Filipino Nurses Seeking Jobs In US Down by 26% In 2009 -TUCP

Fewer nurses seeking jobs in US
by Macon Araneta,

The number of Filipinos who sought to enter America’s nursing profession plunged by 26 percent in 2009, according to the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines.

The labor group’s secretary general Ernesto Herrera noted a 5,364 drop in the number of Filipino nurses who took the National Council Licensure Examinations for the first time from January to December 2009.

Passing the NCLEX is required for foreign nurses to practice their profession in the United States.

Herrera said 20,746 Filipino nurses took the US test in 2008 compared to the 15,382 last year.

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