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Every year hundreds of thousands of nurses are trained in the Philippines, despite the fact that most of them have no hope of finding a nursing job at home or abroad.

There are already many hundreds of thousands of unemployed nursing graduates in the Philippines and many more working in call centres.

Tragically most have no hope of escaping the Philippines because they cannot get vital nursing experience following graduation. Without clinical practice they are unemployable as qualified nurses.

To make matters worse, many hospitals actually charge nurses to work on their wards in order to gain on the job experience!

The problems for these young nursing graduates started many years ago when almost every other parent pushed their child into nursing, which they thought would provide them with a passport to paradise.

This strategy may have worked ten years ago when there was a boom in overseas nurse recruitment by western countries.

But the days of mass recruitment by NHS hospitals in the UK or US nurse job recruiters have long gone.

Many dream of landing a nurse job in Canada, the Middle East or the US, but without post graduation clinical experience they are trapped.

As in other professions, such as law, a nursing degree without clinical experience is of little use to a hopeful nurse.

Most drop out of nursing and take jobs as medical reps or join the booming Philippine call centre industry.

Despite the difficulties some still wish to pursue an career in nursing overseas. One solution is to go abroad to upgrade their degrees to enable them to practice as a nurse in the west.

Some UK universities offer 1 year masters or top-up nursing degrees to nurse graduates from countries like the Philippines and India.

Student adviser Joanna Garlitos said the 1 year top-up or masters has proved popular with students holding nursing degrees which are not acceptable to the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council).

‘The top-up degree option saves years of study and over £20,000 in fees.’ She said.

‘A student with an overseas nursing degree can obtain a full UK degree by taking the final year only of a 3 year course.’

Whilst the UK study option may not be ideal for everyone, it does provide one way out of Philippine nursing trap.

See also:

Nurse Jobs Canada

UK must attract overseas students which are key to future prosperity

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  1. […] and/or daddy that works on a cruise ship even though they are now having problems getting jobs Is the Filipino nursing dream turning into a nightmare? | Immigration Matters Much of the money sent home goes into education thus bootstapping higher wages across the board […]

  2. rhea sespe says :

    I was in UK from 2008-april this year on a student visa. first two years i got a certificate for the NVQ 3 in health and social care. however I extended my visa and studied level 4 I attended the classes but I wasnt able to comply all the requirements for a diploma. I have a valid NMC decision letter to undertake supervised placement/adaptation for the ONP / overseas nursing programme.

    I now need help secure a placement and a sponsor?

    thank you

  3. Be wary of con artists who want to charge large fees – as high as £5000 – for a promised work permit.
    Find your own employer by checking the Tier 2 sponsors register and don’t use unauthorised so called immigration advisers.

  4. jessie labador says :

    Is there anyone can help us to find a sponsor after finishing the ONP?

  5. Czarina says :

    Hello Miss Hidel Rose Smith!

    I am an overseas nurse with a valid NMC decision letter currently looking for an ONP course and placement. Your previous post states you know one. I would be very grateful if you could suggest something. Thank you.

  6. Yes it is possible to obtain a 3 year UK degree in 1 year, saving almost £20,000 in fees. However, the university will make the final decision based on where you studied etc. Contact Bison UK on 0208 905 1822 for more details. Speak to Joanna or Cynthia only. Or email CV to:

  7. esther says :

    Is it true that ‘A student with an overseas nursing degree can obtain a full UK degree by taking the final year only of a 3 year course.’? I am interested. Please I want to know and which universities in the UK offer this course? and does it mean that you don’t need to take the IELTS exam?

  8. Hidel Rose Smith says :

    Hi Jessie Labrador, I have a nurse friend in London right now whose taking ONP. If you are looking for a school I can recommend one. PM me.

  9. Carla Tondo says :

    Hi there. You can try Google search UK Nursing homes or Nursing homes offering adaptations

  10. Check with NMC or their website. Try local universities and hospitals.

  11. jessie labador says :

    I recently received my decision letter from Nursing Midwifery Council to undergo Overseas Nurses Programme 20 days protective learning and a period of supervised practice for 3-6 months. Can you help me on how to find schools where I can undertake the programme?

    Many Thanks!

  12. […] Is the Filipino nursing dream turning into a nightmare? […]

  13. esther says :

    I am a certified nurse in the Philippines 5 years ago. I am working with people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours at the moment. I am already settled here in the UK and would like to pursue my nursing career at some point. Is it true that ‘A student with an overseas nursing degree can obtain a full UK degree by taking the final year only of a 3 year course.’? I am interested. Please I want to know and which universities in the UK offer this course?

    Many thanks

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