Filipino Nurses Taking the NCLEX Exam Continues to Drop
According to the latest Stats released by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Filipino Nurses taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) continous to drop this year. NCSBN Statistics showed that only 4,354 Filipino Nurses took the NCLEX exam from January to September of this year as compared to the 7,780 who took the NCLEX exam in the same period last year. See complete stats here.
According to LPGMA party-list Rep. Arnel Ty, “The US labor market for foreign nurses is shrinking. America itself is producing more nurses, and fewer healthcare service providers there are making new hires in light of continuing government subsidy cutbacks.”
Rep. Arnel Ty is the author of House Bill 4582 seeking to establish an employment plan for the nation’s jobless nurses. This bill seeks to provide a Special Program for the Employment of Nurses in Urban and Rural Services (NURSE), which aims to mobilize a total of 10,000 nursing practitioners every year. The jobs-cum-training plan would be an expanded version of the Nurses Assigned in Rural Service (NARS Program) launched last 2009.
According to the Professional Regulations Commission, there are more than 290,000 unemployed registered nurses in the Philippines today.