POEA Warned Filipino Nurses on Job Offers in Belgium

The Philippine Embassy in Brussels, Belgium has cautioned Filipino nurses on available jobs advertised by recruiters in the Philippines, who take advantage of the reported acute shortage of nurses in Belgium.

The Philippine Embassy has reported that although there is a shortage of nurses in Beigium, foreign nurses encounter difficulty in entering this country due to restrictions imposed by the European Commission, specifically the European Directive 2005/36/EC passed in 7 September 2005.

The European Dilective 2005/36/EC is the relevant law on equivalency which consolidates the rules currently regulating the recognition of professional qualifications. Based on the Directive, licensed Filipino nurses still have to take several units of nursingsubjects in Belgium to elevate their credentials to be at par wvith the Belgian nursing curriculum.

Filipino nurses are advised not to resign from their jobs in haste solely on the basis of the “sugar coated promises” of recruiters of non-existent jobs in Belgium.


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Byron Webb Romero, RN, MSN

Finished BSN at Lyceum of the Philippines University, and Master of Science in Nursing Major in Adult Health Nursing at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. Currently working at Manila Doctors College of Nursing as a Team Leader for Level I and II, Lecturer for Professional Nursing Subjects, and also a Clinical Instructor.

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