Why do so many nurses from the Philippines come to Canada/USA? - page 8

by lilaclover | 29,232 Views | 126 Comments

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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    Wow you have no idea how offshore call centers are viewed here in
    Australia.......very poor English skills can never understand them and things are never fixed up y them.
    Overseas call centers are the biggest source of complaints for upr phone companies...having call centers is not a recommendation for good English skills, but shows cheap,scab labour with no unions.
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    another input.. before any filipino nurse gets accepted to a nursing job in either canada, UK or US, they undergo and pass all the necessary examinations for practicing the profession legally. it means that filipino nurses are comparable with nurses educated in either canada, UK or US.
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    Quote from dlumagui
    another input.. before any filipino nurse gets accepted to a nursing job in either canada, UK or US, they undergo and pass all the necessary examinations for practicing the profession legally. it means that filipino nurses are comparable with nurses educated in either canada, UK or US.
    Not entirely true : )

    Filipino nurse training is actually better in many ways than that of the UK.
    UK nurses train in only one area, adult, kids, mental health or maternity.
    In order to take the NCLEX or other foreign exam, they have to complete training in the other three areas just to be eligible. Their training also has far less Pharmacology and biochemistry content.
    As a UK trained nurse, I can see huge differences in standards between UK and Filipino nurses that I work with.
    And its far easier for a Filipino nurse to approach NCLEX than a UK one, their training is pretty much aligned to the US one. When I took NCLEX, I don't know how I would have done it without my wonderful Filipino team all studying with me on the night shift! Thanks guys!!
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    Quote from skylark
    Not entirely true : )

    Filipino nurse training is actually better in many ways than that of the UK.
    UK nurses train in only one area, adult, kids, mental health or maternity.
    In order to take the NCLEX or other foreign exam, they have to complete training in the other three areas just to be eligible. Their training also has far less Pharmacology and biochemistry content.
    As a UK trained nurse, I can see huge differences in standards between UK and Filipino nurses that I work with.
    And its far easier for a Filipino nurse to approach NCLEX than a UK one, their training is pretty much aligned to the US one. When I took NCLEX, I don't know how I would have done it without my wonderful Filipino team all studying with me on the night shift! Thanks guys!!
    I would respectfully disagree

    UK training is different now to how it was a few years ago, some universities do cover all areas and some nurses have not had to make up any hours to meet US or Canada requirements. Training is different and doesn't mean any other country is better. Each has their own requirements on how they want their nurses trained
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    You obviously haven't met my current students : )

    We have final placemnt students, who are about to qualifiy.
    They have never heard of the GLasgow Coma Scale.
    OR that there are other antibiotics besides penicillins.
    Never heard of supra-pubic catheters.
    Or how to measure blood glucose.
    What is an arterial blood gas?
    One had not even heard of Multiple sclerosis.

    Their essay skills are second to none, but nursing is not a creative writing type occupation. Patients want to know that they know about analgesia, not about plagarism and learning styles.

    These students are in the greater London area btw.
    I'm here until October, come see for yourself: )
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    Quote from skylark
    Not entirely true : )

    Filipino nurse training is actually better in many ways than that of the UK.
    UK nurses train in only one area, adult, kids, mental health or maternity.
    In order to take the NCLEX or other foreign exam, they have to complete training in the other three areas just to be eligible. Their training also has far less Pharmacology and biochemistry content.
    As a UK trained nurse, I can see huge differences in standards between UK and Filipino nurses that I work with.
    And its far easier for a Filipino nurse to approach NCLEX than a UK one, their training is pretty much aligned to the US one. When I took NCLEX, I don't know how I would have done it without my wonderful Filipino team all studying with me on the night shift! Thanks guys!!
    The fact that the US and UK use different models of nursing education doesn't mean one is better than the other. The fact that Filipino nurses are trained in the US model rather than the UK model doesn't mean that they get "better" education than UK nurses. It just means that they regard the US as a more desirable "export" destination than the UK ...
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    Quote from ceridwyn
    Wow you have no idea how offshore call centers are viewed here in
    Australia.......very poor English skills can never understand them and things are never fixed up y them.
    Overseas call centers are the biggest source of complaints for upr phone companies...having call centers is not a recommendation for good English skills, but shows cheap,scab labour with no unions.
    If it really cause that much dissatisfaction I think I'll start seeing that industry collapse. Make me believe it.
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    Quote from skylark
    You obviously haven't met my current students : )

    We have final placemnt students, who are about to qualifiy.
    They have never heard of the GLasgow Coma Scale.
    OR that there are other antibiotics besides penicillins.
    Never heard of supra-pubic catheters.
    Or how to measure blood glucose.
    What is an arterial blood gas?
    One had not even heard of Multiple sclerosis.

    Their essay skills are second to none, but nursing is not a creative writing type occupation. Patients want to know that they know about analgesia, not about plagarism and learning styles.

    These students are in the greater London area btw.
    I'm here until October, come see for yourself: )
    Supra pubic catheter, well not everyone sees them, I know I didn't see one until after I was qualified. If they don't know how to monitor blood glucose then their placement is lacking. I know where I worked up north the students to the most part was well trained and aware of basic nursing needs and how to perform basic nursing actions.

    If this is the case with students you are seeing then it is up to you to bring this to the attention of the tutors.
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    "Bring this to the attention of the tutors" -

    No offence, but we have been doing that for years !!!!!!!

    Nothing changes, we still see final placement students with the knowledge and skills that I consider appropriate for a first year student.
    They qualify about 2 months after this placements. I would never want any of them looking after my family. My son was in hospital just this week, and I could not fault the care the (filipino) team gave him, it was nursing at its finest.

    Sorry, but that is how it is. Come and see!
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    My cousins went back to the Philippines to study for a BSN and they had a poor clinical rotation. One of my cousins was quite disappointed because she was expecting a better education and felt she wasn't well prepared when she came back to the States. My other cousin doesn't care that her education was poor. All she cared about was getting her license in CA and working as a nurse.


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