Nurses are the paragons of philanthropy.
They are like angels that went down on Earth to heed ailing hearts and make patients feel healthy and sound. Their warm hands often show unconditional care and compassion. But although they are very generous on giving their loving care, they also have the right to be recognized and gain respect from the authorities and the people that surrounds them. Through this article, their rights can be showcased and their small voices in this huge society can be heard at last. Their freedom from abuse is what they are begging for, and living for.
Nowadays, our queer minds always wonder why Philippine RNs’ main goal after passing the local board exams is taking up the NCLEX and go abroad to earn piles of dollars. Through the news that we have seen and heard in the television and the World Wide Web, it became clear to us that the main culprit of this ordeal is our country’s lack of attention for our own nurses, fallow nursing opportunities and low income of nurses here in the Philippines. The salary, for instance, is not even a mere reflection of the expensive nursing education that the nurses have spent during their college years. Also the training programs in various hospitals here in the Philippines make fresh registered nurses faze-away because they still have to pay for them to have training. They have allowance for food and other necessities but it is really not acceptable that they should pay for the said training. They took up nursing to have a stable work and to have proper compensation and support from authorities. The expenses are too heavy for fresh RNs to bear. Even the hired nurses are confused with their salaries. It is very ironic why salary grade 15 went down to salary grade 10 (10,000 pesos), this is from R.A. no. 6758. These rights were slashed from them.
In abroad, nurses love the fact that they will earn more money for their kin, but what they didn’t much expect is the lack of respect of some foreigners to them and to their profession. Unexpectedly, the “abroad dream” starts with our own domain, in the Philippines. It starts with the recruitment agencies that put nurses’ dreams at risk. Some RNs that were applying to go abroad were not as lucky as the others who have chosen the decent recruitment agencies for RNs. These agencies take advantage of our nurses’ dreams of white Christmas and a load of dollars abroad. Unlucky nurses who were trapped with the shackles of these money-collecting recruitment agencies were financially squeezed, taking away all their hopes and aspirations.
Overseas, our RNs also experience discrimination. Racist countries look at our nurses as “helpers” rather than “Registered Nurses”. They are even asked to sweep floors and take care of the hospital rubbish in some foreign institutions. Philippine RNs are also abused financially and were deprived of their own freedom.
How can this ordeal be stopped?
We, student nurses of the new generation has the key for us to be free from cruelty. These stories of abuse and exploitation can be ceased right away if we are willing to start to fight against exploitation. Our dignity will never be kinked by any unlawful and unjust authorities or individual if we can stand for our own rights and if we can lift ourselves away from the outskirts of oppression.
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