The Life of a New Nurse in the Philippines - page 2

I graduated as a nurse from a certain University in the Philippines. I was just as excited as any Nursing graduate. Earning a bachelors degree in Nursing was really something in my country. All of... Read More

  1. by   creamyRN
    Thanks for sharing your insight's Salvie.... i really love this article.....
    For everyone's sake., this is the cry of all the unemployed nurses and I'm one of them too. Lucky enough if you can find a hospital where we can volunteer or can employ us....
    Cross fingers... I know in time., God would grant all our aims..... never lose hope....
    just remember: THis is the game of life..... as long as you're dedicated in your vocation., sooner or later., you'll be harvesting what you've been waiting for.....
  2. by   cyssan
    Thanks for sharing salvie!
    I'm from batch 2k6....
    I also went through the same things you experienced.
    When a younger cousin told me she wanted to take nursing... i was like
    "noooo. don't do it! just take up computer engineering or something else."
    She didn't listen. Maybe she thought i was underestimating her or something.
    I tried to explain the whole situation to her and her mom.
    But... *shrugs*
    Anyway, I'm currently working in a call center for 2 and a half years.
    Most of my batch mates are in Saudi Arabia now.
    They submitted fake employment certificates just to work there. Some are in UK.
    But from what I gather, you have to give both arms and a leg just to get there.
    Now the question becomes: what would you do or NOT do to follow your dreams?
  3. by   Salvie
    Thank you everyone for understanding my grievances. A lot of nurses on the older generations here in the Philippines does not understand what we young nurses are going through. It really pains me when other people judge young nurses of why they don't have jobs yet. They don't understand coz they are not experiencing what we are experiencing. Because of this, I joined an international organization made here in the Philippines by young nurses who also share the same fate as the majority. the name of the organization is the Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates international, better know as AYNLA. Together we are strong. Let us unite and make our voices heard. Let us make a CHANGE. PLease all you nurses join us in our endeavor to make our voices heard.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Sep 26, '10 : Reason: pm to member
  4. by   NurseCubanitaRN2b
    I read your article and what a wonderful job you did writing it from your prospective. What I didn't like was the fact that you, your parents, others, and other parents think there is a promise for employment abroad. That's what you were lead to believe, and it's awful that you and others are made that promise and were let down. Like you in the Philippines there are many just like you in our country and other countries as well.

    Here in the US you don't have to pay for training after you pass your boards. That's exploitation! As a RN in the Philippines you should get together with others in your same situation and go to these elected officials and demand that they fix this problem. Volunteer nurses are working their butts off with no promises of a job while the RNs who are currently in those positions are sitting around doing little to nothing. Don't give into the paid trainings, you don't need to be trained as you already went to school and according to your BON you have the knowledge and skill to work as a paid RN. Good Luck!
  5. by   tinager15
    It's really sad.I look up to you since you graduated from UP nursing which is a very prestigious nursing school.I a m a fresh passer just this september and i am from the province, even volunteer work here is hard to find, you have to have backers and the like even for that puny position, and most hospitals don't even absorb the trainees. One good thing is here, they dont charge the volunteers for the 6 months training. But after the training, where do we go?
  6. by   teddy1984
    I feel sad and I feel that way too three years ago. I had to do teaching job(not as a Clinical Instructor but as an ESL teacher) I loved it but it's different when you are in the area. I did that for over two years while waiting for my application in Canada. Luckily, I was able to find an employer though I don't have any nursing experience. I had to do the atrocious registration in the nursing council, find an employer(convince them you are capable and eligible), visa processing and most of all the waiting. I am here now, a Canadian RN and still surviving. It's hard but thru perseverance and hard work it's all worth it. I know you will make it, too!
    Last edit by teddy1984 on Oct 14, '10 : Reason: wrong grammar
  7. by   Amber12
    Hello. Thank you very much for sharing your experience! I am a third year student of nursing and I am in need of help. Our expensive second semester is about to start on November 9 and I am loosing hope for this chosen vocation. I am thinking of dropping/stopping but I don't have the guts to tell it to my parents .
    3 of my cousins are registered nurses already and 2 of them are working in call center for about 2 years now while the other 1 is still unemployed.
    I am afraid and very confused. I also feel like a "pabigat" to my father since he dearly wanted to retire from his job but he can't because of my tuition fee which ranges from 60k to 80k per semester.
    Every night he would scream, "Ayoko na" and all I can feel is guilt.
    I'm really lost.
  8. by   Infomaniac88

