New Batch of RNs

>> Saturday, July 26, 2008

The nurse licensure examination was held last June 1 and 2 this year and another batch of new registered nurses are named. There are 27,765 pass the nursing board exam or about 43.07% who pass out of 64,459 who took the nursing licensure exam, official result from PRC.

Practically speaking, I welcome another batch of professionals without job! Really, there are a lot of nurses in the Philippines who are unemployed due to superfluous supply of nurses, hmm, including me... The country produce thousands of nursing graduates every year that makes the supply of said nurses overflow. Hence, this resulted to unemployment. For the Rn's to gain hospital experience, many of us are contented to volunteer to most hospitals without having a salary just to get a certificate as proof of evidence that hospital duties are done. This will further guarantee a nurse to be hired soon, locally or internationally.

The reality of a fresh graduate is to land for a job, much better if it is related to the course taken. Hard works were exerted to finish a certain course, specially nursing, plus another extra hard effort utilized to review to pass the board exam, not to mention the financial matters. After all those hectic activities and times spent, securing a job is the top aspiration for the new grads.

Ironically, as most universities and colleges generate more nursing graduates, who eventually will become registered nurses, the chances of acquiring a job are slimmer due to many causes - may it be due to the crisis the country is facing right now, thus, many companies and hospitals are having redundancy, may it be cost-cutting reason, so hiring of additional staffs ceased, and so on and so forth.

Speaking of salary, our (nurses) salary is too little, not enough to feed the family. This is one of the reasons why nurses migrate to another country for a greener pasture. To some newly grads, instead of looking for a job right after graduation, they choose to take international examinations like NCLEX, IELTS, etc., to be qualified to work to foreign country other than our own Philippines.

So to all registered nurses, the new RNs and the old unemployed, may we find our good, if not, the best luck the soonest possible time. Let's not lose hope for their is time for each of us.. Just remember: If there's a will, there's a way..:-)


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