I find it very odd indeed that in all the discussions on this forum about scams with recruiting agencies, poor performing nursing schools, licensure exam cheating, pitiful salary ranges for nurses and terrible failures in proper clinical training of nurses, that the PNA has not made any reference to actively get involved in these issues either through the mainstream media in the Philippines or, at least, speaking out here on this forum.
These and other issues that plague nurses here are reaching critical mass and are in desperate need of national government intervention, criminal prosecution from law enforcement for scamming recruiters and review centers, and advocacy from the professional medical groups, ESPECIALLY the nursing councils!!
My question then is obvious; why the SILENCE? Is the PNA the organization for all nurses that should be leading the efforts on their behalf? Or is the PNA simply a paper organization that serves a few administrators who collect dues and turn a blind eye to the desperate needs of nurses in this country?
My recent visit to the site http://www.pna-ph.org/mainframe.html
revealed the only "hot" news item is an appeal to the government not to let waitresses and dolls be dressed up as nurses in a sexy, provocative way. Now while this is important to the basic image of nurses in general, it is a pathetic demonstration of a lack of priorities considering the problems facing nurses in the Philippines.
Where is the public relations efforts to the media regarding the urgent need for decent salary and working conditions for nurses? Where is the demand for prosecution of scam artist recruiters and review centers that rob graduate nurses of their money? Where is the call to the CHED to focus on diploma mills and horrible clinical training of the current student nursing population?
Suzanne has posted a call for "improving nursing opportunities in the Philippines" while retrogression halts overseas nursing jobs. I suggest that those nurses who are PNA members answer her by petitioning the Philippine Nursing Association to lead the first response to Suzanne's call with ADVOCACY FOR NURSES.....not just remain SILENT!!
Hoss (husband and father of 4 of the finest future caregivers in the world, Filipino Nurses!)