General Discussion about Filipino RNs currently working in the U.S. - page 9

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   rn4ever?
    Good luck to you galapcp. If you truly have the heart for nursing, go for it. Nursing can truly be a rewarding and exciting profession.
    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.
  2. by   Rep
    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.
    Nursing will not make you rich unless you want to work three full time jobs. But a nurse's salary can make you live comfortably, own a home, buy a car or two, and have some savings but it will not make you rich.

    Good luck to your dreams. And by the way, nursing is a very demanding job. Here is is different unlike in the Philippines.
  3. by   pinoy_guy
    Quote from Rep
    And by the way, nursing is a very demanding job. Here is is different unlike in the Philippines.
    Rep, I think this comment is the meatiest of all.

    what you wrote as an afterthought is very crucial.

    our nurses had been given so much pep talk about how easy it is to work in the US, about how easy it is to earn money...that it's a big shock when they actually get to work in a US hospital.

    I have some friends in CA, and they confided that they had been crying when they got home, because of the workload. we're talking grown women, second coursers, women who had been successful in their first careers.

    I also know of 2 cases where the RNs were fired because they could not cope with the workload.

    one was an MD/RN, the other was an experienced RN from our country.
  4. by   RNHawaii34
    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, it is nice to see another person like you to be interested in studying nursing. however, i hope you want to join this profession because you want to take care of the patients, and especially the sick ones...i often asked by many new nurses in the philippines if how much i make, and they told me, "so, rich ka na pala?", and i don't know if i wanna laugh or i want to get offended. honestly, we nurses here in the u.s. has to work really hard to earn that money, and having money means you have to pay your monthly bills, mortgage, car payments, childcare, etc. i know some of our fellow nurses back home thinks that if you work here in the usa, means we are are rich, but to tell you honestly, we are not. i can admit working as a nurse here in the u.s. will make your life less uncomfortable, that means you get paid better than any one who didn't have a college degree. nurses cannot be like donald trump rich, or oprah winfrey rich...its not about the money you make, but its all about how to handle your finances..any nurse who claim they are rich, maybe need to do a reality check...yes, you can travel all around the world, it is possible, but you need to work harder in order to finance your trip. even coming home to the philippines is expensive too, airfare, pasalubong, etc. i think rep and pinoynp can relate to that..lastly, even if you work 2-3 jobs, you are still not gonna make that much, because at the end of the year, irs will go after you! i think i will stick with one job for now
  5. by   Rep
    Patients here are so demanding and they know their rights. In the Philippines, the only ones who are demanding are the rich and powerful, the ordinary citizens will just take your word and bear with it.

    I have an incident wherein a patient wants a change of pain medication and working in a an Sub acute/LTC setting means everything is not an instant. The resident said, "I want it right now!" and Oh,, we have to call the on call doctor for an order and call the pharmacy to deliver it to us asap. And this is just sub acute/ LTC facility. What more in acute.

    One thing I can tell to everybody is that if you really work hard here , it is worth the effort. In other words, you will see the return of your efforts.

    Quote from pinoy_guy
    Rep, I think this comment is the meatiest of all.

    what you wrote as an afterthought is very crucial.

    our nurses had been given so much pep talk about how easy it is to work in the US, about how easy it is to earn money...that it's a big shock when they actually get to work in a US hospital.

    I have some friends in CA, and they confided that they had been crying when they got home, because of the workload. we're talking grown women, second coursers, women who had been successful in their first careers.

    I also know of 2 cases where the RNs were fired because they could not cope with the workload.

    one was an MD/RN, the other was an experienced RN from our country.
  6. by   Rep
    exactly, the only one who is happy is uncle sam when he is getting 40% of your salary as taxes.

    Quote from rnhawaii34
    .., even if you work 2-3 jobs, you are still not gonna make that much, because at the end of the year, irs will go after you! i think i will stick with one job for now
    Last edit by Rep on Mar 12, '07 : Reason: grammar
  7. by   thenurse2006
    This thread is full of candor & light. I admire the nurses who came to u.s. :flowersfo It is always almost every nurse's dream to work overseas esp in the u.s. Am I correct? Reading thru the different threads,I gather that the us healthcare is busy,that being paid that well means a harder work. I'd like to know if there are still fun ,joys and laughters while working in a toxic u.s. hospitals? Just wonderin'. Hope my concerns be answered. It may not be very impt, but it does matter a lot to me. Cheers!:spin: :flowersfo
  8. by   RNHawaii34
    Quote from thenurse2006
    this thread is full of candor & light. i admire the nurses who came to u.s. :flowersfo it is always almost every nurse's dream to work overseas esp in the u.s. am i correct? reading thru the different threads,i gather that the us healthcare is busy,that being paid that well means a harder work. i'd like to know if there are still fun ,joys and laughters while working in a toxic u.s. hospitals? just wonderin'. hope my concerns be answered. it may not be very impt, but it does matter a lot to me. cheers!:spin: :flowersfo
    fun and joy....sure we do, a simple " thank you" from patients is always a joy to me. being respected by my fellow nurses is always a good thing, and yes, there are a lot of instances at work which i consider fun...but i am not gonna share it here,, ...it's against hippaa rule and also, seeing my paycheck every payday always bring fun and laughter to me
  9. by   bonbon2005
    Quote from Rep
    I don't think they will credit your courses taken here. You will have to start from scratch but that is okay. Good luck!
    dearest Rep,
    I just want to ask you about this thing I read from one of the post, and the post came from suzzane....therefore....this is true and im scared... according to her, ( I will just copy what she said coz I printed it out )

