Training concerns close jobs door for Filipino nurses

By Lincoln Tan
Filipino nurses who cannot obtain registration in New Zealand are asking the Nurses Society to help them find jobs overseas.

But they are being turned away because overseas nursing authorities have also stopped registering Filipino nurses and are echoing similar concerns over nursing qualifications from the Philippines, the society says.

“It is easier to get a fresh nursing graduate from Kenya registered, than someone from the Philippines,” said society director David Wills.

He said the nursing society, which has placed 10,000 nurses in countries such as Britain, the United States and Singapore since 1994, was being approached by at least four Filipino nurses every day wanting to find work overseas – but finding them work has become “almost impossible”.

“Australia may be the last option, because other countries like Canada and Singapore have questioned the Philippines qualifications,” said Mr Wills.

“We have reached a stage where we have found it pointless to process any Filipino nurse who does not have Western country experience.”


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