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.

authorization to test

the following day after i received my eligibility notice to take the nclex, i was just too excited.  the original plan was i was to register thru a call but i was too preoccupied to set this up for myself – so i registered online.

after about less than twelve hours i got this e-mail from pearson vue,  my authorization to test:


the authorization to test (att) is valid for a one (1) year period.  if you do not appear for your scheduled examination appointment or do not take the examination before the one (1) year period expires, you will be required to reapply to the board and register with pearson vue.

so my next step: hunt for review materials!


last january, i took the nclex-rn examination back in manila.  i was on my days off then but the problem was i wasn’t ready.  i had the chance to reschedule the exam but i still took it – it was a bad choice.  it was sort of jumping off from a cliff with a parachute on but not being sure if it will work or not.  then came the results after about two weeks in the mail when i was back here.  when i saw the white envelope, i knew i flunked:

we regret to inform you that you did not pass the nclex-rn examination.  enclosed is your nclex-rn candidate performance report.

i did so bad.  i mean very bad.  out of 8 content areas of the examination, i got 6 of them as below passing standard, 1 as near the passing standard and 1 above the passing standard. 

enclosed is a board of registered nursing request for repply/repeat examination application to reapply for board eligibility to take the nclex-rn examination.

if the exam is not taken again within two years from the date of the last examination, the application will be considered as abandoned and the files destroyed.  that is one reason i have to reapply, and next time i have to make sure that i am ready for it.