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RESULTS: November 2019 nursing licensure exam

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:19 AM

University of Santo Tomas, Saint Louis University, and De La Salle Med & Health Sciences Institute are the top performing schools in the November 2019 Nurse Licensure Examination

2020 budget includes salary increase of gov't nurses

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Senator Lacson says government nurses can start getting higher salaries as early as January 2020

HIGHER SALARIES. Nurses from Filipino Nurses United (FNU) and nurses from different public and private hospitals ask for 30,000 salary increase, safe nurse to patient ratio, and quality patient care during a press conference at Ermita Manila on 8 October 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Nurses protest to call for higher salary, better working conditions

Nov 09, 2019 - 3:35 PM

'How can the nurses take care of the country's health if they are overworked and underpaid?' asks Philippine Nurses Association president Erlinda Palaganas

DAY-LONG PROTEST. PNA along with other nurses, students, and groups marched from the University of Santo Tomas going to Kartilya ng Katipunan, Manila.

Supreme Court rules: Gov't nurses should be salary grade 15

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:44 AM

But the High Court says it cannot compel the government to implement the adjustment to the new salary grade because this needs another law for the budget

NURSES' PAY. A petition at the Supreme Court seeks to increase the salary of public nurses in the Philippines. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

RESULTS: Special Professional Licensure Examination for nurses

Sep 30, 2019 - 8:27 PM

553 out of 1,613 passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Al-Khobar, Jeddah and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Manama, Bahrain; Doha, Qatar and in Al Ahmadi, Kuwait.

Nick Nurse lifts Canada's FIBA World Cup 2019 hopes

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Fresh off an NBA title romp with the Toronto Raptors, Nick Nurse shifts his focus to Canada's 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign

ROOKIE WITH POTENTIAL. Nick Nurse relies on his NBA championship experience as a new coach of the Canadian men's basketball team. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Venezuela nurses turn to side jobs to survive economic crisis

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:38 PM

In Venezuela, nurses have been forced to reinvent themselves as home entrepreneurs, security guards, or builders just to survive

SIDE JOBS. Venezuelan nurse Edgar Fernandez, who works at a state hospital, sings in mariachi costume at a restaurant at the town of El Junquito near Caracas, on August 24, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Bacolod nurse helps deliver baby on international flight

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:21 AM

‘Many people think that what I did was a heroic act. But I only did what a nurse should do when they are in a situation like this,’ says the 25-year-old Francis Dominic Mendoza

Francis Dominic Mendoza of Bacolod City delivers a baby boy while aboard an international flight./Photo courtesy of Francis Mendoza

Raptors coach Nurse 'can't blame' Kawhi for going home

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:39 AM

With Kawhi Leonard leaving for Clippers, Raptors coach Nick Nurse says they 'got to go kick his ass'

ONE AND DONE. Kawhi Leonard delivers an NBA title for Toronto and leaves to return home to Los Angeles. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

RESULTS: June 2019 Nurse Licensure Examination

Jun 21, 2019 - 11:58 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 5,059 out of 9,691 pass the Nurse Licensure Examination in June 2019

Raptors coach Nurse to guide Canada in FIBA World Cup

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

After leading the Raptors to an NBA title as a rookie coach, Nick Nurse will test his mettle in the international scene

ONE OF A FEW. Nick Nurse becomes the ninth rookie coach in NBA history to steer a team to a championship. Photo from

Stephen Hawking's nurse struck off over care failings

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Patricia Dowdy faces multiple misconduct charges over her care of the professor, including financial misconduct, not providing appropriate care, and not having the correct qualifications

Calida blocks petition seeking to increase nurses' salary

Feb 27, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida argues that implementing an increase in salary grade for government nurses would result in a 'wage distortion' among state workers

NURSES' PAY. A petition at the Supreme Court seeks to increase the salary of public nurses in the Philippines. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court sets oral arguments on bid to increase nurses’ salary

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:37 PM

The petition from 2015 seeks to give nurses a salary grade where they could earn as much as P31,000 per month

NURSES' SALARY. A petition seeks to increase the salary of public nurses in the Philippines. File photo by AFP

Salaries of Bicol rural nurses unpaid the past two months

Jan 19, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Health officials in the region say this 'might also be the real picture across the country' following issues with the enactment of the 2019 national budget

