Nursing is a vocation, it is a calling. True. No arguing with that. But people must realize that nurses, just like any other professionals, need to earn enough. We want to be able to provide for our family.
But just as much as we want to care for our patients, we also want to live. And we cannot do that with our basic salary here in the Philippines. Only Metro Manila is receiving the salary grade 15 as mandated by the law. But how about us in the provinces? Aren’t we covered by that so called salary grade 15? Unfortunately, we have to do with what is being offered to us (our present salary) but only because we have no other choice.
We are even lucky to be receiving a below minimum salary than those who have to pay the institutions just to gain experience. My question is, why did it take more than 2 years before the government started acting on it?
Please don’t blame us when we decide to leave the country and work elsewhere. We don’t want to, but we have to.
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