In Canada, more Filipino nurses are encouraged to move and work in the said country.
|Tony Burke, vice president of OMNI College of Nursing in Vancouver, Canada as guest speaker in Canada Nursing Expo last January 30, 2017, in Cebu, City via cebudailynews.inquirer.net|
According to Tony Burke, vice president of the OMNI College of Nursing, said each Canadian province projects to open 2,000 to 4,000 nursing jobs in the next couple of years to address the labor shortage.
“The Canadian government has called the nursing shortage a crisis”
Burke said that Canada is most likely going to lose half of its nursing workforce to retirement in one to two years. This is because 55 is already the average age of Canadian nurses which is also considered to be the retirable age of the country.
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The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) earlier predicted that Canada would be in need of at least 60,000 nurses by 2020 to fill the labor shortage.
The most effective way, he said is to hire internationally educated nurses such as those from the Philippines.
Based on the data of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Philippines produces 200,000 nursing graduates annually, while there are only 2,500 available nursing jobs that await them.
But Filipino nurses need to acquire first a Canadian nursing license before they can practice their profession in the said country.
Vancouver-based OMNI College of Nursing specializes in training internationally educated nurses in getting skills required to meet Canadian standards as well as language in preparation for the Canadian Nursing Licensure Exam.
“Filipinos, anywhere they go, they make it and they’re successful. Filipino nurses and Indian nurses both have really good training and experience, but adapting is the biggest difference, a thing considered to be an edge of Filipinos,” said Burke.