan nang kahihiyan ang pamilya mo… ang baba nang IQ mo below sea level… self centered ka na papansin nagka brain atrophy ka siguro ano??? sa albularyo ka nlang magpa gamot at sa babaylan ka mag pa alaga once magkasakit ka… mag pa admit ka sa kubo od di kaya sa kuweba,… wag kang lumapit sa hospital kung ganun kaliit ang turing mo sa mga nurses….

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  9. Grabe naman po maka comment itong Si Lj.Pera pera lang ba talaga ang dahilan?Isa rin po kayo sa mga taong hindi alam kung ano ba talaga ang trabaho namin.sa lahat po ng mga binanggit ninyo, lahat po sila mas mataas po talaga ang sahod sa amin…hindi lang po mas mataas..kung minsan nga po buti pa sila nagsasahod, yung iba po sa aming mga nurses, hindi..hindi po nagyayabang yung writer, sinulat lang nya yung mga struggles po ng isang nurse.Baka naman po nayayabangan kayo kasi yun po ang mga bagay na hindi ninyo kyang gawin..in short, baka insecure lang po kayo?hindi po pera lang ang ipinaglalaban namin dito..fair treatment and equality po…

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  10. Most OFW Nurses want to exit and settle in our country. But what’s waiting for us? Yung salary na nilayasan mo… yun pa rin ang babalikan mo. This is reality for Nurses kaya yung iba ayaw magresign kahit malayo sa mga anak. A selfless sacrifice for lisence professionals ng bansa. ISANG MEDICATION error, andyan ang lawsuits, can the 6ķ to 7k taxable salary monthly enough to pay a private lawyer to defend ourselves??? And at the end of the day, who is the one caring for all those high paying professionals in their deathbeds, running along the hallways with all the medications and equipment to save every seconds just to prolong their life? And you are asking for a high quality care but you don’t care about us, NURSES.

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  11. I’m very disappointed. Ks hindi lng nman ang salary ang pinglalaban nten but also ung matanggal na ang volunteer kasi kawawa nman ang mga volunteer wla n ngang sahod sgot panila ang mga expenses nila. Then tinatanung nla bkit wlang tumatagal n nurse s ating bnsa at lahat pumupunta sa ibang bnsa. Dahil anong gagawin mo sa srili ntin bansa kung hindi spat at kulang ang sahod mo pano mo matutulungan ang family sa kakarampot mong sahod kulang pa sayo minsan wla pa nga kasi volunteer ka. Sana makita ng ating president ang mga kalagayan ng mga nurse sa ating bansa. Kasi paghindi ito na agapan bka wala ng matira at wla ng gustong mging volunteer sa ating bansa pano na ang mga kababayan nten my sakit. For me, pag my choice lng ako gusto kong mnilbihan sa aton sariling byan but pano n ang pamilya ko kung habang buhay volunteer lng ang trabaho ko or kakarampot lng ang shod ko. Ayaw ko nman habang buhay aasa lng ako sa parents ko.

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  12. First, in order to approve the salary increase, there should be a budget. There should also be a source of funding for the hospital to afford the salary increase. To fund this, the hospital would have to increase its revenue by charging the patient more. Here, for example where I work, one piece of gauze is $4.00. My son recently broke his finger in school. The bill showed $3,000 for the surgery. That didn’t even include the X-rays, anesthesiologist, and other follow up visits. My point is, the hospital can afford to pay us $60-70 / per hour because the hospital charges the patients a lot of money. The question is, can the average pinoy afford to be hospitalized once the salary increase is granted?

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  13. I am a nurse but I opted not to continue working in the hospital. Why? Hindi ko mapapakain ang mga anak ko sa sahod bilang nurse. With the meager 3,000 per two weeks (sometimes even smaller depende sa duty hours kasi nga Reliever Staff pa kami bago maging Regular Staff), I pay the BIR, My SSS, Pag-IBIG, and PhilHealth. While working in the hospital, i leave my small child to a babysitter.. naku! mas malaki pa sweldo ni Yaya kesa sa akin! parang nagNurse ako para may pasweldo at pang SSS and Philhealth sa Yaya. Nurses na yata ang susunod na martyr sa Pinas!

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  14. Just say…no wonder how why the Filipino nurses specially in middle East how are the salary being negotiated by the government….it’s sad …because truly…we nurses are being used and negotiated only for business purposes by the government…I can say that coz…in a way I once worked in KSA…Filipino nurses get salaries less than to other nationalities…the sad part,some other nationalities don’t have the credentials or experience get s better offers from the health institution or government because their government make sure that their nurse gets more even if there is big diff. On the qualification….the government itself is the one degrading the value of us nurses in the international arena if base on how much our worth.You ask the nurses abroad….how Filipino nurses is being valued based on salary,benifits and others….compared to other nationalities?????!!!!😠😠😠😠😠

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  15. We understand all your points Mutya. Don’t worry because our Prsident Duterte will look after your welfare. Rest assured for that knowing him for being a loving & compassionate father to his children , we Pilipinos. I will pray for this intention so that God will guide our President to the exact salary that you really deserve. Mabuhay kayong lahat ng Nurses!!!! We are so proud of you!!!!

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  16. I pity you. You have my biggest and highest respect. My ate is a public school teacher slash nurse and I can see how she really works before and after school. To blatantly say this, she’s underpaid but overused. She left her private clinical work because of 6,000 monthly pay. 6,000? imagine that!no more imagination!that’s the reality! MAS MALAKI PA SINASAHOD KO NUONG CREW PALANG AKO SA JOLLIBEE!!With all the examinations she took, mock board, nle and trainings!Heto lang ang kapalit ng puyat at pagod niya? PNOY, you are truly a business man.

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  17. Pnoy’s points are valid. If we increase the nurses’ salary, we might as well increase those of the other health care providers. Bakit nurses lang? Lahat naman yan special. Hindi lang nurses. Sa lagay ns yan, e di nurse na lang lahat magpatakbo ng hospital.

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  18. At the end of the day, sooner or later, PNoy will be under a nurse’s care. I’m pretty sure he’ll not be mistreated, no, Nurses are above that kind of drama. But if he still have, even a strand of, conscience, by then, perhaps he’ll see what he denied all nurses of.

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