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Invalidate oaths taken by nursing grads, CA urged

Invalidate oaths taken by nursing grads, CA urged

By Armand Nocum, Tina Santos
Last updated 10:23am (Mla time) 08/20/2006

THE group of nursing professionals that successfully got the Court of Appeals to stop the scheduled Aug. 22 oath-taking of successful examinees of the tainted nursing licensure examinations yesterday asked the appellate court to “invalidate” the oaths that some 2,000 examinees took before the CA could issue a temporary restraining order.

In a “supplemental petition for prohibition” filed late Friday, the group asked the court to order the Professional Regulation Commission to “refrain” from implementing its Memorandum Order No. 2006-02 which directed PRC regional offices to administer the oath, starting on Aug. 17, to those who passed the June 11 and 12 nursing licensure examinations whose integrity has been tarnished by reports of a leakage in the test questions.

The petitioners—the League of Concerned Nurses and the Binuklod na Samahan ng Mga Student Nurses—believe the PRC issued the memorandum to “defeat the rule of law and render moot and academic” their original petition seeking to stop the Aug. 22 oath-taking.

The first petition also asked the court to strike down the Board of Nursing decision to merely re-compute the grades to arrive at the passing score and order the BON to conduct a new examination for the parts of the exam tainted by leaks.

Last Friday, the CA granted a 60-day temporary restraining order to stop the Aug. 22 oath-taking, “to preserve the rights of the petitioners pending disposing of the subject petition and so as not to render any judgment hereon moot and academic.”

By then, PRC Chair Leonor R. Rocero had issued the memorandum order directing all PRC regional directors to administer the oath to new nurses in their respective regions.

The memo was “obviously intended to slam the door on any judicial inquiry into the actions of the PRC,” the petitioners said.

They therefore asked the court to “invalidate all oath-takings done under it to restore the status quo ante” (the state of affairs that existed previously).’

More than 2,000 examinees had already taken their oaths last Friday upon getting the go-signal from the PRC and before the CA could hand down its TRO. With Vincent Cabreza and Yolanda Sotelo-Fuertes Inquirer Northern Luzon


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