Importing nurses from the Phillipines - page 10

My hospital is working on getting nurses from the Phillipines to fill some of our needs. We have been in the paper process for almost a year and now it looks like we actually will be getting some of... Read More

  1. by   apols_uk
    hey rasunico hows our country i can see you live down the coast since cavite is near the sea i went there ages ago when i was in college with friends.
    nursing in the uk is no different from american and philippine setting. there are differences specially name of drugs which
    i havent heard before but as time goes youll adapt to it.

    its nice working and living here as well specially if you master their jargons( rhyming things but not their original meaning
    ex. i wanna spend a penny which means going to toilet)

    its challenging though before its impossible to understand
    the scottish accent, irish and welsh and not to mention the northern people but you will adapt to them before you know it as you always encounter everyday of your life but i find them very polite and it seems a crime in here if you dont say please or sorry very reserved something that you can learn how to be more polished and graceful.
    i hope and wishh you luck in your future career in here

  2. by   apols_uk
    i just wish one day and hopefully in my generation that working conditions and benefits and pay in the philippines will improve so that filipino nurses will stay including me. its just amazing how my brothers and sisters in the western world still treat and think of us as CHEAP LABOR, NO CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS, POOR ENGLISH and SPELLING,POOR PATIENT CARE,"YES and NO confussion as a means of agreeing and so on................................

    YES!!!!!! made in the philippines so those people try hiring monkeys next time.throw them with a half eaten banana they will agree being laughed at and be tagged as what i have said above.
  3. by   booboo
    YES - I have travelled to many other countries! And yes - I have many policitally correct ideas - some even liberal ones! It's the life experiences and the experiences with other cultures that I am able to SAFELY say and admit that YES - differences between cultures are a reality.
    It's the naive and probably - young - or extremely liberal ones that can't admit to the differences between men and women, cultures, etc.
    If there is one thing people have said about me in the past is that I am FAIR - to a fault sometimes. I believe in fair and equal treatment for everyone. It is the attitude of some Asian workers that hierarchies exist. That a doctor is superior to nurses, that ACP's or CNA's are inferior, that P&P books are superior to a nurse in a critical situation. It is exactly the UNFAIR and subordinate - and conservative - attitude of some that are causing a problem for natives here in the U.S. who want to make things better for all nurses. Not take less pay, less respect and simply say yes sir, no sir to any and all "superiors" as some do.
    So before Youda begins to stereotype me, please realize I am speaking from years of life experiences in different parts of this country and travels in other parts of the world.
    And the fact is that as long as there are foreign nurses eager to come here to take less pay and poor working conditions - IT WILL NOT IMPROVE! THIS WILL WEAKEN OUR POWER TO MAKE CHANGES!
    I actually can see vacancies being filled by nurses from poorer countries who are willing to settle for what we have in the workplace now and eventually, U.S. nurses will become the minority, if not entirely replaced.
    I'm all for foreign nurses working here, from anywhere as long as they pass the same tests and are held to the same standards as I have to comply with. But I cannot tolerate their culture of hierarchy being forced into my workplace and onto me. EQUAL treatment for EVERYONE - that's the American way!!!!
  4. by   911fltrn
    Maybe one day this will make a huge shortage in the phillipines! Im sure it already has or is. I wish they would hurry up and raise the wages over there. Then I could move there! Ive been to the phillipines 3 times and love the place. I flew a patient there once! That was kind of spooky! Im not sure she would have survived in the U.S. let alone in one of the poor facilities mentioned a few pages back! Hope everyone is having a great day!
  5. by   NancyRN
    Well stated, booboo! Thank you!
  6. by   Q.
    Whoops wrong thread.
  7. by   mjamesRN
    Here's a twist to this subject:
    Prejudice aside, a nurse is a nurse -- Phillipine nurses are welcome, but just as many English-speaking, American-trained nurses are being deported (see below). The State Boards of Nursing are doing nothing about this. Just who are our allies here? As the article states, the state senators have done nothing either, so to where does this guy and all other nurses being deported turn???

    Abel Castello-Diaz, R.N.
    "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE" Dateline: January 13, 2003
    Contact: Mr. Abel Castello-Diaz

    Despite a growing national critical nursing shortage, the INS is deporting USA trained Registered Nurses.

    ABINGTON, PA -. Abel Castello-Diaz, (INS# A029-109-758) a 39 year old Critical Care RN who was trained in this country during his 26 years living here is being deported at the end of a 15 year effort to become a citizen, because of a clerical error.

    The Vice President of Patient Services, Linda Schofield, RN, MBA, and Denise Lavery, RN, CCRN, Director of Critical Care Services, along with hundreds of RN's who are his colleagues at Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA have worked to keep Mr. Castello serving the medical needs of their patients at their medical facility. They cite both his abilities and the need for such qualified personnel due to the significant shortage of Registered Nurses in the USA, especially in specialties such as Critical Care. So far, their efforts have not made any difference to the INS.

