Thursday, May 26, 2011

Advice to Incoming College Students: No to Nursing

It is no secret that many nursing graduates in the Philippines today are either unemployed or underemployed. Many are finding it hard to find work because the number of hospitals in the country cannot accommodate the huge number of nursing graduates. The number of nursing graduates also makes the competition so stiff.

For the said reasons, even the Health Secretary, Enrique Ona is reminding incoming college freshmen not to take up nursing course. 

The Health Secretary said that there are so many nurses looking for local or overseas employments. Also, a number of nursing schools are also closing down after the government conducted a review of their quality of instruction.

Ona who also used to be a former executive director of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute said, “If I have a daughter today, I would not let her take up nursing. If students are good in mathematics and science, it is better that they take health-related courses allied to this expertise.”

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