I do not know if there are so many people that go to college here to be nurses because of the inherent kindness of Filipinos or because there are many opportunities to work abroad.
The other day I heard on CNN news that the demand for nurses is increasing because of the increasing “Baby Boomers” getting old and the need for nursing care. U.S. President Obama mentioned in a speech about all the nurses being hired from Asia, but also mentioned that without the increase of American nurses, there will be a need to hire abroad.
There are hundreds of thousands of Nursing Graduates every year in the Philippines. After graduation, most go to a review school to study for their licensing Boards. Of course there is a fee for this school. After they pass their boards then need to locate employment. Most if not all the hospitals then charge the applicants for training at their facility.
The next step, if they want to work abroad they need to take an international licensing test “NCLEX.”
In the past a nurse had to get 2 years experience here before they can look for work abroad. My niece told me that have been reduced to 6 months.
Most families live cautiously so they can put their children through college. While in college here there are many expenses too. Most are normal costs such as transportation, housing if the family lives too far from the school, books, food, uniforms. Then they charge the students for supplies, gifts and meals for instructors and other hidden costs. This can put the families in a difficult position. Many families have many children. They put the first through schooling and once they graduate and start working, this extra income is expected to be used to put the next child through school. I hear many times from young people that they stopped schooling because the family could not afford for them to continue.
Also in the Philippines, with so many in college graduates, even basic jobs will only be giving to graduates. Waitresses in hotels are filled by HRM graduates (Hotel and Restaurant Management). Draftsmen in Architectural and Engineering firms are mostly all Architect and Engineering graduates and some all ready licensed, and working for minimum wages.
A big problem here in the Philippines is the exploitation of Nurses and others seeking employment and that is “Pay for Training”. Applicants go to a hospital to get a job as a nurse and if accepted, they must pay the hospital for 3 to 6 months for their training. After that time they are not even guaranteed a permanent job.
There is a bill in Congress to make it illegal for hospitals to charge this training fee. I was told from a friend, Speaker Nograles is working hard to have this law passed. It is nice to hear about the government working hard to improve the life of its citizens. They deserve it.