Filipino nurses wanting to take the NCLEX had previously favored Saipan because of its close proximity to the Philippines and the less stringent visa requirement of the CNMI government compared with the U.S. immigration in Guam.
However, with the test now being offered in Manila came a proportionate drop in the number of Pinoy nurses coming to Saipan to take the test.
A total of 9,837 Filipinos took the National Council Licensure Examination from January to June 2008, a decrease of 107 from last year’s number of 9,944 during the same time, Ernesto Herrera, general secretary of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, said in a press statement.
The United States’ National Council of State Boards of Nursing board of directors chose Manila as an international NCLEX site in February 2007, following the Philippine government’s request to host the NCLEX.
The Marianas Visitor’s Authority tabulated that the number of Filipino tourists dropped from 516 in July 2007 to 171 in July of this year. MVA officials said the drop in numbers could be attributed to Manila now offering the test.
Have you been wondering how big are the stats now for Nursing profession? I am so I took on some research and here’s what I got.
It’s no surprise actually. This interesting stats only shows the strong Filipino urge to solidify their claim for the American dream and the lure of the greener pasture there. With the measly salary here in the Philippines, more and more high school graduates go to nursing schools after to join the bandwagon.
The numbers are expected to rise even more in the coming year since this year alone, CHED estimates that there will be around 500,000 high school students are gonna enter into various Nursing schools, colleges and universities nationwide.
Will give you more stats as we have it.
More news for you soon.