We salute all our nurses here and abroad on this "International Nurses Day." According to the International Council of Nurses, this year's IND theme is "Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Primary Health Care."
To all Pinoy nurses here and abroad, mabuhay kayong lahat!
Stats: 28, 924 out of 67, 728 examinees passed this year's licensure exam for nurses; the US and Europe seek out 800,000 medical workers every year; each year, POEA deploys about 500 to the US (quota recently reduced due to the US' economic woes), and deployed 13, 425 licensed nurses to various parts of the world in 2006, 5600 of whom were employed in the KSA; Japan had 1.1 Filipino nurses and caregivers in 2005; 5,000 Filipino doctors studied to become nurses in 2004.
Recommended Reading: "Trends in International Nurse Migration" (2004) by Linda H. Aiken, et al.
Related post: "PTs, Pittance, Pity"