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Saturday, August 28, 2010

More want to be doctors as global demand for nurses declines

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by SAMUEL P. MEDENILLA
August 22, 2010, 4:57pm

Amid the decline in the global demand for Filipino nurses, more graduates of science-related courses are now pursuing a degree in medicine, the Board of Medicine said over the weekend.

Board of Medicine member Jose Cueto said the lessening of employment opportunities for nurses abroad seems to have contributed to the increase in National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) examinees.

The NMT is a requirement for undergraduates seeking a degree in medicine.

Six years ago when there was a high demand for nurses abroad, the Board of Medicine noted a sharp decline in medicine students.

“During the time when nursing was at the top on the list of (preferred courses by) students, there was a sharp decline on the number of students taking the National Medical Admission Test,” Cueto said.

However, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) noted a reduction in the demand of nurses abroad.

Based on recent statistics from the POEA , the number of professional nurses deployed to other countries only increased by 6.71% from 12,618 to 13, 465 in 2009; as compared to the rate in 2008 when migrant nurses rose by 40.13% from 9,004 to 12,618.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

37, 679 Out of 91,008 Pass July 2010 Nursing Board Exam

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July 2010 Nursing Board Exam Results

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The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 37,679 out of 91,008 passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, La Union, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga last July 2010 .



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British parliamentarian to help Filipino nurses

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One of Britain’s most senior parliamentarians has arrived in Manila and will stay here for two weeks to help Filipino nurses and undertake a series of meetings with Philippine government officials to discuss investment in the health workforce.

“I very much hope that during my short stay here, I’ll be able to not only learn about the (nursing) profession in the Philippines but also try to do something to help them not only now but in the future,” said British Member of Parliament (MP) David Amess who is one of nine parliamentarians participating in the Voluntary Service Overseas’ (VSO) Parliamentarian Volunteering Scheme this year.

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development charity that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.

Its Parliamentarian Volunteering Scheme, now on its third year, sends UK parliamentarians to developing countries where they each spend two to three weeks helping advise community organizations on matters relating to advocacy and campaigning.

The scheme not only supports VSO’s partner organizations by providing them with skilled volunteers, but also steps ups the MPs’ awareness and knowledge of global poverty issues, disability discrimination, and poor health systems.

Amess, who has been an MP since 1983 and has represented the constituency of Southend West since 1997, personally chose the Philippines as his destination for volunteer work.

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California Labor Law Disallows Discrimination against Filipino Nurses

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San Francisco, CA:
Neither California labor law nor the California Nurses Association (CNA) allow for discrimination: The CNA filed a lawsuit on August 18 against California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), part of the Sutter Health Network and one of San Francisco's largest hospitals, claiming that the hospital discriminates against the hiring of Filipino registered nurses. The CNA has charged Sutter and CPMC with employment discrimination at on the basis of race, ethnicity, and national origin at the St. Luke’s Campus of Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center.

Racial or ethnic discrimination can occur when an employer refuses to hire a person because that person speaks with an accent, even if she is fully qualified for the job. The union provided evidence—produced affidavits signed under penalty of perjury—showing this is what happened at CPMC. One former nurse manager, Ronald Rivera, worked at CPMC from April 2006 to April 2010 when he resigned on good terms. "One day I spoke with Diana Karner (VP of nursing) on the phone about hiring new RNs," he attested, according to the Los Angeles Asian Journal. "Diana said to me that we probably should not hire any more foreign graduate nurses. She explained that patients complain because 'it is hard to understand them and be understood by them.'"

Another affidavit came from Chris Hanks, who was the Director of Critical Care from 2008 to 2009 and reported directly to Karner. Hanks attested that he was told not to hire any Filipino nurses and said that Karner told him, "The Filipinos are always related, or know each other, and that’s not good. You’re not to hire them."

The union provided evidence that showed in 2007 the Filipino RNs at St. Luke’s were 66 percent of the nursing population. Today they have dropped to just 10 percent.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

California hospital bans hiring of Filipino nurses

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August 22, 2010 09:26:00
Emil Guillermo
INQUIRER.net

CALIFORNIA, United States—I love Filipino nurses.

Next to cheap garments at Wal-Mart and female impersonators, I’d have to put them on the top of the list as the Philippines’ leading export.

If the country had a team mascot, it would have to be the “Fighting Nurses.” (Notre Dame has the “Fighting Irish,” why not?)

So, of course, I’m alarmed by the news that a de facto ban against hiring Filipino nurses at the St. Luke’s Campus of Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) appears to be policy in San Francisco.

No Filipinos, as blatant as that. Just like the old sign that the Filipino National Historical Society displays, the one from the 1920s that reads, “Positively No Filipinos Allowed.”

You can take that sign and stick it on the door at St. Luke’s, right now, says the California Nurses Association, the nurses union.

And now it wants to do something about it.

The union wants the San Francisco Human Rights Commission to investigate the hospital. But that’s just the opening shot. The union intends to file a class action grievance against Sutter and CPMC.

