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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Filipino nurses seeking U.S. jobs soar nearly 50 percent in 9 months: reports

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The number of Filipino nurses seeking employment in the United States has soared almost 50 percent, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said on Friday.

In the nine months to Sept. 30 this year, a total of 15,083 Philippine-educated nurses sought to practice their profession in America by taking for the first time the eligibility test of the U. S. National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. (NCSBN), Philippines News Agency citing TUCP spokesperson Alex Aguilar reported.

This represents an increase of 4,793 (or 47 percent) when compared to the 10,290 Filipino nurses who took the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) first time in the same period in 2006, Aguilar said.

The NCLEX, a nursing licensure test, is the final step in the nurse eligibility process in the United States.

Aguilar said the Philippines leads the five countries with the greatest number of (non-U.S.) nationals who took the NCLEX for the first time in the three quarters to September.

India came in second, with 4,071 examinees; followed by South Korea, 1,440; Canada, 682; and Cuba, 525.

Source: Xinhua

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