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Fidel Taguinod

Fidel Taguinod

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Research Topic: Licensed to Care: Inhabiting The Transnational Economy of Global ‘Pinoy’

The Philippines' experience in international labour migration is widely considered a success, an observation endorsed by international bodies such as the World Health Organisation. As an active source of professional nurses to the developed world, the country continues to produce more nurses than the local nursing market can employ; a labour strategy that is promoted, facilitated and supported by the Philippine state and nursing educational system. This thesis interrogates Filipino nurse migration through the methodological prism of autoethnography, drawing on first-hand experience and reflexive accounts, interviews, photographs, policy documents and material cultural artifacts, to critically examine and challenge the country's institutionalised migration regime. Divided into five chapters, the thesis explores how the trend of increasing local production has resulted in the proliferation of more private schools offering nursing programmes; the retraining of medical doctors and other professionals to become nurses; and the development of transnational nursing education in the country. This in turn gives birth to a ‘surrogate nursing' paradigm that aims to facilitate the migration not only of professional nurses but also of Filipino nursing students abroad. Rather than as a response to local health needs, this development is provoked by a global demand and by the competitiveness of the international healthcare labour market. While the Philippines' culture of migration has been widely reported, the thesis argues that understanding this complex phenomenon calls for further and deeper excavation of the social, cultural, political and historical processes that continually shape Filipinos' personal motives and desires.

Selected Conference Papers

2008
‘Surrogate Nursing’: Who Benefits?’, Employment Research Centre, Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin.

‘Surrogate Nursing: A Transnational Response to Global Nursing Shortage?’ 9th Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Trinity College Dublin.

‘Surrogate Nursing: Who benefits?’ Combined 12th International Philosophy of Nursing Society Conference and 15th New England Nursing Knowledge Conference Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

‘Transnational Surrogate Nursing Paradigms and the Breeding of "Global Pinoy", Research and Globalization Conference, West Visayas State University, Iloilo, Philippines.

2007
'Nursing the World: "Fast-Track" Care and the Formation of a Filipino Global Identity', Identity and Differences in Health and Healthcare Conference, University of Dundee, UK.

2006
‘International Recruitment of Nurses: Ethical Dilemmas and Challenges’, Sociological Association of Ireland Postgraduate Conference, Dublin City University.

Participant: Experts’ Roundtable on ‘International Workers’ Mobility: Causes, Consequences and Best Pactices’ (Organised by Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, Oxford University and Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University).

2005
‘Voices from Within: Experiences of Overseas Nurses Recruited in the Irish Health Service’, Trinity College Dublin Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference.

2003
‘The Transferability of Culture and Practice: A Transnational Dilemma?’ (Co- Presented with Dr Pauline Conroy, Ralaheen), An Bord Altranais Annual Conference.

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