Quote from RNdynamic
If I am not mistaken, the phillipines is the world's largest exporter of overseas laborers to various countries. OFW's (overseas filipino workers) send remittances back to the Philippines in amounts that rival Mexico and China.
It is so bad for nurses in the Philippines that for years, trained nurses have to volunteer for years before actually being paid to work, and during that volunteer period they are liable for giving meds and carrying out complex treatments that you would never see volunteers in the USA perform.
Unfortunately, the education is not similar. I remember reading that only 40% of the Filipino nurses that take the nclex-rn ever pass it. There is a definite overabundance of bad Filipino nurses, who are produced by the overabundance of bad Filipino nursing schools. Yet, because of greedy deals that American hospitals make, they get hired straight into our ICUs with no training and almost no orientation. So make sure to watch out.
At least the situation is somewhat better than it used to be; internationally-educated nurses are now required to pass the NCLEX and get licensed before they are allowed to work in the US, no temporary permits. My sister is a travel agent who used to live and work in Houston TX. The agency she worked for handled all the travel arrangements for one of the big Houston medical centers, and I remember her telling me, when we were having a conversation about this, that this particularly hospital used to send a big plane down to the PI, pick up a planeload full of RNs there and bring them to the US to work in the medical center. The hospital would house them all, five or six to an apartment, in a small apartment building the hospital owned, and provide transportation back and forth to work. The hospital would get them all temporary licenses and they would work in the medical center for the max amount of time they could on the temporary permits. When they finally had no choice but to take the NCLEX, most or all of them would flunk the exam, and the hospital would put them all on a plane, fly them back to the PI, pick up a new planeload of nurses for the return trip, and do the same thing over again. It was a regular, ongoing cycle, and my sister knew about it personally because her agency was making the plane arrangements on a regular basis. I'm sure that particular medical center wasn't the only
big hospital doing this in those days.
At least that
kind of thing has been eliminated ...