Why do so many nurses from the Philippines come to Canada/USA? - page 2

by lilaclover

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I hope nobody takes offense to this question because I certainly don't mean it in any negative way. I am just wondering why so many nurses from the Philippines are coming to Canada and the USA? I always thought the... Read More


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    i had a conversation with my husband about this very topic!

    if you are an american, i can understand the gist of this question. how can certain segments of foreigners just up and move to another country in such large numbers? isn't it difficult to do, emotionally-speaking?

    we, as americans, don't understand it because--unless we are immigrants ourselves--we don't move!

    http://pewsocialtrends.org/2008/12/1...t-wheres-home/

    a new pew social & demographic trends survey finds that most americans have moved to a new community at least once in their lives, although a notable number nearly four-in-ten have never left the place in which they were born[color=#426983]1.
    that's 40% of americans have never moved from their hometowns. ever.

    my in-laws came here from a western european country, and, considering they've lived in only two cities their entire lives (here and there), i told my husband, "wow, that was a big change for them to make, seeing as they didn't like change that much!"

    his response: "no it wasn't. a lot of people during that time in [their home country] were coming to the us. it was no big deal, really, like it is to us."

    in my opinion, if an entire culture sees emigration as a norm, it will happen often and in large numbers, often to a single country or even to one geographic area in a single country. americans moving to another country to live is not a norm, so it may seem odd to us.
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    Quote from lilaclover
    i hope nobody takes offense to this question because i certainly don't mean it in any negative way.

    i am just wondering why so many nurses from the philippines are coming to canada and the usa? i always thought the philippines was supposed to be a beautiful place? why does it seem everyone wants to leave it? it seems to be the most common country to see foreign nurses from here in canada (west coast). why don't they want to stay in their home country? i love visiting other countries but i don't think i would want to go through the hassle of permanantly relocating to another country. i know i am probably being really naive here but i have always been curious about this. here in vancouver bc i think i work with more phillipino nurses than fellow canadians. frankly its kinda sad considering how many canadians are out of work...
    why are so many people here on allnurses always asking this? what's next? why are there so many black nurses? why are there so many hispanics nurses? back in the days when we had the "nursing shortage", the u.s. government were begging filipino nurses to come to america. they automatically got "green cards" instantly including their families. that's how my mom and several of my aunts got here. and now that there is no more nursing shortage, you want to kick them to the curb?

    why is it sad that you work more with filipino nurses than your fellow canadians? is it the filipino nurses fault that many canadians are out of work? how do you know they are not canadian citizens already?

    these filipino nurses enter your country legally and your board of nursing issued these nurses licenses, so what is the problem?
    Last edit by agldragonRN on Mar 16, '11
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    Quote from agldragonrn
    why are so many people here on allnurses always asking this? what's next? why are there so many black nurses? why are there so many hispanics nurses? back in the days when we had the "nursing shortage", the u.s. government were begging filipino nurses to come to america. they automatically got "green cards" instantly including their families. that's how my mom and several of my aunts got here. and now that there is no more nursing shortage, you want to kick them to the curb?

    why is it sad that you work more with filipino nurses than your fellow canadians? is it the filipino nurses fault that many canadians are out of work? these filipino nurses enter your country legally and your board of nursing issued these nurses licenses, so what is the problem?


    as i said earlier, there is no problem. i am just curious as to what the draw is. wouldn't you start to wonder if you were in your home country of the philippines (having never lived in another country like me) and there were more canadian nurses working with you than nurses from your own country? and please don't put words in my mouth. if you actually read my earlier post you would see that i said i really enjoy working with all of the phillipino nurses. they are some of the most caring and hard working nurses around. who said anything about kicking them to the curb?

    is it the filiono nurses fault that canadian nurses are out of work you ask? well no its not their fault directly. they were recruited when we needed them and its definitley not their fault for wanting to go to a place where they can make more money. i would also do this in a heartbeat. however as a canadian i can't help but think about how fellow canadians wouldn't be jobless if we hand't recruited so hard internationally during a brief time of nursing shortage... i don't know, i claim to be an expert on any of this. i just want an honest open discussion.
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    Quote from agldragonrn
    why are so many people here on allnurses always asking this? what's next? why are there so many black nurses? why are there so many hispanics nurses? back in the days when we had the "nursing shortage", the u.s. government were begging filipino nurses to come to america. they automatically got "green cards" instantly including their families. that's how my mom and several of my aunts got here. and now that there is no more nursing shortage, you want to kick them to the curb?

