There’s little doubt that one of the things most often talked about when education and helping families in the Philippines comes up is nursing and nursing school.
Let me go on record right now and state clearly that I have a great respect for nurses, and the nursing profession. I need to make that crystal clear, because what I intend to say next will likely have many of my readers thinking I have something against nurses, nursing schools and the profession of nursing … and this is just not so.
What I am against is the maddening habit here in the Philippines of “following the leader”, whether it makes sense or not. Although I’ve read and heard of lemmings for years, I’ve never actually seen one. However, it’s pretty common knowledge that they are an otherwise intelligent animal who, for inexplicable reasons get the urge to follow their fellow lemmings in deadly journeys … off the edge of a cliff or into the sea to drown, for example.
Here in the Philippines the number of young people whose goal is to enter nursing school is simply amazing to me. And the number of seemingly well-meaning family members … here in the Philippines and all around the world who seem to offer mindless encouragement in this direction is mind boggling.
A Filipino who manages to find one of the decent nursing schools here (and that isn’t always easy) and who passes the exams can get a working visa to the US and to a number of other countries that are otherwise difficult or impossible for a young, single Philippines citizen to enter on his or her own. If s/he gets a visa to the US and doesn’t get “hooked” by an unscrupulous employment agency (again, not always an easy task) he or she will likely get a pretty decent paying job.
Or … maybe not …
RP has 400,000 surplus nurses — PRC
By RAYMUND F. ANTONIO
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) yesterday said that the Philippines has a surplus of registered nurses and is capable of sending them overseas to meet the growing demand for Filipino nurses abroad.
PRC Commissioner Ruth Padilla said the surplus of nurses in the Philippines is 400,000, enough to meet the manpower requirements in hospitals in Saudi Arabia, Canada, US, and European countries.
“The vacancies for our nurses in both private and public hospitals reach 60,000. But we are producing over 100,000 registered professional nurses every year,” Padilla said.
The PRC commissioner added that the excess supply of nurses resulted from the lack of employment opportunities in private and public hospitals in the country.
“We do not have additional positions in the government for them. Moreover, private hospitals cannot accommodate the surplus of nurses,” Padilla said…
… full article on the Philippine’s oversupply of nurses here
Nursing is not a “job”. No one who is not dedicated to healing and helping people should think about being a nurse. If you are in the position to advise or support family members, think this through before you suggest nursing or start sending the money for nursing school ‘in the blind’. Ask yourself or your relative the operative question …
Would you still study nursing if you could not emigrate to another country with the nursing degree? I think an honest introspection and answer would surprise a lot of people. Money is important in life, but I hate to see so many folks whom seem to be getting into something they really won’t be happy with … just because it (may) pay significant money.
One of the things about the Philippines that often amazes us Westerners is how happy even very poor people seem to be … and how little money influences many people in their lives. This is often portrayed by foreigners as a shortcoming. Perhaps it is. But then again, perhaps it is a great strength of the Filipino and there is something us “money oriented” Westerners could learn something from.