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Thursday, September 18, 2008

POEA eyes apprenticeship to address oversupply of nurses

MANILA, Philippines - Amid the oversupply of Filipino nurses, the government is looking into the possibility of employing them as interns in hospitals abroad.

“That (nurse apprenticeship) is something that we should look into," said Jennifer Manalili, administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in a recent interview with GMANews.TV.

Manalili issued the statement after the Federated Association of Manpower Exporters (FAME), an umbrella organization of recruitment agencies, said that apprenticeship especially in Singapore and Saudi Arabia, might address the unemployment of licensed Filipino nurses.

Jackson Gan, FAME vice president, said that the apprenticeship would provide the two-year training experience needed by the nurses.

Manalili said former POEA administrator and now labor undersecretary Rosalinda Baldoz called for a meeting with concerned sectors, schools, and hospitals two weeks ago to review the apprentice proposal.

“We have to admit that 400,000 of our nurses are unemployed because they don’t qualify for the countries that are requiring nurses," said Manalili, who replaced Baldoz as POEA chief just recently.

According to the POEA chief, it is not the sudden surge on the number of nurses that is plaguing the industry but the lack of qualified nurses who can work abroad. “It’s not that we lack jobs to send them to, we just lack qualified people.

" Manalili said the two-year experience requirement prevents many hospitals abroad from hiring Filipino nurses.

“Mag-apprentice muna sila doon bago maging regular (They should work first as apprentices there first before becoming regulars)," said Manalili.

She said apprenticeship is a common practice, especially in hiring Filipino seafarers. “Yung mga kadete din naman sa barko apprentice, may bayad naman at while training, they are employed (Some cadets on ships are apprentices, they are paid while training, they are employed).

" The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) on Wednesday declined to comment on the matter while talks were going on about the apprenticeship proposal.

More than 28,000 examinees passed the nursing licensure exam last June, most of whom are expected to remain unemployed for sometime due to lack of good job opportunities.

Officials have attributed the increasing number of unemployed nurses to a slowdown in hiring of foreign nurses in the United States and United Kingdom since 2006. - KIMBERLY JANE TAN, GMANews.TV

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

UK school offers new career path for Pinoy nurses

Filipino nurses could now become licensed nurses in United Kingdom and other European countries and work in hospitals in Europe, local recruitment agencies reported yesterday.

Job recruiters said the University of Hertfordshire, one of UK's top universities, is offering a graduate program for Filipino nurses that could be used as a stepping-stone to work in the United Kingdom.

Under the program, licensed foreign nurses can take up additional degree of Bachelor of Science in International Nursing and become a registered nurse in two years.

The foreign nurses are allowed to stay in UK for another two years using their student visas, after they have completed the two-year degree.

Licensed nurses can also undertake further studies that would enable them to secure a five-year work and residency permit.

The degree in International Nursing is recognized all over the world, which may also allow them to work in countries like Australia, Canada and other European countries.

Lyn Karstadt, an official of Hertfordshire, is arriving in Manila next week to give a series of orientations and consultations with Filipino nurses.

Hundreds of Filipino nurses have left for the UK under the study and work program since 2007.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) had reported that more than 33,000 nurses were deployed abroad from 1995 to 2000.

Aside from the UK and the United States, Filipino nurses have also been hired in Austria, Norway and Japan. - Mayen Jaymalin (Philstar News Service,

Monday, September 15, 2008

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