Philippine Nurse hiring slump seen says Philippine Star

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Philippine Star December 06, 2009 MANILA, Philippines - The number of jobless Filipino nurses is likely to swell further with the expected slump in the hiring of medical workers in the United States and other countries to last for the next two years.

Dr. Fely Marilyn Lorenzo of the University of the Philippines Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies said government data indicated a falling trend in hiring of Filipino nurses for the past years.


“Data from the Commission on Filipino Overseas showed that the demand for Filipino nurses is slowing down in foreign countries, particularly in the country’s top markets,” Lorenzo said.

From a total of 5,790 in year 2000, the number of Filipino nurses hired in the United States dropped to 771 in year 2007.

“This year only eight Filipino nurses are leaving the country every month to work in the United States,” she added.
While the demand remained in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries, Lorenzo expects the downtrend in hiring of Filipino nurses abroad for a few more years due to the prevailing economic crisis.
Aside from the global financial crisis, stricter migration laws imposed in destination countries also resulted to decline in the demand.

“Some foreign employers are also finding Filipino nurses replaceable with other nationalities like Indonesians and Chinese because of attitude and values,” she added.

The declining demand abroad and the significant growth in the number of nursing graduates have already resulted to surplus and sharp increase in the number of unemployed nurses in the country.
As of June 2009, a total of 544,967 passed the Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE). A great bulk of the figure is believed to be unemployed.  Continue reading here http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=529872&publicationSubCategoryId=63


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