Registered nurses in the Philippines live a hard life as they practice their profession. This can be seen in a Facebook post by a certain netizen named Kiko, which concerns a picture of a nurse’s payslip who is working in a Philippine hospital. The payslip shows a low salary. Other netizens reacted with indignation as they saw the payslip.
In the picture below, it can be seen that for the 11 days the Filipino RN worked, only Php 2,860 (USD 58.744) was earned, which everyone knows is not nearly enough for the average Filipino to live decently in the Philippines.
The Facebook user named Kiko who posted the picture said, as translated into English, the following: “I am sorry about what I’ve just seen but s** of a b*tch, this is truly disgusting! This disrespects our profession. Nurses do not deserve this!”
He could not contain his curses because of what the payslip showed him. Comments on his post by other netizens agreed with his sentiments. Some of these comments are translated below:
“Sh*t, it’s too much. My income tax in the call center I am working in is even higher than this nurse’s salary. That is why I continue to work in a BPO company even though I am a registered nurse. Son of a b*tch this is President Noy Noy Aquino’s fault; he didn’t increase local nurses’ salaries as he should have.”
“My allowance as a student was even higher than this, I wish I was still as nursing student, haha.”
“Nurses are exposed to all sorts of diseases, including the risk of getting HIV, TB, and Hepatitis infection, and all they get from it is a paltry 260 (USD 5.34) pesos per day, others even get none at all if they are volunteers. WTF, no wonder nurses sooner or later leave the country.”
Another user also shared his thoughts regarding the same payslip, as shown below:
The user who shared Kiko’s post said, as translated: “Other local institutions would pay more than this salary but it would still fall below minimum wage. Some nurses thus bear with the work for the first two years after their graduation, so that they can go abroad and receive a hundred times the salary they get here. …staff nurses still receive a salary meant for trainees.”
Local nurses can really sympathize with this frustration since even O.R. nurses can work for an entire year without a single centavo to compensate them for their efforts. They get zero salary, as in nothing. Despite having absolutely no salary at all, they still work full-time and even overtime, as surgical operations, especially major cases, can last anywhere from six to ten hours. Work shifts can last a whopping sixteen hours; imagine having to work that long without any pay at all. If not for the social support system provided by their respective families, nurses working in such oppressive situations would surely go bonkers. They still stick around, however, because the experience they get in their work is invaluable in giving them the enhanced skills they need to be qualified enough to work abroad.
Almost every nurse in the Philippines experiences this. That is why they were hopeful of the bill that should have been passed by Former President B. S. Aquino III into law, which states that they should get a minimum of Php 25,000 monthly salary. Aquino failed them, and so, nurses are now pinning their hopes on President Rodrigo Duterte to finally give what is due to nurses.