Top 5 Career Alternatives for Filipino Nurses

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Are you one of the thousands who have failed to secure a nursing job or a volunteer position in the hospitals?

Are you having trepidation on whether you should take that high-paying, non-nursing job or not? This list is for you:)

Let’s admit it: finding a nursing job in the Philippines is more of a rat race now than ever before. With thousands of nurses having the same predicament, chances are, you will face one frustration after another.

The government only provides opportunities to a select few, exacerbated by our culture of nepotism and “backer system”.

Amidst all these, a Filipino nurse faces two options: stay waiting to work as the traditional hospital nurse or expand one’s horizon and grab other nursing-related opportunities. Sadly, the first option is not at all practical nowadays because not all nurses, specially the neophytes, can afford to work without pay or survive having a plantilla position with measly income.

Remember, we all have our own mouths and families to feed and support financially. But in this modern age of computers and innovations, all you need to do is open your eyes and find the best job that both offers good compensation and a chance to use your hard-earned nursing license.

Here is a rundown of the top 5 modern career alternatives for Filipino nurses:

1. Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Considered more popular in the U.S. and other European countries, clinical research industry has been gaining a steady growth in the country. Though usually offered to Pharmacy graduates, a clinical research associate has responsibilities and tasks quite befitting for Filipino nurses.

This position is more of a clerical job and requires a great deal of travel as you will be in charge in monitoring of clinical trials done within a particular medical facility. It also requires competitive research and documentation skills to ensure that accurate reports will be submitted to specific departments like the Ethics Committee. But the effort will eventually pay off as you will be signed up to a lot of perks like car plans and insurance benefits.

Entry level position gets a minimum of 20, 000 monthly salary, depending, of course, on your experience and the clinical research organization (CRO) offering the job. It can reach up to 30,000 or 40, 000 pesos once you gain a lot of experience in the industry. If you are interested, you can try to Google the position or search for various CROs offering the job like Quintiles, PPD, Parexel, ClinTech, Icon, among others.

2. Medical Coder/ Coding Specialist

 This position is related to CRA’s as they’re both involved in clinical trials. And just like CRA, coding specialists are more popular in other countries but are beginning to expand in the country.

This job entails accurate coding of adverse effects and medications used prior to the actual clinical trial. The good thing is that you don’t have to be an expert in this field to be accepted, though you need to get a relevant training to increase your chance.

Health Care Billing Institute is the first medical coding and billing institute in the Philippines, and the second outside the United States. It is subsidiary of Pinoy Data Capture, a company who has experience of more than 15 years experience in medical coding, data conversion and contact centers. For more information, here are their contact details:

Contact Person: Javy Javier E-Mail: [email protected] /Landline: 856-5680/856-3919 , Mobile: 0927-5778848

3. Medical Abstractor

Nurses are also highly qualified for medical abstractor positions. The job requires high degree of comprehension and analytical skills because a medical abstractor is mainly responsible for reading medical/scientific articles and translating them into a concise medical abstract that researchers can easily retrieve. Some companies require a candidate to have at least 1-2 years of comprehensive clinical experience but newbies have a fair chance as well.

4. Home Care Nurse

Some registered nurses, specially those who have plans of using a caregiver career as a stepping stone in the future, opt to work as home care nurses. They work in certain private institutions and caters to an array of clients with special needs. If you’re adept in taking care of elderly, children, and people with disabilities, then this job is the perfect fit for you. In addition to that, you can also enhance your skills in geriatric and pediatric nursing by working as a home care nurse.

Home Health Care is one of the institutions that provides this kind of services. For more information, please refer to this link:

5. Writer (Medical Writer, Freelance Writer)

If you’re a certified nurse-writer, then you should know that online writing jobs are in demand nowadays, both for a full-time or a part-time basis. You can choose to write pure scientific and health-related contents and become a medical writer. This type of writer is also considered a clinical research post and requires technical writing skills in creating case study reports.

On the other hand, if you want to expand further your writing skills and tackle different subjects, you can try to sign-up to certain legitimate websites to look for a freelance or permanent writing job. You have to be extra careful because online scams are rampant nowadays, so better choose websites like oDesk to ensure that you will be on the right track.

If writing is you’re passion and you’re disciplined enough to complete writing assignments on a daily basis, you can earn as much as 30, 000 while staying within the comforts of your own home. This job is perfect for registered nurses who are either stay-at-home moms or searching for another source of income while working in the hospital.