Iloilo Grad Tops Philippine Nursing Exam

Liezel Porras
December 28, 2023

Cris Vinz C. Tomboc, a recent graduate from West Visayas State University (WVSU) in Iloilo, scored the highest in the Philippine Nursing Licensure Exam (PNLE) with a 91.00% rating. This achievement underscores the caliber of nursing education in Iloilo, known for producing competent nursing professionals and also being the founding city of Xillium.

Spotlight on WVSU Graduates 

West Visayas State University, located in Iloilo, has a nursing program structured around a balanced curriculum that integrates theoretical knowledge with practical experience. This prepares graduates to confidently navigate the evolving demands of the nursing profession.

WVSU has long been influential in molding proficient nursing professionals. In the recent PNLE, alongside Cris VInz Tomboc's top rank, three other WVSU graduates also placed in the top ten. WVSU, along with 16 other schools, achieved a 100% pass rate, reflecting the university's commitment to high educational standards.

Iloilo: Hub for Healthcare Talent 

Iloilo City, with leading institutions like WVSU, has become a central hub for skilled healthcare talent. The founding of Xillium in Iloilo in 2011 was influenced by the city's wealth of healthcare professionals and its reputation for fostering quality nurses. This environment, bolstered by institutions like WVSU, enabled us to start building teams of well-trained and capable nurses and healthcare professionals. The city's focus on high standards in healthcare education has been a key factor in building our team of virtual medical assistants, providing us with a strong foundation during our first few months since we started.

Filipino Nurses for Positive Health Outcomes 

Filipino nurses are known for their clinical competencies, effective communication skills—and the compassion they bring to patients. Their training emphasizes not only medical knowledge but patient-centered care and understanding. This well-rounded approach is needed in healthcare, especially in roles that demand direct interaction with patients. Their communication skills and cultural adaptability contribute positively to patient care and positive healthcare outcomes.

Filipino Nurses in Virtual Healthcare 

With a comprehensive education in clinical skills and patient care, Filipino nurses are well-prepared to meet the demands of modern healthcare, including roles as virtual medical assistants. Their ability to effectively communicate with patients and handle medical information with care highlights their adaptability in transitioning from traditional to virtual healthcare settings. This versatility demonstrates the practical application of their skills in diverse healthcare scenarios. The integration of Filipino nurses into virtual medical roles reflects an evolving healthcare landscape where quality care and effective communication are paramount.



Liezel is a senior writer at Xillium, holding a degree in literature. Prior to joining the company, she spent six years mentoring foreign Asian students to improve their English communication skills in a web-based education. Her academic involvement included developing and revising instructional materials and content. Liezel's career in distance learning has honed her skills in communication, management, research, and technology.

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