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4,034 Filipino nurses sought US jobs in 2013
"It was the first time since 2007 that the number of Filipino nurses taking the NLCEX increased year-on-year,” Cebu City Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas, Jr. said.
The NCLEX refers to the National Council Licensure Examination administered by the US (National Council of) State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (USNCSBN).
Citing data from the USNCSBN, Gullas said the 4,034 Filipino nurses who took the NCLEX for the first time in 2013, excluding repeaters, marked an increase of 9.8 percent over the 3,673 who went through the same examination in 2012.
"We have high hopes that once the world's largest economy starts to fully recover, the healthcare labor market there will also begin to grow again, thus allowing more Filipino nurses to practice their profession in America," Gullas said.
The 2007-2008 global financial crises that sent the US economy into deep economic slowdown drove many hospitals and nursing homes, especially those wholly or partly funded by federal and state agencies, to cut back staff and cease hiring new nurses.
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 enter the profession in America.
Gullas said USNCSBN statistics show that among foreign-educated nurses, Filipinos remain the most active job-seekers in America.
He said 981 Indians, 617 Canadians, 496 Puerto Ricans and 482 South Koreans also took the NCLEX for the first time in 2013.