Nurses like us who did not have any hospital related job can apply as a nurse trainee in any DOH accredited hospital all throughout the country under the Registered Nurses for Hospital Employment and Local Services (RNHEALS) program wherein you will be working like a regular nurse under a supervision of another nurse-mentor for a year. Unlike just volunteering for nothing, you will be compensated by an 8k allowance monthly and the good thing about this is that some nurse-trainees are eventually offered a plantilla position (regular position) before or shortly after the 12-month training concludes.
Like you I did not have any hospital related jobs before until I applied at the National Center for Mental Health as a Psychiatric Nurse Trainee under the RNHEALS program. I had a very promising and stable career in the biggest and most prestigious BPO in the country as an SME when I finally took the courage to leave the above average salary and budding career just to pursue my real passion.
It took me 4 years before finally getting to where I am at right now and it was really a tough decision to do so. I am not the sole breadwinner at home but not being able to pay for different utility bills and not being able to provide for weekly groceries and emergency needs really make me stressed out but I am willing to make these sacrifices for the mean time and who knows, I can finally be absorbed as a regular nurse after a year.
There is still hope for nurses like us. I graduated in 2008 and unlike most of my fellow nurses in the BPO industry who just totally turned their back from the nursing profession, I have been able to keep my desire to practice nursing ardently burning for years. You can try submitting your application for the RNHEALS program in the last quarter of this year to any DOH hospitals near you so you won't have to volunteer anymore.
I'm not quite sure about the process for MOH screening but getting some sort of experience will surely be a big asset for you. I have heard from our staff nurses that some fellow RNHEALS were hired abroad and they were able to use their experience in the training program as an edge to work abroad as nurses.