The unemployment facing the country's nursing graduates is not the government's sole doing, a press release from Congress said.
CIBAC Rep. Sherwin Tugna says that the shortage is multi-dimensional so any solutions crafted to deal with this problem should be grounded on this reality.
Tugna said, "internal reasons", are the continued offering of the nursing course in educational institutions without regard to the external developments and the less-informed choices of students who persistently enroll in the course."
Nursing was a very good profession in the 1990s, with many families being able to get out of poverty because of its high returns especially if one works abroad, the press release said.
However, the economic crises which began at the turn of the 21st century and the condensation of positions abroad meant drastically reduced demand for nurses although educational institutions continued to fuel the dreams of students who were slow to recognize that the profession was already past its peak, it added.
The Commission on Higher Education, should regulate the offering of nursing in educational institutions. Supply should be adjusted to demand realities. We cannot continue churning out graduates who have no foreseeable employment opportunities in the future, he said.*