PRC releases nursing licensure exams results

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

MANILA (Updated)-- The country will have almost 11 thousand new registered nurses as the Professional Regulatory Board (PRC) released the December 2013 Nursing Licensure Exams result on Wednesday afternoon.

Three out of every ten examinees passed the boards or 10,977 out of 35,475 from all over the country.

Repeaters who took the exam were around 21 thousand while the first timers were at 14 thousand.

Repeaters who passed the exam were only three thousand while the rest of the thousand thousand passers were first time takers.

Kristine Joie Danan from the New Era University and Nikko Martel Viray Dio of the Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) made it to the top with an average score of 86.20. (List of board passers A-M, N-Z)

Marco Antonio Sto Tomas, PRC Board of Nursing member advised the aspiring nurses to take the exam immediately after graduating so that learning from the academe and from the review centers will remain fresh.

The top performing schools with 50 or more exam takers were the University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao where 67 out of 68 passed, followed by Xavier University, Mariano Marcos State University in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Saint Paul University-Iloilo, Remedios Romualdez Medical Foundation, PLM, Saint Paul University Tuguegarao, Saint Mary’s University and San Pedro College in Davao City.

However, the PRC said all successful candidates in the examination will be required to take an oath of professional before the Board or any government official authorized to administer oaths prior to entering upon the nursing practice.

According to the board, compared to the previous number examinees, number of exam takers this year decreased. On July 8, 2013, 37,887 took the NLE while 49,066 took the exam on December 2012.

“Pababa na ang mga nagte-take ng exam. Parang sa economics, bumababa na din kasi ang demand, hindi na katulad dati na maraming nurses ang kailangan,” Sto Tomas said.

As of now, Sto Tomas said there are more than 221,000 unemployed nurses in the country.

Meanwhile, a swarm of happy new registered nurses flooded the Twitterverse with status updates regarding the PRC release.

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