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Court stops oath-taking of nurses for 60 days

Court stops oath-taking of nurses for 60 days

The Court of Appeals on Friday issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping oath-taking ceremonies for all new nurses for 60 days, DZMM reported.

In a decision penned by Associate Justice Vicente Veloso, the court ordered the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to stop all oath-taking ceremonies for new nurses for 60 days.

The court said it is still studying a petition to invalidate the results of the June 12, 2006 nursing licensure exams after the discovery of a possible leakage of the exams. The court will release its decision on September 14.

Members of the UST College of Nursing Faculty Association, League of Concerned Nurses and Binuklod na Samahan ng Student Nurses filed the petition before the court.

“The interest of public health and safety as well as the prospects of locally trained nurses of getting overseas work to help their families and country will suffer irreparable damage," the groups' petition said.

PRC officials said they will honor the court order.

The PRC earlier issued a memorandum allowing the oath-taking of new nurses, some of whom might have benefited from a test leakage of the June 2006 licensure exams. Several hundred new nurses took their oaths in Metro Manila and Cebu before the court issued the TRO.

PRC Commissioner Avelina de la Rea defended the decision Friday, saying that it would benefit the majority of board passers. “We should act as an administrative body to protect the rights of the (board) practice their profession,” de la Rea told DZMM.

De la Rea said the decision to seek a TRO was the decision of just one group.

She added that the examinees who passed the nursing board last June 11 and 12 are competent nurses.

“In Test 3, there are only 20 leaked questions, the remaining 80 questions are not. So 80 questions answered by the examinees are enough to know one’s competency,” she said.

“This is really a perception of what’s unfair and what is not. So it is unfair, if we punish everybody for the sin of some," she added.

De la Rea said the PRC pushed through with the oath-taking because the ongoing probe of the National Bureau of Investigation would take a long time. She added that the PRC will revoke the licenses of nurses found guilty of benefiting from the leakage based on the results of the NBI probe.


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