Saturday, April 28, 2007

//Opinion// Immigrant rallies set all over US

Both sides of the immigration debate in the US are set to hold rallies on May 1, Labor Day. The rallies come as the White House and US Congress continued to struggle to find a common ground on immigration reform.

Immigration advocates, whose raliies last year attracted millions of participants, are set to hold similar marches all over the US. There are doubts, however, if the turnout would match that of last year. People on the other side of the immigration debate will hold marches on the same day, in fact, in some states, the groups are likely to cross paths. The turnout on May 1 would serve as an indicator of Americans' support of immigration reform.

Washington has been busy meeting both Republican and Democrat legislators to push a proposed immigration bill that would provide amnesty to illegals already in the US, but stiff fines, back taxes, and a pricey fee for citizenship application, awaits them. The plan also proposes to do away with a previous policy that allowed immigrants to petition for family members outside of the country, something which the US Catholic Church calls a step in the wrong direction for immigration reform.

The US Senate has set a self-imposed deadline to vote on immigration reform in May. Although that time is so close, the final form of a new immigration act might not be as close.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

//Opinion// Republicans ease position on US immigration reform

News about US Republican congressmen starting to back off from restrictive conditions they've earlier imposed on immigration reform legislation is good news for local nurses. This is a step forward towards the resolution of dispute over immigration reforms in the US.

Although there are plenty more hurdles ahead, at least discussions, mostly conducted in closed quarters, have been productive. A Senate vote is scheduled in May towards the creation of an immigration legislation, to which the retrogression of Schedule A jobs (such as nursing and physical therapy) is closely linked.

The immigration reform bill, the details of which has been kept under wraps while closed-door meetings have been ongoing, may include provisions concerning the retrogression or, if not, hopefully, will clear the path for pending retrogression-related bills such as the Skil bill and the Strive Act.

Here are some links concerning the immigration reform updates:

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Best Places for Nurses in the USA

Minority Nurse recently announced a list of top ten cities and regions in the US that offer the highest salaries and the most number of opportunities for nurses.

Among the top ten include (in alphabtical order) Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Oakland, CA; Phoenix and Meza, AZ; Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL; and West Palm Beach, FL.


Atlanta, GA
Annual Mean Salary for RNs: $53,360
Cost of Living Index: 97.7 (Lower is better)
Future Trends: Demand for nurses in Georgia will increase an estimated 51% from the year 2000 to 2020.

Baltimore, MD
Annual Mean Salary for RNs: $70,100
Cost of Living Index: 119.5
Future Trends: Demand for nurses in Maryland will increase an estimated 36% from the year 2000 to 2020.

Boston, MA
Annual Mean Salary for RNs: $70,460
Cost of Living Index: 136.4
Future Trends: Demand for nurses in Massachusetts will increase an estimated 29% from the year 2000 to 2020.

Charlotte, NC
Annual Mean Salary for RNs: $54,740
Cost of Living Index: 90.3
Future Trends: Demand for nurses in North Carolina will increase an estimated 51% from the year 2000 to 2020.

Houston, TX
Annual Mean Salary for RNs: $58,720
Cost of Living Index: 88.1
Future Trends: Demand for nurses in Texas will increase an estimated 57% from the year 2000 to 2020.

Las Vegas, NV
Annual Mean Salary for RNs: $59,470
Cost of Living Index: 107.6
Future Trends: Demand for nurses in Nevada will increase an estimated 59% from the year 2000 to the year 2020.

Oakland, CA
Annual Mean Salary for RNs: $80,270
Cost of Living Index: 143.9
Future Trends:
Demand for nurses in California will increase an estimated 58% from the year 2000 to 2020.

Phoenix and Mesa AZ
Annual Mean Salary for RNs: $56,960
Cost of Living Index: 100.4
Future Trends: Demand for nurses in Arizona will increase an estimated 61% from the year 2000 to 2020.

Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL
Annual Mean Salary for RNs: $52,960
Cost of Living Index: 98.8
Future Trends: Demand for nurses in Florida will increase an estimated 63% from the year 2000 to 2020.

West Palm Beach, FL
Annual Mean Salary for RNs: $57,930
Cost of Living Index: 118.9
Future Trends: The percentage of elderly citizens in West Palm Beach will continue to grow at a rate that outpaces the rest of the country.

For the full story, check out

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Best US cities for budding nursing careers

With retrogression in effect, Filipino nurses--wishing to work in the US--will have to wait until US lawmakers finally allocate new visas again.

In the meantime, here's a valuable read from about the best cities in the US to start a nursing career.

Some of the best cities include New York City (largest), Las Vegas (fastest-growing), Los Angeles (most diverse), Houston (most Magnet hospitals), Fort Myers and Cape Coral (largest population over 65).

Click here to read the story.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

//News// No more room for new nursing applicants in US college

The number of applicants for nursing schools in the US is so overwhelming, one college in California says it can only accommodate those at the bottom of its waiting list in 2011.

Cuesta College officials say they have stopped accepting applicants for its nursing program and are looking for ways to expand their capacity. An executive of the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care adds that the problems in Cuesta reflect a statewide situation where too few education slots are available.

