Norway Chapter. Roumeline’s Journey to Norway. You will hear more from her on our First General Assembly in September 2019! It was not an easy journey for her.
Roumeline Aglipay, a graduate of B.S. Biology year 2001, thereafter B.S. Nursing year 2004. Immeadiately after passing the licensure exam, got a job at The Medical City in Ortigas, Pasig City, Philippines. Worked as a staff nurse @ Surgery Ward and promoted as OIC, then Head Nurse of the same unit. Worked in TMC for almost 7 years.
My journey in Norway started in the year 2009. A Norwegian agency from Norway in collaboration with an agency in Makati, came visiting the hospital and recruited interested nurses, with a working visa, provided we pay the norwegian language course. It was a hard journey juggling between work and going to the language school, mainly because of the distance and time. For 3 months i worked night shifts and in the morning have to go to language school. Unfortunately, I was not lucky to go to Norway because of unexpected circumstances. I was discouraged and was convinced that I would never leave PI anymore. But came an opportunity again by the year 2012, this time with a student visa. Applicants/we payed all expenses. Finally set foot in Norway September of 2012.
With a student visa, we have to pay everything again, from lodging, school tuition fees and allowances. I and a friend cleaned a house once every week just to have an income. It was hard applying for a job related to nursing mainly because of language barriers. I seeked advice to our guidance counselor in school and she helped me get in a nursing home for my language practice. Luckily , I passed my Norwegian language exam (norskprove 2 & 3). I was then offered a work with 11,6% and this was not much but i just have to grab that chance. With determination & push from a Filipina nurse working in the same unit as I am, I then took the Nasjonalefag thru online. Passed the exam and undergone 3 months practice in Geriatrics. After the satisfactory evaluation from my norwegian nurse mentor, i submitted every requirement to SAFH (Statens Autorisasjonskontor for Helsepersonell) and got my authorization as a nurse in Norway.
Currently working in Sarpsborg Kommune, Valaskjold Omsorgssenter as a night shift nurse for 6 years now.
Tears, sweat and blood pays off, I believe!