The situation of the Unemployed Nurses in the Philippines
Nursing, which everyone thought that is in demand, has an overflowing supply nowadays, and even doctors are taking are taking up nursing. People believe that this course will be their stepping stone in order to fly abroad, have a stable job that will lead to better life. But it is not easy to go abroad. In the United States, there is the retrogression plus you need to take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination), CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System). In some countries (like United States, Canada and France) they require foreign nurses to have at least 2-3 years experience in the hospitals (Nursing Issue, 2008). Some may be lucky to have a work in the hospitals but not all have this chance. The number of Registration Nurses in the Philippines has reached its highest peak ever in history. Every year nursing schools produce thousands of nurses. According to the PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) in the year of 2008 approximately 64,459 BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) graduate took the licensure exam which is the largest group ever to take the exam in the county’s nursing history. In the year 2009 many RNs (Registered nurses) are jobless due to the surplus in supply. Enrollment in nursing schools is already dropping, hospitals are full, and nurses not know where to go. News on television confirmed that the oversupply of nurses in the Philippines Statistics on over employment of Filipino (PINOY) Nurses hit a whopping 150,000(estimated count). According to government sources, this figure is actually lower that the previous estimate of 400,000 unemployed and underemployed nurses in the Philippines. But still confirms that there really exists an oversupply of nurses in the country.
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