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.

There are about 200,000 unemployed nurses in the Philippines and 40,000 more are expected to be added by June.

There are about 200,000 unemployed nurses in the Philippines and 40,000 more are expected to be added by June. Preying on the desperation of many nurses to find jobs here or abroad, new types of “businesses,” including but not limited to the now infamous “nursing-training for a fee,” have mushroomed these past few years.

If the Aquino administration is dead serious about addressing this matter, it should create more “plantilla” positions for nurses in our understaffed hospitals, build more rural health and medical centers, and aggressively deploy thousands of tenured health care providers to far-flung communities. All the rhetoric about universal health care and daang matuwid will be empty words unless they are translated into action. from the Philippine Inquirer

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Nursing graduates claim that they pay for their internship, while in the other professions like accountancy and engineering, the trainees are the ones being paid.The hospitals charge interns P400 to P800 a month for a daily 8-hour duty that lasts three to six months.  But the new nurses claim that they get to be in servitude while on training. They demand that the hospitals pay them and not the other way around.

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He said, however, that the complainants should know the difference between the post-graduate programs offered by hospitals to nurses who want to specialize, which require training fees, and the alleged practice of some hospitals that use these paying nurses as regular staff nurses and do not pay them any salary.


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