Nurse Jimo......welcome to Allnurses!
As a former travel nurse myself, I loved traveling to exotic places to work. It hurt to see the poverty that I often saw as I traveled around the globe, then to go "home" to my nice apartment provided me by the agency that I traveled with.
I don't blame you for feeling the way you do. The only thing that will possibly change the situation of nurses who live and work in the Bahamas is an "uproar" so to speak.....not in a violent way.....but in way that attracts media attention to the situation of the nurses there.
May I suggest to you that when you graduate, you take an assignment here in the USA so you can see for yourself the differences between the two places. Nurses here are treated like crap most times too.....but compared to what your nurses are making.....we are quite wealthy.
I was in Nassau and Paradise Islands in the Spring of 1981 or 1982 (can't rightly recall at the moment). We stayed in the best accomodations on the beach.....beautiful clear waters, white sandy beaches, excellent food and hospitality....... However, I was there as a tourist with my former spouse on vacation...did not work there as a nurse as I wasn't a nurse at that time, but a Real Estate Agent. (according to your profile.....you weren't even born when we visited your beautiful homeland).
We rode the "jitney" to town to see how the local people lived, and I almost cried. It hurt to the core.....to say the least.
But.....one thing I noticed was the humble pride and respect you all have for yourselves. I was honored by that, and felt humbled to be among your people.
Yes.....the Agencies in our country are taking advantage of other countries for their selfish gain.......no doubt about it. I disapprove of them doing this. But.......something good comes out of something bad in that nurses who travel to the Bahamas come away with something far greater than the money they made.....IF they took the time while living there to truly embrace the Bahamian culture and mingled among you in the towns where you all lived AWAY from those they meet on the beach or in the fine hotels.
I hope one day you get to come to America to see the differences. I also hope your government wakes up to the atrocities that are being created by ignoring the plight of its own nurses. You all deserve sooooo much better, and I hope the changes in nursing become more positive in your homeland sooner than later. :kiss