Why do so many nurses from the Philippines come to Canada/USA? - page 5

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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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    What an interesting thread! My floor is 95% Filipino and I have learned so much from them, nursing and cultural. I get to ask questions and we have honest discussions. Love it! We talk about when there is flooding in the Philippines, how are their families, I hear the tsunami is going to hit the Philippines, who is that crazy group that blew up the bus? Do you go back to the Philippines every year? Is it always for one month? What do you do? Does everyone speak the same language? no? really? So do you understand everyone who is Pilipino and a patient here? What does this word mean? etc (this just over the course of two years, not all at once )

    The only time I felt really uncomfortable was when a visitor leaned in really close to me and said, "Are YOU the only caucasion on the floor?!?" <gasp> I said, yes and I really like it. The food is good and the company better!
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    Why are there so many workers from Phillipines on the cruise ships ? I noticed that too, as I like to take cruises every year. Well, I work with Philippino nurses and I must admit they are the nicest and the smartest among foreign nurses I have encountered. Philippines is a poor country and US is a great place to live and work despite the recession.
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    Quote from neatnurse30
    Why are there so many workers from Phillipines on the cruise ships ? I noticed that too, as I like to take cruises every year. Well, I work with Philippino nurses and I must admit they are the nicest and the smartest among foreign nurses I have encountered. Philippines is a poor country and US is a great place to live and work despite the recession.

    Bravo.....
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    I must say I work with a disproportionately large percentage of Filipinos as well (versus what the community is comprised of). Interestingly, despite living in a state where Hispanics are the majority, I work with NO hispanic nurses, so it definitely seems that it is at least part cultural. That being said, I enjoy working with them all and find them all to be incredibly hard working. The ones I have never have a negative attitude, never complain and are nothing but courteous and helpful, as another poster pointed out I think they are quickly snatched up because they do tend to follow policy to the T. There meds are passed on time, there documentation/charting is accurate, they do everything that is required which is more than can be said for the majority of other nurses that I work with. Not to mention occasionally, for special occasions they will bring Lumpia :redpinkhe which has to be one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten and would probably never had got the experience to try otherwise.
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    You know, I never even knew nursing was a popular career choice for Philipinos/Philipinas until I signed up for this website! I just never thought about it or noticed. Then again, there aren't many people from the Philipines where I live. Guess I'll have to start learning Tagalog (even though I'm sure they're all 100% fluent in English, it helps to make friends by surprising people with a few words of their native language...just for fun!)
    Last edit by XB9S on Mar 18, '11 : Reason: Refering to deleted posts
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    It has nothing to do per se with how "beautiful" the country is or any other such things.

    The matter is simply one of population and employment choices.

    Mainly a RC country, the Phillippines has a vast population of women/girls, many of whom a few choices of employment regardless of education levels. Even the male population suffers from this to some extent, sot he choice is one persons have made since history began, move to some place where one can find work.

    As it relates to nursing this is not a totally new idea. It was not *that* long ago convents, hospitals and other areas of employment full of the ranks of Irish, Italian, and other women/girls of from Western European or UK countries and or ancestry working as everything from nurses, teachers, and so forth down to domestics.

    Employment for women at that time was mainly education, religous life (the convent or abbey), or nursing. So if you wanted out of your father's house, and or needed to earn money, that is where you looked (the last bit about earning funds does not apply to religous life of course).

    With many familes of European background having far less children than in the past, coupled with vastly better employment choices for women has meant many of former "pink ghetto" areas have had to look elsewhere to fill their ranks.

    For the record nurses have always been imported to these shores. In the first part of the last century they came from the UK/EU countries, mainly the ones where English was already spoken and or had a supply of women who could speak the language besides their own. When the US changed it's immigration laws the action for finding nurses moved to the Philippines for the same reason; owing to it's connections with the USA post WWII there was and continues to be a large supply of native born persons who speak English.
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    Off topic, divisive, rude and insulting posts have been removed from this thread. I haven't PM'd any of you to tell you because there were so many. If you can't find your post it's been deleted.

    I will reopen this thread now, please remember the terms of service before you post, divisive comments will not be tolerated.
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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...
    would you want to work 6 days a week 12 hours a day for $182 a month ????
    NO , they don't either


    piglett
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    Quote from piglett
    would you want to work 6 days a week 12 hours a day for $182 a month ????
    NO , they don't either


    piglett

    What is the cost of living in your home town?

    Do homes cost 1/2 million dollars? Does gas cost 1/2 your pay? Just wondering.


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