When I asked Ruth Valerie what influential advice she has received from her elders, it was clear that family and faith play an important role in her life. School was a rollercoaster ride for her, but she recently received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is currently a professional nurse at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Manila, Philippines. She continues living with gusto every day with bounds of contagious energy.
There’s a reason she likens nursing school to boot camp:
If I were to look back on my nursing school years, I would say that I would NEVER EVER want to go back in time to that period, LIKE EVER! Why? Because it was during those years that I was trained to acquire the “KSA” (Knowledge, Skill, Attitude) and the process stretched me beyond my limits.
I had the longest classes (7am to 6pm) and the longest clinical exposure (16 hours straight of duty in a hot, stinky, bacteria- and virus-infected hospital). On these duty days, we were expected to report to school by 5am on the dot, and since I didn’t want to be late, I did my best to arrive at 4:45am. This was really hard for me because I had to wake up at 4 in the morning though pouring tears (I even made a parody of Gwen Stefani’s song “4 in the Morning”) because, according to my clinical instructors, no excuse was good enough to be late. Aside from being very prompt, we were also checked for: clean white shoes, hair neatly tied up in a bun, short nails, make-up, and complete hospital paraphernalia. Really! It seemed like I was in boot camp all those years!
Despite the long struggle, she made her way through and here’s what she attributes her success to:
My grandfather is a person I really admire and look up to, but my dad has granted me the most valuable advice over the years. My dad always reiterates two things: “seek ways to learn something new each day, and always seek the Lord.” Learning just one thing daily wherever God places you to be at that time can make you grow 365 times yearly! This thought pressures me at times, but I remind myself to take it as a challenge.
I’ve realized that no one is born with a complete package deal…and people become truly successful when they keep on trying. On top of everything, my dad also tells us to walk with the Lord daily. It really is important because I personally find it frustrating and tiring to always plan my life. I really do! It is the Lord’s love, guidance, and promises that make this career path worth it!
Let me just leave you with my favorite verse, Proverbs 16:3 — “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”