37,513 pass nursing board exam



MANILA, Philippines—A total of 37,513 out of 78,135 passed the Nurse Licensure Examination, the Professional Regulation Commission announced on Saturday.

Jomel Garcia Lapides of the University of the Philippines-Manila topped the examination given by the Board of Nursing in July. Lapides garnered a rating of 88.4 percent.

Two University of Santo Tomas nursing graduates, Hazel Cortes Crisostomo and Beverly Lynne Yao Ong, ranked second. Each got 87.4 percent. See the complete list of Top 10 examinees

Three universities topped the list of 10 best performing schools, all having a 100 percent passing percentage. Cebu Normal University has 181 successful examinees, 161 for the West Visayas State University-La Paz, and 57 for the University of the Philippines-Manila.

The results for six examinees “were withheld pending final determination of their liabilities under the rules and regulations governing licensure examination,” the PRC said without elaborating.

“The dates and venues of all oathtaking for new nurses will be announced later,” it said.

Following are the successful examinees:







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  • http://twitter.com/IamPinayPie PinayPie

    Now go find a job. Good luck!

  • Anonymous

    better find a job in the ph first before  going abroad  if u can still find one but agood advice  huwag kayong mangungutang ng pera para bambayad sa mga agency  maghihirap kayong makabayad iba na ang situassion ngayon di na paris nong 1980s and 90s  good luck to everyone

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000147870561 Ronald Bacani

    welcome to the world of BPO and volunteering.

  • Anonymous

    Reality check, new nurses: My daughter passed the nursing board exams this time last year. She’s still jobless with no immediate prospects of landing one anytime soon. Uncomfortable that up to now we still support her while she trains here and there in the city, she  tries to earn something by working for a sales outfit during her free time. Good luck nevertheless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.on.q Charles Quines

    kindly post the link po for the .pdf file. down kasi server ng prc… lol wawa

    • Ronaldo Rizon

      lintek na prc.. walang kwentang server.. ninanakaw kasi ni gloria MAKAPAL arroyo ang budget..

      • Anonymous

        di naman daw ninakaw….second hand lang daw po servers nila kaya di kaya volume thread requests kaya nadi-disconnect. :))

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H6JOOJSLNLCV3OEGBL42WKF4QQ Rexbill

    have you got the name lists yet? thank you..

  • http://www.facebook.com/serge.imperio Serge Imperio

    more jobless professionals… but good luck just the same

  • Anonymous

    We all know that when we send our kids to college we have fear that they might not be able to finish…but they graduated and passed the board exams..we should be thankful that they dedicated themselves to be able to have a diploma and their determination paid off they passed the board!..Nursing in our country is not as promising as before, so we should not say that it is uncomfortable that we support them because they don’t get a job or they are having a hard time looking for the right job appropriate to what they took..be more understanding, it’s not their fault..our country has a problem..and if we keep on complaining..we should have weigh things before sending them to a nursing school..it was already an issue that nurses are not in demand anymore..

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryannealbert Bry Barcena

    Yet, we have a shortage of nurses. Go figure.

  • Anonymous

    If one has prepared well, passing a board exam is not difficult. The really difficult part is landing a job for which you’ve studied for years and spent quite a sum. Just curious, for every available job in the nursing profession, if any, how many hopefuls are there scrambling to land that job? Add to that the fact that the situation abroad may not be as rosy as before. Anyways, congrats to the new nurses and best of luck! Hope springs eternal.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6O2URMROISU644RWOBDIRATD5Y tod

    Congratulations to the graduate. To the government, this is good news as it will increase the rate of unemployment, good job, really good job. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RHKU6LKT5Q6ORXS4LJN6JWHZTY Mac mac

    Congrats sa lahat n well done.mag sikap and tyaga sa inyong carera, either where and when nasa sa inyo na yun, bastat Skills, Knowledge and Attitude ba unin ninyo, di kayo magugutam kahit saan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6O2URMROISU644RWOBDIRATD5Y tod

