CONGRATULATIONS to the West Visayas State University (WVSU) in La Paz, Iloilo City for dominating the June 2017 Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE).
A graduate from the WVSU, Mary Angelie Cardente Cabañez, ranked number 1 in the said examination given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Nursing in 12 testing centers nationwide.
Also the WVSU, the lone Center of Development (COD) in Nursing Education in Western Visayas Region, ranked number 2 in the top 5 high performing schools in the national level with 50 or more examinees and with at least 80% passing percentage. The said university got a passing average of 99.21%.
Eight (8) successful examinees from the Region, all are graduates of WVSU, garnered the ten (10) highest places in the national level: ranked no. 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 (2 graduates), 8 and 9. Hence with this year’s exemplary performance in NLE the University, headed by President Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr., aimed to become the Region’s Center of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education in the near future.
Three thousand eight hundred eighty two (3,882) out of 11,176 examinees in the country, or 34.74%, passed in the June 2017 NLE. This is lower than the November 2016 NLE performance of 47.73% passing percentage, June 2016 performance of 43.59% and the November 2015 NLE performance of 49.26%.
In the regional level, 6 nursing schools in Western Visayas out of 16, or 37.5%, performed high or with a passing percentage higher than that of the national level. The Region produced 214 passers out of 420 takers, or 50.95% passing percentage. This is higher than the national passing percentage. There were 230 repeaters who took the said examination and 190 first takers. Repeaters passing percentage was 19%, while the first takers passing percentage was 89.47%. Four (4) out of 10 examinees from the Region were first takers. The number of repeaters in the Region (6 out of 10 examinees), who performed low in the examination, pulled down the Region’s overall performance.
Other high performing nursing schools from the Region with less than 50 examinees but with passing average higher than the national level are St. Paul University of Iloilo (100% passing), University of San Agustin (64.71% passing), St. Anthony’s College of Roxas City (61.54%), Central Philippine University (50%) and College of St. John, Roxas City (44.4%).
The mushrooming of nursing schools in the past years due to huge demand of Filipino nurses abroad affected the quality of nursing education in the country. This resulted to reduction in the number of nursing programs after closure orders were imposed in non-performing nursing schools. Hence, the number of NLE takers decreased in the last eight (8) years, or from 94,462 in November 2009 to 11,176 this June 2017.
Consequently, the number of NLE passers or new nurses decreased from 37,525 in November 2009 to 3,882 this June 2017. Studies showed that the parents were most influencing factors why their children took nursing course because of the course being a promising dollar earner. The reduction in the number of Bachelor of Science in Nursing takers was due to the effective rationalization or proportionate distribution of professionals in the country.
However, when the new Nursing curriculum take effect this coming academic year (AY) 2018-2019 in line with the K to 12 program implementation of the government, another round of increase in BS Nursing enrollees is expected following the demand of nurses in the world market.
Latest survey showed that the medical related professions dominated the highest paying jobs in the world. And nurses are again becoming in demand abroad, preferably Filipino nurses because of their unique and very satisfying skills and services.