There are a lot of professions in the world that an individual can choose from. However, finding the right fit for the right person is not always easy. Choosing the right profession is a very important matter for me. I don’t consider it something to be thought of haphazardly or chosen randomly since it will be a lifetime commitment. Once you have chosen your profession, it must be something that you are happy with. Once you choose your profession, there is no turning back.
When I was little, I noticed that I have this huge empathy for people, especially the sick ones. I really want to take care of people. That is why I consider nursing as the profession that I want to pursue in college. I find it very interesting because not only will it benefit the people that I want to take care of, but also it gives me satisfaction that I’ve wanted since I was a kid.
Although there are some who see nursing as a field inferior to physicians, I still find it very interesting because it is very essential to every healthcare facility. Because I haven’t started college yet, there is little that I know about nursing. I know that it deals with the anatomy of people and a lot more about biological sciences. It also involves a little bit of mathematics. However, as my passion for nursing grew stronger, I started to research more things about the field to help me prepare for the field of nursing.
With the help of journal articles and other internet sources, I began to learn more things about the field that I want to pursue. I really want to research all the important things that I can find because I am really interested in nursing. I know that wanting to be a nurse is not enough to be a good nurse. It takes a lot of effort and initiative to be prepared in becoming a good nurse.
As I went through my research, I found out that there is more to nursing than just learning the human anatomy in the academy. There is more to nursing than just memorizing every single part of the body. In order to be a good nurse, you have to be prepared not just mentally, but also emotionally and physically. Being a committed nurse is like taking the commitment that you will take care of every person who gets sick. A nurse is just as busy as the doctors in the hospital (or even busier).
A nurse has to learn to work in different kinds of environments and situations. A nurse must not only work with all the standards in mind, but she must also be flexible in order to cope with different environments and working conditions. I also found out that nurses deal with high tech-equipment and other cutting-edge facilities every day. Thereofre, a nurse should not be stuck to what she has learned in college, but also must be aware and updated of the advancements in technology. Just like what I said earlier, a nurse will also deal with mathematics. I found out that this is necessary for nurses because nurses must be logical and are also responsible in decision making in the hospital (`Nursing Basics,` 2003).
Aside from the academic requirements, I also learned that there is a “personality’ requirement for nurses. A nurse has to have human relations skills since they will be dealing with people every day. And, they must also show a different level of compassion for people since they must always be willing to help people. The last sentence is the reason why I really like to be a nurse. I am very compassionate when it comes to people especially to the elderly. I really want to take care of the elderly because they are the group of people that are neglected most of the time. I really have this huge compassion for the elderly since they are often ignored by many people. I want to pay attention to them so that, at least, they would feel that there is a single person who still cares for them.
Aside from the requirements of being a nurse, I also encountered some popular news about the field of nursing. I learned that there has been a nurse shortage for a very long time now and that Peter Hecht (2007) even said that “California faces a shortfall of 12,000 full-time registered nurses in seven years unless state universities and community colleges admit more nursing students and reduce dropout rates”. By reading this, I realized that nursing is really a good profession because of the competitive compensation. However, I was also saddened by the fact that many of the students today take up nursing just because of the compensation. It is sad to know that many people resort to taking up nursing even if they really don’t want to take care of people. This would in turn, I believe, result to poor performance in the workplace.
Yes, there really is a nurse shortage happening not only I the United States but also all over the world. Because of this, a lot of people are taking up nursing which also resulted to the emergence of many nursing schools. In some Asian countries like the Philippines, several nursing schools were established because of the growing demand for nurses. This is actually great because since there is a nurse shortage. However, some of these schools fail to meet the standards of the government that is why there are many nurses who do not qualify for a job because they did not pass the licensure exams for nurses (Estella, 2005).
There is also news that I encountered that many doctors in the Philippines study nursing just to work abroad because of a much competitive compensation (Tabunar, 2007). I find it really ironic because many people dream of becoming a doctor while in that particular country, doctors are giving up their jobs and take up nursing just for the money. Well, I can’t blame them since the Philippines is a third world country and there are more opportunities for them abroad than in their own country. However, it is also sad to know that there are people who do not take nursing seriously but just job in which you earn money. As for myself, I consider nursing a passion and not just a job in which I want to earn money from. Of course, a good compensation is also a good thing, but nursing does not have to be limited to that. It takes a lot of passion and hard work to excel in the field of nursing.
When my family and friends talk about universities and colleges, the famous topics are: Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Cambridge, and Tufts. Although I find these schools very appealing, I want my future school to be something that can bring out my nursing potential and can really train me with the right nursing skills. I have been very happy in the two year program I am currently studying in at Columbus State Community College, but now am ready to move on to a great four-year program.
