General Discussion about Filipino RNs currently working in the U.S. - page 8

for filipino rns currently in the us whether still undergoing the proper documentations or already working please kindly share your experiences on this thread. topics maybe from experiences at the... Read More

  1. by   RNHawaii34
    [quote=mattiya1326;2076641]wow very nice read! i read this from the 1st page up to the reply above ^^

    guys i need to ask some questions when working in us particularly working in the hosp.


    does anyone felt discriminated inside the workplace or inside the hospital? how bad?i am only 5'4 in height and is it going to be a problem inside to hospital? honestly i wish i was a little bit taller. all my brothers are like 5'7 and 5'8 unfortunately i don't know why im this small. hehe. well i have to be thankful though because i have 20 fingers 2 legs and 2 hands very good eyesight unlike our handicapped kababayans and have dwarfism. im still conscious though because i know that we will be dealing with huge patients like 6'4 or bigger! i am a guy by the way. i really feel anxious every time my teachers tease small girls in our room because if there is an inscident that you have to carry your 6'8 pt and the girl is 4'11 that would be impossible. they don't realize that a guy with 5'4 height is still asking for more height. hehe

    i didn't feel any discrimination at work at all. i stand 5'4", i am considered petite by people blessed with colossal bone structures..but i seen many nurses, filipino or not, that are shorter than i am. i got crooked fingers, but nobody said anything about it because it does not prevent me from doing my job. i seen many shorter male nurses, and doctors, and other people in non-nursing profession. when you work in the hospital, or any places here in the u.s., you cannot tease anyone just because they are short, ugly, or fat... that is what they call harassment.before you start working, you will read somewhere in your employee manual about all types of "harassments". no, you don't carry your patient on your own..that's why you have a backup persons to assist you. never ever feel sorry for yourself just because you are short. a 6'5" person can feel uncomfortable too, for being too tall! trust me, i seen it many times. goodluck!
  2. by   mattiya1326
    thank you guys! ahh.. from now on ill stop thinking about it. hehe
    i think this insecurity will be the hindrance and the height. haha thanks again!

    rnhawaii34 thank you so much you really helped me a lot with this. -->a 6'5" person can feel uncomfortable too, for being too tall! trust me, i seen it many times. goodluck!
  3. by   suzanne4
    Everyone of my Filipino patients that I admit, the men are all 5'4"...standard height for many years in the Philippines as you well know.

    We also have people from all over the world, as well as those that were from the US for generation after generation that are that height or less, and they are men.

    Don't worry about.
  4. by   don2_rn
    ...is the creditcard from this country(PHP) (citibank) used there in the US can vouch for my credit history?...honestly...i have good credit line in citibank..is it valid?
  5. by   RNHawaii34
    Quote from don2_rn
    ...is the creditcard from this country(php) (citibank) used there in the us can vouch for my credit history?...honestly...i have good credit line in citibank..is it valid?
    no.the credit bureau requires you to have an ssn. you need to live here and work here in the u.s. to establish that credit history. you might want to google " credit history" for more information.
  6. by   don2_rn
    ...thank you RNHawaii34. this has been a good info..more power!
  7. by   kev_rn
    any couples here who are both nurses? i'm just curious because me and my wife are both future US RNs (hopefully...if we pass nclex).
    i want to know how you take your shifts? do you still see each other?
    we have a kid and that means we won't be able to take shifts of the same time. someone has to be on the graveyard and the other on AM shift.
    just wanted to see stories of people with this situation. thanks.
  8. by   Rep
    Quote from kev_rn
    any couples here who are both nurses? i'm just curious because me and my wife are both future US RNs (hopefully...if we pass nclex).
    i want to know how you take your shifts? do you still see each other?
    we have a kid and that means we won't be able to take shifts of the same time. someone has to be on the graveyard and the other on AM shift.
    just wanted to see stories of people with this situation. thanks.
    I have several friends who are couples, usually the shifts here are 12 hours a day and three times a week. So to take care of the children, the one will work for the first three days and then the other will work the next three days.
  9. by   zeuxis
    hello... i have a friend whose moving to chicago (an immigrant, petitioned by her husband). she's also from the philippines, by the way, and a bsn graduate. problem is that she has not taken our local nursing board exams yet so she doesn't have been issued a license. what i'd like to ask, if just in case she doesn't make the exams this coming june, what would be her options once she's in chicago? is it possible for her to get a job in a hospital working her way up? taking exams required in that state? or does she really need to pass the local board exams in our country first? i'd really appreciate any advice... any possible options she might take. thank so much.
  10. by   RNHawaii34
    Quote from zeuxis
    hello... i have a friend whose moving to chicago (an immigrant, petitioned by her husband). she's also from the philippines, by the way, and a bsn graduate. problem is that she has not taken our local nursing board exams yet so she doesn't have been issued a license. what i'd like to ask, if just in case she doesn't make the exams this coming june, what would be her options once she's in chicago? is it possible for her to get a job in a hospital working her way up? taking exams required in that state? or does she really need to pass the local board exams in our country first? i'd really appreciate any advice... any possible options she might take. thank so much.

