BAGUIO CITY—Even Health Secretary Enrique Ona is advising incoming college students: Stay out of nursing.
In a consultation here on Monday, Ona noted that too many nurses were needing jobs here and abroad, while many nursing schools were closing following a government-mandated review of their quality of instruction.
Well, it’s about time!
Secretary Ona is advising incoming college students to avoid nursing. However, if students still do want to pursue careers in healthcare, he encourages them to take up specialized courses in medical research and medical technology.
For years now, it is evident that Filipinos seeking greener pastures take up nursing in the hope of finding steady high-income jobs here and especially in abroad. This was brought about the huge demand of nurses ALL OVER THE WORLD some years back. During this time Filipinos set-out to pursue nursing careers, and eventually, they landed steady jobs abroad.
This demand caused a trend in the Filipino society in which every parent wanted their children to become nurses. Almost every Filipinos dream of becoming rich seemed to have been answered by this window of opportunity that gave each one a glimpse of the things that COULD BE.
BUT THAT WAS BACK THEN.