2009 Workshop Committee: Zorina Marzan Chang (Workshop Coordinator), Vanessa Padua (Registration), Malia Cruz (Publication) and Alda Ruiz (PNAM President) with Workshop Participants.
Joan Duhaylungsod is one of 120 nurses recently recruited from the Philippines and are currently practicing in many Manitoba communities like Brandon, Portage La Prairie, Carmen, Pilot Mound, Emerson and Dauphin. The nurses have filled positions in the Assiniboine, Brandon, Central and Parkland regional health authorities.
“Through this opportunity from the Manitoba government, we have in one way or another made our families lives better,” said Duhaylungsod during the ceremony at the Manitoba Legislature. “The support we send to our families helps to treat illness and save lives, it helps to send children to school, it helps to build a new future for someone. To us who may be distant from our loved ones, it still feels rewarding to touch their lives in the finest of ways we know.”
To date, 102 of the nurses have passed the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam and the remaining nurses are expected to write their exams in early February 2010.
The addition of nurses to these regions have helped stabilize patient care and overall health services. Filling nursing vacancies in rural communities ensures regional health authorities to continue providing safe, quality health care for rural Manitobans. The influx of nurses have allowed health authorities to keep beds open, approve vacation for nurses that deserve a needed break, and provide training to current nurses into areas like the operating room and emergency departments.
The nurses were recruited last year during a Manitoba labour mission to the Philippines and facilitated by Staffhouse International Resources, a recruiting agency based in Manila with prior experience in assisting Canadian companies.
Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal