This is further aggravated by the fact that nurses who were scheduled to retire or move to other jobs have postponed their plans, some because their spouses lost jobs or because of substantial losses in retirement savings.
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
This year 2009, Japan will recruit Filipino nurses and caregivers for training and employment under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA). This was disclosed by Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque in a recently announced statement.
As reported in this blog last year, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Japan International Corp. of Welfare Services (JICWELS) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) providing for the recruitment of Filipino nurses and caregivers to Japan under the Framework for the Movement of Natural Persons of JPEPA, which came into force Dec.11 last year.
There have been strong oppositions to JPEPA by some local groups including the Philippine Nurses Association as they believed that this agreement between the Philippines and Japan is disadvantageous to Filipino nurses. Other sectors that are against JPEPA are afraid that this agreement can become the “template” to exploit other Filipino professionals in exchange for good economic relations with Japan.
In defense, Mr. Roque said the MoU provides for the roles and responsibilities of the two parties and the working conditions for the nurses and caregivers that would ensure their welfare and protection. He said the hiring program would initially recruit 200 nurses and 300 caregivers whom the POEA would endorse to JICWELS.
Mr. Roque said the Pinoy nurses and caregivers will have a fully transparent employment contract and that they will receive the same salaries as that of Japanese counterparts based on similar tasks and qualifications.
Part of the agreement is to train the Filipino nurses primarily on language prior to actual deployment to Japanese hospitals working under the supervision of a Japanese “kangoshi” who will conduct familiarization activities on culture and the Japanese system. While under training, the candidates will receive allowance of not less than ¥40,000 or more than P21,000 per month. Airfare to Japan will be shouldered by employers or the Japanese government.
Registered nurses with at least three years experience are qualified to apply for training and employment in Japan. Qualified Filipino nurses and candidates can apply with the POEA or through the agency’s Web site www.eregister.poea.gov.ph.
Healthcare nursing job opportunities in the US is now, more than ever, real than projected years ago. The expected nursing shortage as far back as early 2000 which the the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) have predicted has now compounded to unexpected scale. Hospitals and healtcare institution are now feeling the bite of the shortage in their facilities.
Several causes of nursing shortage have been accurately pinpointed (as predicted long ago).
1. Small enrollees for nursing profession can fill seats of aging nurses – Despite the fact that enrollment numbers for nursing programs in schools have increased slightly recently, experts believe that such an increase is not even enough to fill the projected demand for nurses over the new few years. Fact is, some experts estimate that the enrollment numbers for younger people entering nursing programs would have to increase exponentially, by at least 40 percent annually, to meet the increasing demand for nurses as older registered nurses, or RNs, retire from the work force.
2. Lack of faculty to educate and train nurses – The sad fact however is that enrollment cannot increase in the desired numbers simply because of limiting factors placed on nursing programs. It has been estimated that about two-thirds of nursing schools turned aspiring and qualified applicants away because of lack of staff and facilities to teach them. Without the institution and the faculty to educate and train the nurses, more and more youth will divert their attention to other profession. Nursing programs in the country are not well funded and cannot afford the staff, laboratories, and clinical facilities required to fulfill the needs of more nursing students.
3. Aging American population – Of course, as more and more baby boomers retire and age, the need for more nurses to care for them also increases. However, because of the shortage of facilities and lack of funding to train new nurses as discussed above, hospitals, healthcare and other medical facilities are experiencing a scary shortage that can hamper the American health care system if not addressed soonest.
4. Inability to Import Nurses – Each year thousands and thousands of qualified nurses abroad wants to work in the States and help care their population in exchange for work and money. However, the visa retrogression is preventing the inflow of new nurses to the United States until a law will ease up the US Visa issue. This nursing shortage will just be compounded by the lack of new nurses entering the work force as older RNs choose to retire.
There are many other reasons why more and more nurses are going out of the system but the above are major ones. Others include attractive pay from other profession, nursing burnouts (due to shortage), lack of funding for nurses development and inadequate attention to nurses needs.