Number of Filipino nurses taking the NCLEX has increased significantly last year.
In accordance with the statistics report released by NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing), last year 2018 around 10,302 Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time, that's 32% increase from 2017 which was 7,791 first time takers.
A report published by the 'US Bureau of Labor Statistics', shows that the United States will be in need of 1.1 million additional nurses and the employment rate for nurses is expected to increase at 15%. In addition to that, Nursing field will have 15% faster employment rate than all other occupations starting 2016 up to 2026 to cope with the increasing need for baby boomers for health care services.
According to ACTS-OFW Party-List Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III, “It is evident that many Filipino nurses are still raring to move into America’s highly lucrative labor market”.
Reality at the Pearl of the Orient
According to the Department of Labor and Employment, an entry-level registered nurse receives a salary of Php. 8,000.00 - Php. 13,500.00 per month in the Philippine labor market. While being a nurse in the United States makes you have an annual median salary of a USRN is $70,000 as of 2017 as of US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Plus, fringe benefits, tax saving and pension plans for USRN were all designed for the improvement of their living as they reside in the US as a registered nurse.
The underutilization of Filipino Nurses and this huge opportunity in The US strained a massive number of Filipino nurses to practice their profession in the United States that lies a clearer explanation, why Filipino nurses chose to be under the hands of Uncle Sam than their own native country, specifically, 150,000 active Filipino registered nurses in America.