MANILA - A total of 1,951 Philippine-graduate nurses took the US National Licensure Examination (NCLEX), House Assistant Majority Leader and Cebu Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. said on Monday.
The test was administered by the US National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. (USNCSBN) from January to June this year.
According to Gullas, the numbers of examiners from the Philippines barely changed, comparing it to the 1,944 Filipino nurses who took the test last 2013.
“The number is little changed when compared to the 1,944 Filipino nurses who took the NCLEX for the first time, excluding repeaters, over the same six-month period in 2013,” he said.
However, Gullas added the outlook for the healthcare labor market in America remain to bleak.
About 7,000 US hospital workers were laid off in July, based on the latest report of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“We remain positive that the situation will eventually improve as the US economy starts to recover. But right now, a number of US hospitals and nursing homes are still laying off workers,” Gullas said.
He urges Filipinos to seek employment in the Middle East or other countries looking for foreign healthcare employees.
Filipinos remain the most active nurse job-seekers in America, a clear indicator of the number of those trying to practice the profession in other countries.