Hi, I'm DDkted and this is my very first posting.
After the US National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) decided to allow NCLEX testing outside the US, several countries in Asia are now conducting these tests. The Philippines is not one of them.
Filipino nurses have to go to Hong Kong or Seoul or Taipei, a vast improvement from when they have to go to either Guam or Saipan.
I do not believe that this could be because of the fiasco in the most recent (2005) Philippine Board of Nursing examinations, first because the decision to hold NCLEX outside the continental US & its territories was done well before 2005 and second, the NCLEX exams are computer adaptive tests (CAT).
While it is true that nursing schools
in the Philippines have mushroomed, and the quality of nursing education may have gone down, this should not deter the NCSBN from conducting NCLEX CAT in the Philippines. It is precisely these examinations that serve as the "quality control" for Nurses going to the US. Conducting NCLEX in the Philippines will, in my view, tremendously help prevent nursing schools from being mere diploma mills preying on unsuspecting Filipinos. It will also make it more affordable to qualified nurses who with the present system have to spend a lot of money (which most don't have) and time going through a lengthy process----Philippine Board/CGFNS/English Proficiency exams/Visa Screen/ NCLEX.
One more point is the fact that a lot of our neighbors come to our country to "learn English".
I am sure that the integrity of the NCLEX computer adaptive tests can and will be maintained, and there will more qualified nurses who can help solve the nursing shortage the US is faced with for years now.
I suggest that we write the National Council of State Boards of Nursing or the individual state boards on this issue.
Best regards to all.