Nurse from USA interested in working in The Philippines

  1. Hi ,

    I'm a Fil-Am interestered in working in the Philippines. I'm an American citizen with 1 1/2 year experience in med-surg with an associates degree, currently enrolled in a BSN program. expected to finish by 2014.

    My question is: How do I go about applying for a license in the Philippines if I decide to pursue a nursing career there?
    Last edit by Esme12 on Mar 1, '13 : Reason: TOS/english only pls
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  3. by   dongrn
    First of all, you have to be a Filipino Citizen to have a Philippine Nursing License- that throws you out of the ballpark right there. Im sure you will not try anything drastic.

    I commend you for your continued BSN education but to give up your citizenship is for different thread.
  4. by   Daly City RN

    Were you born in the Philippines or in the U.S.? If you have been in the U.S. since birth or if you have been residing here in the U.S. for a long time, be prepared to have culture shock when you land in the Philippines. Vacationing over there can be quite fun, but residing and working there is quite different and may not be fun for many foreigners who have to actually earn a living there.

    I live in California, and over here RNs in 'acute care' hospitals, as you may already know, can be legally assigned up to 5 patients only in Med-Surg units. In skilled nursing facilities, RNs get a lot more patients though but patients are not acutely ill. I have worked in acute care hospitals for over 27 years and 1/2 year in SNFs. I was busy in both types of facilities. (The last 4 years I have worked in home health as a visiting RN, then as a clinical supervisor.)

    You already know that compensation for U.S. RNs is quite lucrative, with 'starting salaries' of up to $50 per hour in urban areas such as the San Francisco Bay Area here in California.

    There are literally HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of unemployed nurses in the Philippines. Let us say you were inceredibly lucky to find a nursing job in the Philippines, be prepared to get paid very little. Salaries of nurses in the Philippines is sadly not enough to support the kind of lifestyles and high standard of living that nurses in the U.S. enjoy.

    If money, or the lack of it, is not important to you, and if you think you will be happy working in hospitals that assign nurses with up to 30-40 patients per shift, then you might want to try it. That would be very brave of you. Again, be prepared for the culture shock.

    Are you willing to give up your U.S. citizenship? Or if you were born a Filipino citizen, then you may want to acquire 'dual citizenship', you will keep your U.S. citizenship and become a Filipino citizen once again in order to work as a nurse in the Philippines.

    Hundreds of thousands of Filipino nurses have migrated to the U.S. and tens of thousands are working as nurses.

    I have yet to hear about a U.S. nurse who migrated to the Philippines to work there as a nurse.

    Good luck.

    Last edit by Daly City RN on Mar 29, '13
  5. by   steppybay
    Click and read...Nursing dreams turns sour in the Phillipines

    You'll be trying to get in your job application with about 300,000 plus unemployment PH nurses.

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