Demand for Nurses in Canada - page 2

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Could somebody give me current info regarding the current demand of nurses in Canada and the usual requirements for foreigners before they are employed in a hospital. Do you happen to know how many Filipino nurses are currently... Read More


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    Hi

    I have visited the Philippines 4 times in the last 6 years and I have noticed that nursing students were walking all over the place in the city centre of one of the main city in Eastern area. i wont mention the name here.

    So I asked my Philipino wife about it and she told me the number of nursing schools has rocketed in the last few years due to excessive demand for nursing. Every family was sending someone to do nursing.

    Do you know the reason behind it? and $$$$. Mass production of nurses to export. Nursing has been turned into a main source of revenue to the Philippines economy. My point is that quality is falling due to oversupply.
    In 2005 the health system nearly crashed in the Philippines as there were no nurses to look after the patients. Everyone was going abroad. Only the nurses over a certain age/ near retirement were left behind and they were looking after large amount of patients due to nursing shortage.

    In the United Kingdom, i was part of the recruting team who dealt which overseas nurses. The UK has been saturated with overseas nurses and the last overseas nurses were recruited 3 years ago. The recruitment started in 2000 and since then I can say that 40-50% of the Philipino nurses working in my hospital have moved to the US or intend to go there soon. The NCLEX was not available in the UK but since demand was so high they had opened NCLEX centres all over the UK. I can assure you I work in one of the largest hospital in London. So the strategy was to increase the salary for newly trained nurses in the UK so more people are joining nursing now and they will eventually cover the gap left by the overseas nurses when they leave.

    My point is that I am afraid that Canada will become like the UK with load of overseas nurses especially Philipino and then most of them will move down to States. Thats their goal...I talk by experience here..I am all the time with the Philipino nurses as my wife is a philipino too.

    You may think that i am against the Philipino nurses ..yes i am against any mediocre nurse who is here to take the place of a genuine person who wants to establish in Canada. Actually i wanted to be an accountant.... thats another story.
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    well - just because you have seen 1 or 2 or 3 or ten Filipino nurses who's aiming to transfer to US thru Canada does not mean you have seen and talk to everyone.

    my husband and i are working as nurses here in BC for almost 2 yrs already and we have no plan in going to the US. and same is true with the rest of the Filipino nurses who works in this hospital.

    Now - for Filipino nurses who used to work in UK - they moved here in Canada or in US because the cost of living is way cheaper / better compared to that in the UK.

    and i absolutely disagree that US is a goldmine for Filipino nurses. Any country is a goldmine for every hard working people.
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    Quote from mctina_20
    well - just because you have seen 1 or 2 or 3 or ten Filipino nurses who's aiming to transfer to US thru Canada does not mean you have seen and talk to everyone.

    my husband and i are working as nurses here in BC for almost 2 yrs already and we have no plan in going to the US. and same is true with the rest of the Filipino nurses who works in this hospital.

    Now - for Filipino nurses who used to work in UK - they moved here in Canada or in US because the cost of living is way cheaper / better compared to that in the UK.

    and i absolutely disagree that US is a goldmine for Filipino nurses. Any country is a goldmine for every hard working people.
    Maybe so but I knew a few Philippine nurses in the UK that from arriving in the UK stated that they was only there to better their English before moving on to the US. Yes UK is expensive but I have found Canada expensive at times.
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    Hasn't something like that already happened in Canada? I'm sure I read about another province that imported a large number of nurses who then left for the US as soon as they'd worked off their relocation allowance. Didn't they use their Canadian nursing licenses to move to states that endorsed, something like 7 or 8 years ago?

    Whatever happened to dancing with the one that brought you?
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    oops, sorry
    Last edit by Pedi-Gree on Aug 20, '08 : Reason: computer glitch
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    Quote from Pedi-Gree
    Hasn't something like that already happened in Canada? I'm sure I read about another province that imported a large number of nurses who then left for the US as soon as they'd worked off their relocation allowance. Didn't they use their Canadian nursing licenses to move to states that endorsed, something like 7 or 8 years ago?

    Whatever happened to dancing with the one that brought you?
    Probably did happen a few years ago but now regardless of state you have to apply for licensure and pass NCLEX.
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    Quote from mctina_20
    well - just because you have seen 1 or 2 or 3 or ten Filipino nurses who's aiming to transfer to US thru Canada does not mean you have seen and talk to everyone.

    my husband and i are working as nurses here in BC for almost 2 yrs already and we have no plan in going to the US. and same is true with the rest of the Filipino nurses who works in this hospital.

    Now - for Filipino nurses who used to work in UK - they moved here in Canada or in US because the cost of living is way cheaper / better compared to that in the UK.

    and i absolutely disagree that US is a goldmine for Filipino nurses. Any country is a goldmine for every hard working people.
    The truth hurts isn't it?
    Fiona59 likes this.
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    Quote from Pedi-Gree
    Hasn't something like that already happened in Canada? I'm sure I read about another province that imported a large number of nurses who then left for the US as soon as they'd worked off their relocation allowance. Didn't they use their Canadian nursing licenses to move to states that endorsed, something like 7 or 8 years ago?

    Whatever happened to dancing with the one that brought you?
    It was discussed on this forum a while back. For some reason I think it was Manitoba. I know it was a prairie province.
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    Quote from mctina_20
    well - just because you have seen 1 or 2 or 3 or ten Filipino nurses who's aiming to transfer to US thru Canada does not mean you have seen and talk to everyone.

    my husband and i are working as nurses here in BC for almost 2 yrs already and we have no plan in going to the US. and same is true with the rest of the Filipino nurses who works in this hospital.

    Now - for Filipino nurses who used to work in UK - they moved here in Canada or in US because the cost of living is way cheaper / better compared to that in the UK.

    and i absolutely disagree that US is a goldmine for Filipino nurses. Any country is a goldmine for every hard working people.

    Well, you only have to read the different forums on allnurses to get this idea. There were several theads in the Australian/NZ forum and international forums containing multiple postings from people stating they were getting experience in other countries to advance their applications to the US.

    For a while there were multiple threads on would it be faster to get a green card if you applied from OZ, NZ, UK, etc.

    We can only base our opinions on what we here and see and the information is all provided by Phillippines nationals.

    I've lived in the UK and on the continent and I can honestly say that things can be just as expensive in Canada as they are overseas. Quality of life is up to the individual. There are many things that I miss about Europe here, but there were many things I missed about Canada when I was there.
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    Yes, if you read the posts, one gets the impression the prize is coming to the US. I wonder if the US dollar continues to decline, I wonder if the interest in the US will continue? I just attended a conference today, Medicare is going to be level funding, meaning nurses will be working harder for. less money.
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