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Monday, July 5, 2010

The Importance of the NCLEX Test For Nurses

Completing a nursing school program is a paramount accomplishment. All the time and effort studying and passing test after test in nursing school has finally paid off in the form of a degree. But hold on a moment-you aren't really a nurse until you have passed a very important test called the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The NCLEX is the test that once passed qualifies an individual who has completed an accredited nursing program licensure to practice nursing professionally. It is a very important test and must be passed in order to be employed as a nurse throughout the United States.

The NCLEX is made and administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. It comes in two forms the NCLEX-PN for those seeking licensure as a practical or vocation nurse and the NLCEX-RN for those seeking licensure as a registered nurse. This test is given and overseen by each state separately. There is a cost associated with taking this exam and it is professionally monitored. If the exam is failed you have to wait a grace period of about 45-90 days before you can retest. Each state decides how many times an applicant can take the test after failing it. Moreover, the test is varied in composition mixing multiple choice with fill ins and rankings, and it is time limited. The exam is what is called CAT computer adaptive testing which allows the computer to choose the questions in a certain sequence based on the test taker's previous answers. This provides an idea of the test taker's knowledge of specific questions related to certain aspects of nursing. Because of the cost, time and significance of the NCLEX you should definitely prepare for this exam.

You would never want the many years of nursing school to go to waste all because you failed to pass the NCLEX so you should definitely prepare for this exam. There are nursing school programs that do devote time to reviewing for the NCLEX but given all that has to be covered within a nursing curriculum seeking an additional source to prepare for this test is vital. After graduating from nursing school it should be a priority to take this test as soon as possible since much of what you have learned is still fresh. Seek the support of NCLEX study groups; purchase the many NCLEX review materials and study, study, study. Review everything especially triage information and pharmacology because there is a good chance there will be questions related to these topics. This test will determine whether you will be able to work so it is in your best interest to prepare!

The NCLEX is one of the most important tests you will take as a nursing school graduate. Showing competence on this test by successfully passing it shows that you have truly taken the steps needed to become a qualified licensed nurse.

More Pinoy nurses choosing UK over US

MANILA, Philippines - More and more Filipino nurses are now opting to work in the United Kingdom than in the United States, according to local recruiters.

Citing data from the UK Borders and Immigration Agency, recruitment leaders yesterday said that the number of Filipino nurses deployed to UK in the past three years has already surpassed those deployed to the US in the same period.

From 2007 to 2009, an annual average of 7,000 Filipino nurses flew to UK under a study and work program that allowed them to study and work there at the same time.

Data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), on the other hand, showed that less than 300 registered Filipino nurses went to the US to work during the three-year period.

Recruiters noted that Filipino nurses aspiring to work in the United States have to wait five to seven years for H 1-B working visas and between two to three years for EB 3 (immigrant visas) before they can enter the US.

Those hoping to study and work in UK can leave the country within six months.

Recruitment leaders further noted that the recent expansion of the UK study programs may give wider opportunities to thousands more Filipinos, including non-healthcare workers.

The imposition of new rules for Tier 4 student visa applications early this year may also favor Filipino nurses who want to be registered nurses and become permanent residents there.

Just a ‘temporary slack’

But the prevailing low demand for nurses abroad, especially in the US, is just temporary, according to Arellano University chairman Francisco P.V. Cayco.

Cayco said after the “temporary slack” in global demand for nurses, there could be a sudden surge especially once the effects of the enactment of the Health Care Reform Bill under the administration of US President Barrack Obama, takes root.

In an interview with The STAR earlier this week, Cayco said that with the potential rise in demand for nurses, those struggling with their nursing education would be in the best position to take advantage.

Cayco emphasized that the health care reforms being implemented by the Obama administration made health and medical care more affordable among Americans, which would subsequently result to a higher demand in nurses and doctors in US hospitals.

He said this turnaround was the reason why Arellano University is still giving their nursing school its deserved importance in their overall effort to further improve the quality of education in all their college programs.

“The temporary slack is not a reason to give our nursing education programs less importance,” Cayco said, pointing out that the weak demand for nurses in the US was not necessarily the case in other countries such as in the UK and Australia.

He boasted that just last month, the Edith Cowan University in Western Australia had forged agreement with Arellano University where their Filipino nursing students who have completed two years of studies can enroll directly with their Australian counterpart, which would put them in a position to become registered nurses in Australia immediately after finishing the nursing program.

Cayco said that despite its open enrolment policy, the quality of education in the College of Nursing of Arellano University Manila has remained high.

The school landed in the ranks of Metro Manila’s top nursing schools with a high student population whose graduates performed impressively in the 2009 nursing licensure examinations of the Professional Regulation Commission for 2009.

Cayco expressed overwhelming pride over the impressive performance of their graduates in last year’s round of PRC examinations, saying it will serve to inspire them in their bid to provide an affordable, but high quality nursing education to poor but deserving Filipinos wanting to become nurses whether here or abroad.

He noted that the high passing percentage rate of their nursing school’s graduates was a difficult feat considering that they have an “open” admission policy that does not bar high school students from public high schools who tend to have low academic competencies.

Cayco added that Arellano University-Manila’s College of Nursing has the lowest tuition rate among the big Metro Manila nursing schools that topped the 2009 PRC examinations.

“A lot of the big schools they have entrance exams. So they only admit those who already have high academic competencies,” he said.

Cayco said that these “raw material” from the public schools in Metro Manila and even from the provinces, have notable deficiencies in English, Science, and Math.

Apart from giving them a nursing education, Cayco said Arellano tries to address the academic deficiencies caused by the sub-standard basic education they were given.

