I feel your pain dude. Im also going through the same situation as you. Right after i got my PH license back in 08, i took the ielts and nclex exams and passed both. It was stupid of me to undervalue the amount of graduates that this country is producing. I know we are overflowing with graduates even back in 08, but i really thought my credentials and especially the school where i came from would be enough justification to land me a job easily. I never thought for a second that i would have a hard time getting a job or even volunteer work locally but i was up for a rude awakening once ive started giving out my resumes to various hospitals. Days and months passed without any calls or texts from any hospitals. This is when i realized that i have to suck it up and find someone to back me up. Needless to say, i got my backer and i volunteered for 5-6 months in a secondary public hospital. I learned a great deal of skills and experienced a lot from my stay there. But once it became repetitive i called it quits since there is no other motivation to stay other than camaraderie with the workers and co-volunteers. That was the last hospital work experience i had and it's been 14 months since that happened.
I want to write more about the things that i went through but basically the reason i replied is i want to say that not all the registered nurses can get a job or any legitimate work experience here in the philippines, especially if you dont have backers Only a few lucky ones can get to do that nowadays. How many are we? now 150-200k registered nurses without jobs? It just isnt realistic.
Right now, I got a job waiting for me in US, im only waiting for my visa to be released. But im not optimistic about that either. So im broadening my options. I took the NMAT last december and got a really high score, i got a 98. (not to boast but honestly i didnt study and i only answered the emailed practice questions sent by CEM.) I dont know how that happened since im not that smart, in fact i got a lot of 2.5 and 2.75 in college. The exam uses percentile ranking to determine the scores so maybe it's just a testament of the failing educational system here in the philippines. Anyway, yeah im contemplating on studying medicine. Im also learning photography basics and maybe open a photostudio this year or next year with the help of my parents money.
Ive also worked at a call center near us to make money for myself but that didnt last long. I didnt like the job itself but it was a good experience.
The point is, be open minded. I dont want to sound rude or condescending when i say that but we have to be realistic here. For me it's been 3 years, i might give up pursuing my nursing career completely if i dont get a nurse related job this year. Too much time has been wasted waiting. We must learn when to give up and try some other things. Its a somewhat pessimistic view of our situation but it is also pragmatic. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Good luck guys.
And oh yeah and shier is right dont put nclex, cgfns or even ielts as part of your resume. Its not a plus, quite the contrary. Employers will think that you are not interested in working for a long time in their institution.