The following is a reproduction of excellent information written by Filipino nurses, who are concerned about the issue of Filipinos working as nurses with fake certificates. Quite rightly, their main concern is the potential injury to patients as a consequence of such impersonation. It is also a concern that ‘fake nurses’ are lessening the reputation of hard-working and well qualified Filipino nurses.
They give excellent advise to employers, which includes a link to the Filipino version of the NMC’s ‘check a nurse’ facility. They identify that a common form of fakery is the altering of a name on a genuine certificate, and advise employers to check original documents only, and, what I suggest is vital, to check a nurse applicant’s registration ID photograph. Their suggestions could be carried out in retrospect by employers harbouring suspicions about the authenticity of a nurse. A very practical tip is provided, which is to ‘google’ an applicant’s name, which might carry a history contrary to what is claimed.
In short, there is much by way of verification of certificates which can easily be done.
It is to be assumed that the 8 or so staff the NMC employ (out of 600) to check certificates use the facilities suggested by genuine Filipino nurses, and do not just look at certificates and ‘pass’ them if they ‘look’ genuine, and ‘appear’ to have a ‘genuine’ stamp. It is to be naturally assumed that registration ID photographs are compared to an applicant’s (in person) face (not a face at the other end of an internet link).
I ask the NMC to confirm they undertake such ckecks.
I suggest all employers should have a statutory obligation to undertake such checks, independently of the NMC, which, as in the ‘Chua’ case, seems an all too easy defence to breach.
I call for all such checks to be done in retrospectively during 2016 on all Filipinos working as nurses in the UK. This is what genuine Filipino nurses want, as the following information written by Filipino nurses makes clear.
BEWARE OF UNSCRUPULOUS FILIPINO MAIDS AND INDIVIDUALS PRETENDING TO BE A REGISTERED NURSE OR CAREGIVERS!!!!
We, the concerned registered nurses, working as a freelance Private Duty Nurse (PDN) in Malaysia would like to raise awareness regarding the rampant and uncontrollable booming of FAKE NURSES.
WE ARE CONCERNED BECAUSE OUR PROFESSION IS AT STAKE. WE ARE CONCERNED BECAUSE YOUR LOVED ONE MAYBE THEIR NEXT TARGET. WE ARE CONCERNED BECAUSE THEY ARE EVERYWHERE.
So are you going to put your loved one’s health to someone who is pretending? Are you going to pay hundreds of bucks for a fake individual? We would like to stop the stupidity. We want your cooperation as we want you to simply educate yourself about the matter.
Private duty Nursing is currently in demand and will continously rise throughout because of the New Trends in Health Care Delivery System. PRIVATE DUTY NURSING is only done by Registered Nurses (RN) who undergo proper education and trainings. In the Philippines, Registered nurses must posses an Official Transcript of Record (OTR) which contains all the Academic grades and must have a Diploma which they obtain after they graduated from the 4 years course of Bachelor of Science in Nursing or BSN from Accredited Universities. They Must also pass the national board exam for nurses which termed as the Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE) to be able to have a LICENSE for them to be allowed to practice Nursing Profession.
AS for the Caregivers, they should have EXCLUSIVE training and education for 6 months to 1 year to learn all the basic Foundation of Basic Care. Like Nurses, they must also possess Official Transcript of Records and should have Diploma under Accredited Body as a proof that they enter a Caregiving School.
In the Philippines, studying Caregiving is promising. It is a short TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) course that focuses on skills to provide care to children, the elderly, and the disabled. This includes helping them to do basic tasks like eating, taking a bath, changing their clothes or making their living spaces safe and clean and responding to simple emergency situations.
CAREGIVER COURSE must follow THE STANDARD Caregiver training which is SIX TO SEVEN (6-7) MONTHS of comprehensive program that trains students to be professional caregiver. The course duration requires a MINIMUM of 760 hours of lecture and laboratory and 240 hours of on-the-job training in a hospital or health care institutions.
BUT Caregivers are only allowed to do Caregiving Duties or Basic Home Care Aides but NOT as a private nurse as they are not licensed to do so. Same to those individuals who did NOT pass the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination, they are NOT allowed as they are NOT licensed to practice the nursing profession.
The most alarming is … Most of the PRETENDERS or FAKE NURSES are Run away maids. The run away maids escaped from their employers and took advantaged by taking the oppurtunity to work as a FAKE PRIVATE DUTY NURSE or CAREGIVERS because they find the job lucrative. They managed to FAKE their douments by putting their name in SOMEONE’S Official Transcript of Records, Diploma, Nursing License and Certificates of Trainings. The modern technology make it possible for them to edit OTHER’S credentials. ANOTHER unlawful thing they do is, they WILL PRETEND that the person from Somebody’s documents is them
The run away maids also managed to process their permits to paid agents or agencies that offer any working permits under a ghost employer for them to stay and continue their unethical thing. They have also the guts to cheat local private nursing agencies for them to have a job earning hourly rate of 20-25 RM following the standard rate of private nurses here and in other countries compared to their previous salary which is 1500 RM per month (standard Maid salary).