    There are plenty of jobs in the philippines, out in the farmlands.  Problem is, it is too far from shopping areas and malls, and possible no signal for your cell phones.  My suggestion to the government is to encourage these new young professionals to work in the provinces and other rural areas under government sponsored projects to lessen unemployment and learn new trades and develop our agricultural sector of the economy.  Unemployment is our government’s and the public’s problem, but it seems no one is moving or encouraging to create more work.   Let us build more call centers and more night clubs, more videoke clubs, casinos and hotels to accomodate our new graduates.  Lets give  congress and the senate more time and resources talking about unsolved corruptions, and just let the polticians enrich themselves.  Never mind infrastructure projects as it is only a source of corruption.  Let us build more condos and shopping malls, rathern than irrigations of our farms, and to encourage more people to cultivate many, many hectares of idled farm lands.  With all these projects, maybe we will be at par with other third countries??????Good Luck to all of us in this wasteland, we call and loved the Philippines.

  • Anonymous

    apart from bpo and volunteering this must be an oversupply to spa establishments!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sherwin.abad Sherwin Abad

    dami na namang walang trabaho

  • Anonymous

    congrats sa mga new nurse..hindi po ako nurse pero ito and advice ko sa inyo, isapuso nyo ang trabaho nyo at sigurado uunlad talaga kayo sa buhay nyo, huwag kayo paapekto sa mga reports na mahirap na ngayon ang makahanap ng trabaho ang mga nurses, may percentage na totoo po yan, pero just be patient kasi may darating din na magandang resulta sa pamamagitan ng tiyaga, determinasyon, panalangin, at isa sa mga importante din ang diskarte.pero hindi yung diskarte na nakaka-apak kana ng ibang tao..be proud na nurse kayo kasi this is a very noble profession..kung hindi dahil sa inyo walang mag-aalaga sa mga maysakit..and you are wearing a white uniform signifying purity and nobility..

  • Anonymous

    Nurses are still needed but hopefully parents now will help their children choose a “better” profession. We have too many nurses working as call center agents or factory workers abroad which is a waste. They are the lucky ones. The others are jobless or paying for their training at hospitals. Those that did not pass also have it worse. Let us hope that CHED closes nursing schools with very low passing rates.

  • http://twitter.com/tanmarius_23 tristan marius

    welcome to call centers! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Paul-Escrin/100000176949886 John Paul Escrin

    congratulation to all board passers …i
    hope that law makers would pass laws changing the age of compulsory
    retirement of government workers from 60 down to 45 or around 50, in
    that case fresh graduates and board passers be employed without
    difficulty.there is no chance that the unemployment rate of this
    nation will descend when 37,513 more or less are qualified for
    employment every year yet only 10-15 thousand workers only were made their compulsory retirement a year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000430542057 Harold Bautista

      and for Congress also to change the wartime law on the ratio of nurses vis-a-vis patients in public hospitals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Sison/100002787501450 Richard Sison

    congratulations and good luck! you will find that landing a job these days is not as easy as ever. be ready to make compromises if you can’t find entry level positions. there is no shame if you become medical transcriptionists, med reps, or call center agents. difficult times require difficult decisions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WR6SH3N3WQEBU4MK2SWETDSVXY Mon Saloo

    government policy since marcos, of course with the blessing of the church): go forth and multiply, study nursing, care giving, home economics(domestic helpers in the making)etc. , leave the country and send us your dollars. government spending in this project: zero!

    side effects: broken families, maltreated and poorly paid ofw, materialistic society to name just a few.
    nb. the rich are only getting richer

    the philippines is not educating-it is manufacturing skilled workers

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000430542057 Harold Bautista

    C’mon people these guys deserve a pat on the back for the hard work rather than paint a bleak scenario to dampen their spirits. Anyway all newly grads face the same challenge of finding a place in today’s highly competitive job market.

