Number of Philippine Nurses Emigrating Skyrockets - page 12

The Philippines exports 15,000 nurses a year, and it's estimated that 1 in 10 Filipinos now works abroad. The nursing drain could have a crippling effect on the Philippines healthcare system. ... Read More

  1. by   Rep
    Thank you for bringing this piece of history that these two countries shared. Yes, many Filipinos joined the USAFE ( United States Army of the Far East) and fought and died for America.

    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Also, let us not forget it hasn't been that long ago that the Phillipines was an American territory. There's a history there, a bond that goes way back. In WWII many Americans faught and died in the Phillipines.
  2. by   letina
    Hello all,
    I've just read this thread from beginning to end and, oh boy, do I feel apprehensive now
    I'm a UK nurse, ready to move to the US in the near future, and I'm just wondering how you all feel about us Brits
    There's just me and my husband (kids all grown) and we are coming with the idea that we'll settle in the US, have a much better life than we have here, work hard to earn our keep, and we certainly won't be sending any funds back to the UK! Having visited America many times over the years, we absolutely love your country, the people, and your patriotism.
    Sorry to hijack what's supposed to be a discussion about Phillipino nurses, but I'm also gonna be a foreign nurse working in the US and wondered if any of you have British colleagues and are there any problems?
    Thanks
    Tina
  3. by   Rose56
    Quote from letina
    Hello all,
    I've just read this thread from beginning to end and, oh boy, do I feel apprehensive now
    I'm a UK nurse, ready to move to the US in the near future, and I'm just wondering how you all feel about us Brits
    There's just me and my husband (kids all grown) and we are coming with the idea that we'll settle in the US, have a much better life than we have here, work hard to earn our keep, and we certainly won't be sending any funds back to the UK! Having visited America many times over the years, we absolutely love your country, the people, and your patriotism.
    Sorry to hijack what's supposed to be a discussion about Phillipino nurses, but I'm also gonna be a foreign nurse working in the US and wondered if any of you have British colleagues and are there any problems?
    Thanks
    Tina
    Letina, you do not have to worry about anything. For a handful of nurses that take issue about "foreign nurses", there's countless more who are just grateful for the extra pair of hands for the job. Come on over to good old US of A and welcome!!!!!
  4. by   jnette
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    NO corruption in US government and taxation? Ummmm where did you get THIS impression????

    my thoughts, too, Deb, when I read that.

    Corruption is rampant EVERYWHERE... we MIGHT be just a little better at hiding it or disguising it.. for a TIME.. but it comes out, always does.
  5. by   letina
    Quote from Rose56
    Letina, you do not have to worry about anything. For a handful of nurses that take issue about "foreign nurses", there's countless more who are just grateful for the extra pair of hands for the job. Come on over to good old US of A and welcome!!!!!
    Thank you for your reassurance
    God Bless America !!
  6. by   fergus51
    Letina, there tends to be a different attitude towards the English speakers (Canadians, Australians, NZers, Brits). I've often been told I'm not "really foreign" cause I'm Canadian.
  7. by   Rose56
    Quote from fergus51
    Letina, there tends to be a different attitude towards the English speakers (Canadians, Australians, NZers, Brits). I've often been told I'm not "really foreign" cause I'm Canadian.
    You are definitely right, fergus. And they are not only English speakers, but whites.
  8. by   Hockeytown
    I have often wondered why everything is America or Americans fault. There seems to be no accountability for people who try to find fault with America and Americans. This is not a race card so please stop the madness!!! I am concerned about the people who come into America and demand that Americans assimulate to other cultures and languages. It is true there are many ON BOTH SIDES who have difficulty with the other but to say that it is ONLY Americans who have the problem is absolutely 100% incorrect.
  9. by   newbornballer
    Hi there I am a Filipino student studying nursing, and soon I'll be there in the US, through God's grace!

    pEACE!
  10. by   msonurse
    Quote from brian
    The Philippines exports 15,000 nurses a year, and it's estimated that 1 in 10 Filipinos now works abroad. The nursing drain could have a crippling effect on the Philippines healthcare system.

    Listen to this radio segment on NPR at:
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...sourceCode=RSS
    I wonder if anyone has thought about the impact this will have on the nursing profession in the US. We are already fighting for better working conditions, better pay and to be treated fairly by employers. I feel that employers will ignore our voices even more when they get the idea in their heads that they can 'just import nurses'.
  11. by   Rose56
    Quote from newbornballer
    Hi there I am a Filipino student studying nursing, and soon I'll be there in the US, through God's grace!

    pEACE!
    Good for you! Keep up with your studies and take advantage of all the ooportunities in the clinical area. I know that there are a lot of chances to acquire nursing proficiency in the clinical area there. It helps that the textbooks used in the Philippines are exactly the same textbooks used here in the US.
    God Bless!
  12. by   letina
    Quote from msonurse
    I wonder if anyone has thought about the impact this will have on the nursing profession in the US. We are already fighting for better working conditions, better pay and to be treated fairly by employers. I feel that employers will ignore our voices even more when they get the idea in their heads that they can 'just import nurses'.
    I hear what you're saying but please believe this - it is not as easy as 'just importing nurses' as you say. Speaking as a UK nurse who is 'jumping thru hoops' to immigrate into your wonderful country, I wish it was that easy. But it isn't. We have to go thru a very long clearance process which can be extremely frustrating and trying at times, but hopefully will be worth the effort. I know it can take 2 years or more for us Brits and I think even longer for nurses from the Phillipines and other countries. It must be equally as difficult for our potential employers as they also have to play the long waiting game for foreign nurses to obtain the necessary visas. I'm sure, under the circumstances, employers would much prefer to hire US nurses.
    Tina
  13. by   tizmonster
    Quote from letina
    Hello all,
    I've just read this thread from beginning to end and, oh boy, do I feel apprehensive now
    I'm a UK nurse, ready to move to the US in the near future, and I'm just wondering how you all feel about us Brits
    There's just me and my husband (kids all grown) and we are coming with the idea that we'll settle in the US, have a much better life than we have here, work hard to earn our keep, and we certainly won't be sending any funds back to the UK! Having visited America many times over the years, we absolutely love your country, the people, and your patriotism.
    Sorry to hijack what's supposed to be a discussion about Phillipino nurses, but I'm also gonna be a foreign nurse working in the US and wondered if any of you have British colleagues and are there any problems?
    Thanks
    Tina
    I've met many nurses from UK, Ireland. Again, they are very passionate about their profession, and they care about their patients. They are solid professionals for the most part. I think a lot of the responses here is based on fear of loosing employment. The reality is this. Nurses that are foreign based must be paid in same fashion as their american co-workers. The PERM has been established to protect our workers from being impacted being displaced by others that would come here and work for less. The hospitals and clinics that are hiring workers outside of the USA must establish that these roles are not being filled by American workers - and they must prove that they have seriously posted these jobs internally and externally in the area. The issue is this...we have a major patient population coming into the system (baby-boomers) and a major retirement of our nursing professionals convering @ the same time. To make the issue even more dicey, our nursing schools are turning away 26,000 nurse student candidates - 'cause they aren't set up to handle the training part of the scenario. Part of the problem with this is the pay that educators in the nursing schools are not paid as much as they can make in a clinical setting. Part of the solution would be for the colleges to recognize this disparity and take the incomes up for these professionals. The only "bridge scenario" employers should be able to tap into would be to hire foreign nurses that have solid experience. That is being challenged by our homeland security issues right now. This is a mess.

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