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Sunday, August 30, 2009

The demand for talented leaders in health care is only going to go up

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Midcareer managers and other workers have been migrating to health care jobs for years, of course. Now, with the recession, the lure is even stronger. Hospitals, which employ more than four million people, added 135,000 jobs last year and 19,400 more in the first half of 2009, even as millions of American workers wound up unemployed.

“The demand for talented leaders in health care is only going to go up,” predicted Jane Groves, a senior vice president at Integrated Healthcare Strategies, an executive search and consulting firm in Kansas City, Mo. “All that demand can’t and shouldn’t be filled by people already working in health care.”

Frank Pinkowsky worked as a manager at DuPont for 24 years before taking a position as senior vice president for human resources at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pa. “Don’t underestimate the value of what you learned working for someone else,” he advised.

Colin Ward, a 37-year-old Baltimore hospital executive, also successfully switched careers, leaving ESPN after eight years of producing sports broadcasts. “I felt like I wanted to be contributing in some other way,” he said.

After 11 months of graduate classes in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a year as a paid apprentice at a Baltimore hospital, he had a master’s degree in health science and management.

Mr. Ward stayed at the hospital, Lifebridge Health, for three more years and in 2007 moved to his current post at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, Md., as director of corporate strategy. Still a big sports fan, he produces Ravens football games for WBAL radio on weekends.

The Hopkins school, which also offers a three-year master’s of public health degree, is the largest of dozens of accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in hospital management. Many managers with experience in fields like human resources, finance and marketing find a welcome in health care, with a little studying up. Online courses, books, journals and professional magazines provide material.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Primary liver cancers 'soaring'

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While it is not uncommon for cancer to spread to the liver, Cancer Research UK statistics show incidents where it starts in the organ have risen sharply.

Cases of cancer overall have increased over recent decades as people live longer and detection methods improve.

But experts say hepatitis C infections, as well as alcohol and obesity, have helped fuel the spike in liver cases.

The overall numbers do however remain low: with 3108 recorded cases in 2006 it still remains a relatively rare cancer, despite cases trebling.

Primary tumours frequently develop as a result of cirrhosis, itself associated with these risk factors.

Hepatitis C is a virus spread by blood-to-blood contact. Prior to 1991, transfusions were the most common source of infection, but since screening was introduced the disease is most commonly spread among intravenous drug users.

Matt Seymour, professor of gastronintestinal cancer at the University of Leeds, said: "We are seeing more patients with cirrhosis and, in turn, more patients with primary liver cancer.

"This is likely to continue. There is a long delay between exposure to the risk factors and the onset of cancer.

"It might take between 20 and 40 years for liver cancer to develop after infection with hepatitis C. So even if new cases of infection stopped, the number of cases would continue to rise for some years."

Screening call

Obesity is now thought to be one of the most common causes of liver disease, while cases of cirrhosis associated with excessive drinking are known to have soared in the UK in recent years.

Caught early enough, some of the damage caused by liver disease can be reversed and the risk of cancer developing reduced.

But many people with hepatitis C do not know they are carrying the virus: estimates suggest that while more than 250,000 people in the UK have been infected, eight out of 10 are unaware.

The five-year survival rate for primary liver cancer is low, and Cancer Research UK says it is currently supporting a number of trials to improve the treatment of the condition.

Imogen Shillito, of the British Liver Trust, said: "We know liver cancer is caused by years of liver damage, often from infection with hepatitis B or C, or regular excessive drinking.

"But there are many interventions that can prevent liver cancer. In particular, if people at risk are screened for hepatitis B or C and are offered effective treatment before liver damage has set in, their risk of liver cancer drops dramatically.

"We want to see the NHS diagnosing and treating liver disease at an early stage to prevent liver cancer developing and save lives."

SOURCE: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8210208.stm



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Friday, August 28, 2009

Nation in Need of Nurses - Why a Freeze in Hiring During an Era of Shortage?

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Up until Fall 2008—just a few months ago—the nursing profession was exactly what it was promised to be: rock-solid, fail-safe, bullet-proof in the face of even Economic Calamity. That, in and of itself, was a major selling point for the career if your job happens to be in nurse recruitment and retention. Economic stability in a job is hard to come by and it has been the one absolute that nurses have been fortunate enough to call their own…until now.