    Congratulations to all of you !!!! :)

  • Anonymous

    Halleluya!! 37 thousands?Saan kayo itatapon ngayon?Bilyon bilyon salapi ang binigay niyo sa mga negosyante may ari iskwelahan niyo at sa gobyerno natin para makatapos lamang kayo at bundok bundok ang hirap na dinanas ng mga nagpaaral sainyo nag araro sa bukid o nagpasampal sa ibang bayan para matapos ang nursing niyo..pagkatapos ngayon..saan kayo????

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000430542057 Harold Bautista

      @Bugbugtong: “Halleluya!! 37 thousands?Saan kayo itatapon ngayon?Bilyon bilyon salapi ang binigay niyo sa mga negosyante may ari iskwelahan niyo at sa gobyerno natin para makatapos lamang kayo at bundok bundok ang hirap na dinanas ng mga nagpaaral sainyo nag araro sa bukid o nagpasampal sa ibang bayan para matapos ang nursing niyo..pagkatapos ngayon..saan kayo????”

      Oh yes Bugbugtong, they’ll be facing tough times ahead. But I don’t think all the hysteria and nagging would be of any help anyway.

      Look, these people are still young and the reality remains that many societies today have ageing populations who will be needing health care. And the reality also is that in those societies their citizens are not keen on taking up nursing courses.

      So relax lang. After all wala namang maitutulong ang mga insults sa kanila. To begin with, may karapatan ba naman tayo na insultuhin sila sa choices na sila ang gumawa, sila ang gumastos, at sila ang nagpakahirap.

      Let’s just wish for the best. Mahirap kung punong-puno lagi tayo ng negative thoughts tapos wala naman tayong concrete actions para baguhin kung may mali somewhere sa sistema or policies.

  • Anonymous

    Apply kaya kayo sa Malacanang Palace?..o kaya sa Kumbento… malay niyo.

  • Anonymous

    Hope they can find success in the future too despite the limited jobs at this point in time.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_URSOF5R5G3PZWGIR7AAI6EO6TI Gc

    Di man demand… Depende. Nasa Amin Na yun! Basta importante… Naka pasa ng board Exam! Great Achievement na yun!..Hirap kaya ng NLE… :D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JL6Y7C7ZT6UDSLKWXZ5JV3AG2U Biostat

    To be pragmatic about it, the Philippines do not enough job for them.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WR6SH3N3WQEBU4MK2SWETDSVXY Mon Saloo

      we all have to be pragmatic, we all want to survive. this is not criticizing the 37,000 nursing grads who passed the exam-congaratulations by the way! this critique is directed to the lawmakers who are only interested to have more at our expense rather than formulate long term policies that should stop such worrying economic and social developments. by the way how many thousands others are graduating and passing the state lic. exam. outside the nursing profession?

  • http://www.facebook.com/angelmonique87 Dominique B. Sabanpan

    congratulations for multiplying jobless professionals.!

  • Anonymous

    Is it the fault of the government kung wala silang mapasukang trabaho? Remember sila ang namili ng kursong yan… they know the situation of the Philippines and yet pinagsisiksikan nila ang mga sarili nila sa kursong yan… dahil narin sa kagustuhang mangibang bansa… thats it… so to all graduates Goodluck to you out there…

  • Anonymous

    My comment doesnt intend to insult or to denegrde the nursing student who pass the board.My intention is to point where the crux of the problem is…and the problem is d government and the culture of religion where we came from.It is our freedom to choose whatever course in study we want but it is the responsibility of the government to employ n give jobs to his citizen..with regards to our religion ..sige humayo kayot magparami!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1366775756 Maeliza Malazarte

    the course is flexible. everyone doesnt get the chance to be real nurses, so in the meantime, we can be flight stewardess, teachers, medical transcriptionists etc. it all depends on the person and how he finds a job anyways. and it feels great to have extra letters after your name. :)

    • Anonymous

      Every course is flexible when you put it that way. What a waste of specialized study. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think the Philippines has enough hospitals or clinics to absorb all of these new nurses – so I assume that many of these nurses are looking forward to overseas employment. With many of the western economies in trouble, it is doubtful they will be able to find work soon. What a shame. Our educational instutitions should retool and promote more skills that would allow graduates to become self -employed. I am talking about vocational and technical schools – but not sea-men. We have took much of those already.