    Ms. Schofield states, "Mr. Castello is a valuable member of our Critical Care Department at Abington Memorial Hospital and we've been frustrated by our inability to retain him as part of our healthcare community."

    Friends of Mr. Castello and the families of patients whose lives he has helped to save are seeking a reversal of the deportation order based on the fact that he never received notification of his date of Appeal and had his case decided without his Appeal. Apparently, there is not enough staff in the Philadelphia INS office to take the steps needed to properly notify individuals and their attorneys, so important mail is sent through non-certified - non-acknowledged mail resulting in an environment that has few checks on possible abuse.

    Senators Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum have been contacted by a great many people trying to prevent this miscarriage of justice and loss to the community. So far both offices are offering no assistance.

    if anyone has any insight on this they can email to the above contact or to me:
  8. by   cwernc
    From what I have read, it can often take a year after the Phillipine nurses arrive for them to be credentialed and able to work (in some cases). In the mean time, were all the nurses aware of a forgotten population of Nurses who are wanting to fill roles in their profession?

    We are disabled Nurses. A lot of us cannot work the floor, running the halls, but we cna to discharge teaching, follow up ER calls, instruction of any kind with the patients. We are well educated, well trained Nurses, that by some unforseen accident, be it on the job or a stroke, an MVA, we cannot work the floor.
    Few of need actual wokstation accomidation, what we need is maybe to motor in a chair or scooter, or evn waler to get to the workstation. We may not have the tolerance for 8 hour days, but we can help in busy times.

    How can we get this message across to Nursing/hospital/other administrations? When we mention the disability, or show up with an ambulation device, we generally do not hear back. Some of us have been "forgotten" in the waiting room.

    WE have a web site called Disabled Nurses and Healthcare workers at Please join us, read our stories.

    We are not whiners, we have disabilities but are functional persons, male and female, and would be delighted to work again.

    We have an unofficial saying: "There is nothing wrong with our minds, it's our bodies that are broken."
  9. by   NancyRN
    cwernc, what a thoughtful letter!

    I got cancer while in nursing school. Because of the treatment, I was left with extreme fatigue and an inability to lift more than 15 lbs. I've never really thought of myself as disabled, but I suppose I am. The term that comes to my mind is, "brokenhearted"! Nursing was a lifelong dream I accomplished after raising four children, going through cancer, chemo, radiation, and seven surgeries.

    I can only manage about one day a week of the grueling hospital world, so I do agency. I will never work enough to "climb the ladder" to a less physical job.

    As a patient, I'd rather have a disabled experienced nurse than a strong new graduate who can run a marathon but who might not recognize a change in my condition!
    Last edit by NancyRN on Feb 1, '03
  10. by   cwernc
    That's what I had intended. To get the profession to think of us.

    I, too, would rather have a disabled nurse caring for me and teaching me, as she will have the time- it is her job to teach me not hang blood, pass drugs, do dressing, etc.

    I have been fortunate since my injury. I have had managers who take me with them, until 12-02, when my company closed. I now am experienceing the "discrimination" that I never thought would occur.

    Join our group. We are great support for one another. I have 36 people in my pocket when I go on a screening interview this monday. It is comforting.
  11. by   NancyRN
    36 in your pocket? Not sure what that means! I'd love to join the group! What are you interviewing for?
  12. by   cwernc
    There are 36 of use that have formed our little group of disabled healthcare workers, and they have all told me they will be in my pocket monday. I am meeting for a screening interview with an HR recruiter for a triage nurse phone position.

    Join us! we are at Yahoo!groups and the group is Disabled Nurses and Healthcare workers.
  13. by   cutesabutton
    The original poster asked for an honest opinion and that is what I will give. I have worked almost EVERY SPECIALTY in my 26 years of nursing. I have worked about 45 facilities in all. A variety of states and a variety of nursing roles. From staff nurse, agency nurse to charge nurse and manager. The most common problem I have seen and had to DEAL with from the nurses from the Phillipines was the abrupt nature and at times caustic personalities. Some were willing to adapt to the way we treat patients. Many do not feel patients are worth their time nor the answers to their questions. Quite a few were reprimanded and terminated due to their being so physically rough on patients during patient care. The language barrier of course is there and that can be worked on. Like any culture there will be differences. But out of all of the foreign nurses that came over to the US most often it was the Filipino nurses that would want to stick to their ways. You cannot teach compassion, you either have it or you don't. A few could see the way we are taught in school is different and are willing to change. But some are so problematic in the workplace it can make for a managers nightmare dealing with it. Most commonly was the speaking abruptly to patients and staff, talking in their language in front of the patients or staff then laughing in their private jokes. We consider that rude here. Of course we understand the technology is different, that too can be taught. Some just do not want to learn it. I've worked with nurses from Canada, Australia and England and NOT seen the problems I have as from the Phillipines. A couple that I was able to be somewhat close to explained to me; their education was so totally different than ours. They see compassion as something you do for family not patients. I wish I could give you a more positive answer, however you asked for the honest ones. Of course there are some, like I stated that are willing to change.