DECEMBER 2011 RESULTS OF BOARD EXAMS OUT; LOWEST PASSING PERCENTAGE EVER

PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) has announced the results of the Nursing Licensure Exams (NLE), conducted in December 2011. Out of 67, 095 takers, there were 22,760 passers, or a passing rate of 33.9%.

The passing rate may be the lowest ever in the history of the NLE, and is definitely the lowest since 2000 (see "Result of NLEX"). Starting 2000, the passing rate has hovered between a low of 40% (in November 2009) and high of 56% (in June 2004).

The NLE is administered twice a year, one in June and the other in December. It is conducted in 16 various cities in the Philippines, and over a period of two days. After the exams, the successful passers take an oath before the Board of Nursing prior to entering the nursing practice as a Registered Nurse.

February 20, 2012


ABBA HONORS FOUR ON ITS 13TH YEAR

Abba celebrated its 13th founding anniversary last August 05, with a dinner-part in Makati. In attendance were the employees and friends of the company. As part of its tradition, Abba honored those employees who have worked for 3years, 7, and 12. These year's honorees were Senen, Sonia, Dawnray and Jen (see homepage).

Abba started operation on June 05, 1998, in the same office where it is currently located.


BIGGEST PRIVATE HOSPITAL IN UAE TO VISIT ABBA

Representative of the American Hospital in Dubai are slated to visit Abba and interview Respiratory Therapist. The 143 bed hospital, (expanding at present) is the biggest non-government hospital in the United Arab Emirates and the first to get accredited by the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA) in the region.

To qualify for the above positions, the applicant must have at least three (3) years work experience as a Respiratory Therapist, a graduate of Respiratory Care Program or Accredited Nursing with trainings/certificates in specialization and has current Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

American Hospital offers competitive salary and they have a no placement fee policy (no fees wil be collected from any of the selected workers).

All applicants that came from respective hospitals are welcome to apply and look for Gretchen Bernardino. Interested applicants may submit their application on line or may apply as walk-in with a complete set of requirements. All applicants have to be pre-qualified for the client interview which will be on September 22-23, 2011. For inquiries/questions, call 637-1393 or text to 09173279899 and look for Gretchen.

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 16 ONLY!!!


DELEGATES FROM KFSH WILL VISIT ABBA

Delegates from King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center Riyadh are coming over on March 21 and 22 to interview Staff Nurses. It is an 894 bed capacity-multi-facility, multi-entity tertiary care hospital and leading health care institution, specializing in Oncology, Organ Transplantation, Cardiovascular and Genetic Diseases. It is the premier hospital of Saudi Arabia, and is JCIA accredited.

Qualified candidates should have minimum experience of two years in an area as a Staff Nurse, BSN graduate with PRC license.

The Hospital offers competitive salary plus other benefits for workers. There are no placement fee and processing fee.

Interested applicants may apply personally and look for Janet C. Pangadlin.Nurses should bring an updated resume with 2x2 picture and other pertinent documents. Provincial applicants, may send their resume and other pertinent documents through courier.

February 20, 2012


37,000 NEW NURSES; 1,605 NEW DOCTORS

The country's PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) has released the results of the latest board exams for nurses and physicians.

NURSING. out of 78,135 examinees, 37,513 passed the Nursing Licensure Examination given in July 2011 in different testing centers across the country. The 48.01% passing rate is almost similar to passing rates of previous years. The board exams, held twice a year, is next scheduled for December 2011.

PHYSICIANS. out of 2,131 examinees, 1,605 passed the Physician Licensure Examination, given in August 2011, or a 75.32% passing rate. The exams is also held twice a year, the next one slated in November of this year


80, 000 TAKE JUNE NURSING EXAM

About 80, 000 nursing graduate took the 2-day Nurse Licensure Exams on June 06 and 07. The biggest number of examinees was in Manila, with an expected 42, 238 examinees, or more than half of the total. The rest of the examinees are spread over many testing center in 10 other cities in the Philippines.

