A number of Filipino doctors working as nurses overseas have been deported because of one crucial lapse --- they forgot they were no longer working as physicians.
Instinctively, they had changed the orders given by the actual doctors on duty, or questioned, if not ignored, the directives given them, according to Dr. Fely Elegado-Lorenzo, director of the Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies at the University of the Philippines’ National Institutes of Health.
Just two months ago, she said, two doctors were booted out of a Texas hospital for the transgressions. A similar case occurred in the United Kingdom two years ago. [INQ7.net, Oct 12 2005]
Another observation is that some doctors are not even able to pass the local nursing boards. Out of 2,212 non-nursing graduates which included pilots, engineers, and criminologists who took the boards last June, 40 out of 800 doctors failed to make the passing grade.
It's difficult to shed off the physician mindset in us. Some doctors are not made to become nurses.
UPDATE at 6:03am, 10/16/2005: Yesterday, the Inquirer editorialized this issue, and pointed out that doctors are merely having "adjustment woes" on their new career. It said that the few cases of Filipino-doctors-turned-nurses exhibiting insubordination abroad are "more of the exception rather than the rule." Its advice was that rather than penalize Filipino doctors for their career-shift, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Board of Nursing should strive to improve the quality of nursing education.
For those who want more info on Filipino doctors shifting to nursing as a new career, you can refer to this useful past post of mine to know more about what's happening.