Nurses’ pay hike bill re-filed

By Hannah Torregoza/ – Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan yesterday pushed anew for the passage of a bill that seeks to raise the salary of entry-level nurses. Pangilinan said it is one way to stop some 22,000 health professionals from leaving the country every year. Pangilinan is referring to Senate Bill Read more »

Job fair for returning JPEPA nurses, caregivers

via – The Embassy of Japan plans to hold a job fair for returning Filipino nurses and caregivers on Friday, August 26 in Makati or BGC area (venue to be confirmed). Japan has been accepting Filipino nurses and caregivers based on the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA). Since then, Read more »

Top Fil-Am nurses share success stories as leaders

By Jon Melegrito/ US Bureau – Inspired by the life of Florence Nightingale – the 19th- century nurse who helped revolutionize the nursing profession – three Filipino American nurses recalled their climb to success and challenged their peers to not simply be content as bedside nurses, but to also become Read more »

First Filipino hospital to be established in Qatar

via -Preparations are underway for the establishment of a Filipino hospital, based on a new model of community partnership in Qatar, an official of the Philippine Business Council-Qatar (PBC-Q) has said. PBC-Q chairman Greg Loayon said the business council has been making rounds of different parts of Qatar to Read more »

Germany, Japan in need of nurses, caregivers

By Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has announced job openings in Germany and Japan for nurses and caregivers, a report on Balitanghali said Tuesday. The report said the Philippines and the Federal Government of Germany’s “Triple Win Project” opened slots for 70 ICU nurses Read more »

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 »