Result of the Board Exams will be released after a couple of months.

June 10, 2009


PHILIPPINE HOSPITAL DIRECTORY OUT ALREADY

Abba has started to distribute its “Hospital in the Philippines”, a listing of all hospitals and medical institutions in the country.  The listing features the name of the Hospital, the bed capacity (primary, secondary, etc.), location and addresses and other information about the country’s healthcare industry.  The listing is meant for Abba’s clients and friends who need vital information about hospital in the Philippines. 8888

Representatives  from   foreign   hospitals  may  ask   for   a   copy  at abba98@pldtdsl.net


HIGH PAYING HOSPITAL IN ABU DHABI SLATES JUNE VISIT

One of the highest-paying hospitals in the Middle East has scheduled a recruitment trip to the Abba office this coming June. The big government hospital, a 365-bed facility managed by Global Medical Solutions in Abu Dhabi, will interview nurse-applicants for their nearly 200 vacancies.

The recruitment team, composed of about 8 people, will interview applicants for the following departments: Intensive Care Unit, Recovery Room, Emergency Room, Female and Male Medical Ward, Male Ortho Ward, Out Patient Department, Cardiology, Oncology, Endoscopy, Long Term, Stepdown, Hemodialysis, Pediatric, Anesthesia and VIP.

GMS's last visit to Manila was in December 2007, when they selected 178 Filipino nurses. Most of the nurses were deployed within 2 months after their selection. The compensation package of this government facility is one of the best in the region. The monthly salary starts approximately USD 1300 a month, for those with 3 years work experience, and goes higher for every year in excess of 3 years work. Highly experienced nurses in specialty areas sometimes earns $2476 and that's without OT work yet. In addition, GMS also provides free airfare, yearly housing allowance equivalent to 3 months salary, free education up to 3 children, and a family visa. That means that a nurse can bring in her entire family in the UAE.

Approved applicants are expected to be processed swiflty. The medical exams, which will be free of charge, will be undertaken immediately after the selection of the nurses. Abba is the only accredited agency of GMS in the country. No placement fees will be asked from the approved candidates.

For those interested, please call (02) 637-13-24 / 633-51-75, or send your application thru fax (632) 633-85-89 / 687-36-69 , or email us at abbapsi@yahoo.com. click here

May 13 , 2009


ABBA TO ATTEND 3 JOB FAIRS

Representatives from Abba are set to attend 3 job fairs starting May 22, up to the middle of June. The first job fair site will be the Mall of Asia, on May 22-23. The second is going to be in San Fernando, Pampanga, on May 29. The Pampanga site will be at the Bren Guiao Complex. The last one will be in Kawit, Cavite on June 12. It will be held at the Aguinaldo Shrine.

In the last few weeks, Abba attended job fairs in Dagupan, Batangas, and Kalibo in Aklan.

The attendance is part of Abba's program to bring to the provinces the employment offers of its clients. For a partial listing of Abba's vacancies, click here.

 

 

U.S CLIENT TO VISIT THIS JUNE

Cambridge Healthcare System, one of the largest recruitment firms in the U.S. is set to visit Abba and interview applicants for their client's nurse vacancies. Representatives from this Baltimore-based company will interview nurses in the following areas: Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit Stepdown, Telemetry, and Oncology.

Cambridge and Abba are currently processing more than 60 nurses for the U.S. They are expected to leave for Baltimore within the next two months.

May 15, 2009


NURSING BOARD EXAMS HAS NEW DATES

The Board of Nursing has announced slight changes in the schedule of the Nurse Licensure Exams for 2009. The exams will still be held twice a year, in the same months of June and November, but on different dates.

The first exam of the year, originally scheduled on June 7 and 8, will take place instead on June 6 and 7. The second exam for the year, from November 28 and 29, has been reset for November 29 and 30.

The June change was because of the old dates coinciding with the opening of classes. Both the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Education and Culture (DepEd) plan to open the 2009 school year on June 8, a Monday, which would have been the second exam day. November change was because November 30 has been declared a public Holiday.