In 2005, nursing programs statewide turned away up to 14,000 qualified applicants.

Read the full story here.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

//Opinion// List of Philippine nursing schools fixed

It seems a number of visitors to our site were not able to download or open the list of Philippine nursing schools because the file was encoded in Microsoft 2007 format. Our good friend, Noel, brought this to our attention.

We've already fixed the problem and the file is now downloadable in PDF format. You can download the file here.

In case you don't have a PDF reader, you can get a free reader by following this link:

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//Resources// Review of the lobes of the brain

Want a quick way to memorize the specific functions of each lobe of the brain? Here's a handy one-page bullet list, which you can print out, and use to quickly remember which part of the brain is responsible for short-term or long-term memory and more.

Download this one-page document here.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

//Resources// Requirements for hospital employment

Here's a list of contacts and application requirements asked for by different hospitals in Manila. We'll add to the list from time to time. If you need information for a hospital that's not on our list, please send us a note in the comments box or through the Forum. (Thanks to Bing Gaffud for this list.)

Manila Doctors
* Resume, TOR, diploma, board rating (the one that was mailed to us), license or certificate.
Put in a long brown envelope with your name and telephone number outside

PGH - 521-8450
* Dean's form: TOR, board rating, RLE. Resume with 2x2 photo (black & white), certification from previous employer (if any), PRC license, PNA membership
* Submit in a big brown envelope to the DNRD office Mon. to fri. 7am to 5:30pm

(UPDATED 07/20/07)UST Hospital - Espana, Manila - 7313001 (loc. 2454)
* Resume, TOR, board rating, license and certificate, RLE, and application letter addressed to Mr. Ferdinand C. Maagkasi (head of Human Resources
* Bring the Original documents and photocopies
* 1 pc long green expandable folder and plastic fastener

St Luke’s – 7230301 (loca. 4913)
* Resume, TOR, board rating, license and certificate, RLE, general weighted average, 2 pcs, 2x2 picture with white background, SSS, TIN, barangay clearance, NBI

Capitol Medical Center – 3723825
* Comprehensive resume, 3 pcs recents 2x2 ID picture with blue background, TOR, board rating, license and certificate, RLE, diploma, birth certificate, SSS ID or SSS E-1, TIN, police clearance, NBI, professional tax receipt, barangay clearance
* Schedule of application: Tues. and Thurs. only from 9am to 3pm

Chinese General Hospital – 7114141
Resume with character reference with tel. number, TOR, board rating, license, NBI, diploma, birth certificate

Infant Jesus Hospital – 7312771
Resume with 2x2 picture, TOR, board rating with breakdown of grades, license, RLE, (just bring other documents)

Lung Center training program - 924-6101 loc. 270
* Resume, TOR, diploma, RLE, board rating, license, PRC certificate, 1x1 picture, P300 for CXR

Philippine Children's Medical Center - 9246601 loc. 252
* Resume, board rating, license, TOR, application letter addressed to Dr. Julius A. Lecciones, executive director

Asian Hospital and Medical Center
Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City,
Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Tels. (632) 771-9000 ext. 8421 / 8425 / 8465
*Resume, TOR with RLE, Diploma, PRC License, IVT license, Basic Life Support training, Certificate of Board Rating, training certificates, employment certificates or Certificate of Good Moral Character if new graduate, three referral letters (referral from the college accepted if new graduate)

Metropolitan Hospital - 255-0401, 255-0413
*Application Letter addressed to the Nursing Service of Metropolitan Hospital, Resume, 2 pcs. 2x2 photo, 2 pcs. 1x1 photo, PRC License (or Claim Stub), Certificate of Board Rating, TOR, Diploma, Certificate of Good Moral Character, Certificate of Employment, if applicable

Philippine Heart Center - 9231301
*TOR with RLE, Certificate of Class Ranking with GWA, Certificate of Board Rating (2 copies), PRC License (2 copies), Work and Training certificates, Certificate or ID card showing membership in any organization (PNA, etc.), NBI Clearance, Residence Certificate, 3 PCS. 2x2 photo

Medical City - 631-8626
*Resume, TOR, diploma, board rating

Makati Medical Center - 815-9911
*Resume w/ recent 2x2 pic, certificate of Good Moral Character, diploma, TOR, board rating and certificate, PRC License (or photocopy of your claim stub, Birth Certificate (Submit photocopies but bring original docs. Submissions accepted usually between 8AM to 12NN.

We encourage you to call the hospital first if there are additional requirements. If you find this useful, please drop us a note in the Comments box.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

//News// Illinois nurses go on mission to Philippines

More than 3,000 underprivileged Filipino children and adults recently received much-needed medical care, thanks in part to four nurses from St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island.

The group traveled with the Indiana Philippine Medical Association, made up of more than 100 physicians, nurses, technicians and civilians.

During the three-day medical mission to Aklan, Philippines, in late January, they provided free medical and dental care. The team performed nearly 200 surgeries.

Full story here.