Luckily I got the chance to interview my aunt who is living in Seattle and she suggested a school there. She said that the University of Washington ranks number one in America when it comes to nursing. She even told me “You should pursue your career there! That school has ranked number one since 1984 in the field of nursing. I’d be happy to see you as one of their highly-skilled nurses.” With this, I had more hopes on becoming one of the greatest nurses in the country. I decided to do some research to find out if my aunt is correct and indeed she is. The University of Washington is the leading school in the country when it comes to the field of nursing. I am looking forward to studying there and pursue my dream profession. I would love to see myself graduating from that school summa cum laude with the degree in nursing.
Estella, C. (2005). Nursing schools peddle dreams The Manila Times.
Hecht, P. (2007). Nurse shortage looming in state, says legislative analyst. Knight Ridder Tribune Business News, Page 1.
Nash, Sarah. (2007). Interview with the author on August 12, 2007.
Nursing Basics. (2003). Retrieved August 14, 2007, from http://www.futuresinnursing.org/basics/index.shtml
Tabunar, G. (2007). From Doctors to Nurses: In The Philippines, Some M.D.`s Are Turning To Nursing Instead. Retrieved August 14, 2007, from http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/08/01/asia_letter/main3121592.shtml
Oppressed Group Behavior: An Experience
Oppressed group behavior in nursing is not a new phenomenon. So on joining the profession, one was quite aware that one would be subject to such behavior. This was anticipated in two forms, one was vertical from the medical practitioners and the other was horizontal from one’s fellow nurses. However when there was a barrage from both ends, this was truly a revealing experience for me.
This experience occurred when placed on night duty in emergency surgery for a continuous period of one week. This was quite exceptional in the hospital where I was working and initially I took it as a challenge and decided to prove myself by excelling in emergency care to my patients. However after a lapse of just about two weeks when I was again placed on night watch in emergency surgery, I was taken aback and knew that something was amiss. So I walked up to the nursing head in charge of duties but was rudely rebuffed with the remarks that it was not my right to demand a duty of my choice. For the first time I recognized that I was probably becoming a victim of what Freire (1970) has said about oppression as a phenomenon when one person stops anthers quest for affirming himself as a responsible person.
The feeling of vertical oppression struck hard when during the course of this tour, the doctor in charge of surgery verbally abused me for inefficiency and incompetence bringing me close to tears.
However I went back to study the phenomenon of oppressed work groups, identified the pattern and then devised coping strategies. First and foremost was to avoid anger and go about fighting oppression systematically. So I collected information of the duty pattern of all my colleagues officially and presented it to the nursing head indicating that she had been unjust to me. Seeing solid evidence she relented and compensated me in duty hours at night over the entire year. Then I formally approached the surgery in charge in person and requested him to tell me my weaknesses. He was surprised and stated that he had been sniping at me merely to get over his own pressures. Soon word spread that I was not to be messed around and I could enjoy my passion for caring without any oppression.
1. Freire, Paulo. (1970). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Herder and Herder.
Product Launch Strategy Hi-fi To Nutriment
A market breakthrough in the 21st century is measured on how a product will warrant and sustain the needs of customers within its calculable life use. Apex Pharmamedicals Pty. Ltd. is very confident of the multivitamins / dietary supplement innovation it has developed in its latest offering in the vitamin product genre, called: “NUTRIMENT”. The meticulous, scientific development process of Nutriment met all standards of the entire world market for dietary supplements that categorically and rightfully sustain an adult daily value requirement for minerals and nutrients.
The confidence that NUTRIMENT brings about is an illustration of how the holistic, wellness and healthy outlook that the majority of mankind in the modern, urbane, first world economies have geared itself to. It has been well spoken of and reviewed that the tendencies and affirmations of most of the adults in the said market segments go to all lengths to sustain a healthy and energetic lifestyle. The need for said healthy and energetic lifestyle is a tool to enable such adults to meet the rigours of their careers, their domestic demands, their social inclinations and their future plans.
NUTRIMENT is an answer to the committed vision of the adults of such market segment. It is therefore envisioned that NUTRIMENT must be rightfully launched through a dynamic, outreaching, and fun technique, method and strategy: “Hi-Five!” indeed.
A foundation has been set to be the basis of the optimism that clouts the product launch. A survey has been conducted amongst the retail outlets of the medical product industry. The druggists and the pharmacies have been tapped to share their insights that support the enthusiasm and the methodology of the launch.
The “Nutriment” Perspective
Apex Pharmamedicals Pty. Ltd. undertook all efforts to take on board chemists, scientists and doctors from cross cultural spectrum of health and wellness knowledge. A product development team that consists of medical and health professionals from Asia, North America and Europe studied and conceptualised the creation of NUTRIMENT.
