The nursing profession is so exploited.

Philippines
April 12, 2011 6:23pm CST
I am a nurse myself. I graduated from my college with honors, but still having difficulty finding jobs in hospitals because of the oversupply of nurses. I think my college is prepared me well enough to make it out there, but the opportunities are too slim. Its so hard to find a paying job as a nurse. Every hospital in the Philippines expect new nurses to pay or to work for free. They also only give you simple task such as vital signs taking and the like. I was lucky enough to gain experience in special areas but Its so sad that my board certified profession is reduced to this. I always thought that I would be proud of my profession but right now it seems that nurses really don't matter.
8 responses
@katrinapaz (2438)
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
Hello akatsu! i am a nurse too. It took me 2 years to wait before I was employed in a hospital. It is very difficult since there are a lot of us. When I am working, we have a very high patient load and I always come home very tired. If i could turn back time I dont want to study nursing. I would want to have office work.
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
Yes, most hospitals in the Philippines are really understaffed. But because of the oversupply of nurses they have a resource pool of cheap sometimes free labor. I know a hospital who caters to a ratio of 3 to 80 patients in which it is offset by 5 or 6 volunteers. It is definitely unfair. I am glad you had found a job. Maybe my time will come also.
• Philippines
18 Apr 11
right! they are taking advantage of the oversupply by only allowing volunteer nurses and sometimes not hiring them to regular nurses in the hospital. The employed or volunteer nurses break their back and misses their meals just to take care of the many patients. I hope these employers will have their karma.
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
You're a Nurse too. I am a Nurse too. I envy you because you graduated in college with honors. You are skillful too. How I wish that the booming of Nurses will soon decline. To be a Nurse is not an easy job. How I wish that this issue will be resolved in the next few years.
• Philippines
18 Apr 11
i think it has already declined. A lot of schools i have heard have had a very alarming decrease of enrollees for nurses and the parents are also discouraging their sons and daughters from taking the course. Yes, being a nurse is not easy. You are scolded by doctors and sometimes by patients themselves. it is really not compensated with the ery low wage that we receive.
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
Unlike Teachers Nurses are one thing not just exploited but degraded as well, I have relatives who have graduated too with honors but end up jobless and underemployed, it is so sad you spend so much while you are in college do the burning of eyebrows during examinations for what? Me I choose the teaching profession because it does not run out of opportunities. Like if you cannot teach in a classroom there is the tutorial which is very in demand today but I am not saying that being a teacher we do not have our share of anguish but education is a continues never ending processes and for that I feel your pain for that matter in the nursing profession.
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
Maybe I'm just immature in the professional world at the moment. Having the "I want it now" syndrome. In this country it is really hard to gain employment just for the sake of liking it. It is most often that we find jobs because of the need to survive the high cost of living and common day to day activities that we do. Profession such as yours and mine are the ones I really like to do. Professions more on service rather than profit are the most rewarding jobs i know.
@kquiming (2999)
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
if that's the case then the only choice you have is to go somewhere else (abroad) for you to get yourself a decent nursing job. i'm sorry you feel that way, i'd surely feel the same way too if i were in your situation.
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
Most job openings in abroad require experience. I tend to lack on that department. Agencies here in the Philippines also prioritize those who had gainful work experience rather than those who are only volunteers and trainees. I just have to look harder for those legit agencies that have job openings even with no experience. Thanks
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
It should come as no surprise, many here want to be nurses. Nursing has been considered one of the most important jobs around. As you had mentioned, the duties a nurse carry out require no more than taking vital signs and asking the patient a few questions regarding the ailment and this is the reason why many choose to study nursing because the ease is something they agree with and other courses do not promise the same or the student lack the necessary skills for that course. Still, it is way better to have an educational attainment instead like many who hadn't even finished high school.
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
That is a bright way to look at things. I am really proud of my degree i just hope the government and other hospital see this. The profession here in the Philippines is becoming a lucrative business for agencies and for those who offer trainings that are not even credited to my cpe units. Anyway even if its hard to earn money, I'm glad that there are sites like myLot to vent out my frustrations and earn the same time. Thanks
@Graceekwenx (3163)
• Philippines
22 Apr 11
Oh friend... dont feel glum. I am a licensed medical technologist but i am not using my profession because of the low pay. ySo bad it seems though that our nurses had to go out of the country to have a decent pay. I do feel for the jobless nurses here. They have crammed and studied for 4 years and for what.... a measly pay? Just recently, i have met with the CEO handling Philippine medical tourism. They are putting up higher standards for hospitals, clinics and even wellness spas to improve the medical tourism here. What they do is that, they seek out retirees from different countries and encourage them to retire and stay in the Philippines where they can be attended to by filipino nurses in the aging homes. They are strategically finding means on how they could retain the filipino nurses here. But then, this would take time. All i can say is that, please bear with the intricacies.. Just dont feel sad... The world needs good nurses like you.
@sashakiddo (1104)
• United States
13 Apr 11
If it makes you feel any better think of it this way - many people end up with careers drastically different from the ones they went to school for. I am still in school, but I doubt I will end up with a career based on my degree. At least if the time comes when nurses are needed in the job market, you can be more than eligible to apply.
@eileenleyva (9465)
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
That is the consequence of too many parents wanting their children to work abroad and earn dollars. Four years ago, the opportunity to get out of the country was huge. So everyone enrolled in the kurso ng bayan.But the world changed drastically and even America is gripped with health care problems. Now we are stuck with nurses nowhere to go. My nephew is a registered nurse, too. He is a call center agent.