No more jobs abroad for Filipino nurses?


Planning to take up Nursing so you can earn a lot when you practice the profession outside of the Philippines?

Think again, because if the decreasing demand for Filipino nurses continues, you may not be able to work abroad anymore.

According to the Philippine Nursing Association (PNA), the global demand for licensed nurses has been consistently decreasing since 2004.

The PNA attributes the declining demand to 3 factors:

1. Policy changes in countries hiring Filipino nurses

The United States is currently implementing visa retrogression while the United Kingdom is starting to rely again on local health workers.

2. “Oversupply” of nurses

As more Philippine nursing schools churn thousands of nurses year after year, the supply of nurses is beginning to catch up with the demand.

3. Deteriorating quality of nursing graduates

“Fly by night” nursing schools and “shortcut nursing programs” contribute to weakening the quality and, ultimately, the attractiveness of Filipino nurses to nurse-importing countries.

If that’s the case, then these nurses can just work locally, right?

Not really, because finding work in the Philippines may not be that easy anymore. According to the same PNA data, the demand for nurses in the Philippines has remained stagnant for the last two years.

So if new nurses can’t find work abroad and can’t also work in the Philippines, what are they supposed to do?

Hmm… that’s one critical condition for Filipino nurses these days.


17 thoughts on “No more jobs abroad for Filipino nurses?”

  1. Yes,, indeed the number of nurses in the states is declining in fact even Pres. O is qouted saying that they should train and hire US nurses instead of foriegn workers,which is indeed the right thing to do since his countrymen are losing jobs due to economic crisis..try to search what iv’e just written so that YOU TOO IS INFORMED! at least si Obama mahal nya mamayan..eh sa atin? Guys at least have a plan B in life ..else you end up having false hopes.

  2. this is a reply to DID U KNOW’S comment.

    napaka-selfish at self centred mong tao ka! dapat maging supportive ka para sa gf mo may reason sya kung bakit nursing kinuha nya. kung ang tatay mo kumikita ng malaki sa ngayon magpasalamat ka kasi baka ma karma ka sa pinagsasabi mo at baka dumating ang panahon kakapusin ka din sa pera. kung ako sa gf mo iiwanan na kita walang kwenta! husband ko nurse din and he is ready to go to u.s may demand pa rin nurses kaya nga lang dito sa pinas sobrang dami na.wala kang mapapala kung nurse ka dito sa pinas kasi ikaw pa magbabayad sa hospitals dito para mag training lang sobrang naeexploit na mga nurses kaya naawa ako for them. TO ALL NURSES WAG MAWALAN NG PAG ASA AT WAG MAGPADALA SA DISCOURAGEMENT NG IBA. ang payo ko lang sa may mga balak maging nurse isipin nyong mabuti dapat mahal nyo ang profession nato bago kayo mag enroll.

    TO DID U KNOW:
    oo nakakaawa nga iiwan ang pamilya pero mas nakakaawa kung wala kang maipakain at maibigay na future para sa kanila. maiintindihan mo din yan pag dating ng time na magkakapamilya ka. swerte mo lang sa ngayon at hindi mo pa problema ang pera. oo kahit papaano may pag asa pa rin sa pinas pero para sa mga nurses dito WALA kasi sobrang naeexploit na sila dito ang the only solution is to work outside the counrty. I feel for your gf be supportive to her wag kang selfish.

  3. totoo ito, ang sister ko nasa states na, yung 2002 pa, ngayon latest niya, iniiganyo na nila mga fellow citizen na mg nurses, dahil 2 years lng ito at malaki pa sweldo., nahihirapan narin kasi states ngayon dahil sa gayra, they lost billions dollars due to war.. mismo ANA na ngsabi sa kanila na exageration na dami ito, di nila akalain sa laki ng gagastusin mo para maging nurses, nkaproduce tayo possible hundred thousands nurses, if natuloy pa ito.. at hindi lng tayo pati india which has 200 000 nurses, same as china. don’t forget korean also seekin to go in united states…

  4. Pinoynetworker

    IMHO the demand for health workers will not die down (at least not anytime soon) for the reason that has been very used by the MLM wellness industry; i.e., the Baby Boomers (1946-1964) are ageing and are needing care in their golden years… and marami sila… and since most Americans don’t take care of their old folks putting most of them to retirement homes, more of them would be needing professional caregivers.

  5. if what ron saids is true, it is still a problem for our new nurses. how can they get the job experience they need? unless they are willing to work for free just to get it. i have a cousin who just graduated from a maritime course that paid a shipping company just so he could work aboard one of their shipping vessel just to acquire some experience. to think that our family even owns a ship crewing and manning agency. a requirement is still a requirement…

  6. I don’t think that forecast is entirely true. There are plenty of nursing slots here in the US. Most filipino nurses here in California most often have double jobs. And these double jobs are between hospitals.

    Checkout this “Nursing Demand Projections” reported here:
    http://www.nursinglink.com/careers/663-nursing-demand-projections

    The only problem in the US is immigration and not employers. This has been a problem even for other profession. But hey, they can always try Europe which I heard plenty of slots as well.

    However, all employers require experience if they will hire foreign worker. If they can’t even find job locally for experience, how can they get a job abroad. Its a chicken and egg argument.

  7. Very Good Pinoy Nurse Making Money Online!!! Saludo ako sayo. Bat ba kelangang mag abroad eh pwede namang kumita ng dolyares kahit nasa bahay lang? eh yung mga foreigners nga pumupumta pa dito para hanapin yung kapalaran nila. So it means na marami opurtunidad dito sa Pinas. Like MLM Networking. Ang papa ko, kumikita ng P200,000/month sa networking lang…

    Andito lang sa Pinas yung kapalaran natin, kung masipag ka lang. di na kelangang mag-abroad..wag n’yo iwanan pamilya nyo…kawawa naman.

  8. Ako ayaw ko talaga mag abroad hehe…Kaya ngstart ako ng blog, para kahit papano, dollars din ang income..Hindi man ganon kalake gaya ng big time bloggers, I am trying my best para tumaas yung income ko.

    Na-try ko din mag Medical Transcriptionist. Good alternative din aside from being a nurse. :-)

  9. I was raised in Newfoundland, Canada on the northeast coast
    of the island province. Our main hospital was and still is
    at Twillingate, Newfoundland. I remember several Filipino
    nurses worked there as well other parts of the Island.
    They worked hard and were constantly on the run to see
    to patients needs.

    Seems like hard times everywhere in the World and
    even tougher finding a good paying and “steady” job.

  10. For nursing graduates, it’s definitely a bad news.

    In the lighter side, some countries in Europe are now slowly opening their doors to Filipino Health care professionals. In fact, Filipino nurses are the first group of foreign nurses to have been recruited from abroad to work in Finland.


    Filipino jobs abroad

  11. that’s a very good news for me! kasi gf ko, plan talaga mag abroad pag graduate nya. palagi kaming nag-aaway… kasi hindi ko kaya na malayo sya sa akin. Hay salamat nalang kung wala na talagang demand ang nurses abroad. thank God!

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