The team exchanged knowledge and expertise and shared unanimous commonality in their definition of the right elixir towards wellbeing. Principles of herbal and natural attributes of elements were considered as prime and important in coming up with the right formula for the ideal multivitamins
One of the guiding principles in the creation of NUTRIMENT is as outlined by Lycle MacWilliam, BSc, MSc, FP – “a respected biochemist and former member of the Canadian Parliament”. In his book ‘Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements’ he outlined the criteria he used to compare existing multivitamin brands and their efficacy: completeness; potency; bioavailability; bioactivity of Vitamin E; cardiac health triad; homocysteine reduction triad; bone health complex; antioxidant triad; glutathione support; metabolic support; bioflavonoid profile; phenolic compound profile; lipotropic factors; and potential toxicities. (The Multivitamin Guide, 2007 Edition)
The policy, principle and perspective that unanimously guided and implemented on NUTRIMENT considered general compliance of the suitability of the formulation; economic friendliness of cost and product composition that will be suitable for any weather condition for a year long production program.
The recommended dietary allowance is likewise a paramount and prime consideration. “The RDA represents the establishment of a nutritional norm for planning and assessing dietary intake of essential nutrients considered to be adequate to meet the known needs of practically all healthy people.” (RDA, 1998-2008). Therefore, the formulaic, nutritional composition of NUTRIMENT is as outlined in the Nutriment Nutritional Information, identified herein.
The product presentation of NUTRIMENT is in softgel capsule, packed in a 7-day series multi-coloured foil strips. The selling style is on a per 30-capsule strip sheet. It is priced on retail at £.0.10 per capsule, or £.3.00 per sheet. The softgel presentation is a dynamic approach to the easy and smooth swallowing of the capsule.
The objective of the outer packing presentation is to make NUTRIMENT manageable and user-friendly in the dosage intake of the customer. Each line of the foil strip sheet is composed of 7 capsules, representing a Monday to Sunday once a day dosage. Each day is color coded. The visual accessibility of such color provision will therefore assist the customer in discerning whether a dosage has been taken.
Synopsis Of The Prevailing Multivitamins Market
Apex Pharmamedicals puts premium on the viability of the retail store segment of the market to augment the thrust and the product positioning for NUTRIMENT. It conducted an opinion survey feedback as per the attached summary referred.
The survey was conducted on random sampling with open-ended questions. There were 50 druggists/pharmacists stores that were randomly pinpointed that operate on a cross section area of the metropolis.
Their years of existence in the business were not considered in the parameters of their ability to participate in the survey. The focus of the opinion mix is merely to avail of their most recent experience in servicing the multivitamins needs and purchases of their customers.
Neither did the survey consider the size of the store business because first hand customer behaviour and reaction about multivitamin brands is the simple object of the feedback sought. The demographics and population size of the environs of the retail druggists/pharmacist were likewise not considered because the health outlook of a community was meanly assessed on the frequency of the experiences of sales of multivitamins that the druggists/pharmacists encountered.
The survey has a two-fold purpose: one, is to gather random opinion on the health and wellness perspective of adults in the community. Two, is to simultaneously make the druggist/pharmacists store know in advance that NUTRIMENT is going to be introduced to the market. The conduct of the survey was implemented with a “back-to-back” sampling, pre-launch technique. The researchers handed out a “weekly strip” as samples, together with flyers and brochures describing NUTRIMENT.
The survey tackled the opinions of the respondents on two aspects: a market assessment, dwelling on the overall nature of the customers the druggists/pharmacists encounter, and, a product assessment, dwelling on the overall criteria of saleability of multivitamins.
The survey reflected a healthy market assessment whereby the costumers generally discern on their own as to the quality of the multivitamins they purchase. The intervention of health providers and/or medical practitioners in prescribing the pertinent multivitamins is of minimal occurrence.
Therefore, there is a major responsibility on the part of Apex Pharmamedical to ensure astute product knowledge on the merits of NUTRIMENT. And because of the mature and discerning freedom of adult multivitamin customers on the product they choose, the druggists/pharmacists unanimously believe on the growth track of the consumption and patronage of the genre.
In assessing a multivitamin product, it is the unanimous random opinion of the respondents that product integrity is a run-away in the decision of adult consumers. The stock / counter availability of a brand / product and price merited normal consideration in the experience of the respondents. Therefore, customers can be patient in waiting for availability of stock and will consider lead time for their purchases to ensure that the continuity of their dosage is sustained. It is very interesting to note that packaging is the least of all considerations by customers as based on the random opinion, observation and experience of the druggists/pharmacists. This is the reason why Apex Pharmaceuticals did a breakthrough in “playing” on the sense of enthusiasm on novelty of consumers when they encounter NUTRIMENT in such a most dynamic, innovative packaging.
The illustrative interpretation of the unanimous reaction of the respondents show that the positive assessment of the overall market / the adult consumers (M.A.) and of the general multivitamins products (P.A.) supercede way much ahead than any negative assessment:
On overall scale, the respondents illustrated (even randomly) a positive outlook on the multivitamins industry. At the end of the day, a sustained, commendable three-fold relationship of Apex with retailers; Apex with customers; and Apex with its employees will outdo the result of the survey.
