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Future of RP nurses abroad in peril

Future of RP nurses abroad in peril

The outcome of the ongoing scandal on the alleged leakage in the June 2006 Nursing Board Examination could make or break the future of Filipino nurses who intend to work abroad.

"So with this leakage scandal, this is one problem that questions the intellectual property security. We are now having problems because of this," Ruth Padilla told an interview aired over ABS-CBN's Bandila newscast Friday night.

Padilla is a member of the task force that President Arroyo created to allow the country to be the host of the National Council Licensure Examination, the test that all nurses should take before working in the United States.

At present, thousands of Filipino nurses are already working for US hospitals. Thousands more are planning to leave for US and other destinations abroad.

NCLEX is normally conducted abroad. Some countries that host the test include Singapore and Malaysia. The Philippine government wanted to have NCLEX done in Manila to ease the burden on Filipino nurses who travel overseas just to take the exam.

Padilla's concern was raised as the Court of Appeals issued Friday a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping oath-taking ceremonies for all new nurses. The TRO lasts for 60 days after allegation of a leakage in the licensure exams.

In a decision penned by Associate Justice Vicente Veloso, the court also ordered the Professional Regulation Commission to cease and desist from enforcing Board Resolution 31, which PRC issued to invalidate two portions of the exams that were allegedly leaked.

"The respondents and all those acting in their behalf, are directed to cease and desist from enforcing the assailed Board Resolution 31 dated July 17 and from proceeding with the oath-taking allegedly scheduled on August 22," the court said.

The court said it is still studying a petition to invalidate the results of the June 11-12, 2006 exam. The court set a hearing for preliminary injunction on September 14 and gave the PRC and the Board of Nursing 10 days to comment.

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