i took my board exams almost 4 years ago, as i remember 5,210 out of 12,100 made it to pass.  when i read an article about the new board passers last year, the first thing I noticed were the figures:

manila, philippines – – around 39,455 passed the nursing board exams taken last november, 2008 and more than 88,649 aspiring nurses took the test.

imagine that!  i think we’ll be having an oversupply of underpaid nurses back in my home country.  in actuality, a number of these licensed nurses even don’t find a job related to nursing for some of them resort on working as a call center agent or a medical transcriptionist for the pay is better.

our country has so many nurses that new nursing graduates are finding it hard to find jobs.  the competition among nursing graduates is so stiff that local hospitals can now afford to hire nurses for free.

sad, but true.