An Overview of “Hi-Five To Nutriment”:
The theme of the launch is: “Hi-Five to NUTRIMENT”. This is for purposes of signifying the pinnacle that NUTRIMENT has qualified itself within the standards required by the medical world to sustain well-being, holistics and health amongst adult consumers.
The launch is a categorical presentation of NUTRIMENT to the market. The congruent comprehensiveness of the product – from formulation to packaging has been conclusively accomplished by Apex Pharmamedicals Pty. Ltd. product development department and team.
Now, the public relations aspect of the launch is to augment all the efficiency and effective undertaking of Product Development. The launch generally aims to: “[put in place] selected appropriate launch messages; prepare the company representatives for public presentations [relations]; getting non-disclosure agreements signed; identify and use third-party advocates; pre-brief analysts and reporters; getting media coverage; and arranging public speaking engagements; build [excite] public anticipation; get reactions/comments” (Hart, 2005)
Therefore, the extent of public relations mileage for a product launch can be heightened through a luncheon conference. The launch is strictly by invitation only. It is expected that there will be 200 potent invitees. The first part is a product conference that will generally present NUTRIMENT in the most entertaining and awesome method.
The film presentation of NUTRIMENT will outline the history of the formulation; the composition of the formulation; the status of the well-being health industry and tendencies of the adult consumers and endorsements from well-reputed authorities in the industry.
There will be brief participations from the President and Chief Executive Officer; Vice-President for Product Development and Vice-President for Sales and Marketing Development of Apex Pharmamedicals to do the courtesies and honours of introductions and acknowledgements.
- The luncheon proper will be spiced with entertainment. And there will be launch kits that will be distributed to the attendees.
- The outline of the program of the launch is as outlined in the attached marked
Launch Logistics And Costs
“Hi-Five to Nutriment” will be held in The Park Lane Hotel-Sheraton. The launching of NUTRIMENT will come in two parts: the first part is the pre-launch activities, comprising of a press conference and one page print advertisements in major weekend newspapers. Initially establishing the presence of NUTRIMENT in this manner is a most imminent method of reaching out to customers. “Reaching customers. Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, ‘Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.’ The reality is that even if you did, no one would find you. Even when you know who your prospects are, it’s usually difficult and costly to reach them. You have to connect via ads in print, broadcast media, or the Internet, through direct mail, telemarketing, e-mail, or the old fashioned way — by cold calling or through references……. So be sure you know how you are going to find and reach them.” (Wadhwa, 2006)
With a concrete press relations establish, it will augment the launch programme proper. The buzz word will spread like wildfire, so to speak. To be highlighted by the scintillating event proper, there is no going except NUTRIMENT to become indeed a brand that will capture even the non-captives of the health and well being market.
Target Customers And Audience
The product launch of NUTRIMENT will be by invitation only. The guest list will be prepared by the consolidated effort of the Executive Office; the Product Development Office and the Sales and Marketing Office. There are approximately 200 invitees expected.
The composition of the guest list is made up of the following: doctors / internist / medical practitioners; health and fitness experts; druggists/pharmacists retailing entrepreneurs / existing retailing customers of Apex; and stakeholders of Apex Pharmamedicals Pty. Ltd. A non-government / civic / advocacy group with health and wellbeing and holistic agenda will be well considered to form part of the invitees. The press will likewise have to be invited.
“Nutriment”: Nourishing Naturally – The Prospect
The prospect of the commendable product and brand positioning of NUTRIMENT after the launch requires a tremendous amount of follow up. “A Hi-Five to Nutriment” is not a “be-all” and/or an “end-all” of the marketing campaign. It is most imminent that the immediate networking reaction be monitored and recorded.
Meanwhile, any and all investments on the development, launch and eventual marketing of NUTRIMENT will be tremendously worthy – considering that the wellness and health patrons will be catered to its breakthrough.
- THE MULTIVITAMIN GUIDE (2007 edition). “What are the Best Multivitamin Brands On The Market” http://docstoc.com/docs/document-preview.aspx?doc_id=405307
- RDA – RECOMMENDED DIETARY ALLOWANCE OF NUTRITIONAL ELEMENTS (1998-2008). Zest for Life Specialized Vitamin Supplements http://www.anyvitamins.com/rda.htm
- COUNTDOWN TO PRODUCT LAUNCH (Part II). 2006. Vivek Wadhwa. http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/may2006/sb20060512_948264.htm
- STRATEGIES FOR OPTIMAL PRODUCT LAUNCH. 2005. Mark A. Hart Product Development and Management Association, Southern California Chapter http://www.pdmasocal.org/socalpresentations/0501719MarkHartPres.pdf