Just read today that in the United States, nurses earn more than doctors. I have a few friends who are nurses, most of them are in the U.S. already earning gazillions. The ones who are left here are all dreaming of working in the land of milk and honey, too.
There's a ton of nursing schools here in the Philippines--from state universities to a few floors in a crappy building. No surprise there since a lot of Filipinos are aiming to be nurses in another land. I wonder if all these nursing schools--especially the ones that look dubious--are actually good. When I was looking at online writing degrees, I found that you can actually study nursing online, too. Imagine that! I wonder if an online nursing degree from an American online university is better than a Filipino school which has the advantage of practical application of the stuff you learn in the classroom. I think the latter should be better but then again you can't beat a crisp diploma with a shiny American seal on it, right?
When I was in high school, I asked my Papa what he thinks if I become a nurse. That way, I not only get to help people in need, I can get tons of money at the same time. Papa said he doesn't want me to be a nurse, no matter what. "Nurses just sleep with doctors," he barked. Don't worry--he said the same thing about stewardesses ("They sleep with pilots!"), secretaries ("They sleep with their bosses!") and a host of other professions. Papa just wanted me to be a housewife so I end up sleeping with just my husband. But I became a writer and guess what? I sleep with a writer! My Papa's so wise.
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