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Oversupply of Nurses in the Philippines? Do You Even Care?

August 20, 2008 · Filed Under Insights · 2 Comments 

Just recently, I learned that one of my dear cousins have passed the June 2008 nursing board exams. I was able to speak with her today and congratulated her at their oath-taking ceremonies for passing the board held at SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia. Like many of her collegues at the oath-taking, all are happy and excited in their white uniforms.

After the oath-taking, I asked her about her plans for the future. As she pointed out, she wants to work in the US where our Aunt lives and has already committed to support her initially once she is there. However, like many others, she is not expecting to get a job soon. With the problems in the US economy still on-going coupled with the retrogression issue, there is a strong possibility that she’ll end up working more years here than she intended.

The problem is she still have to find work after this. I asked her if she believed that there is an oversupply of Pinoy nurses and how it will badly affect her. She said she is not aware of this at the moment.

That’s quite startling to know since the oversupply issue has been around even before these board passers came into the profession. I guess the saying that “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” is true here. She doesn’t seem to care as of the moment.

I don’t want to spoil the celebration of the family so I decided to be silent for the rest of the day. I even joined her oath-taking pictures after the ceremonies smiling. But in the back of my mind, I know that there is a challenge for all these new nurses once they get their feet wet in the profession.

I can only wish the best for her and the rest of those who took their oath today. Who the hell cares anyway?

You, do you care?

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