NZ Herald: NZ fears over Filipino nurse training
By Lincoln Tan
Posted: 4:00AM (NZST) Monday Feb 09, 2009
The Nursing Council is concerned that the rapid increase in nursing programmes in the Philippines could be at the expense of the quality of nursing, and says it will raise the issue with Filipino authorities.
Chief executive Carolyn Reed says representatives of the council will travel to the Philippines to meet the nursing regulatory authority and educational providers because it needs to be satisfied that educational courses preparing nurses coming to New Zealand are meeting acceptable standards.
“We do have concerns about the effect that such rapid growth has on programme quality,” Ms Reed said.
“There has been an escalation of programmes offering nursing education in the Philippines.
“Some figures suggest that in 2004 there were 30,000 nurses in education programmes and this has risen to 450,000 last year.”
Many in the Philippines take a nursing degree as a second tertiary qualification because they think that with the global shortage of nurses, it could be their ticket to migration.