Source: Data from the World Health Organization (2006).
WHO estimates the global health worker shortfall to be over 4.2 million. That shortage is impairing provision of essential, life-saving interventions such as childhood immunizations, safe pregnancy and childbirth services for mothers, and access to treatment for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. As a result, people are suffering and dying needlessly.
Without prompt action, the shortage will worsen and health systems will be weakened further. As populations continue to grow in developing countries and grow older in the developed countries, health demand is on the rise virtually everywhere.
“At last!”, I uttered ecstatically after I passed my Philippine Nursing Board Exam in June 2003. My friend who is also a registered nurse a year older than me forwarded me a message, “Congratulations Sherrylyn! and welcome to the world of the unemployed.” I chuckled after I read it.
The reality of that message hit me right in my face when I applied for a nursing job. No vacancies, competition is stiff and the only choice I have is to be a “volunteer nurse”. It simply means – NO salary at all. At times, you even need to pay the hospital for Basic Skills Training or orientation that they give to you. The term “professional” slavery would always linger in my mind.
I remember my classmate Jacky, We visited the hospital that she was working at. She was on a night duty in a hectic medical infectious disease ward. She was holding an intravenous tray (I guess she just resited an interstitial intravenous from one of her patients). I don’t know how many patients she has but she seemed so stressed out walking to and fro attending her patients. One skinny man approached her and said, “You need to hurry, my wife seems not very comfortable from her position.” Out of frustration, strain and pressure she blurted out. “Sir, I’m doing my best here, I have tons of patients to look after, I missed my dinner already and besides I’m just a volunteer nurse here!” Availability of nursing jobs is really tight during those years until now. We approached her and calmed her down, asked her to sit for a while and have some rest.
Those were the golden moments of our first months of being a Registered Nurse. I said to myself, “It’s okay, I need to sacrifice and besides, the battle has just begun. I just need my hours as a Registered Nurse, scout for nursing jobs, that’s it and I will move on.” After a couple of months, I completed my required nursing hours and flew to Canada to be with my family.
Are nursing jobs available for the fresh graduates?
Oversupply of Nurses Plaques Philippines
Gloria Esguerra Melencio, Arab News
Thursday 3 April 2008 (26 Rabi` al-Awwal 1429)
MANILA, 3 April 2008 — The Philippines has oversupply of nurses this year as “world-class schools” continue to graduate thousands of nurses and some diploma mill schools churn out countless of practical nurses.
University of the Philippines College of Nursing Dean Dr. Josefina Tuazon and Philippine Nurses Association National President Leah Paquiz, disclosed that the oversupply of nurses is fast becoming the country’s problem even as deployment abroad may be the “first choice” for these graduates.
Tuazon explained that due to the numerous nursing graduates this year at 67, 728, hospitals have to get volunteer nurses — a lot better because they are not paid — to accommodate the fresh graduates. Read more
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Registered Nurses in China
Potential of CHINA in global nurse migration
Health Services Research, June, 2007 by Zhiwu Zack Fang
The current level of unemployment among nurses has created an interest in migration motivated both by individual choice and government policies to maximize remittance income. Nurses themselves express concerns over low wages, working conditions, and lack of job security.
Surveys indicate that only 58 percent of Chinese RNs feel "relatively satisfied" or "satisfied" with their jobs (Sun and Yan 2001). Nursing as an occupation falls in the "below-average" salary category in China. In most regions and cities in China, the average salary for a nurse with 3-10 years working experience is only around U.S.$200 per month. With more than 15 years of experience, the average is about U.S.$300 per month. In the coastal areas, Shanghai for instance, salaries can be slightly better, but come with a higher cost of living. Compared with nurses, Chinese physicians have more revenues of income beside basic salary, and can easily earn three to five times more.
In addition, nurses in China have to carry a very heavy workload (Wu and Zhang 2000; Wang and Dai 2004; Zhang and Ren 2004). Compared with U.S. nurses, employed Chinese nurses are faced with 10 times the population responsibility. Hospital demand is for younger nurses (Peng 2004), as they are paid less and can handle more physically demanding work loads. As a result, age discrimination is also a problem and it is not unusual to find hospitals dismissing most nurses older than 45 years of age. Read more. Post Your Resume for FREE at HotResumes.com
Registered Nurses in India
The U.S. Nursing Shortage: A Booming Market for Foreign Nurses
Mr. Zilberberg found his answer in India. India has an abundance of highly skilled nurses and future nurses in training. Furthermore, India's population is large enough to address the American shortage without jeopardizing India's healthcare system.
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