Nurse named Marvellous sworn into Nat’l Technical Honor Society
Marvellous Undag, LPN of Worcester, Massachusetts will be inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at a ceremony to be held in the spring.
Eligibility for induction into the NTHS is based on a minimum 3.0-grade point average, faculty recommendation, character, leadership, and involvement in extracurricular activities.
Undag, who comes from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, is a student of Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy in Charlton. The honor society “celebrates the accomplishments of career and technical education students empowering them to know the value and impact of their career paths,” said Gretheline Bolandrina, academy director at Bay Path.
It will mark the 7th annual induction ceremony for the academy.
Since 2016, Undaghas been a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Blaire House Long Term Care Facility of Worcester. As a CNA, he has more than five years of experience working in long-term care and focused on dementia care. He is certified in Dementia Care, completed a course on domestic violence, and is Mental Health First Aid-certified. He is a member of the UNICEF Club, helping raise funds and spread awareness for children’s advocacy.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy degree from Davao Doctor’s College in the Philippines. He believes empathy is one of the most essential attributes of a nurse.
“Competence can be drilled into muscle memory and knowledge can be obtained from books, but that sparkle of warmth and concern is a differentiating quality felt by patients under your care,” he said in a statement.
He cared for his grandparents in the final years of their lives. “It was such a privilege, and I did my best to make them feel both comfortable and loved.” He believes he can extend the kind of attentive service to his patients as well.
Undag stated why he wants to be a nurse. “I’ve always found meaning in helping other people, especially the vulnerable and the sick. As an LPN, I would be in my element – personally attending to the needs of my patients, being empathetic to their struggles and pain. The work will provide me with the opportunity to come in and help in a truly consequential way. A nurse’s day can be both tedious and unpredictable. I imagine it will test my commitment to my ideals. But at the end of the day, being there for patients during the most difficult time in their lives, and knowing that I am truly making a difference, that’s the most rewarding vocation.”
Bolandrina said practical nursing (PN) students eagerly look forward to the NTHS induction ceremony each year.
“Making it through nursing school is an achievement, being inducted into the NTHS is another feather in their cap! The PN students juggle school, work, and family life, it is quite a feat to be inducted to the NTHS,” said Bolandrina, who has been organizing the induction ceremony for the last six years. @The FilAm