Quote from baldoRN
the experiences they have may be 3-5years in those fields so it is acknowledged as "experience" by the US hospitals. and I've read that "volunteer/training are not counted as "experience"...with the influx of RNs here in the Philippines, before being a volunteer or trainee, you must pass several exams and interviews. and that's after waiting for a long queue. expect more for staff position.
that's why i thought of gaining MSN/MAN degree to a bit ahead of the competion.
Volunteer/Training experience should not be counted in your work experience. That's not to say there are probably some who lie in their resume and add it as work experience. Again, unless it is verifiable, the experience does not count. US hospitals typically call all individuals the applicant provided as professional references and some prefer to call previous employers as well. That can be technically difficult if the experience is in a foreign country like the Philippines.
Less than a year of paid clinical experience in my opinion does not make one competent in a particular field or area of nursing. There is no arbitrary number for having adequate experience in a specific specialty or hospital unit but to me, two years should be enough for a nurse to attain a certain degree of confidence in the clinical nursing role.
Just a thought, maybe the experienced nurses who have been working in the Philippines in a specialty role for a couple of years or so should be the ones applying for a visa, like the H1B for example. The 65,000 H1B visa cap, as most have mentioned, have not been met for 2010. That way, as experienced nurses leave, openings will be available for new grads.