Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

Just By Being There: Nursing Beyond Limits’ In A Time Of Crisis

Consider: a nursing graduate who lands a job in a small private hospital would be “lucky” to get a salary of P10,000 a month. The usual entry level is P8,000. Recently, as a result of the enactment of the amended salary standardization law, nurses in government hospitals are now entitled to a salary range of between P14,000 and P18,000; better but far below starting rates for Filipino nurses who make it to the US, the UK, Canada or, heaven forbid, the Middle East.

Little wonder that most nursing administrators are reeling from the fast turnover of newly trained nurses; no sooner have nursing administrators finished training one batch than another foreign-based recruiter poaches them.

Ironically, even as more and more nurses are being graduated, trained, and then recruited abroad, most hospitals—private and public—have the same complaint about not having enough qualified nurses. In short, we seem to have an oversupply of under-trained nurses. So we have too many “nurses” in quotes and too few nurses without quotes to go around. Many of the good ones are poached by foreigners. Click this link to read the original complete article here


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