95k Will Take the November 2009 Nursing Board Exam
A total of 95,282 nursing graduates will take the Nursing Board Exam this November 29-30, 2009. According to PRC-Board of Nursing member Dean Marco Sto. Tomas, the upcoming NLE has registered an “all-time high” in the history of exams.
Metro Manila has the biggest number of examinees with (40,621 first-timers, 33 conditioned) followed by Baguio (14,102 first-timers, 7 conditioned) and Cebu (8,899 first-timers, 5 conditioned).
Cagayan De Oro has (3,045 first-timers, 2 conditioned); Davao with (8,143 first-timers, 2 conditioned); Iloilo with (6,020); Legaspi with (3,070 first-timers, 1 conditioned); Lucena with (3,444); Tacloban with (1,145); Tuguegarao with (2,322 first-timers, 1 conditioned); Zamboanga with (1,609); Jolo with (166); Pagadian with (1,568); Angeles with (179); and Butuan with (898).
Sto. Tomas noted that since 2003, the passing rate in these exams has hovered between 40 percent and 50 percent. He said this should force nursing schools to better their standards as the exams test only the “minimum competencies” of entry-level nurses.
“There is much to be desired at the ‘production lines if we were to consider our national ‘health human resource’ strategies and these concerns goes back to the Colleges of Nursing under the direction supervision of the Commission on Higher Education,” he said.
Sto. Tomas also pointed that despite the low passing rate, jobs inside and outside the country remain scarce for new graduates, as most employers require one to two years of actual work experience.
Employers do not need “the useless ‘volunteer’ work where our nursing graduates are even being ask to pay and yet being utilized as human resource complements in hospitals and other health facilities,” he said.
Sto Tomas thus urged the nursing sector to take active steps and put in place the necessary “health, human resource, and career development infrastructures” to better the standing of all nurses, including new nursing board passers.
“It’s time that we see the nursing sector itself enable and help make Filipino nurses’ dreams come true—buy a home, take a great vacation with their loved ones after three years of hard work, put their children through school and have them finish college, and retire in the comforts of their homes with their loved ones, sharing the thought that nurses have not only earned for themselves but cared and served a lot of their fellow Filipinos through nursing and health, and have become true blessings not only to Filipinos but the rest of the world,” he said.