Filipino Nurses Urged to Apply in KPOs -Nursing Guide

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Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) may saved Filipino nurses from moving in another country to find jobs by giving job opportunities as “digital medical practitioners”.

Filipino nurses may apply in KPOs as an alternative for the poor employment
for nurses in the country. Nurses may apply their knowledge and skills through assisting patients virtually-or through by telecommunication and internet.

Wei Siang Yu founder and chief executive officer of the Fly Free for Health Group of Companies said that its Philippine subsidiary company, Life Stage Communication will develop new facilities in Manila and Davao for the next six months. They target to hire registered Filipino nurses who have knowledge and skills in medical assistance and have good communication skills.

“Instead of nurses leaving the Philippines to work in a hospital outside the country, Filipino nurses can now stay here and still tap the global, borderless health care and medical tourism market,” Wei said.

“They can just communicate with their patients via the Internet,” he added.

Wei also cited that state-led health care reforms in countries such as the US and Singapore, as well as aging populations, will likely increase the viability of medical outsourcing. He said this will benefit more Filipino health professionals, who are in demand due to their English-language skills, good education and innate hospitality.

On the other hand, Eleanor Artemia Gapuz president of the RA Gapuz Review Center says, “about 400,000 nurses in the country were unemployed last year and the popularity of the profession can add 20,000 more nursing graduates a year. While Filipinos abound in skills and talent, working visas for nurses in foreign lands are still very limited.”

Gapuz also advice unemployed nurses to look for an alternative job.

“Filipino nurses have to look for alternative opportunities besides working abroad, and working as a medical butler is a good one,” she added.

The Contact Center of the Philippines (CCCP) predicts that the KPO industry will grow more than 100 percent this year.

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