But if it’s not one thing then it’s another wrench in the works: from slow-poke bureaucratic red-tape, unclear rationale for hiring shut-outs, and the Catch-22 of nurse hiring freezes. For God’s sake, do we need nurses or not?

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins

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John Hopkins Update - Good article

AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY ('TRY', BEING THE KEY WORD) TO ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY.

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins :

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3 When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies.. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply..

*CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3.. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Cast le Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Pa per isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons..

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.






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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Recruitment program in Central that brought 27 nurses from the Philippines in May has been highly successful

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The Regional Health Authority — Central Manitoba Inc. is experiencing significant staffing shortages this summer and looking ahead to the fall as there is hope several programs will fill the void.

Jim Hunter, vice-president human resources for the Central RHA, said shortages that exist in Portage for example, are not uncommon to the rest of the health-care industry in the province or even across Canada.

“It seems like we always need more doctors and registered nurses, and we are especially concerned about a shortage of health-care aides,” Hunter said. “It’s like this all across the country, though.”

A recruitment program in Central that brought 27 nurses from the Philippines in May has been highly successful in filling most of the 30 nursing vacancies that previously existed. But he noted more work needs to be done.

Hunter said the Central RHA is expecting five more Filipino nurses this month. But there will still be up to eight registered nursing vacancies in the region afterward.

Source of nurses

The Philippines has been an excellent source of nurses for the Central RHA. The Asian country has hundreds of thousands of highly-motivated yet unemployed workers who are eager to come to Canada for work.

As part of the integration process, the Filipino nurses need to become certified as registered nurses in Canada, which can be an intensive and lengthy process.

Six nurses have already completed their Canadian accreditation exams, and are now able to operate to the full scope of the practice. The remaining nurses will write their exams in October.

Meanwhile, the Central RHA would like to fill the remaining vacancies as soon as possible, but a long-term approach seems to be its current modus operandi.

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“Manitoba has been successful in increasing seats at both nursing schools, at both Red River College and the University of Manitoba, but the schools haven’t been able to keep up with the vacancies,” Hunter said.

The vice-president points to the baby boom generation leaving the workforce as a major reason why the RHA can’t catch up.

The Central RHA is trying to entice its older nurses, who are getting ready to retire, to stay on as casual workers while also offering financial assistance in the form of bursaries to students.

40 vacancies

Hunter is more concerned about a shortage of health-care aides in personal care homes though, where there are as many as 40 vacancies throughout the region.

“We much prefer to hire health-care aides that have completed the accepted program at Red River College, Assiniboine Community College or Robertson College, but at times, they are not producing enough graduates. So we are now offering our on-site courses,” said Hunter.

The Central RHA has also been active with an aboriginal recruitment strategy.

Hunter insists that despite the vacancies, there have been no significant service disruptions this summer at any of the 20 sites (hospitals and personal care homes) the Central RHA operates.

The emergency room at St. Claude Health Centre remains closed, but it is still offering primary care. The hospital is currently at full capacity.

Hunter noted that hospitals in Notre Dame de Lourdes, Portage la Prairie and Treherne are properly equipped with ambulance and personnel to service that area.

Hunter said during the summer months, staff is more stretched out due to people going on vacation, but employees are working overtime to meet the demands.

SOURCE: http://www.mordentimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1698632


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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Medical Mistakes Will Kill 200K This Year: Report

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There's a frightening prediction about what will happen to many Americans who seek medical care.

Thousands will end up dead because of errors and hospital infections, according the Hearst Corp.

But there are ways to protect yourself and your family.

CBS 2's Jim Williams reports.

When we go into the hospital we assume we are in good hands, getting treated by highly trained medical professionals.

And to be fair, the vast majority of us do get the care we need without problems caused by doctors and nurses

But the number is alarming. According to an investigation by the Hearst Corp., 200,000 Americans will die this year from preventable medical errors and hospital infections.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton is the CBS "Early Show" medical correspondent.

