DOLE to nurses: Explore alternative healthcare careers

Posted at 02/25/13 4:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Newly licensed nurses must not be discouraged when they do not immediately get a job in hospitals or medical institutions in the country, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Monday.

“We should be realistic about the global employment market. There are jobs aplenty if you just explore other careers in the healthcare industry,” said DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

Baldoz cited the growing trend in the healthcare information management outsourcing industry that provides alternatives for those seeking careers in the healthcare industry.

“Healthcare careers now expand into various disciplines which open huge career opportunities for nursing graduates and allied medical professionals,” she said.

Healthcare outsourcing jobs, according to the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), offer starting pays ranging from P14,000 – P18,000; while clinical appeals specialists employed in the BPO industry receive basic pay of P20,000-P40,000. These remunerations may even go higher depending on the hours of work, typing speed, and type of employment the worker invests.

“The current labor market turns a new leaf in medical-related careers that thrive not only in hospitals, but also in health maintenance organizations, pharmaceutical firms, research institutions, physicians' offices, schools, and BPO companies. Indeed, their licenses can bring them to different areas in the world of work,” said Baldoz.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), a total of 49,066 took the Nursing Licensure Examinations last December 16-17, 2013. However, only 16,908 passed.

"Congratulations to the new batch of nurses. The long sleepless nights of study and hard work has now come to end. You have been tested as competent nurses ready to keep safe and render quality nursing care in the Philippines."

Of the total examinees, 21,699 were first-time takers and 27,367 were repeaters.