Image from Shutterstock

POEA accepting applications for nurses in Germany

Jan 04, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The central and regional offices of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration will be accepting applications until February 28

Raptors coach Nurse fined over ref rant

Dec 19, 2018 - 8:55 AM

Coach Nick Nurse says Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard hasn't been getting enough calls

FURIOUS. Raptors coach Nick Nurse gets slapped with a $15,000 fine after a furious rant against the referees. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

RESULTS: November 2018 Nurse licensure examination

Dec 07, 2018 - 11:54 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 4,811 out of 12,033 passed the Nurse Licensure Examination this November 2018

German nurse serial killer on trial over 100 deaths

Oct 30, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Niels Hoegel is accused of intentionally administering medical overdoses to victims so he could bring them back to life at the last moment

GRUESOME. Police officers stand in front of the Weser-Ems-Hallen building where the trial of former nurse Niels Hoegel, who is accused of killing more than 100 patients in his care, starts on October 2018 in Oldenburg, northern Germany. Photo by  Patrik Stollarz/AFP

RESULTS: August 2018 special professional licensure exam for nurses

Sep 19, 2018 - 5:54 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 554 out of 1,568 passed the nurse licensure examination

Applications open for nursing jobs in Germany

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:44 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The employer will pay the visa and airfare from the Philippines to Germany and will assist the employee to find a suitable accommodation

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign. Photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

Japanese nurse may have killed 20 patients – media

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:27 PM

Ayumi Kuboki is arrested Saturday over the alleged murder of an elderly patient in 2016, but she tells police she may have killed up to 20 people, local media say

RESULTS: June 2018 Nurse licensure examination

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:24 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 4,326 out of 9,873 passed the Nurse Licensure Examination this June 2018

Can a Nurse a day keep LeBron away?

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The Toronto Raptors hope Nick Nurse can ease the pain of their NBA playoff flops against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers

FRESH START. As Toronto regroups from another playoffs exit at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavs, new coach Nick Nurse hopes to make things better for the Raptors. Photo from

2 Filipina nurses killed in Australia car crash – DFA

May 26, 2018 - 4:26 PM

The Filipina nurses were on their way to an El Shaddai anniversary event in Melbourne when the accident happened, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

Locator map of Wallaroo, Australia

Filipino nurse stabbed while on duty in Saudi Arabia

May 20, 2018 - 10:10 PM

29-year-old emergency room nurse Rolando Mina sustains multiple stab wounds on his arms after he is suddenly attacked by a Saudi national

ATTACK. 29-year old emergency room nurse Rolando Mina sustained multiple stab wounds, mostly on his arms, after he was suddenly attacked by a 22-year-old Saudi national while working in a hospital. Screenshot from CCTV video

More Filipino nurses seek jobs in U.S. in 2017

May 19, 2018 - 6:14 PM

In 2017, a total of 7,791 nurses have applied for the first time for the US nursing licensure exam – 23% higher than applications during the previous year

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

Nadine Lustre still hopes to star in 'The Nurse'

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:47 PM

Nadine says she still hopes to do the movie, despite director Jun Robles Lana saying he won't be getting her anymore for the role

Nadine Lustre during the movie 'Never Not Love You'press conference at the Fishermall on March 17, Saturday. Jay Ganzon/

For struggling professionals, CPD is expensive and not realistic

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The seminars and trainings under the Continuing Professional Development are costly and are not accessible to busy professionals

PRC results: Nurse licensure examination November 2017

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:57 PM

Congratulations! 5,875 out of 12,869 passed the latest examination

PRC results: September 2017 ​Special Professional Licensure Exam for ​Nurses (Middle East)

Oct 24, 2017 - 5:23 PM

623 out of 1,572 passed the Nurse Licensure Examination held in Middle East last September 2017

Why our nurses are leaving

Sep 02, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Around 19 000 nurses leave the Philippines to work abroad every year

Long shifts, low pay are part of a PH nurse's reality

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:20 PM

24 year old nurse Faith Barcelon shares the struggles of being a nurse in the Philippines

German killer nurse murdered 'at least 90 patients' – police

Aug 28, 2017 - 6:47 PM

Niels Hoegel 40 was jailed in February 2015 for two murders and several attempted murders of intensive care patients

Touching lives, creating a legacy from one generation to the next

Aug 12, 2017 - 5:17 PM

50 Years: A Glorious Journey to Greater Heights is launched in commemoration of Fatima University Medical Center’s 50th founding anniversary