March 10, 2009


HIGHEST NUMBER OF RN PASSERS EVER: 39, 455

The Board of Nursing announced that the Philippines has  39, 455 new Registered Nurses; they passed the  Nursing Licensure Exams held in December 2008 in 11 different cities in the country.  The number is the highest ever, exceeding the  result of June 2007 when 31, 275 passed the exams. The Exams are held twice a year, the first in June and the second in December. 

The December 2008 exams had 88, 649  takers, or  a 45% passing rate. 

The number of passers for the last two years , 2007and 2008 , exceed the number of passers in the last 10 years, or from 1997 to 2006. For the summary of the Board Exam results in the last 12 years, please click here.


ABBA GOES TO 4 CITIES STARTING APRIL 18

Representatives of Abba are slated to recruit in 4 different cities just after the Holy Week.  The 4-city event is sponsored by Smart Communications Inc. and is entitled “Galing Pinoy Job and Fun Fair 2009”.   

The first city to be visited is Dagupan on April 18, followed by Batangas  on April 25, San Fernando in Pampanga on May 30, and Cavite City on June 12. The event, organized by Excite Inc. will be attended by other recruitment agencies.

Abba will interview for all its vacant positions. A listing of our vacancies is here.


MAJOR HOSPITALS IN JEDDAH TO VISIT ABBA IN APRIL

The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Jeddah, will visit Abba starting April 24 to recruit for nurses and other allied medical positions. The 300-bed facility will try to fill vacancies for at least 100 positions. A listing of the vacancies is shown here.

KFSHRC is a government - owned facility that has won many international awards and distinction. The visiting team for their April visit will be composed of 4 officers of the Hospital. There are no placement fees; the Hospitals will pay a special bonus for those who will pass the interview.

April 08 , 2009


EB PROCESSING MOVES AGAIN, BUT STILL SLOWLY

Processing for U.S bound - nurses inches up again, in small steps. The U.S Department's Visa Bulletin of November 2008 annouced that starting December 01, 2008, processing will begin for those whose papers have priority date of May 2005 or earlier.

This is the second consecutive month of a noted movement in the EB 3 processing. In the Visa Bulletin of October 2008, it was annouced that processing of papers will initiated for those with priority dates of May 01, 2005 or earlier.

March 10 , 2009


SHEIK KHALIFA MEDICAL CITY TO RECRUIT MORE NURSES

The Sheik Khalifa Medical Center of Abu Dhabi, U.A.E will visit Abba this February to select Filipino Nurses who will staff their new units in this 500-bed facility.

SKMC, managed by the Cleveland Clinic of the United States, will send a six-man recruiting team in Manila to personally interview candidates. To qualify, the nurses nust have a minimum of 2 years post licensure and solid experience in ICU, RR, (PACU) and Telemetry with extensive long term ventilator monitoring experience in a tertairy hospital.

SKMC is one of the top-paying hospitals in the Middle East. It provides housing allowance, and family status to the nurses. This means that the nurse can bring along his/her spouse and children in the country, and enjoy the benefits of subsidized education for trhe children.

Advertisement for SKMC appeared on the February 8 issue of Classified Ads Section of the Sunday Bulletin. Applications are now being accepted and preliminary interviews ongoing. Abba is the longest-staying agency of SKMC.

February 09 , 2009


VINTAGE HOSTS DECEMBER PARTY FOR U.S BOUND NURSES

Vintage Health Resources (VHR) a nurse-contracting company based in Memphis, Tennessee will host a cocktail party for all their in-porcess nurse-candidates on December 11. The party, by niw an annual tradition for VHR, will be held at the Linden Hotel at the Ortigas Center.

attending the party are the officers of VHR namely Tom Nichols, Bob Zimmerman, and Karen Muchmore. They will talk about the status of the Visa Retrogression, and will answer questions from the in-porcess candidates, now numbering to more than 200 nurses. Coordinating the events are Abba's Marc Dupaya and Maybelle Daloran. All nurses that are in-process for VHR are urged to contact either of them at 637-1324 / 0917-4903735.

