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Angara points flaw in nursing board selection

Angara points flaw in nursing board selection


Senator Edgardo J. Angara lamented yesterday the alleged leakage in the recent nursing licensure examination, and said the conflict of interest arose from the fact that “the guardian is chosen by the guarded.”


“The root cause of the scandal engulfing the recent nursing licensure examinations lies in the fact that the members of the current exam board for nurses were handpicked by the president of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), who happens to be the owner of both a nursing school and a review center from where the leak allegedly came,” Angara said.

Angara explained that under the nursing law, the chairman and members of the board of examiners are nominated solely by the PNA, a regulatory devise intended to be a self-policing, peer-regulating mechanism which has gone askew.

“There is a Latin phrase which aptly describes it: Quis custodiet ipsos custodies?, meaning “Who will guard the guardians?,” said Angara, adding: “In the bar exams, it is the Supreme Court which picks the examiner. The Bar itself does not appoint nor nominate the examiners. This arms-length relationship develops an independence of mind between the two, which then ensures the credibility and integrity of the bar examination.”

About 42,000 nursing graduates took the last board exam in eleven testing centers around the country, with a passing rate of 42% or about 17,000 nursing students.

“This issue confronting the profession hits close to home as both my parents were nurses. I have high respect for the profession, and I want it to maintain its integrity,” said Angara.

Angara authored the original nurses law, as well as co-authored the amendment in 1992, which seeks to protect and improve the profession.

FROM: Tempo
http://www.tempo.com.ph/news.php?aid=26719



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