  • Anonymous

    Our government is addicted to sending people overseas to work and then remit money back to the Philippines. Perhaps to the PH government, it is easier to do that than to fix the problem of creating jobs locally. Furthermore, these government agencies earn lots of money from OFWs. . so much that it is difficult for these agencies to close shop. What agency would want to make itself redundant?

    • Anonymous

      Tamad ang gobierno natin paasa-asa na lang sa mga remittances ng mga OFW. Ayaw gumawa ng mga hakbang kung papaano mag create ng jobs. Ang na-create nila sa ngayon ay mga investigation ano ba mapapala namin diyan puro politically publicity iyan. Sawang-sawa na kami diyan puro kagaguhan lang ang alam ninyo nagdurugo na ang mga puwet namin. Sigurado wala naman pupuntahan ang mga investigation kaya ayaw nila dalhin sa court dahil wala naman evidence puro allege and puro binta.  Walang direction ang government na ito tulad di kay Cory.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XO4C5N2KEQZ6D2Q7FGTWB4TCZ4 hammie

    37,513 pass nursing board exam for sure will be jobless.

    • Anonymous

      You mean 100% will be jobless? And you are SURE? I know many of them will be jobless and underemployed pero hindi LAHAT. Mind you, marami akong kilala na may work na agad at kasama doon ang kuya ko. Nasa pagsisikap din kasi ng graduates, though may kakulangan talaga ang government. Pero hindi naman pwedeng isisi lahat sa government di ba po? 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7P7PLY42ACD5BI226LEE4BC4Y Three Spam

        100 percent ba ng 37,513 ang 37,000? kung ang tinutukoy mo ay ang post sa baba, ang bobo mo. siguro nursing student ka rin no?

      • Anonymous

        Hehehe. First, nasa kabilang page na yung nireplyan kong post. Second, hindi po ako bobo. And lastly, hindi ako nursing student. Sorry if walang tumama sa sinabi mo. :)))

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000430542057 Harold Bautista

    Congratulations to our new nurses. And just ignore the cynics, after all they’ve done nothing for you to achieve what you’ve achieve now. Think positive, you guys are still young and you have a great future ahead of you if you will simply focus on achieving what you want. Of course you need to understand the  limitations but take them as a challenge and never as a stumbling bloc for you to wallow in despair and hopelessness. 

    You and you alone will chart your own destiny. Again, kudos to all of you.

  • Anonymous

    From my experience, here are the top 3 reasons why people go for nursing: 1. Mabilis makapag abroad. 2. Malaki daw kita. 3. Ayaw ko sa math. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7P7PLY42ACD5BI226LEE4BC4Y Three Spam

       last 15 years pa yata yang sa yo. :D

  • Anonymous

    I’m living here in Houston and I heard from my wife that their hospital is recruiting U.S. nursing graduates, so I don’t know where these graduates will go because right now, a lot of people here are also looking for jobs.

  • Anonymous

    I think this is now the trend here in America.  Hospitals hiring U.S. nursing graduates and so if that is the case, these nurses will have a hard time coming to this country.

    • Anonymous

      Palagay ko call center ang bagsak nila. Bagsak na nga economy ng US, maraming layoffs, housing crash, unemployment high, business closed. Taxes so high, rental apartment in California fantastic so high.  Latest news social security in the brink of insolvency. America are no longer green pasture.. 

  • Anonymous

    I even have a nurse friend who is already here and passed already all the exams for the U.S. qualification but she can’t even land a nursing job here. She is very determined but the USCIS is so bias with nursing graduates from our country and did not approve her working visa. Now she is on a student visa and works as a clerk in our Physical therapy clinic.

  • Anonymous

    37,000 more to join the ranks of unemployed Filipinos.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7P7PLY42ACD5BI226LEE4BC4Y Three Spam

    di ko lubos maisip, na ang kursong second lang sa domestic helper, ay maraming pa ring kumukuha, at feeling sosyal pa ang mga estudyante nito. haha.

