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Everything changes to stay the same: persistent global health inequalities amidst new therapeutic opportunities and mobilities for Filipino nurses

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Maddy ThompsonORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2019.

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The global migration of Filipino nurses has received significant attention, yet little is known of these healthcare workers’ experiences and mobilities within the Philippines. I explore the experiences and narratives of Filipino nurses living in Manila, some of whom have no desires to migrate. I uncover the often novel forms of therapeutic mobilities undertaken by these nurses, focusing on call centre nursing and entrepreneurship as key alternative career pathways within the realms of ‘therapeutics’. Through interrogating the various mobilities undertaken by nurses – physical mobilities and migration, socioeconomic mobilities and occupational mobilities in the form of a career change – it becomes clear that international physical mobility is no longer key. Nevertheless, Filipino nurses continue to provide care in global contexts in novel ‘therapeutic’ industries and doing so allows them to increase their socioeconomic mobility.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Thompson M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Mobilities

Year: 2019

Volume: 14

Issue: 1

Pages: 38-53

Online publication date: 08/10/2018

Acceptance date: 14/08/2018

Date deposited: 05/11/2018

ISSN (print): 1745-0101

ISSN (electronic): 1745-011X

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2018.1518841


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