In the local labor market, an entry level registered nurse receives a salary of P8,000 - P13,500 per month. Registered Nurses hired at Hospitals commonly receive an average salary of P9,757 per month. In the government, the average salary per month is around P13,500 while in private sector, the rate average is around P10,000 per month. Overseas, the pay scale is way above local rates with the US market offering an average salary of $3,800 per month, the United Kingdom with £1,662, and Canada with $4,097 for entry level.
Basic Educational Requirement
All Professional Nurses are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Practice of the profession requires a license issued by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), the body which oversees the licensing of nurses and other professionals.
Cost of Education *
The cost of pursuing a BS in Nursing degree may range between P8,900 to P50,000 in private schools per semester. The cost is much lower in public universities where tuition fee is around P8,500 per semester.
Aside from employment in hospitals, clinics and other establishments, the following are the emerging local job market for nurses:
- Medical Tourism
- Medical Transcription
- Rural Health Centers
- Day Care Centers
- Alternative Health Care Delivery System
- Home health care
- Long-term care facilities for the elderly
- Independent nurse practice
- Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)
Demand for nurses and other health care professionals in the global market is continuously increasing particularly in Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UAE, Kuwait, Canada, US, UK, Qatar and Taiwan. In the future, nurses will also reach Oman, Japan, Australia, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden. Moreover, professional Nurses may be employed in the following industries: Hotels and Restaurants, Health and Social Work, Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities, and Private Households with Employed Persons, and Hotels and Restaurants.
Prospects for Career Advancement
There are several distinct levels of the nursing career structure distinguished by increasing education, responsibility, and skills. Advanced practice nursing which involves diagnosis of health problems and prescription of medication and other therapies is the next career move for a professional nurse. These are the clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners who have acquired a PhD and have gained specialization in clinical nursing, research, health policy, teaching, and consultancy.
Nature of Work
A Nurse is a health care professional engaged in the practice of nursing. Along with other health care professionals. A nurse is responsible for the treatment, safety, and recovery of acutely or chronically ill/injured people; health maintenance of the healthy; and treatment of life-threatening emergencies in various health care settings. He/She can also be involved in research and may perform non-clinical functions necessary to the delivery of health care.
- Provides professional nursing care and treatment, either as curative or preventive measures, to ill, injured, disabled and other patients, and newborn babies and their mothers, in hospitals, clinics or other establishments;
- Supervises and coordinates the work of nursing and other non-medical staff in operating theater and assist surgeons during operations ;
- Administers medicine and drugs, applies surgical dressings and give other forms of treatment prescribed by physicians;
- Maintains accurate, detailed reports and records;
- Participates in preparations for physical and psychological treatment of mentally-ill patients;
- Gives professional nursing care to patients in their homes;
- Provides professional nursing services, care and advice within a community or at a work-place; and
- May specialize in community services to industrial and other organizations and engage in research activities related to nursing.
Skills and Competencies
- Ability to convey information effectively;
- Excellent reading comprehension;
- Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems;
- Analytical skill;
- Ability to communicate information and ideas clearly in speaking and in writing so others will understand; and
- Problem sensitivity or the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
- Service Oriented - always actively looking for ways to help people;
- Compassionate and understanding;
- Possess “social perceptiveness” or a keen sense of awareness for patients’ needs and problems; and
- Ability to see details at close range (near vision).
* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2010-2011.