the saturation point has been reached:
demand for nurses abroad declining
by sheila crisostomo
wednesday, july 9, 2008
nursing experts yesterday said it is no longer the right time to enroll in nursing courses because of the declining demand for them in countries like the united states and the united kingdom.
according to dr. leah samaco-paquiz, president of the philippine nursing association (pna), the demand for filipino nurses had “plateaued” in the us since 2006 because of “visa retrogression” there.
“in the us, the quota for visas has been filled up resulting in delayed processing of visas, with current efforts focused on 2006 accepted applicants,” paquiz said in a press briefing.
the uk, on the other hand, has adopted a labor policy that gives priority to homegrown health workers.
“many licensed nurses are now underemployed or unemployed as a result of changes of policy in destination countries, the current situation of oversupply and quality problems, among others,” she added.
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