Leading Filipino Nurses Association in the
Nordic Region for highly-skilled and competitive Filipino Nurses
Empower and strengthen the global image of
Filipino Nurses as a source of nursing manpower and care in the Nordic Region
The following are the ten strategic goals of the group.
1. To contribute to the care of the environment and explore our roles in climate change
2. To be part in realising the role of
Internationally Educated Nurses in the attainment of Universal Health Coverage
in the Nordic Region.
3. To maintain a patient-centred Care.
4. To understand our responsibilities
towards Antimicrobial Resistance
5. To strengthen the competencies of Filipino
Nurses towards aging care.
6. To help encourage other migrants living in the region to take the National Vaccination Programme of the respective Nordic Countries.
7. To monitor that recruited Filipino Nurses
are well-integrated in the Nordic countries to help maintain the mental health
and well-being of the nurses.
8. To update with the latest evidence-based
research in nursing.
9. To cooperate with the national and
international authorities in realising the pressing problems of the global
10. To uphold the rights of Filipino Nurses by ensuring that recruitment agencies are following the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.
The Meaning of our Logo
The five-person vector symbolises the Nordic countries and the colours of the flag while the normal heart rhythm represents the life that the Filipino Nurses give to the healthcare system in the Nordic countries by rendering nursing care from the heart.
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.