December 17, 2008


CAMBRIDGE CONCLUDES RECRUITMENT DRIVE

Cambridge Health Care System, a nurse contracting and recruitment company based in Maryland, U.S.A., has successfully completed its recruitment drive with Abba. A total of 96 nurses and 12 Physical Therapist were interviewed by Cambridge over a 3-day period. Representatives of the company will return to Manila early next year to recruit additional workers.

Cambridge has client-hospitals in New York, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, and Maryland. Some of the hospitals are non-capped facilities, enabling Cambridge to provide priority visa processing for its candidates.

December 17, 2008


PNA CELEBRATES 86TH ANNIVERSSARY

The organization for Filipino nurses, the PNA (Philippine Nurses Association) will hold its 86th foundation anniversarywith a weeklong celebration and national annual convention, starting October 21 at the Manila Hotel.

The annual convention will have as its theme "Nurses": Delivering, Serving, Leading Primary Health Care."

Those who wish to participate can visit PNA's website www.pna-ph.org or email at philippinesnursesassociation@yahoo.com.ph

November 18 , 2008



PROCESSING FOR EB-3 VISA MOVES, BUT SLOWLY

Retrogression is till ongoing but for a chosen few, their EB - 3 application will now move to another level in the processing.

The US Department thru its Visa Bulletin of October 2008 will now begin the processing of the papers for those whose priority date falls on January 01, 2005 and earlier. This will enable a few nudred nurses to continue with the packet 3 processing up to release of their immigrant visa.

November 18 , 2008


BIG HOSPITALS IN RIYADH BOOSTS OFFER TO NURSES, OTHERS

The Security Forces Hospital has recently annouced increased salaries, allowances and other benefits to workers from the Philippines for nursing and other positions. The new package features a 12% in the basic salary and a 5% increase in the cost of living allowance and food allowance.

Aside from improved salaries, SFHP continues to offer free accomodation and transportation. SFHP is a non-placement fee facility, and has been a client of Abba for a number of years.

SFH is a 500-bed facility located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is the hospital for employees of the Security Forces and its dependents in Saudi Arabia.

For vacanicies, interested applicants may send their application at abbapsi@yahoo.com attention for SFHP, or call Abba at tel. no. 633-5175.

November 18 , 2008


FILIPINO NURSES IS BIGGEST GROUP OF NCLEX - RN TAKERS

Among internationally educated nurses, or nurses who finished their course outside the U.S the Filipino nurses comprise the biggest number of NCLEX exam-takers.

Starting from the NCSBN (National Council of State Board of Nursing), which gives the NCLEX exams, shows that for the year of 2007, there were 21, 499 Filipino nurses who took the exams, or 39.7% of the total internationally educated nurses. The Philippines was followed by India (5,370 takers), South Korea (1,906), Canada (888) and Cuba (673)

For First 6 months of 2008, the Philippines had 39.2% of the total

Below are the 2007 Statistics:

October 02 , 2008


CONFAB HELD TO DISCUSS COMPETITIVENESS OF FILIPINO NURSES

About 250 people, representing at least 40 associations, attended the First Philippine Nursing Competitiveness Conference sponsored by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO). The one-day conference, held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Manila,   tried to formulate strategies to address the competitiveness of Philippine nursing services.

The conference tackled issues on training, regulation, employment prospects in the Philippines and overseas, international migration, the NCLEX exams in Manila, Visa Screening for U.S. bound nurses, medical tourism, the country’s retirement program, global standards in education.

Among the speakers were representatives from NCLEX, the Department of Health, Philippine Nurses Association, Professional Regulation Commission, Board of Nursing, Intellectual Property Office, Association of Deans of Philippine College s of Nursing, and the National Institute of Health.

September 29, 2008

 

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