Nurse Licensure Examination Performance of Graduates of Philippine Colleges of Nursing in the Philippines: Policy Implications

Tuesday, 31 July 2012: 11:35 AM

Erlinda Castro Palaganas, PhD, RN
College of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines Baguio, Baguio City, Philippines
Amelia B. Rosales, PhD, RN
Board of Nursing, Professional Regulation Commission, Manila, Philippines
Carmelita Dela Cruz Divinagracia, PhD, RN
College of Nursing, UERMMMC College of Nursing, Quezon, Philippines

Learning Objective 1: Describe the various factors that affected the performance of graduates in the Nurse Licensure Examination;

Learning Objective 2: Identify policy implications to ensure sustaimed implementation of standards of nursing education


An analysis of the Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) performance was conducted to describe the performance and determine the factors that may have affected the performance of the examinees for policy development and enhancement.


A descriptive correlational design included all the graduates of colleges of nursing who participated in the eight NLEs (December 2006-December 2010). Data related to examinee, institutional and program & other variables were collected through review of secondary data.


The number of examinees increased through the years, with the passing percentage ranging from 35.26% to 49.15%. The examinee variable - number of times examinee took the examination, was found negatively correlated with the overall average rating of examinees in all NLEs at .01 level. The institutional variable - number of examinees, revealed a weak correlation with overall average rating. The study also revealed that accreditation status has a strong predictive ability and that examinees who graduated from schools with level 3 accreditation status obtained high passing percentage and average rating in all the NLEs. The study further showed that variations in the performance of the examinees in the five test subjects, Nursing practice I, II, III, IV and V; with the lowest passing percentage observed in Nursing Practice IV. Testing centers were also identified as one of the variables which influence the performance of the examinee.


Variations in NLE results related to the examinee, the school where the examinee obtained one’s BSN degree and other variables, such as the test subject and the testing center where the NLE was administered were observed. Policies related to close collaboration between the Professional Regulation Commission, Board of Nursing and the Commission on Higher Education must be sustained to ensure that standards of nursing education are strictly implemented in all institutions offering the BSN program.