Yesterday at work I heard that our hospital has successfully recruited 30 nurses from the Phillipines.
Today I feel defeated and dejected. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against these nurses from the Phillipines. But it has taken the nursing shortage to make our voices heard regarding the problems in our profession. We were hoping to see some real progress in finally addressing the issues of staffing and wages and benefits. And now it seems the answer is the same as it has been for the last 7-8 yrs., i.e. if you don't like it leave we'll just get someone else to do your job. And they will be glad to get it.
I have read that Phillipine nurses are also staffing Ireland and I'm sure other countries that have similar problems like Australia. My question is, how long will it take for the Phillipines to have a nursing shortage. Who will be left in their country to take care of their families?