Just want to find out why Philippine graduate nurses want to work in the US.
I am a Philippine graduate nurse that got my licence back in '96. Took me five years to get to the UK but never wanted or intended to apply to work in the US. The NCLEX, CGFNS, TOEFL and other expenses put me off. Back in 2000, it was easy to go to the UK but not anymore. In 2008 we thought we would move to Australia because it was closer to the Philippines. No IELTS needed then either. I would have put off going to Australia if I had to take an English exam.
I know of batchmates that eventually made it into the US but it has taken them a long time to get there. One of them took around 12 years to get to the US. She was already in her 30s when she finally flew to the US. It just seems you have to put in a lot of work just to be in the US of A.
So again my question is for new grads, Philippine licenced nurses who are waiting for visas to go to the US, nurses who are reviewing, taking NCLEX, CGFNS or TOEFL and maybe even those who are already in the US, why go there?
Thanks for any reply.
Thanks for the post.
It can't be just pay that's motivating our fellow Filipino nurses to work in the US. If it's just money, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states are offering much more and it's tax free and at times with free accommodation.
Would it be because of our culture? We are so Americanized that unconsciously when we want to travel outside of the Philippines we want to go to the US. Just a thought. What's yours?
$40/hour, not bad. Is that for a 'regular nurse?' or is it for Theatre, ICU or other specialty? Just curious. Thanks.
Last edit by bobby123 on Aug 18, '11
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I don't know if it's cultural. The phenomenon of migration of professionals and workers from the Philippines began in the 70's. That's when the Philippine economy really started going south and Marcos was plundering the treasury. I think Filipinos would go wherever there's a better opportunity and now after all these years it's been ingrained in our culture that it's "better" to go abroad than stay in the Philippines. The US has been a symbol of strength for many years in the world, not only in the eyes of Filipinos. People from other countries have been immigrating to the US as well. But that image is changing in my opinion because of the weakening economy. Despite that, I love the US (and the Philippines as well as the land where I was raised). I still believe in the American ideals of innovation, liberty, freedom, justice, and the pursuit of happiness. It sounds corny but the spirit of '76 is still very much alive.
Last edit by juan de la cruz on Aug 18, '11