For them to survive, they managed to attend NON accredited schools here in Kuala Lumpur for them to be called “Caregivers”. THE NON ACCREDITED SCHOOLS offer caregiving course for only 2 hours of lecture every sunday twice in a month which is NOT sufficient to study the foundation of basic care or fundamentals of Nursing. The Schools are not listed in the accrediting body here in Malaysia, the students attending has NO Related learning Experience or in short Actual training in a hospital which is a requirement to finish the course. The RLE is a clinical duty or exposure to various hospitals putting all the Nursing concepts into actual situation. Moreover, run away maids WHO ARE GOOD IN PRETENDING learn also Nursing Care from TRUE REGISTERED NURSES who dont know that they are FAKE.
As mentioned earlier, A TRUE CERTIFIED CAREGIVER must have an exclusive education and training with a minimum of 750 hours of lecture and 240 hours related learning experience or actual training. In the Philippines, they need to undergo and Pass the TESDA Assessment and will be given CAREGIVER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE II in short Caregiver NC II.
CLAIM A COPY OF THEIR PHILIPPINE PASSPORT. (MUST NOT BE PHOTOSTAT) NOTE THAT THE NAME WRITTEN IN THE PHILIPPINE PASSPORT MUST BE THE SAME NAME WRITTEN IN THEIR CREDENTIALS AND DOCUMENTS
CLAIM A COPY OF
1. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT OF RECORDS
3. PROFESSIONAL NURSING LICENSE (PRC ID)
For Verification of a True Professional Nurse, just visit the website of Professional Regulation Commission the Authorizing body in issuing professional license in the Philippines (www.prc.gov.ph) and go to their Services section. Click and look for Verification of Professionals. Key in the name of complete name of the nurse or the license number, it will automatically check if the person is a Registered Nurse.
4. Certificates of trainings (optional)
FOR A CAREGIVER:
CLAIM A COPY OF THEIR PHILIPPINE PASSPORT. (MUST NOT BE PHOTOSTAT). NOTE THAT THE NAME WRITTEN IN THE PHILIPPINE PASSPORT MUST BE THE SAME NAME WRITTEN IN THEIR CREDENTIALS AND DOCUMENTS.
CLAIM A COPY OF
1. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT OF RECORDS
2. CAREGIVER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE II OR CAREGIVER NC II.
3. Certificate of trainings if any.
MAID NURSES WOULD REASON OUT THAT THEIR NAME ISN’T ONLINE BECAUSE THEIR LICENSE ARE EXPIRED WHICH IS A LIE.
Once a graduate nurse passed the Licensure Exam she will be known as REGISTERED NURSE and automatically she/he will be listed in the Registry of Professional Regulation Commission Philippines as a Professional Nurse. If a license is expired, it does NOT mean that the PROFESSIONAL NAME is delisted or remove from the PRC Book of Registry. A licensed that is expired only means that it is not valid. So the professional must renew their license for them to update their profession. Being a Registered Nurse is a lifetime privileged and governed by local and international laws.
NOTE: IF AN INDIVIDUAL SHOW YOU AN EXPIRED LICENSE, STILL YOU CAN CHECK HIS/HER NAME IN THE PRC WEBSITE http://www.prc.gov.ph/ for ONCE AN INDIVIDUAL IS A PROFESSIONAL IN THE PHILIPPINES, HIS/ HER NAME IS LISTED IN THE BOOK OF PRC. IT IS A LIFETIME PRIVILEGED WHETHER YOUR LICENSE IS EXPIRED OR NOT.
So if you encounter an individual with an expired license and telling you that you cannot check their name on the list of PRC online because their license is expired. ITS A BIG LIE !!! and they are a BIG FAKE!! BE vigilant for the safety of your loved ones and Be safe Life is precious.
How to spot? Demand their Original Passport NOT Photocopy for all photocopies can be edit, others use a Professional Name which isn’t their name. Next step Demand their License ID and make comparisons of all the details such as pictures, name, birth place, birthdate if the personal information in passport and license Id are same.
Please refer to attached photos. The FOUNDERS name can appear in Google Search about their professional information. Internet source is an accurate data base
An incident in the UK recently this year about a Filipino Nurse in the person of Victorino Chua who was now in jailed for poisoning his patients to death. The hospitals send an undercover agent to Philippines to investigate Victorino Chua’s because the hospital is doubting his credentials whom he used in his application. The undercover agent found out that the real Victotino Chua is working at the Philippines and this convicted man isn’t a nurse. All his credentials are not real and bought it at Recto Manila the number 1 producing sight for fake documents. He use the name Victorino Chua since they have a similar name.
To verify a Professional Status in the Philippines can be found online and is more accurate than in papers for these documents in papers can be edited which is common in Malaysia and use by fake nurses as an advantage over Local Employers who have NO KNOWLEDGE about the Nursing Status in the Philippines. For they are only after of the good pay and not thinking about the Patient sake even they don’t have the qualifications as a Nurse.
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