And to pay tribute to its own nurses, the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center  led by the Chief Nurse Office joins the international community in celebrating this year’s International Nurses Week. The celebration advocates the global theme, “Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health.”

The CNO organized various activities from May 23rd to 27th, 2022. It began with a Thanksgiving Mass, followed by a Quiz Bee Contest, Photo Exhibit, Webinar (title?), and culminated with a Socialization Night.

Groupings during the Quiz Bee Contest were strategized to encourage camaraderie between old and new nurses in the different clinical areas. The Quiz Bee is a test of the nurses’ knowledge on the history of MMMHMC, Performance Governance System, Universal Health Care, institutional policies and programs, and other health-related information. The group of Pete Cariño, April Narciso, Raymark Agudong and Catherine Pascua won among the seven groups.

A photography contest was also held during the celebration. Photos were submitted to showcase the varied and exceptional roles of nurses from the different clinical areas. From the 28 entries, the photo submitted by the Catheterization Laboratory bagged the first place award.

To ensure professional development, the CNO also conducted free 3-day online seminar on different nursing and health topics. Each day, the participants were graced by esteemed resource speakers which included Atty. Bernie Francis Constantino, MMMHMC’s Legal Counsel, (Negligence and Malpractice), Dr. Glenn Guira of DepEd Schools Division-Ilocos Sur (Management Communication for Nurses), and Mr. Erickson Feliciano of the DOH Central Office (Nursing Modalities of Care).

During the socialization, Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, the Medical Center Chief, highlighted the importance of nurses in the provision of quality healthcare to all clienteles. She said that despite the presence of the global threat from the COVID-19, nurses have continued to show their dedication in the provision of optimal services which are strategic to the prevention and elimination of the said disease.

Moreover, Dr. Otayza pointed out that all nurses must have inclusive knowledge and skills. She challenged everyone declaring, “Prepare yourselves and prepare the younger people by training and getting more education … for a better career path.” Ms. Efleda Sarah V. Marders, the Chief Nurse, agreed by stressing that nurses have become “exemplary professionals as the highlight of a competence resource” for the institution.

Nurses continuously affirm that the profession has been vital in ensuring a healthy community. Despite the challenges and sacrifices one meets, nurses’ dedication, compassion and competency will never tear down. And as Dr. Otayza emphasized, nurses really are a force to reckon with.

- Ralph A. Giron, RN