"This kills more people each year than car accidents, and out of every 15 hospital visits, one child is injured due to medical errors, so this is a significant issue," she said.

Dr. Ashton offers a few tips on how to protect yourself:

-- Know every single medication you're given and tell doctors and nurses what you're allergic to.

-- Demand to see the surgeon before an operation. That helps avoid mistaken identity.

-- Have the surgeon sign your skin over the area that is being operated on to avoid surgery on the wrong side of your body or the wrong body part. If your right knee is being operated on, "the surgeon should actually sign with ink on your right knee so they where the surgery is occurring," Ashton said.

The Hearst study is called "Dead by Mistake." It says sleep deprivation plays a role in medical mistakes, along with improper nurse-to-patient ratio. In others words, there are not enough nurses for the patients they have to treat.

SOURCE: http://cbs2chicago.com/local/Hearts.medical.mistakes.2.1122508.html


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Monday, August 17, 2009

Protecting Nurses From Back Injury

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Audrey Nelson, a medical researcher at the Department of Veterans Affairs, fought the odds to protect thousands of nurses and other health care providers from disabling workplace injuries.

Nelson began her quest 20 years ago to solve the problem of musculoskeletal injuries among nurses. She observed how workers at loading docks relied on equipment for lifting, and she never stopped asking why nurses weren't using mechanical means to move patients.

"Her observations led her to do research that transformed the way we care for patients," Stephen Lucas, director of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Fla., said.

Nelson's pursuit of a solution to the high rate of nursing injuries led to a $200 million three-year program funded by the VA, designed to radically change the way nurses handle patients nationwide. The program discourages manual lifting, promoting the use of mechanical technologies instead.

"Because of her tireless dedication to improving care and getting people to work together, we have the best practices for moving patients that will keep them safe, and that will keep nurses safe and in the profession longer," Lucas said.

In coordination with the American Nurses Association and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Nelson's efforts also have resulted in a safe patient handling curriculum at 26 of the nation's nursing schools.

Nurses represent the largest group of health care providers in the nation, with about 38 percent reporting back injuries during their career due mainly to transferring, lifting, moving, turning and bathing patients.

Back injuries have been a major contributor to the nursing shortage, but for decades the efforts to reduce work-related musculoskeletal injuries in hospitals and nursing homes relied mostly on body mechanics classes or training in lifting techniques that proved to be largely unsuccessful.

Working at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Florida, Nelson identified the common nursing tasks that contributed most to musculoskeletal injuries. She tested ways to redesign the task or to complete it using mechanical lifts and transfer devices, which led to a series of studies and clinical tests funded by the VA.

Her studies developed an approach that decreased the number and severity of patient handling injuries, lowered worker compensation costs and resulted in increased comfort and dignity for patients.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

More than half of ER nurses have been assaulted on job

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By Erin Thompson, USA TODAY
More than half of nurses who work in emergency departments report they've been physically assaulted on the job, according to an online survey of more than 3,000 ER nurses by the Emergency Nurses Association.

Responding to the 69-question survey, the nurses said they have been spit on, hit, pushed, shoved, scratched or kicked by patients while on duty.

The incidents are partly a result of the nature of the job and the fact that emergency rooms accept all comers, association president Bill Briggs says.

"It's the safety net when you can't get help anywhere else," Briggs says. "Every type of patient comes to the emergency department.

"We accept patients under the influence of drugs and alcohol, (and) psychiatric patients. … It's very unpredictable."

Other precipitating factors: a shortage of ER nurses, patient crowding and prolonged wait times. One in four nurses reported experiencing assaults more than 20 times in the past three years, and one in five said they had experienced verbal abuse more than 200 times during the same period.

The incidents have led one in three nurses to consider leaving their department.

"The public wants a safe place to go and get help in an emergency, and that's what we want," Briggs says. "The Emergency Nurses Association wants to promote a safe working environment … safe for patients and visitors and staff members, and we're looking for ways to do that."

Laws protecting emergency department nurses vary widely by state, and some states have no laws. The nurses association plans to work with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to make safety precautions a requirement in all states.

"Every emergency department should have its own plan in place," Briggs says. To start, he says, hospitals should have more security available, alarm buttons and a security committee to assess the ER and create a plan for a safe environment.