    The best way I think is to open up to your parents how you feel, in communicating your thoughts and hearing their side both parties can come to a conclusion of what is the best solution for your current dilemma.

    Communicate, communicate, communicate!

    Good Luck. Do not forget to pray! Prayers do wonders ...

    Have faith. Things will get better ..
  9. by   chadlie
    hello! I just wanted to share to you guys what I am going through. I am in batch of 2010 and also a board passer, sadly, I am unemployed but still struggling hard to find a promising job.I even went to different hospitals all by myself. The first hospital I went to is accessible from my place. I was disappointed because the guard was the one who received my resume.what the heck! I am not applying for a position of a security guard then I went to another hospital but they are not currently accepting nursing applicants.The last one is that they are not accepting resume on hand but rather through their e-mail.I don't want to hope a lot from that hospital because I am pretty sure it only means that they are not hiring nurses anymore. On Monday I am planning to go to hospitals and try my luck AGAIN! I don't want to lose hope but it seems I am losing it. I am very desperate to get a job as a nurse.
  10. by   Infomaniac88
    Gat Andres Memorial Medical Center (Tondo) is currently accepting applicants for volunteer For Dec.
  11. by   rplf29
    hello Nurses!, Good evening..

    I am very saddened after reading the article, A dilemma of Nursing Graduates.
    I am currently on my fourth year in BSN at a certain University in Metro Manila and I am nearing to Graduation, only 7 months remaining.. As I have wanted to change track, I have no choice since I entered with full decision taking up Nursing and Im already in my Last Year..
    For now, I am concerning for the review then the Local Boards.. and Hopefully, I could pass.. I am very assertive on this and Hopefully after passing, I could start looking for Trainings and a Job.

    I can feel how VERY hard Employment is here in the Philippines, and as would my Mother would tell me, to always think POSITIVE.. I agreed on that, but REALITY WISE, really, it is very hard.

    I have learned a lot from the comments, and honestly I am quite worried in the future, but I WILL try my best, even if this will not work, I am praying to God..

    Take Care Nurses..

    Keep Believing,.. and I will too.
    Kindly, Update Ma'am Salvie , thank you, God bless NURSES!
  12. by   teddy1984
    It is very sad but one must persevere. I just don't understand why the government doesn't address this problem. It has been going on for a while. I graduated 2006 and I had the same experience. I took my exam, passed it and looked for a job. The phrase "financially challenged" is very appropriate. We don't want to be a burden to our parents. Four years of school is no joke to them. Since, we were raised that after university/college graduation we are on our own and contribute to the family so our way out is to find a job which will give us money. At the end of the day, we need money to survive. I know money is not everything, however, these days, it's really frustrating if you can't even support yourself.

    I took an ESL job, tried volunteering for an NGO for a sorta nursing job which is again not a real job for some hospitals and institution requires you to have all these trainings but these HORRID hospitals are trying to rob you money out of your pcoket. How nice of them? I understand the charging part but do they absorb you after, NO, they don't. Some might but after your so called "volunteer" you are on your way to finding a different place or maybe stay in the same place and pay more money to them.

    I've had my share of bad experiences but I am lucky enough to be able to come here in Canada without the nursing experience. 2006 graduate and Dec. 2006 passer here, i did my nursing registration for the Province of British Columbia, approved 2007, found an employer 2007, applied visa and by 2008 received my visa. Came here in 2009, it's a rough road, arduous process but if you persevere and you have the drive, you will make it. On the other hand, drive and motivation don't work at times for the competition is getting stiff and hospitals in the Philippines only think of a way on how they can make money. However, it should not stop us in fulfilling our dreams.
  13. by   gvernz
    Quote from Ginger's Mom
    I feel sad when I read this blog, thank you for sharing. You are fortunate to have your parent's support, and you sound like you have a great attitude and I hope great things come your way.