    nope, since she is an immigrant, she don't need a local rn license..if she can, tell her to skip the nle. have her check the rn licensure requirements in chicago. go to www.ncsbn.org. her immigrant status will make it easier for her to get her rn license. she can apply for nclexrn exam right after graduation if she likes. pls. have her visit the allnurses.com. there are tons of informations here for her to read.
  11. by   galapcp
    Hello everyone! Oh I really love this thread!!!! Gets me excited.... Actually I am a Medical Technology graduate but I did not practice it because salary for Medtechs was way way too low (back in 1994). We are not that rich so I can not really afford to have a low salary. I opted to work in a pharmaceutical company. And I tell you, salary was really really good! Plus I had commissions, I was able to travel abroad c/o the company I worked for. I got to work in a pharmaceutical company for 10 years but I just realized that even though the salary was good, my friends (my batchmates way back in highschool), who studied nursing are now richer, they are by the way all over Europe, USA, Canada. Some of them have acquired assets, invested on these and that both here and abroad, they got to travel more in other countries. In short, I was left out. I really want to get out of the Philippines. With the economic situation here, I will not be able to achieve my dreams. And reading all your posts really gets me more excited to enroll this coming school year.
  12. by   juan de la cruz
    Quote from galapcp
    Hello everyone! Oh I really love this thread!!!! Gets me excited.... Actually I am a Medical Technology graduate but I did not practice it because salary for Medtechs was way way too low (back in 1994). We are not that rich so I can not really afford to have a low salary. I opted to work in a pharmaceutical company. And I tell you, salary was really really good! Plus I had commissions, I was able to travel abroad c/o the company I worked for. I got to work in a pharmaceutical company for 10 years but I just realized that even though the salary was good, my friends (my batchmates way back in highschool), who studied nursing are now richer, they are by the way all over Europe, USA, Canada. Some of them have acquired assets, invested on these and that both here and abroad, they got to travel more in other countries. In short, I was left out. I really want to get out of the Philippines. With the economic situation here, I will not be able to achieve my dreams. And reading all your posts really gets me more excited to enroll this coming school year.
    Hi galapcp! Yeah this forum is a wealth of information for nurse wannabes and practicing nurses as well. Good luck to you. But just wanted to remind you that while nursing salaries in the US are higher compared to those in the Philippines, there is a big difference in the cost of living between the two countries. A big perecentage of our salaries go to paying rent for an apartment or mortgage for a home, utility bills, necessities, etc. Also remember that beginning nurses with little nursing experience will also naturally earn less than seasoned and established nurses. As a Filipino, I fully understand our quest to make a decent living for us and the families we plan to rear. I also understand the situation in the Philippines and do not blame our fellowmen for wanting out. This comment is not specifically aimed at you in particular but if we can all just be careful with what we say in this forum about wanting to be rich and all that. We are much misunderstood as evidenced by a few anti-Filipino threads in other forums in this website and the last thing we want is for our American peers to think that we are a materialistic lot (which I honestly believe we are not!)
  13. by   pink111
    I would like to say H E L L O...... to everyone as I am just a new member of this forum. Reading the posts was fun with a lot of informations from different experiences...also very helpful for those who are thinking of having the opportunity to work in America.....where I consider myself as one of them! I actually enjoy reading valuable experiences from the time you set foot at the immigration office up to this time that you are already harvesting the rewards of all your efforts in settling your lives in America.

    all the best to everyone!!!!

    pink111

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