The union provided compelling evidence which included signed statements by former managers and current job stats to back up the claim that Filipinos are being unfairly discriminated at St. Luke’s.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

RE-SCHEDULING THE DECEMBER 2010 NURSES LICENSURE EXAM FROM DEC. 12 & 13, 2010 TO DEC. 19 & 20, 2010

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The scheduled Nurses Licensure Examination (NLE) on December 12 and 13, 2010 has been moved to DECEMBER 19 and 20, 2010 per Board of Nursing (BON) Resolution no. 2010. Furthermore, the Board also announces that the deadline of filing of applications for repeater applicants is moved from September 8, 2010 to SEPTEMBER 28, 2010.

Regarding the results of the July, 2010 Licensure Examination will be released on the last week of August, 2010.





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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Woes of foreign nurses, caregivers in Japan

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August 09, 2010 08:01:00
Eduardo C. Tadem
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Eduardo Climaco Tadem, Ph.D., is a professor of Asian Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is currently a visiting researcher at the Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

KYOTO, Japan—Jusuf Anwar, Indonesian ambassador to Japan, has bewailed the overly stringent Japanese national examinations for foreign caregivers and nurses. Out of the 500 Indonesians who took the examinations in 2008 and 2009, only two have passed and have become certified nurses.

Anwar revealed this concern at the “First Public Forum on Indonesia” held on July 23, 2010 at the Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

The problem, he said, is the “kanji” character proficiency part of the examinations. An added burden is that when they fail their exams on the third try, the nurses are obliged to leave the country immediately.

The examinations are part of the criteria introduced by the Tokyo government in line with the Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (IJ-EPA) provision on allowing foreign caregivers and nurses to practice their profession in Japan. The IJ-EPA took effect in 2008 but two years after, Ambassador Anwar said he doubted its usefulness unless the examinations can be made less rigid to enable more Indonesian nurses and caregivers to qualify.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Retrogression News: 28 month progression for EB3 Philippines

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The State Department has released the Visa Bulletin for the month of September. As compared to the current month bulletin, the dates remained the same for EB3 India but moved forward 1 month for EB3 China, 2 months for EB2 China and India and 6 months for EB3 Philippines and EB3 "all others" except China, India, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Since the beginning of this calendar year (January 2010) we have seen the following movement:
12 month progression for EB2 China
16 month progression for EB2 India
14 month progression for EB3 China
6 1/2 month progression for EB3 India
28 month progression for EB3 Philippines
28 month progression for EB3 "all others" (excludes China, India, Mexico, Dominican Republic)

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Filipino Nurses Follow Well-Worn Path to Jobs in Skokie

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When Cecilia Buenaflor came to Chicago after she left the Philippines in 1992, she was on her own. The newcomer, who had worked at a New York hospital, did not know anyone. As a single parent, she was struggling to balance motherhood and the demand to earn a living, and being 8,000 miles away from home didn't help.

"Economically, I cannot survive in the Philippines just being a nurse," Buenaflor said. "I have a family that I have to support."

Working as a nurse at a senior living facility in the Philippines, Buenaflor was paid $10 an hour. With two young daughters at home and an extended family back in her homeland to support, it was a "tough" time for her, she said.

"But as long as you work hard, you will be rewarded," Buenaflor said of her philosophy.

Now, she is the president and chief executive officer of Life Home Health Care in Skokie, an agency that provides nursing at-home services to patients. Her company ranks in the top 6 percent in home health agencies in the United States and employs between 50 and 60 nurses, mostly Filipinos and many of them Skokie residents, she said.

Sitting in her corner office in the company's building at Gross Point Road and Lincoln Avenue, Buenaflor reflects on her career path, noting her father pushed her into a nursing career.

After World War II, the aspiration to achieve the American dream became a driving force for the influx of nurses from the Philippines, a U.S. prize from the Spanish-American War in 1898 until gaining independence in 1946. The Exchange Visitor Program, and later the immigration reform of 1965, enabled Filipino nurses into the U.S. to fulfill their dreams. Their success persuaded relatives and friends to follow, starting a cycle that continues despite tighter economic times and immigration rules.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wanted: Florence Nightingales - Philippine Red Cross

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MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said Monday it is helping the government in its campaign to recruit for more nurses through a volunteer program.
“Ever since the time of Florence Nightingale up to present, the nurses’ role in uplifting humanity has been truly undeniable. I have great respect for the nursing profession,” PRC chairman Richard J. Gordon said.
He said their practice by itself stands by the Red Cross’ primary objective of alleviating human suffering.
And given this apparent sense of harmony among the two fields’ main objectives, he then couldn’t help but envision a bright future in humanitarian service through a strong tie-up between his represented organization and the abovementioned professionals.
Gordon said PRC is currently in search for volunteer nurses who could work hand in hand with their professionally trained staff.
This campaign is still part of Gordon’s plan to strengthen the organization’s pool of volunteers, which he considers the life and blood of PRC since time immemorial.
Through this intensified volunteer recruitment program, PRC aims to increase its manpower for a more effective response capacity on actual cases of emergencies and disasters.
By equipping these volunteers with proper trainings, the organization expects to further strengthen its current competence in order to fully extend its offered services to the most vulnerable.

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