I'll assume over there are at least 100,000 active licensed nurses in the Philippines,(probably many more than that!) all of whom are looking for a challenge in the workplace, good patient/nurse ratios, decent pay, and a continuing education program that keeps the Philippines at the "Top of The Class" of world nursing as a profession. 100,000 voices can be a VERY LOUD CRY in the ears of any government, especially here in the Philippines.
I suggest that Nurses act as ONE VOICE beginning with a resolution to present to the next annual meeting of the Philippine Nursing Association.
In that petition to adopt a resolution, YOU as nurses should make your desires known to the PNA so they may GET THE MESSAGE that action needs to be taken with the congress to legislate improvements in the following areas:
1) Minimum salary levels should be enacted and adopted by all hospitals and clinics at a level that recognizes a degreed medical professional.
2) Nurse/patient ratios should be required that allow for the proper care and attention a patient deserves according to the medical status of the patient
3) Nursing schools must be required to deliver an education and clinical supervision in a program that insures at least 60% passing rate for the NLE. Any school that fails to achieve this rate should be placed on immediate probation and failure to achieve 60% a 2nd time results in closure of the Nursing program
at that school
3) The PNA should mount an aggressive and EFFECTIVE media and congressional campaign to promote the above on behalf of all Philippine Nurses. A plan to accomplish this should be presented within 3 months of the annual PNA meeting for all PNA members to see. Thereafter, press releases must be done on a monthly basis to update all PNA members as to the effects of the campaigns.
I would suggest that a current PNA member, or group of members, start a petition online to form a resolution to present to the next PNA annual meeting. Determine WHAT YOU WANT TO IMPROVE and put these items in the form of a petition so other nurses may review, add to the items, and sign off.
In summary, I would encourage all of the new grads to join your local PNA chapter and work with fellow nurses to keep the pressure through the media on improving the terrible state of nursing and nursing education here in the Philippines. It is YOUR ORGANIZATION so become ONE VOICE......start with a RESOLUTION TO BETTER THE NURSING PROFESSION IN THE PHILIPPINES.