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Ginger's Mom has 41 years experience as a MSN, RN.

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I see that many of you have to "Volunteer Nursing" which does not provide any professional experience. Why not try to make a bad situation into a positive one. Ask the hospitals with these programs to restructure these programs to nursing internships. A good nursing internship does look good on a resume. Objectives for the internship with evaluations would be during and after the program. Ask to rotate to areas where school experience is limited.

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I'm not sure if this is available in the Philippines but here in the US what programs like that do is ask for money from the government to pay the students...It's called a "grant"....Someone in the higher ups writes the government and makes a formal proposal where they show the structure of the program, a budget and a bunch of other stuff in order to get an approval....You might not get RN pay, but you might gain the experience and also get some money while doing it...paid internship...I know it sounds easier said than done, but it's worth a shot....Good Luck

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Ginger's Mom has 41 years experience as a MSN, RN.

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Actually, I like you idea LativnaVN, but why not the employers and recruiters funding these programs. The could have traveling faculty work with the locals to prepare these nurses for the international climate that the desire to work in.

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Actually, I like you idea LativnaVN, but why not the employers and recruiters funding these programs. The could have traveling faculty work with the locals to prepare these nurses for the international climate that the desire to work in.

That's where the grant writing comes in...the employers and recruiters would be the ones to do this...supposedly they don't have the money to hire more nurses so they're requiring them to pay to volunteer at the hospital....This would help everyone all around...I'm not sure how much money the government would be willing to give....but I don't believe that the government is poor in the Philippines, I believe (and with a lot of other countries including the US) is pocketing some money one way or another....

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anakat_evangelista is a RN and specializes in medical, surgical, OB, pedia.

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that's a good suggestion! actually some hospitals here in the philippines are using the term "nurse training" and "nursing residency" instead of "volunteer nursing"...

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Ginger's Mom has 41 years experience as a MSN, RN.

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That is a start but you should have some clinical objectives and structure our than giving your time away. You should be given learning opportunities for a RN.

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And you should be PAID for your work because you're licensed and you're no longer a student....

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And you should be PAID for your work because you're licensed and you're no longer a student....

Absolutely! I can't even imagine any new grad in the US agreeing to work for free...or, even worse, to PAY for the chance to work! It would never be acceptable here. Major changes need to be made across the board in the whole nurse-production industry there. The only ones who benefit by maintaining the status quo are the bazillions of nursing schools and the hospitals that get free nurses.

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I'm not sure if this is available in the Philippines but here in the US what programs like that do is ask for money from the government to pay the students...It's called a "grant"....Someone in the higher ups writes the government and makes a formal proposal where they show the structure of the program, a budget and a bunch of other stuff in order to get an approval....You might not get RN pay, but you might gain the experience and also get some money while doing it...paid internship...I know it sounds easier said than done, but it's worth a shot....Good Luck

Actually, the difference between the US RN and the Philippine RN is that in US you get an associate degree within two years. But in the Philippines its a BSN and you have to go 4 years, including summers. So its a big difference. The RN internship in the Philippines is done at the 3rd and 4th years of college so basically all nursing graduates in the Philippines had experiences already its just a matter of where you did your internship. Some schools may offer the best internship such as UST and Trinity thats why most of the top notchers in the 2008 belongs to them. I dont belong to this schools but i did my internships in Government hospitals and i did learn alot. Downside with government hospitals is the technological advancements are far different from here in the US. Well, thats a given fact. . . but one thing for sure you'll learn in government hospital is you sure will be one heck of a nurse since most of the times you'll end with atleast a bunch of patients and you have to make the best of what you have. When you start working in hospitals in other countries you dont complain anymore since you are trained not only as a nurse but your used already to hard work. Hope this helps and GodBless to all filipino nurses.:saint:

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Ginger's Mom has 41 years experience as a MSN, RN.

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It's Philippine nursing programs now going to be 5 years. It doesn't seem to help going to school in the summer since the pass rate is so low.

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Actually, the difference between the US RN and the Philippine RN is that in US you get an associate degree within two years. But in the Philippines its a BSN and you have to go 4 years, including summers. So its a big difference. The RN internship in the Philippines is done at the 3rd and 4th years of college so basically all nursing graduates in the Philippines had experiences already its just a matter of where you did your internship. Some schools may offer the best internship such as UST and Trinity thats why most of the top notchers in the 2008 belongs to them. I dont belong to this schools but i did my internships in Government hospitals and i did learn alot. Downside with government hospitals is the technological advancements are far different from here in the US. Well, thats a given fact. . . but one thing for sure you'll learn in government hospital is you sure will be one heck of a nurse since most of the times you'll end with atleast a bunch of patients and you have to make the best of what you have. When you start working in hospitals in other countries you dont complain anymore since you are trained not only as a nurse but your used already to hard work. Hope this helps and GodBless to all filipino nurses.:saint:

i get your point..but you are setting yourself up for a bashing..hope i'm wrong heheheh godbless all nurses:clown:

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Ginger's Mom has 41 years experience as a MSN, RN.

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I think my concept is being mis understood, to be a RN intern, you need to be a RN, not a student, be fully accountable for professional practice. A student can't be a RN Intern.

The sole purpose of the internship should be to get professional experience, not be cheap labor and heaven forbid pay for the experience.

What is happening now, from what I have read, nurses are paying to be slave labor with no programs to promote professional growth or learning. The school has no part of being an intern- the clinical experience you got as student is just that, you were a student and not accountable for professional accountability.

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