Filipino Nurses Losing Interest to Work in US

The US National Council of State Boards of Nursing currently revealed that there was a noticeable decline in the amount of Filipino nurses who got the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), according to their current report. This is the first time it has happened covering the period of January to September this year. Statistics exhibit that a small amount of only 4,354 Filipino nurses took the NCLEX-RN, depicting a fall of 44 percent since statistics for the same time frame the year before presented 7,780 Filipino takers of the NCLEX.

The stated figures may be a hint that the amount of Filipino nurses who desire to get employment in America is going down. Arnel Ty, a representative of a party list, included to say that for the period of July to September, a small number of only 1,370 Filipino nurses undertook the NCLEX-RN for the very first time. Ty stated that is only 857 or 38 percent, smaller as opposed to the 2,227 amount in the similar three-month time frame last year.

Ty went on to say that the Philippines have continued to be the leading potential provider of overseas nurses in the United States. But the negative news is that the United States need for overseas nurses is also getting low. He said that the labor market in the US for overseas nurses is diminishing. The country itself is developing further nurses, with less healthcare service providers in the area generating new hires taking into consideration government financial cut down.

At the moment, the nursing profession is seriously affected with both unemployment as well as underemployment difficulties. Based on the data from the Professional Regulation Commission, roughly 290,000 registered nurses are not employed since March 31. The 37,000 triumphant test takers of the licensure examination last July are not yet added in the statistics.

With the aim of solving the subject of unemployment among nurses in the Philippines, its government has made preparations to broaden the “Doctors to the Barrio Program” by the Department of Health the following year. The government intends to allocate a budget of a whopping 1.686 billion for this agenda which would supply temporary employment to both nurses and midwives alike in the rural places where there is poor health services.

The party list rep also submitted House Bill No. 4582. This suggested bill not only provides short-term employment to Filipino nurses but it also lets them get additional skills that they require in order to be more qualified for opportunities both in locally and internationally.

The mentioned bill aims to enlarge “Nurses Assigned in Rural Service”, a government agenda for nurses back in 2009. The bill attempts to set up a Special Program for the Employment of Nurses in Urban and Rural Services (NURSE), aiming to mobilize a sum of 10,000 professionals each year.

The suggested program will allow qualified nurses a period of six months for tour of duty. They will also be given an allowance per month which will not be below the amount adequate to Salary Grade 15, the elevated initial pay for public nurses ordered by a 2002 law.

Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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