    why is it sad that you work more with filipino nurses than your fellow canadians? is it the filipino nurses fault that many canadians are out of work? how do you know they are not canadian citizens already?

    these filipino nurses enter your country legally and your board of nursing issued these nurses licenses, so what is the problem?
    and also i must point this out:

    no i am not going to ask next why are there so many black nurses or hispanic nurses. cause i have never worked with either one of those groups of people. yet i work with easily 50% filipino nurses.
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    Beauty doesnt pay bills, money does. Canada and usa pay better
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    Nurses in the Philippines are paid so low. Now a days they start by being a volunteer for 6 months and then when you are hired you are paid around 5000-10000 pesos which is around $100-200. If you have years of experience like seniors who are experienced with icu/or/etc any specialty around 10000-20000 which is $200-400. By reading this you will get the reason why. Also in the Philippines we dont have our own CNA so nurses there do everything. I'm a Filipino but I cant blame you for asking the question if i was a canadian I would have ask the same thing.

    Edit: the salary I was talking about is monthly
    Last edit by jmnurse08 on Mar 16, '11
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    I'm Filipino

    and i think the OP didnt mean it in a negative way, it is true there are a lot of us in nursing! We cannot deny that, there are a lot of Filipinos. If there were a lot of Chinese people in nursing I would be like " why are there a lot of Chinese people in nursing? " Because it seems like nursing is a cultural thing for us. Some come from the Philippines because the pay and lifestyle here is a lot better compared to there. There are a lot of Filipinos in the profession probably because most of us have family members, relatives, or friends who are nurses, which influences our career choice aswell.

    I know my brother who was influenced by his girlfriend who was influenced by her family of nurses, so it's a cycle. Thinking of nursing just once, with all the opportunities it comes with, will stay in our mind because it is a career choice that is hard to pass up (good pay while helping humanity a little more every day).
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    Quote from kevin g
    i'm filipino

    and i think the op didnt mean it in a negative way, it is true there are a lot of us in nursing! we cannot deny that, there are a lot of filipinos. if there were a lot of chinese people in nursing i would be like " why are there a lot of chinese people in nursing? " because it seems like nursing is a cultural thing for us. some come from the philippines because the pay and lifestyle here is a lot better compared to there. there are a lot of filipinos in the profession probably because most of us have family members, relatives, or friends who are nurses, which influences our career choice aswell.

    i know my brother who was influenced by his girlfriend who was influenced by her family of nurses, so it's a cycle. thinking of nursing just once, with all the opportunities it comes with, will stay in our mind because it is a career choice that is hard to pass up (good pay while helping humanity a little more every day).
    did you not read these statements from the op?

    Quote from lilaclover

    is it the filiono nurses fault that canadian nurses are out of work you ask? well no its not their fault directly. they were recruited when we needed them and its definitley not their fault for wanting to go to a place where they can make more money. i would also do this in a heartbeat. however as a canadian i can't help but think about how fellow canadians wouldn't be jobless if we hand't recruited so hard internationally during a brief time of nursing shortage...
    i read the above as: the filipinos are indirectly responsible for jobless canadians.

    Quote from lilaclover
    here in vancouver bc i think i work with more phillipino nurses than fellow canadians. frankly its kinda sad considering how many canadians are out of work...
    again, the blaming of the filipinos again and sad because many canadians are out of work due to them.
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    I asked some of my Filipino coworkers this at the beginning of my nursing career when we were talking one night. I had never met Filipinos (that I recalled) until I started that job. They told me plain and simple that there was no work for them in the Philippines and they were supporting their families. They were serious about the conversation and voiced a longing to be at home.
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    it's not like these filipinos are stealing jobs from canadians or americans. they came legally to the country. the jobs are open to everybody including the citizens. everyone is free to apply.

    what is up with singling out an ethnic group of people?
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