Philippine Nurses EOH - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Philippine Nurses EOH

Philippine Nurses EOH

Posted: Updated:

With the increasing population in the region, officials at Trinity Health had to find a way to hire enough nurses to meet the growing demand. In this week's Eye on Health, Carla Burbidge tells how they developed a plan to recruit nurses from the Philippines.

Many of us who grew up here, like it here. But for someone born and raised in a tropical country on the other side of the globe, it can be an adjustment.

Caralyn Bermundo , Nurse, "will I get through the cold, and then I was excited, I had never seen snow"

Erlyn Sorieno, Nurse, "when the plane landed, I saw white and gray, and I thought, what am I doing here"

The first of 82 Philippine nurses hired by Trinity arrived in December of last year. They been arriving a few at a time.

Barbra Brown, Chief Nursing Officer, " I went to Manila along with others, and we interviewed 2-3 hundred nurses and hired 82"

Trinity first started talking about recruiting experienced nurses from the Philippines nearly three years ago, as they realized they had to somehow meet the fast- growing health care needs of the region. It was not a simple process.

Barbra Brown "They had to meet the requirements of the embassies, pass a language test, health test, and be bachelor educated"

And then of course, when the nurses started to arrive, Trinity had to help with living arrangements and other adjustments. But Brown says the culture in the Philippines is a very caring one, and its been a win-win situation.

Barbra Brown "We feel good about what we have been able to accomplish"

The nurses we spoke to say, certainly its hard to leave friends and family, but they see the opportunities.

"I am meeting new people, I am increasing by knowledge"

"Many Philippines in the U-S are sending money back home"

Of the 82 nurses hired at Trinity, 10 or 12 are yet to arrive. Most of them have a three year work agreement.

For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • ATV in River

    ATV in River

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:57:44 GMT
    Rescue crews fished a four-wheeler out of the Mouse River today.
    Rescue crews fished a four-wheeler out of the Mouse River today.
  • Searching for Teachers

    Searching for Teachers

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:57:05 GMT
    Preliminary enrollment numbers for Williston Public Schools are about 100 students higher than the start of last school year --- and officials expect that to double by the first day of school.
    Preliminary enrollment numbers for Williston Public Schools are about 100 students higher than the start of last school year --- and officials expect that to double by the first day of school.
  • Teachers Wrap Up Writing Institute

    Teachers Wrap Up Writing Institute

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:49:09 GMT
    Even though school is out for the summer, teachers from all over the region have spent the better part of July preparing for next school year through the Northern Plains Writing Project program.
    Even though school is out for the summer, teachers from all over the region have spent the better part of July preparing for next school year through the Northern Plains Writing Project program.
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.