Scammers Take Advantage Of Filipino Nurses Lured By Promise Of Employment In The U.S.

via – We turn now to the business of finding and hiring foreign nurses for the American health care system. The demand is great but, for some, so are also the risks.

NewsHour special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from the Philippines.

FRED DE SAM LAZARO: Every few minutes at this Manila nursing school, a mannequin is born. Students are trained on a range of childbirth scenarios, simulated on robotic patients. But real life, whether in operating rooms or the job market these days, will be far trickier.
Nursing has long been a highly sought-after profession in the Philippines, mainly because it is seen as a ticket to a well-paid job outside the country.

WOMAN: My aunt abroad, she was the one who is sending me to college. She is in Hong Kong.

FRED DE SAM LAZARO: So, she encouraged you to become a nurse. Why?

WOMAN: Because, according from her, being a nurse in overseas is a lot of salary. They earn so much money.

FRED DE SAM LAZARO: If you were to work overseas, what would be your first choice?

WOMAN: Anywhere in the United States, sir.


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