“We give them a chance. We do not discriminate of you graduated from a public school and you have low academic proficiencies. But in spite of that, with our low tuition, we still produce hundreds of board passers every year,” he said.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) earlier released the lists of top nursing schools in the country, based on their graduates passing percentage in the 2009 PRC licensure examinations in June and November of last year. – Rainier Allan Ronda

How to apply: NCLEX Application

NCLEX Application Summary:

1. Determine which state you want to apply. There are many factors that you have to consider when choosing where to start your NCLEX application, sometimes depending on your present circumstance. For example, if you just had your NLE results and don’t have your license yet, there are states that allow you to process your NCLEX application and take the NCLEX without your PRC license. Then there are states that require CGFNS Exam, CES, fingerprint card, etc.

2. Visit the website of your chosen state. You can visit ncsbn.org for the complete list of State Boards’ websitesthat accepts NCLEX application of foreign nurse. Or you can search it on the web.

3. Download/request NCLEX Application Forms, Instructions, Fingerprint Cards.NCLEX application processing and requirements vary from state to state. Please read and follow the instructions carefully to avoid delay in the processing of your NCLEX application. If you have questions, you can read my other posts or drop a comment to ask me.

4. Submit your completed NCLEX application(forms, documents, payments, etc.) by mailing it to your chosen state board of nursing. Processing time of your NCLEX application varies from state to state; some states would approve it as early as 2 months while others would make you eligible in 6-8 months. So it would help if you constantly follow up your status through email (or website, if any) provided by the state.

5. If you are eligible, register with Pearsonvue for NCLEX-RN Testing. There are different modes of registering, but doing it online thru pearsonvue website is the fastest(you can check my post about Pearsonvue registration). After registration you will receive 2 emails, the first confirming your registration and payment of $200, and the second, your Authorization to Test(ATT).

6. Schedule your NCLEX exam. If you prefer to take the test in Makati, Philippines, you can schedule your NCLEX exam by calling Pearsonvue hotline (Asia-Pacific, +60383189964 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +60383189964      end_of_the_skype_highlighting). Have your ATT ready, they’re asking you Candidate Identification number and ATT number. You also have to pay $150 for International Testing Fee thru Credit Card(VISA, MasterCard, American Express, JCB). Confirmation email will be automatically sent to you after scheduling.

7. Take the Test. Bring your ATT and Passport, plus other valid IDs. Of course, make sure you’re ready before taking the NCLEX.

See, NCLEX application is easy! If you have questions about NCLEX application on different states, just post it on comments

Is there really an oversupply of Pinoy Nurses in the Philippines?

Recent reports state that there is an oversupply of Pinoy nurses now in the Philippines due mainly to 2 factors.

1. Highly commercialized nursing schools - Students are still being advised to take on Nursing because they and their parents believed that becoming a nurse abroad is their ticket to escape poverty. Success stories of Pinoy nurses abroad are being flaunted everyday by nursing schools to attract more and more students to boost their earnings. And one way or another, someone from the family has direct link or relation to someone who is making big bucks abroad that only solidify the intent of the students to take on nursing.

The result - more and more high school graduates are now flooding these nursing schools as the preferred college course. Tens of thousands also end up taking the nursing board exams. The high board passing rate also encourage the students to take on the course.

2. Practical Nursing programs - Not many people know on the onset that Practical nurses end up to be the nursing assistants to registered nurses here and abroad. The proliferation of practical nursing programs from various nursing school institutions, which is a vocational course to begin with, has attracted even more students to easily jump into the nursing boom.

False advertising plays the part on the oversupply. Students are led to believe that Practical nursing course is their shortcut to going abroad than taking the full 4-year course. But recent reports showed that graduates of practical nursing are having a hard time finding jobs abroad contrary to what has been advertised when they are enrolling in those practical nursing schools.

This has raised concerns at PNA which warned students to be very careful taking on this course as it is not a guarantee that they will get working visas or immigrant status in the US for example.

Now with all unemployed nurses around, how will the government deal with this oversupply situation? This will definitely add to unemployment rate in the future if and when the government will not take action as early as now to curb the impact of this impending oversupply as well as the effect of deteriorating demand in the nursing profession here and abroad.

Filipino Nurses

by Sikat Ang Pinoy on April 25, 2010

Today, I decided to really give Filipino nurses all the credit they should have because of their extra ordinary skills that makes Philippines and all Filipinos around the world to be proud of them.

Nursing is quite a popular and most sought after career or course in the Philippines.  Nursing in the Philippines career really exploded by numbers. So many students, youth in general really thinks and believe that this is the career and the path they should take in this kind of times.

There are so many reasons why Filipinos really want to take the nursing path. Number one of those reasons is that this is an in demand and high paying nursing job abroad.

As we all know, nursing or Filipino nurses are in demand abroad. Rich and quite populated countries like United States, Canada and some European and UAE states prefer Filipino nurses because of the knowledge and the good heart they are showing at their job.

According to statistics, In the United States alone, the demand for nurses is estimated at 600,000 between now and 2020. This is such a huge number considering a large percentage of it will be coming from Philippines.

Also, because of this numbers and statistics, many Filipinos prefer to study here in the Philippines then later, work or apply as a nurse abroad. Also, it was also a common knowledge to all of us that some doctors are already diving in the nursing world for them to be able to work abroad.

Quality knowledge, a good and helping heart and very hardworking personality is what makes Filipino nurses stand out with other foreign nurses. This is a trait or personality that can’t be teached nor acquire through schools or by studying in a somewhat, state of the art facilities.

This is why I can say that nurses in the Philippines is a world class professionals. They just need to be taken care of by the Philippine government for them to showcases their talent and skills here in the Philippines before going abroad.