While reading along for new nursing jobs that may help our Filipino nurses find one, I stumble upon a very interesting news online. Read this Pinoy nurses and maybe you will salivate on the prospects of getting to the US again.
According to the most recent data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average registered nurse (RN) salary is $66,530 in the United States. Despite the fact that the economy today is worse than it was during that same time period, this is $7,000 higher than the average nursing salary five years ago .
This is good news for those interested in healthcare professions as it shows that healthcare is fairly recession proof although the demand for nurses really seems to plateau lately. While the bad economy in the US seems to have affected the majority of professions, other medical fields, aside from nursing, are also doing well.
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The Philippine government should struck more win-win deals with foreign countries interested in our Filipino nurses as well as other health professionals according to former DOH Secretary Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan.
In his keynote speech during the 27th anniversary of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD-DoST), Tan said there is a need for international support for ethical framework of recruitment, citing the high demand for Filipino nurses abroad.
You will note that not many Pinoys are happy with the JPEPA deal with Japan citing that this is too onerous to the Philippines and more one sided in favor of Japan. Although this is the case, the Agreement was implemented amidst protest to it.
Mr. Tan added that the Philippine government is forging now a joint or multi-country research data and action program on health human resource development among importing and exporting countries. He also hope that this year, we will be able to establish a Philippines-Canada, Philippines-Finland, and Philippines-Bahrain trust fund for human resource development given that these countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Philippine government as equity partners in International Health Care in 2007 to 2008.
We are also hoping for the best. Kudos to Dr. Tan for his continuous support for Pinoy Nurses and healthworkers.
The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) revealed that Pinoy nurses will still be very much in demand in the near future in developed countries.
This comes after the government helped the hiring of Filipino nurses in the Middles East which remains consistently high while Australia needs 200T Filipino nurses. Other countries that are opening up for Filipino nurses are Japan, Spain and Canada while deployment of Filipino nurses for the United Kingdom has dwindled.
The United States government, on the other hand, is fast tracking the nursing education for training their local nurses which might affect the number of deployment of Filipino nurses wanting to migrate there. This is expected to be counteracted by two house bills pending in US Congress that will open the hiring of foreign nurses to address the shortage of healthcare professionals in the US.
US Labor Department estimates that they will need 500,000 nurses between 2016 until 2025 as there will be millions of elderly people within this period and training their local nurses will not be enough to attend to the needs of the growing aging population.
This is why it is extremely important for the Philippines to uplift the quality of the nurses today especially in the communication skills as well as hands-on experience as these will be the edge of the Filipino nurses when they work overseas.
Seems to be a good news to all Filipinos who are aspiring to work in Canada. DOLE announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the province of Alberta, Canada for at least 10,000 job opportunities in the province alone. DOLE is looking at 20,000 more jobs coming in from other provinces.
The shortage for skilled and technical workers in Canada has pushed the Canadian government to seek the help of the local labor department who is more than willing to support this endeavour. Consequently, thousands of Pinoy nurses are expected to apply for the posts required by hospitals and nursing institutions in Canada.