"I've had bumps and bruises and, certainly, it has an emotional impact," says Briggs, a nurse for 30 years. "I've wondered, do I want to stay? How often do I want this to happen?

"Most people enter the profession to help people, not to get beat up and not to see your co-workers get beat up."

The survey's findings are reported in the current issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration.

SOURCE: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-08-04-nurses-assault_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip



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Friday, August 7, 2009

Initial Registration Schedule for Nurses – June 2009/Deadline for Filing of Applications for Nov. 29-30, 2009 NLE.

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June 2009 Manila Schedule Only


PRC Lucena Sched of Registration

June 2009 Davao Schedule Only

June 2009 Cebu Schedule Only


Please be informed that the Initial Registration of Nurses (June 2009 Baguio Passers) is being conducted in PRC Baguio starting on July 31, 2009.

PRC Tuguegarao -Initial Registration schedule starts on August 10, 2009 in PRC Tuguegarao. The oathtaking will be held on August 31, 2009.


Also, Initial Registration of Nurses (June 2009 Legazpi Passers) is being conducted in PRC Legazpi starting on August 3, 2009. The oathtaking will be held on August 21, 2009 at AQ Dome, Aquinas University of Legazpi.


Initial Registration

Instructions:

Initial registrants should come personally to the PRC Central Office or to the nearest Regional Office to file his/her application for registration and to affix his/her signature in the registry book.

All Registration Certificates and PRC ID shall be claimed by the licensee personally at the Central Office or the Regional Office where the application for the same has been filed. If there is an unavoidable need for a representative, he must present his/her identification paper with picture and a Special Power of Attorney.

Requirements

  1. Duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal
  2. Current Community Tax Certificate (cedula)
  3. Two pcs. passport size pictures with name tag (for Oath Form and Certificate of Registration)
  4. One pc. 1”x1” picture in plain background with complete name tag (for Registry of Professionals)
  5. Two sets of metered documentary stamps (for Oath Form and Certificate of Registration)
  6. One (1) short brown envelope with name and profession
Fees to be paid at PRC:
Php 600.00 - Initial Registration Fee
Php 450.00 - Professional ID
documentary stamps

Click below for FULL SCREEN VIEW of the June 2009 Nurses' Oathtaking Ceremonies Advisory:
http://www.scribd.com/full/17648777?access_key=key-cxx1gbynlcd1kp9maln


Deadline for Filing of Applications for November 29 - 30, 2009 NLE

Filing of applications is now ongoing in the Central Office and in the Regional Offices of PRC. The following are the deadlines of filing of applications:

*New/First Timers: September 16, 2009
*Repeater: October 16, 2009

Application shall no longer be accepted after these deadlines.

source: www.prc.gov.ph




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US quota for Filipino nurses filled up, say recruiters

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By Mayen Jaymalin (philstar.com) Updated August 07, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Employment opportunities in the United States for Filipino nurses aspiring to work there appear to be drying up.

The recruitment industry reported yesterday that the US quota of employment-based immigrant visa for foreign workers, including Filipino nurses have all been filled up.

“Based on the US department data, the June 2009 the employment-based immigrant visa 3rd preference category (EB3) where Filipino registered nurses are usually petitioned under, have been exhausted and are now unavailable,” recruitment officials said.

Recruitment leaders said visa bulletins in the next months are expected to reflect the same information.

New legislation specifically aimed at ending visa retrogression for registered nurses has been introduced in the US Congress.

The proposed legislation closely mirrors a 2008 proposal that calls for registered nurses to be exempted from any numerical limit on visas until 2012. “While the proposal appears to be a positive development for nurses aspiring to work in the US, the bill remained pending and unacted upon for months,” recruitment officials explained.

But recruitment leaders said there are other employment options for Filipino nurses aside from the United States.

The Overseas Nursing Program in the United Kingdom is one of the viable alternatives for Filipino nurses due to the filled up quota in the US.

Under the program, Filipino nurses can study and work in the United Kingdom under the tier 4 student visa category.

