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Nurses’ oath-taking stopped

Nurses’ oath-taking stopped

By Christian V. Esguerra, Michael Lim Ubac
Last updated 05:39am (Mla time) 07/29/2006

THE Professional Regulation Commission has decided to postpone indefinitely the Aug. 22 oath-taking of new nurses as it deals with lingering controversy over the integrity of the last nursing licensure examinations.

Eufemia Octaviano, the head of the PRC’s Board of Nursing, said the postponement would allow the PRC to engage in a comprehensive dialogue with the deans of nursing colleges around the country.

The academics have been insistent that the PRC resolve the question of the alleged leakage in the June nursing licensure exams before swearing in the successful examinees.

A meeting with the nursing deans has been set for Aug. 15 at the PRC office in Sampaloc, Manila.

House probe

In Congress, Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay yesterday asked the House committee on good government to conduct an immediate inquiry into the nursing exam leakage.

Pichay said the extent of the controversy reached “far and wide, even placing in an untenable footing the chances of the country’s medical practitioners in the global workforce.”

He said the nursing exam fiasco was the last thing that the country needed.

“Now that we have great demand for nurses abroad, let’s not spoil the situation by casting doubt on the quality of nursing graduates in the country,” said Pichay, the vice chair of the Commission on Appointments.

“We have been banking on our medical practitioners to be one of our greatest assets in competing in the global market, but the issue now casts doubts on their very competency,” he said.

Pichay said the reported leakage, which the PRC had confirmed, put into question not just the integrity of the PRC and Board of Nursing but “also the essential text of the genuineness of our nursing profession’s competency and accordingly, the quality of health care given to our people.”

The House probe will look into the alleged involvement of two Board of Nursing officials and the Gapuz Review Center which has various branches nationwide.

“We should determine whether concerned government officials were guilty of misfeasance or malfeasance,” said Pichay.

The congressman said the inquiry could lead to a thorough review of relevant national laws, including the Nursing Act of 2002 and the PRC Modernization Act of 2000.

“Poor health is injurious to a nation aspiring and working for progress, hence the urgent need to underscore the high competency of the medical workers delivering these services,” he said.

The decision to defer the oath-taking came after an hour-long meeting last Thursday with the nursing deans of the University of the Philippines, University of the East and the University of Santo Tomas.

Lingering doubt

Also present at the meeting were two UP faculty members, three PRC commissioners, four Board of Nursing members, and Dr. Marilyn Lorenzo, director of the Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies of the UP-Manila National Institutes of Health.

Octaviano said the deans “unanimously” asked for the postponement because of what they said were lingering questions over the integrity of the June exams.


Yes!indeed it is really important for all the concerns to look into this matter. It is important that the government should take this matter seriously.Have they imagine how many lives were shuttered because of this leakeges..How sure are they that only questions of Test 3 and Test 5 were being distributed to the students.

This is no fraud, this issue is indeed existing..

ps..a friend of mine was a reviewee from that alleged review center where the leakeges came and she confirmed that they were given copies to be studied the night before the board exam and they were instructed to drop by the office of the said review center in malate after their first day exam and again they were given another set of papers for them to study for the second day..

@ anonymous ... i hope your friend can testify to the nbi that they were given a leakage and show evidences to prove the leakage was real and not just rumor

yeah, why dont they step out of the hiding once and for all?? so to stop all these! lots have been claiming that they have this proofs and that.. saan na nga? bat ang tagal?

sana kc, nde muna ngrelease ang PRC ng board exam result.. hanggang nde pa natatapos ang investigation na yan.. kawawa nman kme, nakapasa ng malinis ang konsenxa.. nadadamay sa guLo na gnwa ng mga taong mandaraya!!

huh? kelan na kaya ang oath taking? panu ung registration, tuloy pa din kaya?? sbrang kahihiyan na ang binibigay ng Gapuz, ng 2 members ng BoN..

September yata. sana matapos na yan.. failed ako, pero naaawa na ako sa mga pumasa. feeling ko sila pa ang mas nalulungkot kaysa sa bumagsak

yup!as in totoo nga ang mga leakage na kumalat hir in baguio...ac2ally im am one of those reviewees na nagbenefit sa leakage...hehehe!pero i admit naman eh..ok lang na mag-retake para naman maging lubos na deserving tayong pumasa...di ba!

well ang wish ko lang, wag mabahiran ng pulitika ang usaping ito... porke ba election year next year, umeepal kung sino-sinong kongresista o senador jan. pls lang.

pasensya na po dun sa mga na release na sa newspaper..justice lang po pinglalaban nmen dito..kung babagsak man kme sama sama na tayo!!alam nten na me leakage na nga!!dapat invalid na ang june board para ulit lahat at mgkaalaman ang nrarapat talaga un lang solution dyan!!kaya lang kawawa ung mga na release!!false alarm lang!!mas malungkot un at masakit!!

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