No, the Nurses have not gone mad, but the Nursing degree is. Latest statistics released showed that of the 70,000 nursing graduates who passed the Nursing Board Exams in 2007, half of them are still unemployed.
If there is truth to this report, then this is very alarming. The Philippine Nursing Association (PNA) further disclosed that with the decline of Nurse demands in the United States and United Kingdom – the two biggest employers of Philippine nursing graduates, more and more nursing graduates end up unemployed, while many of them settled to work in Call Centers, retail stores and other non-professional positions.
It is about time that the government take action on the proliferation of many schools offering nursing courses – most of which do not even meet the criteria set by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) standards. PNA also added that some of these so called “nursing schools” are merely cashing in on the popularity of Nursing and are taking advantage of those students who wanted to work overseas. Parents are also part to blame, since Nursing is seen as the ticket towards working in another country to earn better income.
This oversupply of Philippine Nurses will continue as the United States have implemented a stricter rule since 2006 and decreased its requirements, adding to the “visa retrogression” problem. The U.K. has adopted a policy to hire local health workers.
By August or September, the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) will release the June 2008 Nursing Board Exam results and list of passers – that’s another batch of young, hopeful Nurses where a number of them will again probably end up unemployed or be employed in non-related jobs.
Let’s hope for a better future of our Nursing graduates and board passers. If you or someone you know is currently taking up Nursing course, what suggestions/decisions you’ll gonna have to make? Which career path should you take if you still have the chance choose one?
Would you consider earning passive income as well on top of what you are doing?