29, 877 took the NLE in the following venues last May 25 and 26, 2014: Manila, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Cabanatuan, Angeles, Baguio City, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga. Tacloban, Leyte was not included.
First, it is a must know that the Nurse Licensure Examination or NLE is the nursing student’s key to getting a license to practice nursing in the Philippines. Without it, one’s nursing education is legally useless. A nursing student must pass for her to be called a full-fledged nurse.
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Last June 2013, 16, 219 new nurses passed the nursing board exam. This was followed by 10, 977 that took and passed the following December 2013. Sadly, many of these nurses, including passers of the previous years are either unemployed or underemployed – that is working in areas that are not directly related to their nursing education. Why? There are simply not enough nursing positions or nursing jobs with pay or enough pay to sustain a life. But yes there are other jobs if one looks harder.
The government has contributed efforts to ease the burden of unemployment for the young hopefuls. Such is the case of the RN Heals. But, it’s still not enough. With the huge number of nurses produced by the Philippines yearly since 2002, when the global need hit the world market, many are still unable to find long-term positions in the Philippine job market.
As mentioned, health jobs are many, but majority are not related to direct nursing care. For this reason, new nurses still have no choice but to get their much needed experience as volunteers in hospitals to seek greener pastures in foreign lands (now not counted officially, the United States) where all eyes were once focused. To be a nurse in the US, one has to pass the Local Board Exam or NLE here in the Philippines, the International Language Testing System or IELTS conducted monthly in various places in the country, the NCLEX or the Board Exam for nurses in the United States and the CGFNS.
That would have been tolerable if US is currently open, but sadly it’s still not. So the country’s mass production of nurses take their 2 years’ experience in any settings available to them (preferable tertiary hospitals) and leave for countries were entrance is easier – Middle East countries such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. Others seek their fortune a little further in English speaking countries like Australia, Canada and New Zealand where they still have to study and take these countries’ board exams again before becoming RNs in them.
Any other choice?
Volunteer. Sustain the low salary. Get the much needed experience and go to other countries where one can directly work as a nurse. Or pursue further studies. Take up your Master’s Degree in Nursing or other relates studies or as the new trend goes, pursue medicine.
No need to feel hopeless, career is a matter of decision making. Pass the board exam, take oath and move onwards.
The May 2014 NLE result is expected to come out on June 30, 2014 (Monday) or 24 working days after the exam date. The official results will be posted here. In the meantime feel free to Subscribe, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter and be among the first to know.
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