Importing nurses from the Phillipines - page 2

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   Ex130Load
    I agree with previous postings Norway. Your English is more than adequate. Yes UK, some natives will always pick on foreigners. That's a universal problem is my experience.

    I've experienced prejudice in both of your countries simply because I was American. Didn't really like it, but just kept "a stiff upper lip" and tried to to blend in and not offend local sensitivities. If given enough time, I was usually accepted and welcomed on increasingly friendlier terms during subsequent visits.

    There seems to be a natural tendency to pick on those different from us, no matter where you are. Recommend you just keep on trying because good performance and friendliness can often times can win'em over with persistence.
  2. by   caroladybelle

    Prejudice is universal.

    Southern nurses/people vs Northern nurses/people

    Night shift vs. Days

    newbies vs oldbies

    suits vs sneakers

    Religious vs Spiritual vs Atheist/Agnostic

    Conservative vs Liberal

    Easterners vs Westerners

    Coastals vs Landlocked

    CNA vs HHA vs LPN/LVN vs RN vs ADN vs BSN vs............

    ad nauseam


    PS- so proud of all foreign nurses that even attempt to understand an American english speaking bulletin board - love you. Gads, I don't even understand some of the slang on here.
  3. by   Furball
    Naaaaaaw...that would be too boring
  4. by   adrienurse
    Yours is not a new "issue". Nurses have been coming abroad from the Phillipines for over 30 years as a means to remedy OUR staffing problems. This is not the first nursing shortage.

    For the last few days, I have been orienting a nurse who has recently come from the Phillipines. This is her first job in North America. She speaks beautiful English and has caught on very quickly to the routine (this can't be easy when one is shifing from surgical nursing to psychogeriatrics.) I get the feeling that nurses from the Phillipines are taught to adapt easily to change. Although she does not know all her drugs bu their local brand names she knows them very well by there generic names. I find her to be bright, organized and ready to learn new things. This also is not a unique experience that I have had with foreign nurses.
  5. by   BadBird
    Well, here is my 2 cents worth. I have worked with all types of nurses when I lived in S. Florida. I truly enjoyed working with the different cultures, it is quite interesting and we can all learn from each other. Sometimes a foreign nurse will botch up the language, but if everyone can keep a sense of humor then it really isn't a problem. I can remember working with some Fillipino nurses and they were excellent, so was the Equadorian Lab Tech. and the ER nurses from Ireland, the Dr. from S. Africa too.

    One of the ways we all broke the ice was to have a pot luck dinner, food is a great way to meet different people and experience different cultures and their cuisine.
  6. by   RNConnieF
    I have worked with nurses from several countries usually with good results. The only problems I have run into are language issues and the very occasional cultural clash,usually due to ignorance on my part. I have NEVER found a foreign nurse to be under educated or under qualified.
  7. by   EXOTIC NURSE
    I never knew there was not a nursing shortage in other countries, I thought it was world wide. That is an interesting topic I think I will research for my next class project. AS far as apols_uk I disagree with you about your statement that your race of people are saving the nursing profession oops let me go to the dictionary and make sure I spelled that correctly.....(whatever) I think that all nurses regardless of race or creed should work together as a team then just maybe all the lil barriers we have can be crossed unitedly. I enjoy working with all races of nurses. Most phillipino nurses I have worked with have been very good nurses but they have had a hard way to go here in America, true sometimes there is a language barrier but not always. You find good and bad nurses in all races. Well that is my opinion.....
  8. by   baseline
    I have worked in places where there are many different nurses from many different countries. Some are good, some are great and some aren't that hot. As far as language barriers, I have that with more physicians than nurses. Welcome the help, enjoy better staffing, and help them as you would help anyone adjust to being in a new country and a long way from home...........
    And have fun!!! The philipino nurses I have known were alot of fun to be around!!! As well as being good nurses.
  9. by   BBnurse34
    I have enjoyed working with nurse from the Philipines. They have been very open about explaining their culture.
    I don't like it when anyone converses in a foreign language at the nurse's station, though. Makes me paranoid.
  10. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by jed
    Most nurses in the US originated from the phillipines. In fact, close to 80 % !! Since you're in Norway you wouldn't know.
    i have had very limited oportunity to work with nurses originating from outside the US...BUT!!!!!!!!
    where did you obtain this statistic, jed?
  11. by   jed
    Florry----I may threw a low blow on you about your english, but your english is adequate......It was just merely to slap your wrist a bit. I was just outraged about your post. Everything you said on the 1st post was offensive to philippine nurses. I understand that It was your experiences, but you need to choose carefully on how you go about saying it here so that you don't offend anyone here. Don't make it sound like it is bad to work with philippine nurses. Try to put yourself on the other side and anticipate how you would react. And you're welcome here like every nurses.

    Sjoe----Trade your shoes first and reread the post by Florry and see how would you react. UK was probably just outraged too.

    I know that language barrier can be hard too, especially harder for someone who's adapting to another language, but we all do speak the same thing in terms of what we all required us to do as a nurse. I hope anyone could agree.
  12. by   BBnurse34
    I do wonder how the imported nurse will affect attempts to unionize.
  13. by   OzNurse69
    Why, BBnurse? Are "foreign" nurses prohibited from joining unions in the US? Seems to me that if the unions were actually offering something worthwhile, there would be no reason why the O/S trained nurses would not want to join them.