Newly-licensed nurses told to serve their communities first

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Before even embarking for jobs abroad, the fresh batch of licensed nurses were asked to first serve their local communities (places of residence or birthplace) as the country also is in dire need of nurses.

 

The appeal was made by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy of Bagong Henerasyon Partylist and cvhair of the committee on public information, in view of the 350 nursing requirement of Germany as reported by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration under a Triple Win with Germany program.

 

As a member of the House Committee on Health, I congratulate the newest batch of nurses who have just passed the licensure examinations. Though they desire to seek working opportunities overseas, I appeal to them to at least serve the neighborhood where they reside or where they grew up. In other words, give back and pay it forward.

 

The hospitals are not the only places where our country needs nurses. The DSWD, cities, towns, and provinces need nurses for their disaster response units. The military and the police need nurses for their wounded personnel. The schools need nurses. Big companies also have in-house posts for nurses, she said.

 

She also reminded the nurses to exercise care, caution, and common sense good judgment when evaluating overseas employment options and offers. Always verify and confirm the claims of the recruiters you meet.

 

Germany has high demand for health care professionals because of its ageing population. According to the Department of Labor, Germany needs over 220,000 new nurses until the year 2020.

 

Implementation of the Triple Win with Germany project began in July 2013. Germany also has “Triple Win” agreements with Serbia and with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

Triple Win applicants have to pay POEA processing fees consisting of: POEA processing fee of $ 100; OWWA contribution of $ 25; PhilHealth contribution of P1,200 and PAG-IBIG- HDMF contribution of P100. There are no fees for placement, preparation, and integration assistance.

 

Triple Win application is open to nurses who are citizens and residents of the Philippines; can provide

certificates of their completed nurse’s training (four years of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.); have active Philippine Nursing License with a minimum of two years of professional experience as a nurse in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and care institutions; preferably with prior knowledge of the German language (technical vocabulary and everyday language – ideally Level B1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages).

 

Proof of applicants’ professional qualifications is required. Members of other professional groups, such as nursing assistants, midwives or physiotherapists, are not eligible.

 

The prerequisite for working in Germany is Level B1 of the Europe Framework of Reference for Languages. Depending on prior knowledge the project finances relevant courses to achieve this language level.

 

She said last June and July, 400 applicants were slated for Triple Win face-to-face interviews in Cebu (95 interviewees) and in Ortigas, Pasig City (305 applicants), according to the POEA.

 

As of last September 4, 2016 selected applicants numbered 584, the POEA said. Of the 584 nurses, 170 were deployed and 307 more were either undergoing training or awaiting training. From November 29 to December 2, 2016 some 27 nurses had Triple Win employer’s interview schedules, according to the POEA, she concluded.

 

 

 

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