Nursing Boom in the Philippines. The Real Reason? Find out.

@jrdnron (129)
Philippines
November 16, 2009 8:16am CST
Some obvious answers we can all expect: 1. "It's my calling" - noble 2. "I was forced by my parents" - harsh! 3. "Everybody is doing it & so will I" - clueless 4. "To get out of this God-forsaken country and live the best life in a 1st world country" - BRAVO! Actually, the real reason is the lack of opportunity in this country. For the average middle-class Filipino mentality, he can't become rich by choosing a career in business. He doesn't have the money to start a business. He'll likely end up as a government employee. He can't get rich choosing the field of the arts. Will singing & dancing bring you millions? I Don't think so. And so what career will he choose then? He has to consider a career that will make him a a respectable professional & become rich in no time. The career of choice would be those careers that are in-demand abroad like NURSING. (duh!) Not only the compensation abroad is a million light years better than in this country but a Filipino nurse working in a 1st-world country will get higher opportunities which means that he can live a better life. Living comfortably in a clean, beautiful, rich country with no financial worries is, i think, the Filipino Dream.
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@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Maybe they think that going abroad is the only solution to have a nice life and to get out of poverty. But the sad thing is, it's not. There's still plenty of ways to define our life in a more progressive way. The solution is not find in the course we took or the career we follow it is find deep inside, there in our heart and our perception and what we believe in. Most nurse working abroad did not find fulfillment anyway. Money is not always the answer to difficulties and poverty there's more into it. It depends on how we strive hard, after all Manny Villar, Lucio Tan, Henry Sy and others(who have that rags to riches stories)are not Nursing graduates.
@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Taking nursing now a days is not practical at all now Nursing is 5 years in the Philippines and the tuition is expensive. My youngest sister taking up nursing and luckily she is now fourth year. My parents really want her to finish her studies so they strive hard to pay her tuition. Because of lack of opportunity here and the salary of nurse here is not that big compare working in abroad. Going abroad after you graduate is not that easy you need to pass the board exam first and you need to have experience. Many nursing graduate is volunteering in the hospital to only have experience.
@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Yup I guess that is the real reason why the influx in nursing in our country. It is not to fill in the vacuum in nursing demand locally but to fill in the vacuum in nursing in other country that offers better opportunity and future for their career.
• Philippines
16 Nov 09
Well, that's what you think, but honestly you really can't get out that easily in this country after graduating Bachelor of Science in Nursing. First you need to pass the board exam, second you need 2 to 3 years experience here, third good quality of university where you came from is needed and those accredited by PAASCU, fourth those quality universities are expensive, mine is about P40,000+ every semester and it's not even one of the famous schools in Manila, now do you think a middle-class Filipino could even afford that? It's a reality to those who chose this kind of field that it is not the answer to their life of poverty because honestly it's expensive and hard, I know because I'm a BSN 3rd year student. Those who think that this is the answer to their poverty are those who doesn't know about the field.