Philippines nurses abroad

  1. Just a question that occurred to me after seeing how many Filipino nurses are planning to move to US, UK, Australia etc. Do most people do nursing because they want to be nurses, or because it's a good way to be able to work overseas and earn money? I wondered because it seems there are so many who graduate, don't even take the NLE and already know they want to go overseas.

    Thanks!
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  3. by   juan de la cruz
    Quote from augigi
    Just a question that occurred to me after seeing how many Filipino nurses are planning to move to US, UK, Australia etc. Do most people do nursing because they want to be nurses, or because it's a good way to be able to work overseas and earn money? I wondered because it seems there are so many who graduate, don't even take the NLE and already know they want to go overseas.

    Thanks!
    Lately, economic reasons have become the overwhelming motivation for Filipinos to pursue nursing. Just reading through the posts here, you'll find that some are in nursing programs not out of their own desire to become nurses but because of outside influence from family members. They were forced to forego their own aspirations for a different career and instead, think ahead at the promise of financial stability an overseas nursing job can provide.

    I am not saying this is bad and I am not about to lay blame on my fellowmen for this kind of mentality. The Philippine economy has not gotten any better and is in fact, seemingly worse off now. Jobs are so hard to come by in that country. We can go on and on discussing the ills of Philippine society until the cows come home but the reality is, for a lot of individual Filipinos, the only guarantee of a bright future for their families is to work overseas.

    By the way, nurse migration is quite a hot topic in nursing circles in the western world nowadays. There is even a question of the ethical implications of "importing" nurses from developing countries. Many fear that this trend can adversely affect healthcare delivery in such countries by depleting the pool of qualified nurses. Many argue, however, that this does not apply to the Philippines because we supposedly have a surplus of nurses. Anyone care to comment?
  4. by   Rep
    Quote from augigi
    Just a question that occurred to me after seeing how many Filipino nurses are planning to move to US, UK, Australia etc. Do most people do nursing because they want to be nurses, or because it's a good way to be able to work overseas and earn money? I wondered because it seems there are so many who graduate, don't even take the NLE and already know they want to go overseas.

    Thanks!
    First reason is economy as pinoyNP said. This could be the No. 1 reason but there are other reasons that Filipinos leave the country and take nursing as a way to get out.

    Another reason for me is the graft and corruption in our governemnt and the indifference of our political leaders to us Filipino people.

    Also I left the country because I want my children to have a better future.
  5. by   RNHawaii34
    Quote from augigi
    just a question that occurred to me after seeing how many filipino nurses are planning to move to us, uk, australia etc. do most people do nursing because they want to be nurses, or because it's a good way to be able to work overseas and earn money? i wondered because it seems there are so many who graduate, don't even take the nle and already know they want to go overseas.

    thanks!
    almost 100% of classmates from nursing school wants to get out of the philippines. i beleive everybody just want to make their life better. if you plan to practice nursing in the philippines, you will end up not getting paid well, and the working conditions as many of you are aware, is impossible.....while working in country like the u.s., u.k., or australia is truely modernized. i do not blame those who bypassed nle because there is no point of taking the exam and not able to find a job without paying for a training...i give a credit for those nurses who chooses to work in our country because it takes a lot of patience to last in the nursing setting like we have back in the phil..if it's easier for people to get out of the country by other means, i am sure many will not study nursing for 4 years. i knew a lot of my fellow immigrants here in the u.s.a. who pursued bsn or adn to work as an rn, because it is very in demand, and as a filipino, we like to take care of the sick ( and well), while we can also choose not to take non- nursing job also.i am sure for every nursing students who study nursing back home, in their minds, they can't wait to get out of college, and they're fed up of the hardship w/c we all suffered...they just want to make their lives better, and also give a better future for their children as well, right? :icon_redface:
  6. by   nrswnabee
    Quote from augigi
    Just a question that occurred to me after seeing how many Filipino nurses are planning to move to US, UK, Australia etc. Do most people do nursing because they want to be nurses, or because it's a good way to be able to work overseas and earn money? I wondered because it seems there are so many who graduate, don't even take the NLE and already know they want to go overseas.

    Thanks!
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    many are shifting to this profession bec. it's one field that offers flexibility, stability and job satisfaction all-in-one. as a nurse, you're flooded with opportunities and for anyone who's not really passionate about doing something else, joining the nursing bandwagon seems a no-brainer. the big problem arises when people realize that nursing isn't all about big bucks. it's a back-breaking, emotionally and psychologically draining WORK. if you don't LOVE the job, you have got to learn how to love it one way or another to fully appreciate its rewards.

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