Before you get excited, this post is not about any job openings in the US or Canada. This post is about a reflection of the past which begs the question “”Whatever happen to the million-dollar dream of working as a Filipino nurse in the US and Canada?”.
This need for health workers in North America has sparked a frenzy of what I call “expectators” from the Philippines when we see this as our miracle job to alleviate ourselves from the chin-deep poverty issues. I was gasping for air just like you.
Most people view this as their target in life. Survive college whatever it takes, stick with nursing. The work your ass off and invest your money in getting that PRC certificate to show the world that hey, I am a board passer in the Philippines. So now what? Read more
We applaud the Philippine government’s effort to launch a new job employment and training program for the Filipino nurses that is surely win-win situation for all parties involved.
President Arroyo recently announced that about 5,000 Filipino nurses will be deployed to serve as nurses to those in needs. The target beneficiaries are the poorest municipalities which will receive at least 5 assigned Pinoy nurses each.
We said this is a win-win situation for the Filipino nurses that will be benefiting from this because the government is not only trying to give employment money (about P8,000 per month) to those in need but also give opportunities for the Pinoy nurses to train in real hospital work in preparation for the eventual work abroad. Most employers abroad require nurses to have work experience before they accept them.
But the ultimate winners are the Filipino masses who will now be taken cared of by our own nurses at least temporarily. We hope that this P500 Million project will be sustained by the government yearly as this is one of the best decision that the government has taken for the Filipino nurses.
6 Powerful and Effective Tips to Find a Nursing Job Career Opportunity Sooner Than You Expected
Are you a registered nurse and still looking for a job? Do you have the experience and skill needed but your employer does not provide you with exciting career challenges? Do you seek to work abroad for greener pasteur?
Whether you are a pro or a beginner nurse, finding a nursing job isn’t easy nowadays in the Philippines. Not only it is a time consuming and a frustrating process, it also robs you of the opportunity to focus on your career growth and stability
The biggest piece of the puzzle on any job search process is to know where and what to look for in a nursing position that is suited for you. And being proactive here will surely mean so much for you when you are ready to go to work.
We have designed the following 6 powerful and effective tips (and tricks) to take some of the headache out of your search, by giving you some directions and guidance on the steps you need to take to find a job opportunity that is your ideal nursing job.
1. Pay a visit to recruitment or human resources department of hospitals, medical centers and doctor’s offices to inquire about the availability of nursing positions. If there are no vacancies, please offer your resume to remain on their file and ask them to call you should their future openings match your skills.
2. Call nursing recruitment and contract employment agencies. This is a one-to-many strategy. Aligning yourself with a nursing headhunter can give you access to jobs that are often not advertised to the public. The best thing about recruiting agencies is they allow you to apply for positions at multiple companies simultaneously with a single resume submission. The recruiters will be the one to match your resume to all of the available nursing job openings. Once you have a match, they will surely call you.
3. Search the Internet. Searching for work for nurses or nursing jobs on the internet will reveal hundreds of available job opportunities for you. Just be aware that the competition for these open positions is tough since hundreds, if not thousands, of other nurses are also looking at and applying for the same jobs ad.
4. Train for Free. When you don’t have work, then try to gain experience by working for free while you are waiting. By doing so, you are helping the community or the local hospital within your vicinity. This is one of the best ways to get your feet in the door of the medical profession and also gain experience. Experience in real world hospital care is normally a plus to employers especially if you are a new nurse. Consequently, it also gives you a chance to evaluate the organization and nursing department to ensure it is a match with your expectations before applying for the post for the long haul.
5. Check your school. Your Alma Mater often has available positions in the nursing school’s dean’s office or else they can refer you to another organization. Nursing dean advisors are also excellent sources of information on how to network in the industry and get your foot in the door. They are often asked by potential employers who seek fresh nursing graduates rather than experienced nurses. You can ask your former nursing professors too to help you out.
6. Power of Networking. Get your friends, family, and casual acquaintances involved in the search. Through them, other people and organization will know that you are on the market searching for work. Most companies nowadays would hire those that have been recommended and fully vouched for by acquiantances. So it’s really important to spread the news that you are available and seeking a new job opportunity in nursing.
Finding a nursing Job and career opportunity is not an easy task. But Filipinos are known for their resourcefulness. if there’s a will, there’s a way.
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.