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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pinoy nurses seeking jobs in US declining

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MANILA, Philippines - The number of Filipino nurses seeking jobs in the United States dropped in the third quarter of the year, a lawmaker said yesterday.

LPGMA party-list Rep. Arnel Ty said only 1,370 Filipino nurses indicated their desire to seek employment in the US by taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) held from July to September this year.

He said the number of NCLEX examinees was 38 percent, or 857, lower compared to the 2,227 Filipinos who took the US nursing licensure examination for the first time during the same period in 2010.

Citing statistics from the US National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the lawmaker said only 4,354 Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time from January to September.

“This represents a decline of 44 percent, or 3,426, compared to the 7,780 Filipino nurses who took the NCLEX for the first time over the same nine-month period in 2010,” Ty said.

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