For the past decade, emigration of Filipino nurses has notably increased. But aside from the higher pay offered by jobs abroad, exodus of Filipino nurses from the Philippines was also influenced by a variety of factors. These include but not limited to the fragile economy, high unemployment rate, massive contractualization, unregulated nurse-patient ratio and very low salaries and wages. Thanks to the nurses still working in the Philippines, the healthcare system is still functioning.
The massive exit of well-experienced Filipino Nurses from the Philippines resulted not only in the deterioration of the nursing care services in the clinical setting but also of the quality of education in the academe. If this trend goes unchecked, it could lead to the so called “brain drain.”
In order to keep Filipino Nurses at pace, transcultural nursing should be adopted openly. Madeleine Leininger’s Culture Care will be a good addition to Filipino nurses’ skills and knowledge in the delivery of healthcare services worldwide. It advocates the utilization of intercultural communication and the need for appropriate culture-sensitive care. Mastery of Leininger’s Theory can help Filipino nurses become more effective and stay globally competitive.
In the future however, some offshore nurses are still hoping that there will come a time that working abroad would only be just an option and not a necessity to have a decent and respectable life. Whether this will ever happen, we play a big role in the realization of that outcome.