Looking back as his batch mate and friend through our four years of nursing in Southville, Gino Rosales was never one to attract attention to himself. He never answered a question unless he was asked and it was rare to hear him boast about his achievements. It was also an uncommon sight to see him studying before a quiz or an exam while the rest of us struggled with last minute studying. He had this confidence that I always found admirable. He was always a fast test taker, even during the Nursing Licensure Exam (NLE). I remember him telling me his secret: “Never skip a question. If you don’t know it now, you won’t know it later so just follow your gut feeling.” It made me laugh because I personally think that’s a horrible test taking strategy, but I guess that’s what worked for him since he was always among the top of our batch in college and now, top ten nationwide.
Gino is very charismatic and people would think he has a laid back attitude. He isn’t easy to read but behind his “cool guy” façade, it is clear that he is ambitious and driven. He always talked about his plans after nursing and how he planned to go to UST to take up medicine, which he is currently doing now. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get it, but he also knows and accepts his limitations. He has a way of balancing his time for work and play, a skill that many of us lack and a skill I believe continues to lead him to success. But aside from being the “Megamind” of our batch academically, he has also proven himself in the clinical area. He gave the best possible care to all the patients he was assigned to and demonstrated the qualities of a genuinely caring nurse. Did I ever doubt that he would top the board? I think I speak for the rest of my batch when I say there was never a doubt in my mind that I would find the name “Gino Rosales” from SISC as one of the topnotchers of the 2013 Nursing Licensure Exam.
By Florizza Reyes (BSN Class 2013)
a friend and batch mate
Gino is unlike any other student. As his Coordinator, Clinical instructor and Mentor during his BSN IV journey, I witnessed how he has imbibed Southville International School and Colleges’ (SISC) core values. Along with his exceptional analytical abilities, I personally witnessed how he manifested his commitment to achieve his goal. Truly a driven person, his score of 98% in the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) was expected. For this, he was accepted in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) College of Medicine. Though he did not graduate on top of his class, people expected him to get a high score in the recently concluded Nurse Licensure Examination. So, when his name was listed among the Top Ten, no one got surprised. Moreover, I wouldn’t be surprised in the future if he makes it to the top of the Physician Licensure Examination.
Although he is a highly capable leader, he is the type of student who is not eager to take the lead, preferring to stay in the background. But when he was given an opportunity to take charge as a head nurse during one of our Emergency Room (ER) clinical rotations, he exuded the character of a thoroughgoing pragmatist and I was impressed as to how his organizational and coordinating skills have developed. Despite all his achievements, one of the many things I admire most in Gino is the way he manages his time in maintaining to have an impressive work-life balance.
By Ana Jimenez, RN, MSN, MAP
SISC BSN Level IV Coordinator