Third World Nursing Profession

As a professional and registered nurse, reality in a third world county is harder to accept and comprehend. The nursing profession has become much more of an opportunity to earn big and as a passport to working abroad for some aspiring nursing students nowadays rather an opportunity to help the sick, promote health and inspire people to change. Nurses have become a commodity subjected to trade and profit rather than the country’s asset to a better health care system delivery. What’s worst, colleges and universities offering the nursing course sees it as a way to earn billions of pesos, sacrificing now the quality of education that students deserve.

Nursing doesn’t look like, act like or educate like any other profession. And it shouldn’t. Because nursing isn’t like any other profession. Nursing is a combined work of the hand, mind and the heart. It’s not only a profession but also a vocation. If by chance you took up nursing because of reasons other than caring for the healthy and the sick, ask yourself these:

“Do I have the capacity to care for other people without expecting anything in return?”

“Am I enough for myself and for others?”

The integrity of the nursing profession has suffered long enough because of people who take it for granted.  You have nothing to lose when you ponder on these questions. Think about it. When at the end of the day your heart is not on the nursing profession and you answered NO to the questions above, then maybe you’re not made for this kind of job.

5 thoughts on “Third World Nursing Profession

  1. Thanks for writing this article. As a former nursing instructor I constantly stressed to my students that while nursing has the potential to provide a very comfortable lifestyle, you don’t do it for the money, you do it for the passion. While we have come so far as a profession, there’s still a lot of ground to cover before we can truly say we have arrived. With dedicated nurses like you we will get there.

    Keep on caring, and keep on writing.
    Lia’s Nurse

  2. I agree with everything you said in here. It is sad when you see nurses that truly do not enjoy their job, or taking care of people in general. Are you currently working as a nurse in a third world country?

    • It dampens my spirit to see nurses not enjoying their job. Sometimes, their attitudes towards work reflect on their patient’s ability to recover. Yes, I’m currently working as a nurse in a third world, PH in particular. 🙂

      • I’m assuming that you mean the Philippines? With that in mind, this crisis is even more important. So many Filipinos become nurses and then leave to go to the States or other nearby countries. We discussed this issue in my Public Health class, it seems to be draining the Philippines of many resources. The country spends money training these students only to have most of them leave! What are your experiences with this? Is the government doing anything to try and reverse this?

      • Well, at present, we have a surplus of nurses but not enough work opportunities. The current trend here in the Philippines is that when you graduate and pass the nursing licensure examination, you are required to volunteer for 3 months or more. Some hospitals would even require a training fee. The chances that a nurse will be absorbed by the hospital will depend on his/her performance. That’s the same reason why other nurse’s tend to look for other jobs not related to their course. The government actually has a temporary solution for this called Project NARS. It’s a Training cum Deployment Project, jointly implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The unemployed nurses joining this program will be sent to the municipalities and man the health units. They are actually compensated by the government. It is unfortunate though that majority of those joining these programs are already working at hospitals decreasing the chances for other unemployed nurses to be a part of it. Well, it may look like that there are a lot of nurses leaving the country to work for other nations but I believe that we still have more than enough to provide care for the public here. Some go mainly because of the low salary and job dissatisfaction.

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