EXPLORING THE PERFORMANCE OF STUDENTS IN THE PHILIPPINE NURSES LICENSURE EXAMINATION OF A SELECTED COLLEGE OF NURSING: IDENTIFYING AREAS OF STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING EDUCATION
Melchor Felipe Q. Salvosa, Rommel A. Malijan
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The study analysed the strengths and weaknesses of examinees in the Philippine Nurses Licensure Examination (PNLE) and examine the factors influencing their performance and sought to evaluate the effectiveness of nursing education in the Philippines in preparing nursing graduates for the PNLE and provide recommendations for improvement. The study utilized a quantitative research design, analysing the PNLE results of 100 examinees who took the exam in November 2022. Descriptive statistics are employed to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses among passers and non-passers. Pearson correlation coefficients are used to examine the relationships between the different subjects in the PNLE. The results revealed that passers generally performed well in Community Health Nursing and Maternal and Child Health Nursing while struggling relatively more in Maladaptive Behaviour and related areas. Non-passers scored lower in all subjects compared to passers, with greater variation in scores among non-passers. Correlation analysis indicates moderate associations between some subject pairs among passers, suggesting consistent patterns of performance. However, weak correlations between certain subjects imply that performance in one subject does not guarantee similar performance in others. Based on these results, it is recommended that nursing educators focus on strengthening teaching strategies and resources for Maladaptive Behaviour and Alterations in Oxygenation This may include incorporating more hands-on and practical learning activities, providing additional resources for self-study, and encouraging student collaboration and peer teaching. These recommendations may improve nursing students’ academic performance and ultimately contribute to their success in the nursing profession.