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Pinoy Nurses Seeking US Jobs Fell By 1/3 in First Half

The number of Pinoy nurses seeking to practice their profession in America fell by one-third in the first semester compared to a year ago, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said in a news release over the weekend.

TUCP secretary-general and former Senator Ernesto Herrera said only 5,553 Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time from January to June, down 2,719 or 33 percent from 8,272 in the same period of 2009.

The NCLEX refers to the licensure examination administered by the US National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc.

The number of Filipino nurses taking the NCLEX for the first time is a reliable indicator as to how many of them are trying to enter the profession in the US, according to Herrera, former chairman of the Senate committee on labor, employment and human resources development.

Manila-based labor recruitment agencies previously reported that more Filipino nurses are now leaving for the United Kingdom than those going to the US.

According to Herrera

Filipino nurses and other highly skilled professionals will go to foreign labor markets where it is easier for them to enter and work, and where they will get the best reward in terms of pay and other benefits. Depending on their personal circumstances, professional qualifications and the job offers they’ve received, some Filipino nurses find it easier to work in the America, while others prefer to be employed in the UK, Saudi Arabia or elsewhere.

But there is no question that in absolute terms, more Filipino nurses are still seeking employment in the US than elsewhere. This is primarily due to our strong cultural attachment to America.

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