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Monday, April 9, 2007

//News// Asian nurses anchor industry in South California

Asian American nurses are changing the face of the nursing industry in San Diego and other parts of southern California in the US. About 15 percent of registered nurses in San Diego are Asian or Pacific Islander, compared to 12 percent of the total population.

In one hospital, Kaiser Permanente, the ratio is higher. Of 1,565 nurses working for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, a third, or 528, are Asian, according to the New America Media.

The Philippines continues to be the leading source of nurses in the US. The Philippines is known to produce more nursing graduates and have more nursing schools than any other country in the world – 186 with the combined ability to graduate 20,000 nurses a year.

Read the full story here.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

//News// H-1B cap reached - USCIS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Tuesday that it has received enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated cap for fiscal year 2008 (FY 2008).

USCIS will use a computer program to randomly select applications from those received on April 2, 2007 and April 3, 2007. Petitions received on those dates but not selected by the computer will be rejected and returned along with the filing fee(s).

According to a USCIS release, the agency will use the following process to handle H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2008 cap:

• USCIS has determined that as of April 2, 2007, it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the FY 2008 H-1B cap and has set the “final receipt date” as April 2, 2007.
• In keeping with its regulations, USCIS will subject H-1B petitions received on the “final receipt date” and the following day to a computer-generated random selection process.
• USCIS will reject all cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY 2008 received on or after Wednesday, April 4, 2007.
• USCIS will reject and return along with the filing fee(s) all cap-subject H-1B petitions that are not randomly selected.
• Petitioners may re-submit petitions on April 1, 2008 when H-1B visas become available for FY 2009. This is the earliest date for which an employer may file a petition requesting FY 2009 H-1B employment with a start date of October 1, 2008.

As of late Monday afternoon (April 2), USCIS had received approximately 150,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions. USCIS must perform initial data entry for all filings received on April 2 and April 3 prior to conducting the random selection process. In light of the high volume of filings, USCIS will not be able to conduct the random selection for several weeks.

Read the full release here.

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// News // 10,000 to retake June nursing test

Some 10,000 of the 17,000 passers of the controversy-ridden June 2006 nursing licensure exams have registered for a retake, based on data provided by the Philippine labor department.

Of this number, 9,450 have already registered for the special review classes arranged for the retakers by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) in partnership with the Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing (ADPCN).

Today is the deadline for registration for the special review classes. Online registration is available at

Those filing for applications for the special voluntary re-take examination must submit the June 2006 Notice of Admission or NOA (if still available); photocopies of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card, if issued already; photocopy of Transcript of Records; and photocopy of Birth Certificate.

The examination fee for retakers of Tests III and V on June 11, 2007 has already been waived.

The special exam retake maybe be taken only once either in JUne or December. Although the DoLE announced that the results of the exam will not have any effect on the validity of the licenses previously issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC), a candidate must score at least 75% in each of the two tests to be qualified to be issued a Visascreen certificate by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), a regulatory body in the US.

The test retake is a result of pressure exerted by CGFNS which ruled that it will not issue a Visascreen certificate, a necessary document for US immigration, to passers of the leak-marred June 2006 exam unless a retake is done.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

// Tips // "Unofficial" NCLEX test results available after 2 days

Candidates in the following jurisdictions may access their "unofficial" results via the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) NCLEX® Candidate Web site or through the NCLEX® Quick Results Line:

Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia-PN, Georgia-RN, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana-RN, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia-PN, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Your "unofficial" results will be available two business days after taking your examination.

Via the web ($7.95) - Go to, sign in with your user name and password. After logging in, you will see your Current Activity. Under Recent Appointments, find the row with your current test, go to "Status" and double click on "Quick Results" link. If your results are available, a credit card payment page will display. Fill in the payment information, click on the Continue button, and a confirmation page will display. Click ONLY ONCE on the Confirm Order button, and your exam results will appear. In order to receive your results, you must provide a credit card number to which the $7.95 charge can be billed. (Please note: Your credit card will only be charged if your results are available.)

Via the phone ($9.95) - Call the NCLEX Quick Results line at 1.900.776.2539 (1.900.77.NCLEX). Please note that this is a 900 number and NOT an 800 number. This service will be available 24 hours a day. The $9.95 fee will appear on your local telephone bill under "NCLEX Test."

(Please be aware: When you use the NCLEX Quick Results line, you will not be charged if your results are not yet available. However, once your results are available, if you call more than once, you will be charged for each call.)

Only the board of nursing to which you applied can release your official results. The NCLEX examination results in the Quick Results Service are unofficial, and do not authorize you to practice as a licensed nurse.

Be sure to wait two business days after your test before you request your results!

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Monday, April 2, 2007

// Resources // Pathognomonic signs

Whether you're reviewing for the local board exams or for the NCLEX, this list of pathognomonic signs should be helpful to you. This table lists some of the common diseases and their pathognomonic signs.

If you find this document useful, please leave us a little note.

Visit the Filipino Nursing Herald regularly for other useful tips, news and other valuable resources.

View and download the PDF file here.

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