Significant Drop in Pinoy Nurses Taking the NCLEX

There’s a significant dip in the number of Pinoy nurses taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). NCLEX is just one of the many hurdles that Filipino nurses have to go through to be able to work as an RN in the United States.

According to the mid-year report of the United States National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), as of June this year, less than 6,000 Pinoy nurses took the NCLEX-RN. This number of test takers is 30% less compared to last year during the same period.

Despite this sudden plunge, the Philippines still has the most number of examinees taking the NCLEX just like last year. Trailing behind are India, South Korea, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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