Is this true that there is an overpopulation of nursing graduates here in Cebu? I only heard rumors and chit-chats but I haven’t seen any concrete figures yet that there is an over-supply of people in the nursing uniforms.
All I know is that most large universities in the city are offering nursing and medical courses since a huge volume of high school graduates prefer to wear nursing scrub tops. This, is due to various economic reasons. Most parents who send their daughters and sons to study nursing aim to uplift their economic status by requiring them to go abroad after graduation.
Every year, more and more nursing graduates become jobless due to heavy competition and and not all those who graduated were able to go abroad. And, for those ones who wanted to have more hands on experience wearing the hospital scrub uniforms, they endured the minimum wage they receive working as RNs in the local hospitals.
It is actually very saddening that the very reason why most Registered Nurses can’t wait to leave the Philippines (and work abroad) is due to the fact that their potential income here in the country is too low compared to the green dollars that they will earn there in the states.
Well, we really can’t stop this trend. Bottom line is, more money means lots of opportunities. Overpopulated or not, these sad facts remain – there’s not much opportunity here in the Philippines for any RNs and sooner or later, a scarcity of talented people will hunt down this developing nation.