“I was just an average student.”
This is how Dianne Joy P. De Guzman describes herself, that’s why placing 10th in the June 2013 Nursing Licensure Examinations came as a total surprise to her.
But with her recent feat, De Guzman showed that nothing is impossible with pure hardwork and determination.
She also showed that the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU), through Gov. Manuel C. Ortega’s scholarship program, supports students who truly excel.
Governor Ortega commended the achievement of De Guzman in a courtesy call on July 15, 2013 at the Office of the Governor, Provincial Capitol Building.
“My scholarship made me strive,” De Guzman said, adding that her scholarship motivated her to at least do good in her studies. In the scholarship program, student-beneficiaries have to maintain a general average of atleast 85 per semester.
She also said that her scholarship helped her family defray some of her school fees, which was very helpful since her degree program, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, was quite financially-demanding.
A PGLU scholar since freshman, De Guzman received P6,000.00 per semester from the PGLU. She used such stipend on books, special projects, and as an additional allowance especially when rendering clinical duties in various hospitals in the province.
In her experiences as a student nurse, De Guzman has observed the plight of indigent patients in public hospitals in the province. This motivated her to render her professional services in a government hospital. “This is my way of giving back,” De Guzman enthused, saying that serving the poor gives her a more rewarding feeling.
Five years from now, De Guzman sees herself as a Nurse Specialist, “probably as Nurse Anesthesiologist or Dialysis Nurse.”
De Guzman finished BS Nursing last March 2013 at Union Christian College, San Fernando City. She took the nursing board exams in June 2013.