  • Anonymous

    My daughter graduated on 2009 as a nurse, then she took the board and passed it … she took up again the IELTS and passed it also with a high mark … then she took again the NCLEX and passed it also … lahat ng ito isang kuhanan lang … ng nag-aaply na siya puro experience ang hinahanap, so ang ginawa ng anak ko nag-apply siya for training sa isang fllagship hospital ng bansa, nagbayad ako ng mahigit P10,000.00 for 4 months na job training. akala ko pagnagtraining na siya, makakapasok na… wala pa rin, puro pag -aaplly at search sa internet ang ginawa niya … luckily, nakatagpo rin  siya ng trabaho as a nurse but it took her some time to find a job … to all nursing graduates, sa dinaanan ng anak ko, sana wag na ninyong daanan at kung sakaling maeexperience ninyo, tiyaga, dasal sa MAYKAPAL ang inyong nawang maging sandata … GOOD LUCK

  • Reynaldo H Manigos

    Congratulations LEA RULONA MANIGOS for passing the nursing licensure exam. You make us proud.  God bless and always be thankful and humble to Him who is our eternal God and loving Father. Congratulations also to the parents, ATTY. ARNULFO H. MANIGOS and ORDANETA RULONA in Isabela, Basilan Province.  From Manigos Family at Zamboanga del Norte

  • Anonymous

    marami ang aking nababasa na saan pupulutin ang ating mga bagong graduates na nurses … marami silang options kasi iba ang kanilang field, maari silang kumita ng malaki (40T-70T) sa call center. remember nasa health industry sila.  may ilang call center na ang field of concentration nila ay health.  tulad ng anak ko, bago siya makapasok sa hospital, she works as a call center agent but not an ordinary one, kasi ang lisensya niya sa new york ang nakataya o ginagamit dito. unlike ordinary call center agents, ang ating mga nurses ay may mga lisensya, tulad ng IELTS at NCLEX or CGFNS, malaking bentahe sa kanila ito, kasi lisensiya nila ang binabayaran ng call center when making  transactions … after finishing a transaction with a customer, they will note their license number at yung ang malaking kaibahan nila sa isang ordinaryong call center agent.  yan ang binabayaran sa kanila, ang kanilang lisensya …
    may ilang diyan na minamaliit ang kursong nursing … siguro frustrated siya sa kursong iyon o may pinagdaanan siyang di maganda.  nursing is 4 years course, walang pagkakaiba ito sa ibang kurso na 4 years din kasi pawis, panahon at pera ang inuubos dito ng mga magulang at mag-aaral.  i have also a son, an architect working now with a prestigious company, pero pareho lang ang nakita kong hirap ng aking 2 anak ng sila ay nag-aaral.  bakit sinasabi na walang kuwenta o 2nd lang sa domestic helper ang kursong nursing.
    pagdating ng araw at nagkasakit ka, 2 tao lang makikita mo lagi sa tabi mo … ang mahal mo sa buhay at ang sinasabi mong walang kuwenta kurso o pang domestic helper lang, ang iyong nurse.

  • Anonymous

    I sympathize with the plight of our nursing graduates. If this situation happened 18 years ago, they could easily get nursing jobs here in America.  However, the situation now is different.  I remember picking up my wife here at the Texas Medical Center, Houston, and I could see a lot of Filipino nurses coming out of the hospital. Now, I can only see mostly old Filipino nurses and young Indian nurses. I don’t know where these nurses could find jobs if they want to work abroad.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YJ34BRR6JQV6KLE7R5CWBD5QOI Jhals Jhals

    relax mga fwends. ang ugali ko nuun kagaya sau mainit ang ulo. madaling mgalit masarap makipag away. but i realize to be calm is to get the good idea. ituturo ko sau nakakayaman ang good idea lalo pat maraming nasisiyahan. promisessssss.. . . . ok? we are friendsssss. . .

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