Results: June 2017 Nursing board exam

Jun 16, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Mary Angelie Cabañez of West Visayas State University La Paz is June 2017 Nursing Licensure Exam topnotcher

#PugadBaboy: Sanctimony

Feb 18, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Results: November 2016 Nursing board exam

Dec 14, 2016 - 10:05 PM

Eric Carolino Jacinto of Saint Louis University is November 2016 Nursing Licensure Examination topnotcher

DOH: No mass retrenchment of health workers in 2017

Nov 20, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Nurses hired under the DOH deployment program won t lose their jobs since the nature of hiring is on a contractual short term basis says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial

Recto: Help prevent 'mass retrenchment' in DOH

Nov 12, 2016 - 11:42 AM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says the health department s proposed 2017 budget will lead to a drastic downsizing of health personnel under the department s Rural Health Practice Program

Results: September 2016 Nurse Licensure Exam (Middle East)

Oct 21, 2016 - 6:30 PM

435 out of 1 255 passed the Nurse Licensure Examination in Middle East last September 2016

Job fair for returning JPEPA nurses, caregivers

Aug 02, 2016 - 6:32 PM

The Embassy of Japan will host a job fair for returning candidates of the Japan Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement JPEPA

A Japanese national flag blows in the wind as cranes are seen in the background at Tokyo Port, Japan, 20 May 2009. Franck Robichon/EPA

6 killed, 28 hurt in Taiwan nursing home fire

Jul 06, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Investigators are looking into claims that there weren t enough staff members on duty at the time of the blaze

The blackened facade of a nursing home is pictured after a fire killed six people in New Taipei City on July 6, 2016. The fire that tore through the private nursing facility on the eighth floor of a ten-storey building killed six and injured another 28 on July 6. / AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO / STR / - Taiwan OUT - China OUT - Hong Kong OUT - Macau OUT / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Cebu nursing grad's gift to dad: 1st place in board exam

Jun 28, 2016 - 11:52 AM

How a nursing student makes it up to his dad for celebrating Father s Day on the wrong day

GIFT. Bernard John Ezra Icamen IV aimed to top the board exam after celebrating father's day on the wrong day. Photo by Jensen Floren/Rappler

Will vetoed bill drive more PH nurses abroad?

Jun 18, 2016 - 3:07 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the proposed increase in the pay of entry level nurses will have dire financial consequences on public and private health institutions but a nurses group dismisses this as speculative

PH NURSES. In this file photo, new Filipino nurses during an oathtaking ceremony in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines on 20 September 2010. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

RESULTS: Nurse board exam June 2016

Jun 17, 2016 - 4:02 PM

Top performing school is West Visayas State University with 100 passing rate

Aquino rejects bill increasing entry-level nurses’ pay

Jun 16, 2016 - 1:41 PM

The additional costs that this salary increase would entail may cause unintended repercussions such as possible downsizing of hospital personnel and consequent increase in health care costs President Benigno Aquino III says in his budget message

GOING ABROAD? Many unemployed nurses seek better opportunities abroad. File photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

UK Nobel winners back EU after Brexit poll boost

Jun 11, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Nobel Prize winners including Peter Higgs and geneticist Paul Nurse say the loss of research funding would be one consequence of leaving the bloc

In this file photo, Peter W Higgs, addresses the traditional Nobel Prize banquet at the Stockholm City Hall on December 10, 2013. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/ AFP

[What I Ate] A huge cheeseburger that will make you 'Call The Nurse'

May 30, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The Call the Nurse burger is made of 1 3 pound beef patty Mac Cheese and honey sriracha bacon There s even one called Call the ER Would you try it?

Italian nurse accused of killing 13 patients

Mar 31, 2016 - 8:05 PM

UPDATED Fausta Bonino allegedly killed the patients in 2014 and 2015 by giving them a blood thinning drug

epa05237414 Carabinieri captain Gennaro Riccardi shows a phial containing heparin during a press conference in Livorno, Italy, 31 March 2016. A female nurse was arrested by Carabinieri police on 31 March for allegedly killing 13 patients at a hospital in the Tuscan town of Piombino, near Livorno, in 2014 and 2015. The dead patients were in hospital's intensive care unit with a range of different pathologies. She allegedly used medicines that were not part of the patients' therapies to kill them, sources said. EPA/FRANCO SILVI