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
The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) reported earlier this month that there are now close to 200,000 jobless nurses in the country and this number is expected to rise further with the measly budget allocated for public hospitals next year.
Because of lesser and lesser opportunities abroad, the Filipino nurse is forced to wait for the right timing to even get a job locally.
“This is depressing.” Said one of the nurses who recently passed the 2010 Nursing Licensure Exams. “We have toiled in school and during the review and now what?”. Yet still, there are still parents who are pushing their kids to go to the nursing profession.
PNA executive director Maristela Abenojar said that there are Read more
The PRC finally announced the successful addition of 39,455 new Filipino nurses as board passers in the November 2008 Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE) out of 88,649 nursing board examinees or a passing percentage of 44.51%.
Oathtaking ceremony of the successful board passers in the said Filipino nursing examination in the city of Manila will be held before the Board on Monday and Tuesday, April 6 and 7, 2009, with morning (8:00 A.M.) and afternoon (1:00 P.M.) sessions at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Those board passers from previous exams who have not taken their Oath of Professional are invited to join as well.
All oathtakers must come in their white gala uniform, nurses cap, white duty shoes, without earrings, hair not touching the collar and without corsage.
Those who will register in the Roster of Registered Professionals are required to bring the following requirements:
1. Duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal,
2. Current Community Tax Certificate (cedula),
3. Two (2) pieces passport size picture (colored with white background and complete name tag),
4. One (1) piece 1″ x 1″ picture (colored with white background and complete name tag),
5. Two (2) sets of metered documentary stamps
6. One (1) short brown envelope with name and profession;
In addition to the above, new Pinoy nurses shall pay the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2009-2012. Registrants should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.
BTW – Tickets for the Oathtaking ceremonies for those in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby regions will be available at the Philippines Nurses Association (PNA) at 1663 F.T. Benitez Street, Malate Manila, starting March 2, 2009.
Please see the BON website: www.bonphilippines.org for information about regional oathtaking schedules in your area.
Congratulations to all new Filipino Nurses!
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.