    US nursing students, don't have to spend endless hours ( I am not saying that the students don't study) but many have to work numerous hours to support their families since they don't have parental support. In the US after students finish school they take a short course and pass at the rate of 85-90%. It my opinion it seems like you are spending time learning information that is not promoting academic success.

    Being a nursing leader you need to be a change agent, why does your country allow so much to enter nursing knowing the majority won't pass the boards and the ones who do may not find employment.

    With your masters in nursing why not explore why do the nursing students have to study so hard with poor results, I know believe your country's student are not intelligent enough, but it a failure in your system. That need to be changed and you can make a difference using evidence based nursing to show the current programs are not preparing nurses for the 21st century.

    Be a nursing advocate to have a better programs reflecting your countries people's talent.
    I beg to disagree about my country's student nurses being not intelligent enough to be in nursing school. Each university that has a nursing program in the Philippines has rigid rules in accepting nursing students into the program . We have this NCEE (National College Entrance Examination) which is equivalent to US' GED and most nursing schools ( during my time in 1991) , if I am not mistaken, would only accept 80 and above percentile rank. Aside from that , after a year in prep nursing school , nsg students have to go through nursing aptitude test which will determine whether they are eligible to continue in the nursing program. Competition is also fierce in the nursing school because most nursing students are the cream of the crop from their individual provinces. We have a lot of nursing graduates because having the degree as a BSN-RN gives us opportunity to go abroad and it is not only USA who benefit from FILIPINO nurses, China, Japan, British countries, Saudi, Singapore , to name a few. These nurses who work abroad had to go through a lot of tests too, to get qualified for their position. I know for a fact, because I had to go through the same experience when I started as a nurse. I passed my board exams in 1995 3 months after graduating from college, 1996 my CGFNS ( commision on graduates of foreign nursing schools) and then the ball dropped. US hiring was frozen. During my time, we had a lot of nursing graduates and everybody was vying for on the job trainings at various hospitals. I got lucky. I worked at a hospital for almost 7 long years before i was able to migrate to US after TOEFL, TSE AND TWE and a lot of US money spent on job application- my parents spent more than $3-4,000.00 to pay for my tests and job processing fees just to get to the coveted US job.

    I think there was a miscommunication somewhere regarding spending so much time about learning info in nursing schools and that majority don't pass. In the Philippine nsg curricullum, it takes 4 years to be BSN and be qualified to take the RN licensure. We do have the associates degree on the second year right after capping ceremony and it be somewhat equivalent to a nurses' aide or midwife( im not sure). The reason why this new nurse mentioned herself being a clinical lecturer/ instructor in a review class was because, it is one of the lucartive business in the philippines because there are a lot of nsg graduates hoping to get the chance of working abroad and they had to undergo a series of tests to qualify for a workers immigrant visa (EB3 for US and theres one also for UK).

    Filipino parents work hard with the intent to give their children a good future, Education-- this is their LEGACY. It is matter of family pride for a typical self-sacrificing Filipino parent to send off their children to college even to the point of selling their last piece of land or their only water buffalo (carabao) so they would be able to pay for their childrens tuition fees. In the Philippines, you have to have a college degree in order to land a decent job and even much competition also....I guess the government is trying their best to better the system as with every other government. Unfortunately, Philippines is a third world country and still trying to improve the economy as much as help the Education system as much as they can.

    For a fact, I am proud to say that I know of a lot of nursing leaders in big hospitals and long term care who are FILIPINO nurses and I am pretty sure that their education has prepared them enough to be the nurse they are right now. I just have to say that because I strongly believe that whatever my mentors and my clinical instructors taught me at school, I am using it right now.