2015 was a Promising Year for Nurses from Philippines – Says a Study

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Recently, Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr., Vice Chairman of the House committee on higher and technical education said in a news release that – A total of 5,320 Philippine-educated nurses took the US National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in 2015, in the hopes of practicing their profession in America. The number is up 16 percent compared to the 4,580 Filipino nurses who took the NCLEX for the first time, excluding repeaters, in 2014.

The NCLEX is 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 considered a reliable indicator as to how many of them are trying to obtain US licenses and seek gainful employment in America. According to the US National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. statistics, among foreign-educated nurses, Filipinos remain the most eager job seekers in America. More statistics show that a total of 206,170 US-educated nurses, including repeaters, took the NCLEX in 2015, up 1.4 percent from the 203,256 that took the test in 2014.The US itself has been producing a large number of nursing graduates every year.

Gullas added – In an increasingly borderless world, our nurses are entitled to take their skills to wherever they will find the greatest rewards — whether in America, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, or Oman.

He said – a total of 1,045 Indians, 569 Puerto Ricans, 413 South Koreans, and 304 Jamaicans also took the NCLEX for the first time in 2015. Moreover, since 1995, an aggregate of 162,691 nurses educated in the Philippines have taken the NCLEX for the first time.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – registered nurses (RNs) in America receive a median annual pay of $66,640 (P3.1 million), with an hourly rate of $32.04 (P1,531).Advanced practice nurses who typically have a master’s degree, and who provide specialty care, including certified nurse anesthetists and certified nurse midwives, receive a higher median annual pay of $102,670 (P4.9 million), with an hourly rate of $49.36 (P2,359).

It also stated that – employment growth would occur for a number of reasons, including the large number of newly insured patients resulting from Obamacare, or the US Affordable Care Act; the greater emphasis on preventive care; and the rapidly increasing number of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity. As per the job prospects, the US would need 439,300 additional RNs and 53,400 advanced practice nurses between now until 2024.

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