June 2016 saw the birth of over 6,000 nurses in the Philippines as the Nursing Licensure Exam’s results were finally released. Never a dull moment, the release of nursing results is always a grand spectacle in the Philippines, home to several dozen nursing schools across its many islands. A whopping 14,200 nursing graduates took said exam but only about 42% of which were able to pass and earn the coveted title. Much of it has to do with the schools that help you achieve such a dream. What are the best nursing schools in the Philippines?
Ateneo and its many charters across the Philippines is one of the more consistent nursing schools that have continuously produced licensure exam passers through the years. Considered to be an ‘Ivy League’ School, Ateneo de Zamboanga was capable of garnering an 84.62% passing rate. Far Eastern University, another prestigious school that has never been shy of its achievements, received an 86.14% passing rate. Bicol University-Legazpi, one of the smaller schools in the Philippines came through with 89.02% of its takers going on to be nurses. Universidad de Santa Isabel had a 93.02% passing rate, an impressive number for a considerably small school. De la Salle University achieved a 95.92% passing rate. Velez College scored 97.87%. While many of these schools are newcomers to the top 10 list, many of them have been consistent in staying within the top 20 or top 30 through the years.
Four universities namely Cebu Doctors University, Cebu Normal University, Angeles University Foundation, and West Visayas State University-La Paz all got a 100% passing rate in the June 2016 Board Exams. West Visayas State University-La Paz (WVSU La Paz) is located in Iloilo City, the headquarters of Xilium. While the other universities had 30-40 takers to evidence their passing rates, WVSU La Paz had 96 takers, all of whom are now registered nurses.
The nursing profession is very much alive in the Philippines, and in Iloilo City no less. More than just for the prestige of the title or the salary that comes with it, these men and women are driven with a passion to serve others. Not every one of these nurses end up working in hospitals; a good number of them work in schools, clinics, volunteer work in distant rural areas, and even in the BPO Industry. Their key feature is their adaptability to the circumstances and a resilience underneath all their energy. These men and women allow Xilium to thrive in Iloilo City and produce the quality service for which it is best known.
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