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Fewer Filipino Nurses Taking the NCLEX Exam

In the recent NCLEX Statistics data released by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the number of Filipino Nurses taking the NCLEX examination plunged by 26 percent in 2009.

A total of 15,382 Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time from January to December 2009, a decrease of 5,364 compared to the 20,746 that took the examinations in the same 12-month period in 2008.

According to former senator and TUCP secretary general Ernesto Herrera, to build up the competitiveness of Filipino nurses in foreign labor markets, the Philippine Government needs to do the following:

  • The immediate shutdown of 152 nursing schools previously classified as “substandard” by the Commission on Higher Education;
  • The annual rating of the remaining 308 nursing colleges (net of the 152 to be closed down), based on the performance of their graduates in the local licensure examinations over the last five years, and the yearly publication of the rating of every college so that buyers of nursing education may be guided accordingly;
  • The provision of free intensive second foreign language training, via the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, to nursing graduates seeking employment in non-English speaking countries such as Japan and the Middle East; and
  • The strengthening of the capabilities of all state-owned hospitals, whether run by the Department of Health or by local governments, to provide superior clinical training to junior and senior nursing students.

With regards to the overwhelming number of Filipino nursing students, Herrera lamented that many of them are not getting adequate clinical training or “related learning experience” in hospitals.

According to Herrera

Hospitals can no longer accommodate all our nursing students in emergency rooms, operating rooms, intensive care units, and delivery rooms. There are just too many of them waiting in line to observe procedures

View the NCLEX Passing Rates 4Q 2009

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  1. 10/02/15

    Thus newly grad high school must avoid taking nursing courses since Philippine hospital can no longer accommodate them. Plus the quality of education in now getting low due to substandard schools.

  2. 10/11/19

    hello!! i’m an rn since 1994…i guess the goverment must do something to the growing student nurse who un luckly does not get enough related learning experience(RLE),..I want to compare my nursing education to this time…that nursing education before is better ,…now nursing school makes it mandatory for all their student… to purchase books…unlike before we just have photocoy or borrowed from previos students…but still..we’re able to get the quality of nursing education… now most of the nursing school …are more on money making…but poor quality…maybe it’s about time to limit the students to take up nursing for a while….to help all new RN…for jobplacement here and aboard….

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