Quote from FutureUSRN
Good news will soon come..and as in the past , it will help us, Foreign Nurses, get immigrant visas (Green Card)...but it's just the beginning of our journey....
Everyone started with no experience...but sooner or later, most Foreign Nurses will make it to the top than the locals. Actually, most locals are jealous of the foreign nurses who have BSN because they easily climb-up the ladder....local nurses are also threatened by the influx of foreign nurses....I don't know why....only one thing I know...we, foreign nurses, have the will to survive and the drive to succeed!!!
Hope to hear the good news soon...but for the meantime, I still enjoy my life while still here in the Philippines.
My Response to your comments above are:
I am really quite surprised that you make those comments!!!!
I have come to the USA from Canada and I would not make that type of statement. The "locals" AMERICANS are not jealous of foreign nurses, this is a country of immigrants from all over the world.
The nurses that come with experience after orientation usually get up to speed in a reasonable amount of time. However there are many that find it difficult, most need to start in med/surg and get some experience before they can deal with places like ICU or ER... many of the new grads without clinical experience come and need more time added on to their orientations... I have heard this over and over again from RN's, HR, RN floor supervisors.
So I would think that it would bother a nurse here, if they were getting the same pay and having to train someone for months longer than it should take. Your statement about the foreign nurses climbing up the ladder is another one that is not accurate. Any nurse that works and gets required courses completed and last but not least wants
to be promoted (some people are happy being a good nurse and don't want the titles) has that opportunity in the USA. I can't say that all American hospitals are the same, however I can say everywhere I have been they promote based on merit that is earned. Is that the same where you are from????
I also do know that if one comes to another country with an attitude that they are better and know more than anyone else, life will be a lot harder here than it needs to be. I would say the best advice I can provide you with is to wait until you live here to make statements about how Americans think and feel, also humility goes a long way. You must also learn to be assertive, not aggressive.
The people I have met here in the USA have been wonderful, kind and welcoming to me. I have traveled to many places in this world and I never walked in thinking I am better than those who live there in each country I have been to. I respect people, their traditions, culture and language. The USA and Canada are both lands of immigrants, so there is much to learn when you get here.. you will meet and work with many foreign nurses, from all over the world. They for the most part, will be judging you on your work performance, not on what they have been told Philippino's are like.
You might work with someone from Africa, Canada, Europe and many other places. Those people could be patients or co-workers. Each and everyone of us brings something valuable to the table. The most important lesson is to learn to respect others. As far as having a BSN...the basic requirement, I have met and worked with many Americans that have MSN, Nurse Practitioner and even PHD in nursing... so please no one is threatened by a BSN. The quality and level of the diploma nurses here in the USA is higher than other countries. They all take continueing education courses. The whole purpose of having that education is to provide the best quality of care to your patients. The patients don't ask if you have a degree if you treat them badly or well. The patients are not worried about you climbing any ladder, they need you to do your job and be there for them.
I am planning on going to the Philippines later this year an I would never make those kind of comments without even visiting your country first and even afterwards. I have heard many horror stories... but I reserve judgement until I see it with my own eyes. I will not go there with the expectation that life in the Philippines is based on the standards that are available here in North America. There is good and bad no matter where you are in the world...
The best thing one can do is surround yourself with good people, keep your eyes and ears open... but be slow to make remarks until you know the whole story. Having been on vacation in the USA does not make anyone an expert.
Please keep an open mind, be willing to learn in all situations. Life is a journey and not a destination. Every day we are on this planet it is a day of learning new things.