In de categorie ‘Mijn Idee’ is een subsidie toegekend aan Consie Lozano, M.A., freelance researcher. Hier een samenvatting van haar idee:
History repeats itself: Filipino nurses in the Netherlands
As the corona pandemic further exposes and deepens the shortage of nurses in the Netherlands, the need to ease the staffing shortage has never been more urgent. One of the proposed solutions is to recruit nurses from the Philippines. This has sparked media attention and discussions from the academe and health care groups.
Meanwhile, the recruitment in Manila is well underway. With the expected arrival of the first batch of nurses to work in the intensive care units (ICUs) this December, history seems to be repeating itself.
Many decades ago, faced with the same dilemma of health care staff shortage, the Dutch government and hospitals recruited on two separate periods several batches of Filipino nurses and midwives to work in various hospitals. The first was between 1964 and 1971, and the second was in 2001.
My idea is to explore this historical recurrence through the untold herstories of the pioneering batches of Filipino nurses in the Netherlands. By doing so, I aim to draw valuable lessons from their nursing migration experiences as well as to highlight and place their stories in the history of nursing in the Netherlands.
Only nurses; and they stayed until 2003. There were recruitment efforts from 2003 to 2019, but these seemed sporadic than structural.