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
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.
Several concerned groups have been asking CHED to look closely into the review and control of nursing schools operating in the Philippines particularly those schools without proper training facilities and tie ups with local hospitals to train their graduates. This came after the oversupply issue on Filipino nurses raised concerns for more production.
CHED was quick to react that the commission cannot just close down a school just because it does not have connections with local hopsitals needed to train the future nurses. However, CHED realizes that indeed a lot of nursing schools have been performing below expectations and metrics set by the commission. CHED promised to act on these schools immediately.
In the meantime, thousands of board passers who studied from those ill-connected schools have no experience at all in the hospital environment making them inadmissible to foreign job opportunities. And for those lucky nurses who are able to get employment appears to have lack of experience in specialized fields like ICU, medical surgery, nicu, emergency, dialysis and cardiac care that are the most sought-after skills needed by foreign hospitals.
This problem will continue to grow if CHED will not act on it quickly.
Now the truth, once again, hurts. Nursing is not anymore a sure ticket to work abroad. Can you believe it?
If you are a Pinoy high school student reading this and you are still thinking of taking up Nursing as your college course, think again.
The recent reports of oversupply in the nursing profession and dwindling job opportunities here and abroad should make you cringe to think about how you can recover the expensive cost of taking up nursing and ending up unemployed at the end of 4 years. (No not again.)
Think about your parents and their expectations. Think about your own future. Do you really want to be a nurse someday to help sick people? Or do you want to take up nursing just to work abroad and make more money?
The key is to take up nursing right now for the right reasons thereby embedding in you and your families the right expectations. If your families are pressuring you to become a nurse for money, tell them it’s not the right time.
As it stands right now, most students take up Nursing without much heart into it. Others really want to become accountants, engineers, lawyers and other profession but was forced to take up Nursing in the hopes of becoming rich and making it big abroad like their predecessors have testified in advertisements from nursing schools. Others are influenced by their parents as a get-rich quick scheme to lift their families from the poverty line. This maybe one of the reasons why some nurses perform poorly at work.
The lure of Nursing to many Pinoy high school students is money from abroad. Again, I am not saying all but many or shall we say majority of the youth is geared to that direction. If you don’t agree with that statement, fine. I can hear ya.
But I am sure you will agree that some (again not all) parents force their children to take up Nursing for this reason only – money abroad. Many are brainwashed by the testimonies of successful Nurses abroad to come and take their chances as well.
So it’s the same bait those unscrupulous and incompetent fly-by-night nursing schools have been drooling in your face. But don’t bite that easily. If you do not watch the trend in your chosen profession and do not look beyond the obvious, you will be swindled – easily.
When money is not everything to you, then that’s the time to really take up Nursing. Otherwise, we advise you to think it through. Your future is at stake here.
We know that many Pinoy high school students planning to take up Nursing will be disheartened to see this blog but nevertheless we feel that we need to educate and bring light to the problem at hand – the expected oversupply in the future for the nursing profession.
It’s the law of supply and demand that is at work here. Excessive workforce supply without demand for work equals unemployment for Pinoy nurses. That’s a universal economic law and it bites us every time. It’s the same law that propels the prices of oil and other commodities you pay for your hard earned money. It goes up and down over time. Rumour has it that call center companies are not so eager to hire nursing graduates as call center agents.
Like you, we can only hope for the best. It’s your choice still but weigh your options based on the trends that you see today. Again the key is to take up nursing right for the right reasons. Taking up a profession is a decision with lifelong impact. You should really think of what you really want to do with your life in the future without regretting any of your decisions later.
And remember, the heart of taking up Nursing and becoming a Nurse is to help and care for sick people. If you don’t have that in your heart and you are only there for the money and to work abroad, then you may just be disappointed later.