THE country has now a new set of registered nurses as the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) released the results of the November 2009 nursing licensure exam (NLE).

The results released online on Sunday night, showed that a total of 37,527 or 39.73 percent of the 94,462 nursing graduates passed the board exam.

However, the PRC noted that this year’s NLE results were lower compared to the previous years.

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In a news report, PRC said the country does not have enough accredited hospitals that will cater and give a quality learning experience to the increasing nursing students in the Philippines.


PRC said there are a total of 460 nursing schools in the country.

Meanwhile, among the universities and colleges in Cebu that participated in the November 2009 licensure exam with more than 100 examinees, the Cebu Normal University (CNU) recorded the highest number of board passers with a 73.24 percent passing rate.

CNU was followed by the University of San Carlos, which ranks 43 with 57.28 percent; Cebu Institute of Technology (49) 54.50 percent; University of San Jose-Recoletos (68) 47.62 percent; University of Cebu (83) 41.87 percent; University of Southern Philippines Foundation (94) 39.14 percent; University of Visayas-Mandaue City (98) 38.08 percent; Southwestern University (154) 28.17 percent.

Among the universities with only 30 to 99 examinees, the University of Cebu-Banilad ranked 68 with 32.91 percent and University of the Visayas, Cebu City (84) with 26.19 percent.

Among the schools with less than 30 examinees, Velez College has the highest passing rate with 81.82 percent followed by CNU with 77.78 percent; STI College Cebu Inc. with 66.67 percent and Cebu City Medical Center with 40 percent.

The exams were held in Manila, Baguio, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, La Union, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Sulu, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga City.

Results were released after 42 working days.