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Katherine’s Journey as a Danish Nurse

I wasn’t 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.


Filipino Nurses Association-Nordic is a Non-Profit Organisation which aims in empowering Filipino Internationally Educated Nurses living in the Nordic Region. Founded in October 2018 to address the needs of Filipino Nurses and help future Filipino Nurses on how to become Registered Nurses in the Nordic Region.

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