Norway needs more Pinoy nurses, other skilled workers


    another door open for filipino nurses. even with the communication barrier Filipino can adapt to it. goodluck to nurses who wnat to pursue in norway.
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  3. by   suzanne4
    And notice once again, there is no mention thatthey are working as RNs either, only mention is made of the nursing homes. There is mention of having to have skills in the language, but no mention of the nurse writing the actual nursing exam and this would be a requirement before getting a license.

    It is also extremely cold there, on par with northern Canada, so the numbers that can actually last there are going to be quite small.

    It is not a point of your country having contracts, but the fact the requirements for licensure need to be met. And this is what we are not seeing in any of these posts, so that tells me right from the top that it is not for an RN position.
  4. by   dave787
    i just wanted t share it was news here tey were really work there as a nurse but they undergo language course. ok
  5. by   suzanne4
    They do not work there as a nurse, that is the point that I am trying to make to you. Notice in that article, there was not one mention of writing the nursing exam there and that is a requirement. So it only backs up what I have stated.

    This is what needs to be understood, and notice that they are being placed in nursing homes only as well. It is not going to be as an RN. One cannot work there without taking the licensing exam and the exam is in Norwegian as well. And impossible for someone to be fluent enough in that time to even know enough to write the licensing exam.

    Unfortunately, many are willing to grab at straws and notice that no where in that article was the role of the RN mentioned.

    Same thing has happened in many other countries as well. Norway is also very cold in the winter with much snow. And cost of living is very high, so that pay is not very good at all and is not RN pay either.
  6. by   Daly City RN
    another door open for filipino nurses. even with the communication barrier Filipino can adapt to it. goodluck to nurses who wnat to pursue in norway.[/quote]


    Scenario #1: You are a Filipino nurse in a Norwegian hospital sitting at the nurses station. The phone rings, you answered it. A Norwegian doctor is at the other end of the phone line and starts speaking in Norwegian asking about his patient. He gives you a barrage of telephone Norwegian of course.
    You: "Huh???"
    .................................................. ....................
    Scenario#2: You answered one of your patient's call light. As you entered your patient's room, your patient and his wife are angry and started yelling in...Norwegian of course. You have rudimentary knowledge of the Norwegian language. What do you do?
    .................................................. ................

    Scenario #3: It's the end your shift. You sit down in the report room. There are seven blond Norwegian nurses waiting for you to give DETAILED report about all of your Norwegian of course.
    What do you do?

    Now you seriously think the Norwegian hospitals would hire you as registered nurses? Get real.

    You will probably be working as caregivers (not as registered nurses) with low salaries in one of the most expensive countries in the world.

    Sorry, just want to open your eyes before you dive into the cold, dark water.

  7. by   Djuna

    One of the requirements for registration is proficiency in the Norwegian language.

    I just cannot believe people can be so naive as to think they can go to another country where English is not the first language and work as an RN.

    If nursing jobs in your own country are that difficult to find or so poorly paid, maybe people should stop studying nursing.
  8. by   rainstar
    To add another scenario: You're sitting in a testing center, so very very nervous about the licensing exam. You look at the first question. Of course it's in norwegian.

    Frayed nerves + unfamiliarity with norwegian medical terms= kabooom!

    It's nice that there are lots of opportunities for Filipinos everywhere but sometimes we have to accept that we have limits. Good that there is language training, but I think that it won't be enough, especially in the field of nursing where every communication should be accurate and specific. Having a few months of training in a very unfamiliar language just won't work. Having just an "acceptable" knowledge of the Norwegian language is not good enough, especially in dealing with people everyday and carrying out orders that affects their health and lives.
  9. by   suzanne4
    And to add in to what has been posted; when one is required to pass a language exam first, it is at the level of a college student or at a professional level. It is not the basics that you would need to open a bank account or go to the market or give a taxi driver directions. Think of how difficult it was when you were learning all of the nursing terms and phrases, then think about doing it in a language that one knows nothing about.

    There is absolutely no way to get to college level in six months, is just not going to happen.
  10. by   dave787
    i just want to clarify that i got this from a local network here which has a corespondent in europe and i just put what has been said so they people ther in norway and interviewed that they were trained in 6mons and though only short number of nurses around 200 and next month they will be startiworking in hospital so whats the deal if they really work as hat lets just be happy for them.
  11. by   suzanne4
    And we are telling you what is really going to happen, there was also no statement in the link that you provided about anyone going to hospitals to work, all that was mentioned were nursing homes in the article.

    They still need to pass the licensing exam before they can work as an RN and this is what you are not understanding and since that was not even mentioned, then they are not going to be working as nurses.

    Every month there are new articles like this with just a different country added in, and still to this day, they are not working as RNs in these countries, nothing more than care-givers as they do not hold a license as an RN in that country.

    And 6 months of training is not going to get one to the professional level in the language, and ready to write the licensing exam. Just is not going to happen.

    Everyone else here that has posted has said the same thing as well. Not just me.
  12. by   dave787
    i was just trying AT LEAST theres a work. at ths time that economy is low,wether your a caregiver at least you hve something that can feed the family.
  13. by   suzanne4
    But it is still not as an RN and it is very cold there and that salary is not going to cover living expenses, that is for sure. Taxes are still taken out of that pay, and a large percentage of it. So with paying rent and for warm clothes, as well as heat, there is not going to be anything left over and not enough to support a family on.

    We keep seeing things like this get posted, but it is still not as an RN, and does not count as working as an RN; so is not really beneficial to anyone in the scheme of things.

    And if one is wishing to work as a care-giver, there are countries where the weather is more similar to yours and not as cold either.
  14. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    What struck me was the $6,000 fee to be paid by the candidates to the 'school'. That and the thought of trying to live in the world's most expensive city on $3,000 per month. I live near San Francisco which is pretty pricey and $3,000 will barely cover your rent in a lot of buildings.