Shortage in Nurses, Is it still TRUE?

Shortage in Nurses, Is it still TRUE?

With the ongoing Global Economic downfall, the US has their Recession. European Countries are struggling to save their EURO. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia started to apply their “SAUDIZATION”. Canada has filtered their IMMIGRANTS and if I’m not mistaken only 1,000 person per occupation each year Globally. With these facts, we can say that it is really hard to land a Nursing job these days.

Shortage in Nurses? I don’t think so.

Philippines alone has produced or can produce 50,000 LICENSED Nurses each year.

So where are we now?

As far as I know only a few of us landed on a Nursing job, Philippines and Overseas.

What happened to the rest of the pack?

Volunteer. Volunteer. Volunteer. Call Center Agents as well. And YES, a lot of us are still JOBLESS. What can we do, right? Times are really tough nowadays.

[My Personal Insight]

Maybe we should start thinking about the future. For NEW enrollees, better choose a different course. I don’t want you to feel disappointed for spending too much on EVERYTHING about Nursing.

[Fact or Fiction?]

Php 50,000 on tuition fees each semester which makes it Php 400,000 on a four-year Nursing Course with additional 2 compulsory Summer Classes so additional 100,000. Each semester we spend a lot on books, projects and supplies (e.g. pens, markers, notebooks, kartolinas, photocopies etc.)

Each Nursing student almost spends Php 1,000,000 with countless hours of studying and a lot of physical and emotional stresses.

At some point I can say that we are a FAILED INVESTMENT.

The Government should start shutting down Nursing schools. So that we can use what we already have. The one’s we’ve trained and developed.

[The Hard Truth]
A huge number of Licensed Nurses don’t have any jobs. Which shows that the world does not need MOST of us (after all).

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  • karla

    well said,, even im here in Canada still being a Philippine Nurse need a lot of u[grading and etc.. its hard.. hoping for the better..

    • karla

      I’ve been to London before i came here in Canada as nursing assistant somewhat Health care assistant.. It’s a pain in the eye to see that most of my fellow colleague who are nurses back home in the Philippines (like me) cannot practice their RN title, instead lower than our degree.. I remember one Foreign nurse who asked me,
      ” Are you going to pursue Nursing here in UK”?
      I answered,
      “Yes, Hoping but some requirement i still need to complete”…
      She replied sarcastically, ” I have heard a lot of Filipino Nurses wanting to become a nurse here in UK but unfortunately

  • This is just a short reply to this post.As you can see I own a company here in the Philippines that helps Philippine nurses gain the requirements to become registered to work as an RN in Australia. All is not lost because at the moment there are in excess of 100,000 jobs for registered nurses in Australia.If you are truly serious about wanting to practice nursing and be paid appropriately then go to my website at or call my office for more information or email me at [email protected]

  • Jane Benedicto

    Well, i don’t want to disappoint the nurses any further but your assestment is correct. There’s no more shortage of nurses simply BECAUSE, they are trying to cut down on the numbers. For us working here in the US, we feel that we are very still short-staffed, but that’s not because there are no applicants, reason is, they don’t hire as much as they used to. And they do local hiring now, considering that there are now a lot of nursing graduates here in the US, just like in the Phils. Most Americans take up nursing programs after high school for job security reasons. So the competition is really VERY high. A lot of nurses are studying more to be NP’s (nurse practitioner) to get better chance of landing a job. But let’s keep on hoping that the global economy will improve in the years to come. Let us be positive. But my advise to the young graduates – please be “realistic”. Don’t boast too early of being nurses until you become real nurses (not just by adding the suffix RN to your name the day after you passed the board, but by rendering real care to real patients with the real position, not as volunteers, but “real” nurses. Be humble guys! I’ve been a nurse for 23 years now, but somehow, especially during our time, we feel uncomfortable adding that RN to our names, NOT that we aren’t “proud” of being nurses, but we feel we’re “too proud” if we do that. After all, caring for people does not show by using those 2-letters, but by giving our best care! I’ve seen nurses prefixing “RN” to their names, but working as call center agents! No offense meant, but let’s put our feet to the ground, so we can take a good leap! But if you “float” beforehand, chances are, you’ll end up just there – on the ground. Don’t shine before your time! Even the stars have to wait for the sun to come down before they shine!

  • I am a retired nurse and I feel bad reading about nurses not landing a job because of too many applicants waiting to be employed. Back in in our old days then, it was so easy to land a job because of strict policies of controlling the number of student nurses in certain universities.The competition to get enrolled then was very slim and only qualified students can be accommodated, but it was worth it!We were hired right after our graduation and I worked continuously for 37 years as a satisfied nurse till I retired last year.In my opinion, it is high time for the government to limit the number of nursing students on all nursing schools. This way, it will prevent so many unwanted nursing graduates who are unemployed and sad to say some are working in other fields not related to nursing.

  • yeah, how about Physical therapy, social work and caregiving? Pano na kaya kaming Business Grads? Yaiks…

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