    " there are somethings that you need to be aware of,you must make sure that you have about five months of funds available to you to live on while waiting. It is the 90 days before a petition can be submitted, plus about another 60 days before you will receive the EAD ( EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION DOCUMENT), which permits you to work,. then you need to allow about one week for your SSN# to arrive after you apply for it. ( this is the most scary part ) It is illegal to accept any type of work during this time., and if you are cought, you face deportationand not being permitted to return to the US for a period of at least 10 years.

    I want to ask you, and maybe our all kababayan in the US....how did you survive? did you really did not work for that 5 months? under the table is definitely NO nO as I understand IT . how is that? what did you all do?

    Hope to hear something
    God Bless you all
  10. by   RNHawaii34
    [quote=bonbon2005;2135858]dearest rep,
    i just want to ask you about this thing i read from one of the post, and the post came from suzzane....therefore....this is true and im scared... according to her, ( i will just copy what she said coz i printed it out )

    " there are somethings that you need to be aware of,you must make sure that you have about five months of funds available to you to live on while waiting. it is the 90 days before a petition can be submitted, plus about another 60 days before you will receive the ead ( employment authorization document), which permits you to work,. then you need to allow about one week for your ssn# to arrive after you apply for it. ( this is the most scary part ) it is illegal to accept any type of work during this time., and if you are cought, you face deportationand not being permitted to return to the us for a period of at least 10 years.

    i want to ask you, and maybe our all kababayan in the us....how did you survive? did you really did not work for that 5 months? under the table is definitely no no as i understand it . how is that? what did you all do?

    there is no way that you will survive in 5 months without income...you need a place to stay, food to eat, and transportation..if you get seriously sick, then you need medical attention, in order for them to treat you, you need to give information..ssn is included. you don't have that, that will be a redflag that your illegal..if you work under the table, you will earn maybe less than minimum wage..and the job wont cover medical insurance...you lose either way, so why risk it?
  11. by   Rep
    I came here on an immigrant visa via CP and had a job waiting for me. Right now, AOS is not applicable because of the retrogression.

    Quote from bonbon2005
    dearest Rep,
    I just want to ask you about this thing I read from one of the post, and the post came from suzzane....therefore....this is true and im scared... according to her, ( I will just copy what she said coz I printed it out )

    " there are somethings that you need to be aware of,you must make sure that you have about five months of funds available to you to live on while waiting. It is the 90 days before a petition can be submitted, plus about another 60 days before you will receive the EAD ( EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION DOCUMENT), which permits you to work,. then you need to allow about one week for your SSN# to arrive after you apply for it. ( this is the most scary part ) It is illegal to accept any type of work during this time., and if you are cought, you face deportationand not being permitted to return to the US for a period of at least 10 years.

    I want to ask you, and maybe our all kababayan in the US....how did you survive? did you really did not work for that 5 months? under the table is definitely NO nO as I understand IT . how is that? what did you all do?

    Hope to hear something
    God Bless you all
  12. by   suzanne4
    And what I posted above, that is one of the reasons that you are seeing so many raids going on right now in CA, as well as all over the US. Working in the RN role without a visa to do so, and even a license in many states, is grounds for a jail sentence, and then deportation. And ICE is not fooling around. They are picking up people right and left right now. And you are not taken to the airport to return home, but to immigration detention.

    It has always been five months or so to get the EAD to work legally if you are from the Philippines, and why I have always warned everyone. And especially for anyone that has come over since the end of last summer and thought that they would go thru AOS, but did not get things started on time, and they tell you that they are working here now, but do not have a SSN#, meaning that they are working illegally, and will get caught.

    Sprry, but they know 100% of what they are doing, and the wonderful attorneys that have told them to do this, belong in jail, or deported as well. It comes down to the nurse needing to be responsible for whatever they do, and know the requirements of working in the US. If they get picked up, they will be told that is was their responsibility to know, and it will not change things.

    I am coming across more and more that are working here illegally, and it is making it harder for those of you that wish to do it the legal and correct way.
  13. by   Bamexlegs
    Hello! I am pinoy nurse currently working in UK. I have been here for 7 years now, able to get the British citizenship and mortgage. I just passed the NCLEX 75Q and have my visa screen certificate so hopefully will be in USA soon once the retrogression is lifted.
    The threads here are very informative and as well as encouraging for us nurses and I hope that the transition from UK to USA will be as smooth as possible. I will be leaving my husband and two kids behind and will probably bring them over once I a settled there.
    So, I will still continue to keep on reading for new posts in the hope og getting more tips in surviving the great US of A.
    More power to the nurses!!!!

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