Based on what has been reported in many news angle, it seems that the lack of training facility for nursing graduates such as local hospitals, including government-owned and controlled in the Philippines are producing more and more unemployed nurses.
Although many of our unemployed nurses passed the local nursing board, one of the key pain of nursing recruiters in the country is the lack of the nurses’ experience and training in actual hospital work. Without it, they cannot be endorsed to potential foreign employers who are seeking experienced nurses only.
The root cause of the problem is not the oversupply of nurses per se but the lack of government funding even to hire these nurses in the government-owned hospitals. If the government can allocate funds for this and provide even temporary employment to our nurses, then they can go out and find work elsewhere after.
The sad news is, there are reported cases that some new nurses are even sacrificing and more than willing to pay the local hospital just to admit them so they can have work experience in their resumes. This is becoming a trend and some folks are reported to be benefiting from it.
It is also well known that there are a lot of shortage of nurses and doctors in most of the government owned hospitals aside from the scary facilities that have not been refreshed for years due to lack of funding. Some patient are more afraid of contracting sickness inside government hospitals than their ailments.
We urged the Philippine government to look into this funding solution quickly. Adding necessary funding to local government hospitals so they can hire nurses (and doctors) to gain experience is a win-win trade off not only for the nurses but also for the sick Filipino folks as well.
Does Practical Nursing Really Has Badly Affected Supply and Demand for Filipino/Pinoy Nurses Locally and Abroad?
There is a question now if the proliferation of Practical Nursing Courses has badly affected the current supply and demand of nurses in the Philippines and its impact to the impression of potential employers abroad.
Even before, the Philppine Nursing Association (PNA) had reportedly opposed the institutionalization of Practical (PN) in the country and its insertion by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) through a 4-level ladderization of the nursing curriculum. PN is just one of those four levels. The other three are for certified nursing aides (CNA), applied science in nursing (ASN-RN) and registered nursing (RN).
The PNA, an umbrella organization of various nursing groups in the country, earlier said that PN schools only contribute to the dilemma of job availability for registered nurses. The organization said that there is no local demand or specific job positions in the Philippine health care delivery system for Practical Nurses.
Despite this, it did not stop PN schools accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) from pushing for the ladderization of PN and ASN-RN.
Gregory Tyrone Howard, president of the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses in America said Filipino PN graduates could qualify in the US if schools introduce a US-approved PN course.
But this doesn’t solve the issue if the Practical Nursing course is the culprit behind the dwindling job demand for our Registered Nurses. The government should look into this report and see where they need to really control or limit the Practical Nursing courses from even further affecting the Nursing profession in general.
The PRC Board of Nursing has issued a statement recently that they are “hoping” (using the word “maybe” released) to release the results by end of this month following certain incidents of hoax text messages claiming release dates and even passing results percentages. One text message claimed that the passing percentage is only 20% which probably rides on the most recent oversupply news on nurses. The BON said this is not true.
If you receive those text messages, please ignore them and don’t further pass them on to others. The BON promised to expedite the release for the benefit of the awaiting students and parents as well.
The results of the June 2008 Philippine Nursing Board exams will be posted here as soon as we have it.
Call Center Companies in the Philippines are Not Eager to Hire Nursing Graduates as Call Center Agents
Call center companies in the Philippines are not really eager to hire nursing graduates to work as call center agents – rumor says.
Right now, there are many nursing graduates who are still waiting for their applications to be approved locally or abroad. Many of them are already registered nurses (board passers) but was told to wait for a while due to the oversupply scenario we seems to be having now.
These group of nursing hopefuls have to look for a job temporarily while waiting for their visas or applications to be approved. They have to at least help to recoup some of their expenses during their studies in college to become a nurse. Without any slot in local hospitals, what is their next best choice?
The call center industry in the Philippines is the next best job opportunity.
Call centers and BPO companies are thriving in the Philippines for several years now. And there is big hope in the horizon, based on recent reports from economic and business forecasters, that the industry will bring in more jobs in the future. Many college graduates from different professions end up in the call center if they can’t find a job suited to what they studied for. The same is now true for nursing graduates.
However, rumor has it that not many call center companies today are keen on getting these nursing graduates in the industry because of the very poor turnout of quality English speakers. Call center companies are very particular with how the applicants express themselves in English. It is highly probable that the nursing graduates have been tagged as poor English speakers – which I strongly disagree.
Add to this is the doubts of long term commitment from the nursing graduates since they are just waiting for their VISAs or work permits to go abroad to be approved. I think this one is a valid concern. One applicant said that as soon as the recruiters found out that they are nursing graduates, the recruiters are not interested anymore.
No one can blame the call center companies. The call center agents are typically trained for some time and it entails much costs to be invested in them by these companies. On top of that, competition in the industry triggers more costs for hiring making the call center companies become more selective of the candidates that are dedicated and committed to work for the industry to ensure greatest return for their money.
If this is the case, then the future is gloomy for the future nurses. If the oversupply is not addressed and the demand is not created by the Philippine government, we will have a nursing pool added to our unemployment rate.