DEMAND FOR NURSES STILL HIGH
By Nikko Dizon
Source : Philippine Daily Inquirer
Date : Aug. 24, 2007
The GLOBAL DEMAND FOR NURSES will remain high for the next 10 years, according to an official of the US National Council of State Boards of Nursing ( NCS-
BN ), as the first group of examinees yesterday took the National council Licensure
Examination at the first NCLEX testing center in the country.
“ The nursing shortage is still significant and research still indicates that there is ananticipated shortfall of more than a million nurses in the US, “ Casey Marks, NCSBN
associate executive director, told reporters.
The shortage is worldwide, Marks said, and in the US – a preferred destination of manyFilipino nurses – “ there is certainly a significant demand for a long period of time. “
With opportunities looming ahead, Marks said, he would indeed encourage more Filipinos to take up nursing as a profession.
“ That’ s one of the reasons we are here, “ added Robert Whelan, president of Pearson Vue, which owns and operates NCLEX testing centers in various parts of the world, including the first center in the Philippines, located at the Trident Towers in Makati City.
The opening of the NCLEX testing center in Makati signified the NCSBN’ s confidence in the Philippines, despite the leakage scandal which attended the 2006 nursing licensure board exam, he noted.