Fewer Jobs Abroad for Nurses
By Mayen Jaymalin
Despite the high global demand, employment prospects appear to be getting bleak for new Filipino nurses.
Data from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently showed that only two of every 100 students taking up nursing are likely to qualify and get employed overseas.
While the country is producing a high of 400,000 nursing graduates annually, records from the DOLE’s Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) indicated a very limited deployment of Filipino nurses for the past seven years.
From 2000 to 2007, POEA recorded only a total of 77,947 nurses hired in the United States and other countries.
The highest deployment of 13,822 was recorded in 2001.