“The nurses will be enrolled in higher education degree courses like BSc international nursing/health and social care while working in British hospitals and nursing homes,” they explained.

The nurses, once qualified, will receive an annual pay of 21,000 British pounds or P1.6 million a year.

“If they wish to move to the United States when their visa numbers are called after the long wait they can do so, but with the added benefit of an internationally recognized British degree and valuable work experience as a nurse in the UK work place,” recruiters said.

International Student Advisors, which has successfully arranged for study and work placements for more than 700 healthcare workers to the UK since the beginning of 2008, is offering this alternative solution.


SOURCE: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=493666&publicationSubCategoryId=201



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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Fewer Filipino nurses seeking jobs in US

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By Mayen Jaymalin Updated August 01, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino nurses are now shying away from the United States because of the prevailing financial crisis there.

Fewer Filipino nurses sought employment in the United States in the first half of the year as the country sank into recession, according to the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).

TUCP secretary-general and former senator Ernesto Herrera said the number of Filipino nurses aspiring to work in the US plunged by 16 percent compared to the first semester of 2008.

“The deepening recession in America has clearly diminished the desire of Filipino nurses to seek employment there,” Herrera pointed out.

He said that a total of 8,272 Filipino nurses took the US National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for the first time (non-repeaters) from January to June, 1,565 fewer compared to the 9,837 that took the test in the same six-month period in 2008.

A total of 20,746 Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time for the whole year of 2008 and Herrera said the number was lower by 3.5 percent compared to the 21,299 Filipino nurses that took the test for the first time in 2007.

Filipino nurses accounted for 37 percent of the 22,500 foreign-educated nurses who took the NCLEX for the first time in the first semester.

Herrera said that many Filipino nurses now prefer foreign labor markets other than America, particularly the United Kingdom and the Middle East.

“Actually, fewer nurses from India, Korea, Canada and Cuba are seeking US jobs as well,” he said.

Nurses from India who took the NCLEX for the first time in the first semester were down 56 percent to 750 from 1,715. Those from South Korea also dropped by 35 percent to 613 from 934.

Herrera claimed that about 600,000 nurses who passed the June 2009 licensure examination are now actively looking for jobs here and abroad and many of them have opted to work outside their profession.

The huge number of unemployed nurses includes the 99,837 who passed the local nursing licensure examinations from June 2008 to June 2009.

Last June alone, over 32,000 nursing graduates passed the licensure examination but local recruiters said they are unlikely to find employment abroad due to lack of necessary experience.

Meanwhile, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) reminded those who just passed the recent nursing licensure examination to personally register with the PRC.

Marco Sto. Tomas, PRC Board of Nursing member, also noted that the newly licensed nurses are scheduled to take their oath at the SMX Convention Center on Aug. 18 and 19.

Sto. Tomas said the schedule of oath taking will be according to school assignments and the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) will issue the necessary ticket for the event.

Schedule of regional oath taking is posted at www.bonphilippines.org.

SOURCE: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=492058&publicationSubCategoryId=201






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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Pinoys in Ireland hope economy improves soon

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Some Filipino nurses who have been affected by the global economic crisis could only hope that Ireland’s economy would improve to regain the benefits removed from them.

ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau correspondent Roderick Garcia reported that some of the nurses are now relying on their agencies for employment after they could no longer find work at Ireland’s public hospitals.

Also, Ireland’s government reportedly slashed a portion of the 1,000 euro child benefit and deducts tax from the monthly child allowance.

"Nabawasan kami dahil sa mga levies. At first 1 percent lang. Pangalawa, after three months naging 2 percent na. Yung overtime namin affected na din. Wala nang overtime," said nurse Gladys Brenan, nurse.

The government also plans to adjust the age limit of those qualified to receive child benefit from 16-years-old to 5-years-old.

Meanwhile, other nurses got lucky as the crisis paved the way for them to become permanent employees.

“Maswerte kami dahil napunta kami dito sa pinakamalaking ospital dito sa Ireland sa St. James Hospital at saka halos lahat na-permanent position,” said nurse Irene Sinoc.

SOURCE: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/pinoy-migration/07/31/09/pinoys-ireland-hope-economy-improves-soon





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