Among foreign-educated nurses, Pinoys remain most aggressive jobseekers in US hospitals

via GMA News – Among foreign educated nurses, Filipinos remain the most aggressive job-seekers in American hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, a Philippine lawmaker said.

Citing statistics from the US National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. (USNCSBN), LPG-MA Rep. Arnel Ty said 806 Filipino nurses from January to March this year took the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a requirement for foreign nurses who intend to work in the United States.

The number represents a decline of 6.6 percent compared to the 863 Philippine-educated nurses who took the NCLEX for the first time in the same three-month period in 2012, Ty noted.

Still, the 2013 first quarter figures are much higher compared to other foreigners who took the NCLEX for the first time in the first quarter of 2013:
257 Indians
125 Canadians
118 Puerto Ricans, and
106 South Koreans.

In 2012, only 3,673 Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time, or just 17 percent of the record-high 21,499 who took the exam at the height of the nursing boom in 2007.

“We are still cautiously optimistic that the US Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will eventually help revive America’s demand for Filipino nurses,” Ty said in a news release on Tuesday.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act, is expected to increase by some 10 percent the number of insured Americans potentially seeking health care, Ty said.

He claimed that this could help stimulate demand for foreign nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, medical technologists, radiologists, and speech pathologists.

Ty is the author of a bill proposing to establish a new jobs plan for the nation’s growing number of idle nurses, now estimated at 320,000.

Ty is author of House Bill 4582, which seeks to establish the Special Program for the Employment of Nurses in Urban and Rural Services (NURSE).

It proposes to mobilize at least 10,000 nurses every year for deployment to poor and undeserved communities. They would each serve a six-month tour of duty, and get a monthly stipend not lower than P24,887.

Thousands of new graduates as well as repeaters are expected take the Philippine nursing licensure exam on June 2-3 in 16 cities across the country.

The passers will join the 16,908 new registered nurses that the country produced in January. for the first time from January to March this year, Ty said.

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