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Struggles of a Philippine Nurse

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For a better understanding of the nursing profession in a developing country, we have delved into the life of nurses in one of our destination countries, the Philippines. Compare the benefits and the medical setting in your home country with the nursing opportunities abroad.

In the Philippines, it is almost everyone’s dream to be a nurse or to have a nurse in the family. After 4 years of hitting the books and coping with the sky-rocketing tuition fees, the fruition of a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing open windows of opportunity to the overseas market for a comfortable life or so they believe. Landing a job in a hospital in the USA and earning $s after passing all requirements is every learner’s dream. The road is bumpy, there are a lot of obstacles to overcome before you can reach your goal.

The Plight of a Registered Nurse

After completing the course you have to review for the Nursing Board Exam. About 2 to 3 months of non-stop review and it’s off to the licensure exams. After a few months of waiting, passers have their oath-taking and a step closer to their promised land. Afterwards, it’s an endless application to any hospital to get the necessary training in intravenous insertion, basic life support, BLS and ACLS with ECG and Intubation and more. Your status of employment in the hospital would be as a volunteer with or without pay or you have to shell out some money to pay for on-the-job training. The cost of a regular training is about PHP 1,000 per month and well-known hospitals charge between PHP 8,000 and 15,000 per month. Without any money to pay for trainings it’s goodbye to clinical experience.

What happens to those unfortunate nurses without the money for training? Others find work in other fields that are not related to the nursing profession like a call center agent. Some wind up with hospitals that are far from home and work as volunteers without pay. Or be included in the list of unemployed.

Salary of a Registered Nurse

From the Department of Labor and Employment, Philippines, an entry-level registered nurse, less than 5 years of experience, hired by hospitals receive PHP 9,757 per month, government hospitals pay PHP 13,500 and the wage in private sector is about PHP 10,000.

Let us take a peek at the salaries of nurses in other countries and see how our nurses’ fare:

Country Offer

United Arab Emirate/Saudi Arabia USD 3,000 (PHP 156,927) per month excluding transportation and accommodation.

Australia AUD $4,426 (PHP 183,225) per month, with a nursing shortage.

United States USD 5,660 (PHP 296,069), opportunities are vast and stable.

United Kingdom GBP 2,092 (PHP 153,059) with a strong demand for nurses.

France EUR 1,820 (PHP 118,122).

Canada CAD 3,833 (PHP 159,653), nurses can go as a tourist and find work during their stay.

Norway USD 2,229 (PHP 116,597).

Germany EUR 2,468 (PHP 160,178), must speak fluent German.

Finland EUR 2,487 (PHP 161,411).

Obviously, nurses are being exploited especially hospitals who ask for training fees or offer a job with little pay or none at all.

Conclusion:

Because of what is happening you would think that nursing in the Philippines is for the moneyed who could afford a myriad of training and seminars. Every year there are graduates and a lot of unemployed nurses or nurses who are employed in a non-healthcare profession. Fortunately, the government is implementing some solution to the nursing woes, a NARS program was implemented to give nurses a 6 months clinical experience. However, more effort is needed in the private sector to augment the moves of government to address this problem.

We hope that GEP Limited has given you an insight into nursing abroad, for more information about medical placement visit our website.

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