friday, january 19, 2007
[color=#ee0000]us: vast market for practical nurses
by sam mediavilla, reporter
the united states is urging filipinos to exploit that country's vast practical nursing market.
gregory tyrone howard, lpn, president of the national federation of licensed practical nurses of america, noted in a dialogue with office of the president undersecretary for external affairs eduardo soliman that us employment opportunities are not limited to graduates of a four-year bachelor's degree.
"there is also a bigger need for graduates of short vocational courses for nursing to man the frontlines there," howard told soliman in a meeting as part of his on going dialogues with government groups like the tesda [technical education and skills development authority.
howard is also a member of the committee of licensed practical nurse, commission graduates of foreign nursing schools [cgfns].
he is in the country on the invitation of the philippine paramedical and technical schools (ppts) as this year's commencement speaker for its graduating classes in the different fields all over the country.
howard said filipino vocational graduates could qualify in the us practical nursing program if schools here introduce america's approved practical nursing courses.
the country's medical profession is only addressing the us employment demands for registered nurses, which is far smaller, compared for the need for vocational nurses, howard pointed out.
"if the country can answer the need for practical nurses in america, thousands more will be gainfully employed there on top of the current registered nurses that we are now sending," he said.
howard noted that vocational nursing education could be ladderized.
this means a high-school graduate who could not afford to take up four-year nursing course could take a 15-month licensed practical nurse program at a us-accredited school and then apply for the us licensure exams.
he added that while waiting for the processing of their papers, graduates could opt to proceed to another nine-month additional training for a degree in applied science in nursing.
that would qualify them to take the registered nurse licensure exam [nclex] and become a "registered nurse" in the us, he pointed out.
"for underdeveloped countries like the philippines with vast number of manpower resources available for foreign deployment, abbreviated courses like the vocational or practical nursing program are timely," howard stressed.
"it will enable graduates to qualify for highly paid nursing employment in the us in a shorter time sending much need dollar remittances back to the country," he added.