My love and passion for the nursing profession started with I am still a little child. As a child, I remember that I easily get sick and the hospital seems to be my second home. I have witnessed the sorrow and pain of my parents and relatives every time I am hospitalized. Since then, it is my dream to be in the health sciences profession, in my mind “If I know something about health then I can take good care of myself and will not be a burden to my family and the society”.
Pursuing nursing profession in the Philippines seems to be impossible for me by the time I am going to enter college because during that time my father needs to stop working due to his illness. It was one of the most challenging stages of my life. I want to go to college, but we can’t afford. Studying in the Philippines is very expensive, and it is not free especially in the nursing profession.
My mother decided to work aboard to support us in our studies. It was a big sacrifice to all of us. Growing without your mom at your side seems to be difficult at that young age. So, I work hard and study hard holding that dream that I will be able to be with my mother someday. It all pays off, I graduated as Cum-Laude in Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, Philippines in Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then immediately continue my Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing.
After 1 year of voluntary work as a nurse, I am able to get a job as a Clinical Instructor in the same university where I graduated my BSN. I am able also to graduate my first master’s degree year 2014. After more than 5 years of service in our country, I decided to work abroad. I am lucky enough to work abroad as an Emergency Room Nurse and Infection Control Practitioner in Saudi Arabia. After that I decided to apply as one of the international students at the University of Eastern Finland, master’s in nursing science, Major in Health Promotion.
I decided to move to Finland because of the influence of my mother and relatives. I have heard from them that Finland is number one when it comes to the education system, research, and healthcare delivery system. I am really curious about what makes Finland excellent.
My first impression in Finland when I first arrive is that it is a calm and quiet place to live which fits my personality as I love space and silence. Finns seem to be shy and quiet at first but when you are able to establish good rapport and gain their trust, then you will be laughing the whole day with their amazing sense of humour.
The issue of elderly care crisis in Finland is a hot topic in the country. Recently, home care companies have been involved in recent scandals such as understaff and underpaid Nurses and elderly patients not getting the right care they deserve.
Recently, the Foreign Minister of Finland published on his blog about Filipino Nurses. He mentioned that the solution to this crisis is the recruitment of Filipino Nurses and fill the nursing shortage in the country. According to him, Filipino Nurses are hard-working and good people with high morale.
It has been many years already since the Embassy of Finland to the Philippines has been closed and it would be wise for the country to revive its cooperation with the Philippines by opening back the Embassy and strengthen its relation as it would be beneficial for both countries.
really excited to come to Denmark. I was contented and happy with my job and
the life that I had.
I studied Nursing at Manila Doctors College and graduated in March 2008. I passed the board exam in June 2008. I went to many trainings and seminars after. But I wasn’t lucky enough to find a job as a nurse. My mom was not a fan of “training” where you will have to pay for you to get a job. I didn’t get a chance to have a hospital working experience. The only experience I had as a nurse was when I worked as an on-call nurse for Novartis to give influenza vaccinations to employees of different companies.
I worked in a call centre for 2 years. After that, my father encouraged me to go abroad. I was not really interested because I was happy. My sister was very interested at that time so she went to Denmark and worked as an Aupair. After 8 months, I was pressured by my parents to go to Denmark too because they thought that I will be able to get a better salary as an Aupair. By July 2012, I went to Denmark as an Aupair. It was a bit hard at first. I’m not used to doing household chores and now I had to do it. As an Aupair, you are required to go to the language school. It was hard I thought. I studied Spanish in the Philippines but the Danish language is harder. Then I thought that maybe I can get a better job if I focused on the language. After 2 years in Denmark, I got married.
One time my sister told me that there will be a meeting to all Aupairs who are interested to study or work in Denmark. When went there and I was informed that I can be a nurse in Denmark. I was referred to a Facebook group where all Filipino nurses in Denmark are helping each other to become a nurse in Denmark. They gave me the information of what I supposed to do. The Laws of becoming a nurse in Denmark for foreigners change every year. They always add new rules and it became harder and harder every year.
I passed my credentials to their Department of Health (SST) and got my approval after a year. After that, I finished my language school and achieved the required scores 7-7-10-10 (Danish Grading System). Then it was time to apply for on-the-job training. The SST is requiring us to find a job as an on-the-job training nurse and you will be evaluated after 6months by the Head nurse if you pass or not. It was hard to find that position. Most hospitals in my area (I lived in a different region in Denmark called Fyn) wants a licensed Danish nurse. Then I went back and wrote to the facebook group and asked for help. One of them (who is my colleague now) was able to help me get in her department since the head nurse loves Filipino nurses (She said that Filipino nurses are intelligent and love what they do). The hospital she was working on is based in Copenhagen. I grabbed my chance and my husband understood it. I started the on-the-job training in October 2016. After 6 months my head nurse offered me a full-time job.
Now I just got a promotion as a clinical instructor in our department.