If you’re a Filipino nurse working overseas—or you happen to know one—who’s having a particularly challenging or dispiriting day, this thread on comedian-turned-trainee doctor Nadia Kamil’s (@NadiaKamil) Twitter account is a perfect pick-me-upper.
Earlier this week, the British actress (“BBC Comedy Feeds,” “Stella,” “Buzzard Hollow Beef”) who’s doing her medical training at the NHS (National Health Service) tweeted an appreciation post for Filipino nurses. “I don’t know if it’s something in their training,” the post read, “but every Filipino nurse I’ve worked with has been a goddamn delight.”
What followed was an outpouring of touching reactions from Kamil’s followers, a very positive and uplifting sharing among healthcare practitioners, patients, and their families about their firsthand experiences with Filipino medical frontliners.
Filipino nurses have been generally described as very skillful, dependable, caring, welcoming, generous, compassionate and kind. They are also well-loved for their great sense of humor, as well as their pancit, their adobo, their kare-kare.
An ENT surgeon said Filipino nurses are “the best, hands down,” adding that he does operating lists and clinics on Saturdays “with a team almost entirely consisting of Filipino nurses and they’ve got what I need before I know I need it.”
The best, hands down.— Mr Miran Pankhania (@SteelCity_ENT) January 18, 2022
I do operating lists and clinics on Saturdays with a team almost entirely consisting of Filipino nurses and they’ve got what I need before I know I need it.
A senior nurse also has words of admiration for Filipino/Filipina RNs. “Their knowledge and skills always amazed me when I was a student nurse, I had an amazing mentor,” she wrote.
Yes, cannot speak highly enough of Filipino/Filipina RNs. Their knowledge and skills always amazed me when I was a student nurse, I had an amazing mentor. Very rare to meet any in community/primary care though which is a shame and far too underrepresented in snr roles.— Victoria (@hello_nursey) January 18, 2022
An advanced care planning (ACP) trainee admires the Pinay nurses’ extensive training in all specialties. A GP trainee praises “the calmness they bring to worst chaotic work places.” Another medical practitioner said Filipino nurses’ “ability to predict needs is incredible” and that their care, dedication and love are exemplary.
Yep. Their training is immense, they rotate all specialities. They’re awesome at cannulas because they do NICU and learn to cannulate neonates (I asked a Filipino colleague why they were all so flipping skilled at cannulation!)— SuHanOfTheNorth💙 (@SuHanoftheNorth) January 19, 2022
A million times yes! The calmness they bring to worst chaotic work places is plain perfection.— Sahar Fatima (@DrSaharFatima) January 18, 2022
I never had to worry about anything on acute medical unit with Filipino Staff in charge.
100% this.— SussexSage 💙 (@SageSussex) January 18, 2022
Their ability to predict needs is incredible. The care, dedication and love is exemplary. And their technical/scientific knowledge is second to none.
An adult psychiatrist said she relied on a Filipino male nurse to take care of her grandfather during the last months of his life. “He brought so much comfort & more importantly joy to his life & took a huge burden off my grandma’s shoulders with his diligence & can-do attitude. I’m still v grateful many years on.”
During the last months of his life my grandpa was nursed by a Filipino nurse. He brought so much comfort & more importantly joy to his life & took a huge burden off my grandma’s shoulders with his diligence & can-do attitude. I’m still v grateful many years on.— AmyJebreel 🌈 (@AmyJebreel) January 19, 2022
Another commenter said a Filipina nurse looked after his dad who was already in his deathbed. He saw the lady’s kindness and compassion until the end. “In his final hours, she came and sat holding his hand for a while when her shift ended,” he shared.
There was a Filipino nurse lookking after my Dad in his final days in hospital - she was so kind and gentle and he was mad about her. In his final hours, she came and sat holding his hand for a while when her shift ended. It was the most compassionate thing I'd ever seen.— JTMoomin (@JTMoomin) January 19, 2022
Meanwhile, an obstetric anaesthetist pointed out how our nurses are also very generous in sharing Filipino food. “I had some kare kare made specially for me after I said I liked peanut sauces,” the doctor tweeted.
I had some kare kare made specially for me after I said I liked peanut sauces.— Simon Jones (@drsas27) January 18, 2022
A father to a five-year-old girl in need of a heart transplant said the Filipino nurse attending to his child has been “absolutely brilliant, friendly, helpful.”
I was in Basingstoke hospital with my 5 year old last night and our nurse was Filipino, was absolutely brilliant, friendly , helpful and very good with my son even though he was being sick ❤️— hughes (@hughes2503) January 19, 2022
Going through cancer treatment was undeniably tough, but a patient says his Filipino RNs always made him smile. They are known for giving much needed lightness to very heavy situations.
I've always found Filipino nurses to have the best sense of humour, need it some days in the job 😁— Moto-Graphic Arts💙🧡 (@arts_moto) January 18, 2022
The thread which already has 1915 retweets and 16.4 likes as of this writing has apparently reached our Filipino nurses, among them the co-chair of the UK MS Specialist Nurse Association, Mavis Ayer. She said the tweets came at a perfect time as they are currently in a difficult state of affairs.
Came across this tweet, perfect timing especially as having a difficult time. Read all the replies and appreciate how people view us. Totally heartwarming 🙏— Mavis Ayer (@MavisAyer1) January 18, 2022
Another Filipino nurse says the kind words are a source of relief to homesick souls like her.
Yay !! Tired from work .. pressured and the loneliness being away with family so its very nice to have read this :)) thanks!! ❤❤❤— Mark (@angel_ofthesick) January 19, 2022
While the thread has been uplifting to many, it’s also sparking a sobering discussion. Our nurses are these excellent bunch of medical professionals, but they remain the lowest paid among their Southeast Asian counterparts (Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Truth is, many of our Filipino nurses who still work in the Philippines remain overworked and undervalued.