PLease HELP

@mkchaves (533)
Canada
April 14, 2009 1:19am CST
I am curently working as VOLUNTEER-Staff Nurse at a local City Hospital for almost 4 months now. I had been volunteering for the past 9 months in total from a previous Provincial Hospital. I'am still and have been looking for work with pay for as long as I could remember, and now... I am very tired of volunteering and hoping for a good paying Job. I am frustrated over the fact that I work 8 hours a day, 5 times a week and by the end of the MONTH, i get NOTHING. Absolutely NOTHING. I volunteer because I need the experience to get hired overseas. But, it gets very frustrating to have this situation for at least 2 YEARS - and to top it all that, I won't be 100% sure to be hired abroad that instantly. It's so depressing. I want to just stop and rest from volunteering and maybe focus on finding and landing a paying Job. But, my dad gets angry when I try to open up the topic. What should I do? I am so tired.. I just want to stop from volunteering :( HELP. Any advices?
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@bikespot (484)
• Canada
15 Apr 09
I'm not sure what kind of education you have or what country you live it. For anything medical you need college/university education in that area. If you dont then its going to be very very hard to land a job. I suggest you look up what you need to get a position your looking for. Find out what they are looking for , and how you will be able to get such education/training. Also talk to other co-workers , ask them they are the ones who know what you should do. I know here in Canada you have to go through years and years of education before they will even think about hiring you in the medical field.
@mkchaves (533)
• Canada
15 Apr 09
I am a Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing.. passed the Professional Regulation Commission exam for Nurses in the Phillipines. Believe me, I have the proper education and the skills to get hired. But, there are so many nurses who are unemployed and will take any JOB that would give them experience. That's why we are being abused. I mean, Philippines isn't doing anything about this. :( I have submitted some applications in Canada and hopefully will get good feedback. There were a couple of agency who replied but right now, I dont have the fund to pay them. So... Good Luck. THanks. :)
• United States
15 Apr 09
I was just reading a quote in a book for class before I saw your post. Fredrick Buechner wrote "When a deep gladness in your heart touches a deep need in the world". That is what you are doing. You are meeting a need in the world right now, and when you do so with love and compassion you are doing a greater service then just going to work for a paycheck. Not that there is anything wrong with money mind you, but it takes a special person to be able to give day in and day out with no pay. The world needs people such as yourself. In terms of finding a good nursing job, you may wish to consult online job consultants in your field. There are those websites that specialize in certain career paths and will help you find a job. Namaste-Anora
@lynnemg (4538)
• United States
15 Apr 09
I would not stop volunteering all together, but would reduce the amount of time that I spent volunteering and work a paying job along with it. You may not be able to find a paying job in that particular line of work right away, but I am sure that you could find something. I think that your volunteer work is great. You do a wonderful thing each day for all those that you help.
• Philippines
15 Apr 09
try to look for a job in the hospital that will pay you every end of the month. don't tell your dad about it. once you get hired, then thats the time you tell him. I think your dad is worried also about you working in different field, and you didn't have the needed experience for your application to work overseas. the 2nd option is apply now to work overseas, 2 years experience in the hospital is a big plus in your resume. Im telling you, you will get hired instantly. and also your old enough to decide on your own. You don't need your parents to tell you what to do.
@sid556 (30997)
• United States
15 Apr 09
Sounds as if you have quite a bit of experience! I think you should stop volunteering and get a paying job locally. That way, you are at least earning money for your time. You should try to save so that you have money to support yourself when you go abroad. That way you won't be under so much pressure.
@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Hi mk, DO not stop that is my advice but try to submit your application in schools as well as hospitals..That experience will help you a lot so just try to enjoy each day and you will be reaping the fruits of your labor soon...
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
14 Apr 09
What if you do a little compromise? I think it's very admirable to have volunteered for 2 years, and not gotten paid, but what if you only do it 20 hours a week and do some hospice care or something that may not pay a lot, but is still in your field and generating some sort of income? Good luck in your ventures!
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
That's sad. almost every one doesn't wanna volunteer anymore for such work. but nursing is no joke, people can volunteer but not that kind of job. but for me, i think you're a hero or a patriot working like that for long with out even expecting any pay. I know it's hard, am sure if there's a will, there's a way. there's a crisis right this moment, hiring abroad is a bit slim in western countries. but good luck.
@prinzcy (5037)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 09
I think you should stop and look for a real job. Sometimes thing just won't go the way we want. You can move on and start on something new. Your dad might be angry with you but I am sure he'll understand if you talk about this to him (better do that after getting a job) Good luck!
@youetme (352)
• China
14 Apr 09
my friend, thank you for your kindness ,I am very sorry to hear your present situation whatever you are in a depression I hope you needn't go on working with a tird body and spirit . Because I am afraid you will be sick for this after a long time . I think it is not undoutable we do something for earning a better pay . If you really feel very boring and disappointed you should give up for a healty way of taking a job . It is not necessary for us to take a big burden that makes us unhealty .isn't it ?
@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
There's nothing wrong with volunteering and specially in your case that you need it to land a better job abroad in the future. It should not be tiring as you described. It seems to me though that there's more to this than meets the eye. I do agree with one of the above poster that you should not be afraid going against your father or mother for it is your life. But come to think of it. Your parents did a good job by seeing you through your education and are even willing to support you during your volunteer days. There are some people out there who wanted very much to finish their education or simply do the volunteer works and yet they are forced to work for a living. Maybe your parents have their own reasons in wanting you in your position right now, but overall, I do believe they also want you to have a better financial situation when you are on your own. Don't take it so hard when they seem to be pushing you. Try to look things their way then you will understand more. Another thing, don't you love what you are doing for the past 9 months? If you do, just continue to do so. You are useful, not maybe to your family right now, but to the people you are servicing. When you are able to go abroad for a real work, do the same. Enjoy the things you are doing for caring for the health of other people though it entails great risk is a noble job. As for finding real paying job, the good think is, you are from the Philippines, and right now, the government has released fund to compensate volunteer nurses to the rural areas. Do try to grab the opportunity. There are also hospitals that give compensation to their volunteers. Do try to find them if you can't avail of the government program. Another solution could be working at home or having a part-time. This way, you will have an income and doing your father's wish at the same time. Don't think about the higher payment from other jobs that you might have. You will have more of those once you are working abroad.
@adairesm (22)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Maybe not stop volunteering completely but at least do it part time/weekends. I understand your father wanting you to commit your time to such good deeds and it does look great for you but you will need the work history as well. The simple fact that you have been doing the same thing for 2 years now will show your determination to hopefully land a good job and you can always continue to volunteer on the side.
• India
14 Apr 09
well i too think that u should stop volunteering and get a paying job. well u have volunteered for 2 yeas and u got nothing ,and also 2 years experience would be enough.but in case of talking to ur father , u should not get scared of him , because ultimately it is ur life , and only ur going to shape it , not ur father and not ur mother r going to do it for u . u should choose ur own path.