Aquino rejects bill increasing entry-level nurses’ pay

By Camille Elemia/ – Two weeks before stepping down, President Benigno Aquino III rejected the bill seeking to increase the pay of nurses. Aquino said he could not support the bill in its present form because of “dire financial consequences” – both for the government and private and non-government health Read more »

Ascent offers BPO jobs, helps acquire US license for Filipino nurses

By Maricel Burgonio/ – As more Filipino nurses are still actively looking for better opportunities in the US, a homegrown recruitment, consulting and business-process outsourcing (BPO) firm is offering to undergo the process and required tests that will allow them to acquire their US license. Raphael Macapagal, President and CEO Read more »

Minimum wage under nursing law a myth

By Nelson S. Badilla/ – A law directing the national government to pay nurses in government-owned hospitals P24,000 a month as minimum salary has not been implemented for 14 years. The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) said Section 2 of Republic Act (RA) 9173, or the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002, Read more »

Filipino health workers have high hopes for career in Japan

via – While not all Filipino health workers who train in Japan under an intergovernmental program have been successful, the opportunity to learn about Japanese healthcare and possibly practice their profession there remains attractive to new candidates from the Philippines. “I believe that if I’ll be able to work Read more »

More Pinoy nurses seek US jobs

By Paolo Romero/The Philippine Star – Filipino nurses seeking jobs for the first time in the United States went up by 16 percent in the first quarter, Cebu Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. said yesterday. Gullas, vice chairman of the House committee on higher and technical education, said 1,377 Read more »

200,000 registered nurses are jobless

By Nelson C. Badilla/ – Over 200,000 registered nurses are jobless as the Aquino administration failed to increase the number of nurses in the government hospitals. Gloria Amariego, chief nurse at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), said the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) have been urging the Aquino administration through the Read more »

PH nurses unite to fight contractualization

By Annelle Tayao-Juego/Philippine Daily Inquirer – After a year of working in government-run Biliran Provincial Hospital, Jane (who requested that her full name not be published) was ready to call it quits. Hired as a “casual employee” with no benefits and job security, the 22-year-old said she was looking forward Read more »

Filipino nurses want equal education recognition in Canada

By Jhong de la Cruz/ – A support group for Philippine-trained nurses is launching a petition drive to ask nursing governing bodies to recognize Filipinos’ nursing education as comparable to that of Canadian registered nurses. Calling themselves Pinoy Nurses IEN-NNAS Application for Canadian Registration, members of the group have become Read more »

Hurdles cleared but disillusionment, homesickness prompt Filipino health workers to exit Japan

By Ronron Calunsod/ – A number Filipino nurses and caregivers who seized the opportunity to train in Japan to work there have ended up returning to the Philippines, including some who passed the tough licensing exam. “The journey to becoming a nurse in Japan was indeed a mission impossible. Read more »

Kuwait to hire 2K Filipino nurses with $900 entry-level salary

via – Job openings are aplenty for more than 2,000 Filipino nurses in Kuwait, according to Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc (PASEI). Filipino nurses can easily draw a minimum monthly salary of $900 at the entry level itself, GMA News quoted PASEI President Elsa Villa. Villa said that Read more »