Nearly 10,000 Filipino nurses seeking jobs in US
MANILA, Philippines — Nearly 10,000 Filipino nurses sought jobs in the United States in the first nine months of the year, according to the group ACTS-OFW Coalition of Organizations.
A total of 9,195 Filipino nurses hoping to practice their profession in America took the US licensure examination for the first time from January to September this year, the group said in a statement on Sunday.
“The number is up 30 percent versus the 7,119 Philippine-educated nurses who took America’s eligibility test, or the NCLEX, for the first time in same nine-month period in 2018, without counting repeaters,” ACTS-OFW chair Aniceto Bertiz III said.
The US National Council of State Boards of Nursing administers the NCLEX for registered nurse.
The exam, which costs $200, is the final step in the US nurse licensure process. —Tina G. Santos
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