Volunteer Training Programs for Filipino Nurses: Are they worth it?

If you are a student taking up nursing in the Philippines or a recent nursing graduate or a fresh passer of the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination, you might be frustrated or, for some, quite indifferent about the way nurses are taken on by some employers, either public institutions or private ones, without having to pay them. How do you really feel about unpaid nursing experience? Are they worth it?

As if the problem isn’t bad enough in certain countries, having to work without getting any pay is just absolutely the nightmare for most parents who have sent their children in not so cost-friendly nursing schools for four long years, get them ready for the nursing board exam and pay lots for the review center, and have them take the exam for a lump sum of amount as well only to be met by unpaid hard work their children have to endure for quite some time.

So the question is, are they worth it? If you take your calculator and a pen and paper, try to do the math and see whether or not it is. If you start with the tuition that had to be paid to get through to the four years of training, you’ll probably be stressed already. And that’s not even including the projects and other things that the nursing student is required to hand in.

Now, if the school is out of town, you’ll have to include the board and lodging fee every month for the whole two semesters in one school year. Do you still think it is worth going for?

It just doesn’t cut it anymore for those fresh graduates who think about the hard work a nurse has to do every single work day. Being a nurse is a major physical toil. Not only do you have to be alert about the patients’ conditions to be a step ahead and prevent decline of health, you also have to be alert to doctors’ orders. And these people are not someone, though not all of them, that you take lightly. There are those that can really bark their heads off on you. Then, there’s the patient themselves that you have to deal with. Not all patients can be easy to handle. Add to that are their distressed relatives who can sometimes get your hands full as if you don’t have your other roles to fulfil for that day.

It’s a good thing though that nurses, and a lot of them are standing up for themselves and making themselves heard about this issue. Going through hard work without getting any pay is not worth it especially when you have a life to support. Despite needing years and years of experience to establish one’s nursing career, opting to go for other jobs that provide pay are now most freshly registered nurses ventures.

What’s your take on this?

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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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